Best Cornbread Mix: Head Down South with the 5 Best

The best cornbread mix makes cornbread that is fluffy, thick, and a little bit sweet. It should remind you of biting into an ear of buttered corn on a summer day. It should be perfect when eaten alone with butter or sensational at sopping up chili.

Luckily, there are tons of options for really good cornbread mix that makes it easy to bake up a pan when the craving strikes you. Different styles and flavors of cornbread mix line the shelves at most grocery stores. Because of that, it can be hard to decide which you should buy: homestyle, honey butter, gluten-free? It can feel overwhelming. Thankfully, you don’t need to worry. I spent two full days making every store-bought cornbread box mix I could find. I’m very tired, but here are my findings.

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Best Gluten-Free

King Arthur Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix

I literally cannot believe that King Arthur’s Gluten-Free Cornbread Mix is gluten-free. I kept double-checking the box to make sure. This gluten-free cornbread mix stood up to all the gluten-full cornbread mixes we tried. And it was definitely way better than any other gluten-free cornbread mix we tasted. If you are gluten intolerant or sensitive, this is one of the best alternatives I’ve ever had for a bread-based product. Good job, King Arthur! But what did I expect? He is the king after all.

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Honey Butter

Zatarain’s Honey Butter Cornbread Mix

I know Zatarain’s knows rice, but I’m just finding out they also know cornbread mix! Their honey butter cornbread mix is delicious. It bakes up really tender and light. The honey flavor is pronounced without being overpowering. It’s super buttery. It’s the best cornbread mix to pair with a box of Zatarain’s Jambalaya for a delicious, cheap, faux-Cajun meal. To be honest, this cornbread doesn’t even need butter. It’s that good.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Sweet

Famous Dave’s Cornbread Mix

Be warned: This cornbread mix is very, very sweet. It might not appeal to everyone. That being said, it definitely appealed to me. It’s so soft and tasty. If you’re from the South, your grandfather would think this was the best cornbread mix. He would love to eat a bowl of this cornbread soaking in buttermilk. If you’re not an old Southern person, you’d probably prefer this topped with hot honey or butter. I think all ways are correct!

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Rating:

9.5/10

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Best Spicy

Famous Dave’s Jalapeno Cornbread Mix

If you can handle a little heat, I recommend getting a box of Famous Dave’s Jalapeno Cornbread. It’s my personal favorite. It’s so soft and definitely packs a punch of jalapeno-y goodness. This would be so delicious with chili. Or topped with salted butter and a little bit of honey. Honestly, I don’t think there’s anything you could do with this that wouldn’t be good. I don’t know Famous Dave, but I certainly would like to so I could thank him for making the best cornbread mix.

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Rating:

10/10

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Best of the Best

Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix

They might as well put a picture of this box of cornbread in the dictionary under the word “cornbread” (even though they call this corn muffin mix). Jiffy is the industry standard for cornbread mix. It bakes up moist and tender. The flavor is sweet, but not too sweet. It’s very mild and standard in the perfect way. That’s what makes it the best cornbread mix. Be warned, though: This is made with lard and is not suitable for vegetarians.

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Rating:

10/10

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Other Products We Tried: Bob’s Red Mill, Krusteaz Honey, Martha White, Jiffy Vegetarian, Fleischmann’s, Trader Joe’s

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About the Author

Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • To make the best cornbread – 2 boxes of Jiffy, 1 box of yellow cake mix, and add all the wet ingredients listed on both recipes.

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  • We never ate sweet cornbread. If anyone is looking for a mix that’s not sweet, they should find “Morrison’s Corn-Kits.” It make really great cornbread. We’d also use it for making cornbread dressing for Thanksgiving. Love it!

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  • Jiffy Mix Honey cornbread is fabulous! Also, my family’s favorite is Krusteaz Honey Cornbread. (Reg). The fat free version is awful.

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  • Step 1) Buy your wholesale store of choice ten-pack of Jiffy. Step 2) Buy your favorite pickled jalapenos, and the sharpest cheddar you can find. Step 3) Mix all that together and bake. Step 4) Enjoy a slice of that at the bottom of a heaping pile of ham and beans with raw onion, and some hotsauce. Heaven is not too far away…

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