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Looking for holiday baking supplies

clazar123's picture

Looking for holiday baking supplies

I want to actually be prepared for holiday baking this year. I don't do a lot of baking but I do a few items that will need some supplies. I am located in Milwaukee area, Wisconsin,USA if you have a brick and mortar suggestion and,of course, I am looking for a favorite internet supplier.

So take a look at my list and see if you have any favorite suppliers for these items.

Spices:Whole and ground: cardamom,coriander, and nutmeg.

Bulk Craisins for under $4/lb

Bulk Golden raisins for under $4/lb

**I could easily buy 10-15 lbs each of the raisins/craisins and walnuts since I use them in making my daily breakfast bread.

Walnuts** and pecans (5 lbs) -they skyrocketed last year to about $10-$13/lb here!

Almond meal-( 1-2 lbs)

Sliced almonds (1 lb)

Diced candied orange and lemon peel-very hard to find locally.( 1-2 lbs)

Pannetone papers-individual size-about the size of a large muffin (24-36)

White and dark chocolate for ganache ( about 1-2 lbs each)

I am planning on baking biscotti,pannetone,filled brioche and a few varieties of cookies.





pmccool's picture

I would suggest Penzeys Spices as a good source of a huge range of high-quality spices at very reasonable prices.  I believe their web address is  They are headquartered in Milwaukee, I think, so it shouldn't be hard to locate a store and save on shipping costs.

FWIW, I'm a happy customer and have no other affiliation with the company.


PClark's picture

I buy at Sam's Club.  I got Diamond shelled walnuts in a 3 pound bag for around $15 just recently at the Rome Ga. Sam's. I don't know if the prices are the same nation wide. We eat a lot of them in cereal and yogurt. The Craisins I buy only at Christmas to make biscotti so I don't have a bag to look at. It's about a 3 pounder I think.   I buy the dark raisins there also, a 4 pound box of 2-2 pound bags. I think they had golden raisins. They do have almonds also. I haven't bought those in a while, but have in the past. That would be my suggestions for those items. You can do a search of Sam's locations and then what the store closest to you stocks. Hope that helps you a bit.

mimifix's picture

If you have a Trader Joe's it would be worth a trip. Prices for dried fruits and nuts are quite low. (All their prices are good.) I don't have one near me but when I visit my daughter I always stock up.

subfuscpersona's picture

You'll have to check prices to see how they compare with other sources but here are 2 mail order sources I've used for whole (or ground) spices (shipping is "free" - in the sense that it's included in the price of the goods)