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Desperately Seeking Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancake Mix

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Sigh . . . Once again, Giant, the last place I could consistently buy it, has discontinued it. They did this before around 2000, but brought it back again a couple of years later. Call me low class, but I really like the pancakes I make with this variety, and don't care for the light, fluffy pancakes that just about all other mixes make (and I'm not nuts enough to create my own mix). During the drought, I got some high-falootin' buckwheat pancake mix ("Bob's" I think) at Whole Foods or some place like that, but I still couldn't make Aunt Jemina buckwheat cakes from it.

Next time you're in the breakfast aisle at a market other than Giant, Shoppers, Safeway, or Magruder's, take a look to see if you find it on the shelf. I can order it on line, I know, but I object to paying more for shipping than for the item, which is the case here (unless I buy a case).

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  1. Try www.hometownfavorites.com

    They show stocking a 2lb box for $3.30.

    Have ordered from them before; its fun reliving my youth,especially in their candy aisle!

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    1. re: Moonpie

      You probably skipped my last sentence. The on-line price from Quaker (the maker) is actually lower than Hometown Favorites, but the shipping makes it unreasonable. Hometown Favorites has a $20 minimum order.


      1. re: MikeR

        Why not try asking the store manager of your local Giant to stock the pancake mix? I've asked my local Harris Teeter if they could get a stock of a certain type of spice mix, and they happily obliged. That way Giant bears the cost of shipping.

        1. re: dckw

          Frankly, I recommend that the OP make this request of Harris Teeter or Wegman's. Both of these chains seem to have a more robust interest in customer service than does Giant.

          1. re: dckw

            I might give the manager at Harris Teeter a try. They've never stocked it before and maybe if I tell him or her that Giant has abandoned it, they'll pick it up. I haven't tried Wegman's since the closest one to me is nearly a 25 mile round trip. Their web page doesn't list it.

            I got an almost personal sounding e-mail from Giant telling me that they keep their prices down by not stocking unpopular items and that perhaps I'll find one of the many other items they stock to my liking. Bah, humbug!

      2. Hi Mike,
        I wholeheartedly feel for you. We love our Buckwheat cakes and the Baltimore Giants isn't interested in keeping customers happy. I will check out Wegmans in the next few days and it they have it I will let you know. My husband didn't believe me and he went scouting this weekend too. Walmarts doesn't even carry it. Hang in there, we will get it again.

        1. Add me to that list of folks "Desperately Seeking Aunt Jemima"...

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          1. re: VinceC

            I'm getting decent buckwheat pancakes with Hodgson Mill buckwheat mix, but it's not quite the same. Adding a teaspoon of baking powder to a cup of mix helps some. I buy it at Shoppers, but it's about $4 per box.

            1. re: MikeR

              Hold on. Frederick Giant Eagle no longer stocks this! I am checking with the manager to see if they can begin stocking this again. I had just bought this a couple months ago. This sucks!

              1. re: monkanew

                I would drive to Frederick in a heartbeat to get Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancake Mix. My son loved it, and has started looking for it recently. Frederick is only a 5 hour drive from here, each way. Sadly, it looks like you can't get it anywhere now.

            2. re: VinceC

              Giant Eagle in Frederick has the Aunt Jemima buckwheat mix. I love buckwheat pancakes!

              1. re: AStern

                That's consistent with what the company told me. Buckwheat is a "southern" thing and stores in the south stock it. While Frederick is north of Falls Church, it's more of a southern town.

                Maybe on my next trip back from the great white north, I'll make a couple of stops along Rt. 15, have some Chubby's BBQ and pick up a couple of boxes of Aunt Jemima Buckwheat mix.

                1. re: MikeR

                  I'm not so sure about that 'southern' thing. The Laurel Highlands in PA have Buckwheat Suppers in the fall.

            3. Try Mars. When Shoppers and Safeway stopped carrying it we found it in the Mars that's attached to the Walmart in Glen Burnie. I've seen it at other Mars since then.

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              1. re: sshepke

                I'm not familiar with Mars. Is that a grocery store? Do all Wal-Marts have one? I probably wouldn't go to Glen Burnie for Aunt Jemima Buckwheat, but there's a Wal-Mart in Alexandria that's not too far of a haul.

                1. re: MikeR

                  It's a grocery store chain, but they aren't in all Wal-Marts.

                  1. re: sshepke

                    Mars appears to be a Baltimore-Annapolis chain, not extending to Virginia. Curiously, their logo looks exactly like the now defunct Mars Music stores. There used to be one of those near the Timonium fairground and I noticed that the store (with the name and logo) was still there. I guess it must have turned into a grocery. Maybe next hamfest (not food) at Timonium I'll stop there and see if they have Aunt Jemima buckwheat mix.

                    1. re: MikeR

                      Same people as Mars Music, I was told. Apparently, they found groceries more profitable than Japanese guitars. There is another one on 40 in Ellicott City.

                      1. re: flavrmeistr

                        And the principals from Mars Music came from Office Depot or one of those stores. But that still doesn't get us the pancake mix.

                        1. re: MikeR

                          Giant Eagle on 7th Street in Frederick. Great seafood section there as well, once you've dealt with the pancake jones.

                          1. re: flavrmeistr

                            Do they still have Aunt Jemima buckwheat? Quaker told me that they quit making it. So unless they have a secret stash or Quaker is making it just for Giant Eagle, I'm ot going to deal with my pancake jones there or anywhere else.

              2. Success! Thanks to the report from Giant Eagle in Frederick. I was going through there this afternoon, stopped at the store, found my way straight to the pancake mix aisle, and there it was. I bought two boxes, which should hold me for a few months.

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                1. re: MikeR

                  I just went on to the Aunt Jemima website. When I did a location search for the Buckwheat pancake mix it said: DISCONTINUED. Can anyone confirm this? I suspect it is true as none of my relatives can find it in California or Washington state. If this is the case, can anyone recommend an alternative buckwheat mix? I live in the Manassas area of Virginia.

                  1. re: VirginiaHome

                    Try the N VA Harris Teeter stores. In fact, Harris Teeter is opening a new store in Manassas near the new Aldie and Dollar Tree strip mall soon.

                    I think I saw it at Reston HT store recently.

                    1. re: VirginiaHome

                      I can't confirm that it's discontinued, but I went to auntjemima.com and sure didn't see it listed under Pancake Mixes. Did you get that info by contacting them?

                      In April of this year, Golden Eagle market in Frederick had it, but that was the only sighting that I can confirm. Perhaps it's worth a call to that store to confirm. As far as alternatives, I've tried a couple that sort of work, but they're just not the same. I think the last one I had before finding the Aunt Jemima again was Hodgson Mill which came from either Shoppers or Harris Teeter. The both sell a (different) brand of buckwheat pancake mix, but not Aunt Jemima. It was OK. In fact I suspect that to a sophisticated judge of pancakes, they were probably better than what I make with Aunt Jemima, but it's really a matter of a flavor and texture to which I had become accustomed from 30 years or more of AJ.

                      You can read good things about Hodgson Mill here, and order on line if you don't see it in a local store:


                      1. re: MikeR

                        I just noticed that this is an old thread that's been revived, but I'm going to put in my obnoxious opinion anyway. Why don't you just find a recipe for buckwheat pancakes and make them from scratch using buckwheat flour (available at the Takoma Park food co-op, at least, and ostensibly at Whole Foods, etc)? I've never understood the logic of pancake mix, since it's just flour, baking powder, and baking soda. All the "work" of pancakes is the ladling and frying, and you have to do that with a mix anyway.

                        1. re: rarotonga

                          You are right rarotonga, but for some reason when I made buckwheat pancakes from scratch using good buckwheat flour they weren't as good as the Aunt Jemima mix. Other pancakes I make from scratch are as good or better than a mix (especially buttermilk!) . There must be a trick to the buckwheat that I just don't know.

                          1. re: ivysmom

                            I agree, Mom. There's something in or about the Aunt Jemima buckwheat pancakes that others just don't have. It's probably something unauthentic and bad for me, but it's what I like. I suppose if I had a lot of related ingredients, I could experiment and come up with something close, but dammit, one or two Sundays a month, I just feel like pancakes, and they come out just right for me when I use Aunt Jemima.

                            I do add about half a teaspoon of baking powder to a cup of AJ flour to lighten them a bit, but I find that other commercial brands of buckwheat mix make even lighter pancakes right out of the box. I think others are attempting to emulate the popular light-and-fluffy diner pancakes but with buckwheat flour. Aunt Jemima attempts to make a different kind of pancake, and that's what they do.

                            As a general comment, with few exceptions, almost anything that you can buy off the shelf or get in a restaurant isn't that difficult to make in your own kitchen if you commit to doing this. But it often requires buying ingredients in quantities that aren't practical for single eaters.

                            1. re: MikeR

                              Normally I may eat pancakes every once in a blue moon but read this today and had flashbacks too. Being single you just cant make up a batch, unless you have friends over a lot. I used to live in Fredneck Md and loved Giant Eagle, but it is just to far to drive now a days. But reading this I found the buckwheat mix on Amazon:
                              But you have to buy a case, and it isnt cheap.

                              1. re: RobertM

                                I checked on Amazon and it says "discontinued" item. Will adivse when again available. I made them for my kids, buttered them, then cut them into bites; syrup followed. The middle stack was the best. I mourn the loss. I used to find them at a chic independent market in Sacramento. Alas, no more. Tell me where I may find if possible.

                                1. re: momcakes

                                  Unless we can convince Quaker Foods that it's worth while (I guess they need a few million letters, not a few forum posts) it's apparently gone for good.

                                  Better than dreaming, try some of the other off-the-shelf buckwheat pancake mixes and see if you find something to your liking. I've tried a couple and while they're OK, and more interesting than plain light fluffy white pancakes, they just don't have whatever it is (hard to identify) that I miss from Aunt Jemima buckwheat pancakes.

                            2. re: ivysmom

                              Amazing - I would never have thought that. Sorry if I sounded snippy there. Good luck finding an equivalent replacement.

                    2. Checked again, all of the Mar's Stores have it in stock for $2.69 per box. BUT as stated below, it can not be reordered by any of the retail stores. When it is gone, it is gone.
                      Sad but true.

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                      1. re: RobertM

                        When I contacted Aunt Jemima via the website this was the reply:


                        We're sorry you're upset that Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancake Mix was discontinued.
                        Products are usually discontinued because of low sales volume. Even if a product sells well in a particular store or region, when too many store chains stop carrying it nationally, it becomes difficult to continue making and selling it.
                        However, please know that I'll share your comments with marketing. We also invite you to view our current Aunt Jemima products at www.auntjemima.com.
                        Thank you for your business and for sharing your product preferences with us.

                        Quaker Consumer Relations
                        Ref# 026912963A

                        1. re: VirginiaHome

                          Bah, humbug! But that's essentially the answer that Giant gave me a few years back when they first discontinued carrying it: "Not enough sales."

                          I buy lots of things that don't sell like hotcakes, and I often pay more than I think I should for them, but fortunately some manufacturers understand that there's more than just one large group of customers. And others don't care.

                          1. re: VirginiaHome

                            Quaker's reply is no surprise to me.
                            I used to love Aunt Jemimah pancake mix...until the dark day in the mid/late 80's when they revamped the product with a "new and improved" formula (which I've learned is the kiss of death for a favorite product 90% of the time). AJ pancakes once had a great texture from the multiple grain flours used in the original mix. Now, the pancakes from AJ mix are bland, soft, and tasteless. I wrote to them to politely express my sadness over the change, and the reply was basically "we're sorry you don't like it" and sent me 5 coupons...for the 'new improved' AJ pancake mix!

                            After some experimentation I successfully reverse engineered the old formula (with some inadvertent help from them!) and have been enjoying the pancakes I always liked ever since.
                            Quaker foods can go pound salt.

                            1. re: The Professor

                              Hey, post your solution so the rest of us can enjoy....

                        2. I found a great resource for you. The source is at Food Service Direct and the Pepsico Company is who makes Aunt Jenima Buckwheat Pancake and Waffle Mix. I have ordered from Food Service Direct. Individual orders are accepted. You cannot return certain items--so check it out.

                          Food Service Direct is a wholesale restaurant supply house and you don't have to be a restaurant business to order. They have great products.

                          The Buckwheat mix sells for a case of 12 for $38.75. Check under Bulk Food tab and then Mixes... links for info.

                          Web site is below--


                          Good luck--

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                          1. re: menmom1

                            I wonder if FoodServiceDirect will still be able to get the buckwheat mix now that it's been officially declared "discontinued."

                            I don't go through it fast enough to order a case by myself. When it dropped out of sight here in 2000 (a Y2K problem?) I bought half a dozen boxes in California and shipped them home but by the time I opened the 4th box, it had little critters crawling around in it (as did the rest of the lot), so I guess three per order is my limit.

                            If a few folks here would like to go in on a case, I'll take two or three. Any takers?

                          2. You could just call or email Food Service Direct and ask if they have discontinued the product. Also, perhaps they would send you a half case of 6 instead of 12.

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                            1. re: menmom1

                              When Quaker says they've discontinued the product (per VirginiaHome's response from them) it doesn't usually mean they've stopped selling it through retail outlets, it means they've stopped making it. Let's face it. There just aren't enough of us fans for them to justify all the things necessary to keep a product in the line that are other than having the right ingredients and formula.

                              1. re: MikeR

                                I went up to Baltimore and got 10 boxes from the Mars store this week. But after reading your post, I forgot that if you keep em long enough, yep, bugs show up in them. Some friends have taken a few off my hands, If you want to buy a few let me know.

                                1. re: RobertM

                                  You might try storing them in the freezer if you have space.

                                  1. re: Hal Laurent

                                    Thanks, the zip locked bags will work for a box, but I don't have a giant freezer.
                                    A friend of mine has one of those vacuum pump bag deals. I'm sure that would work out side the freezer as well.
                                    Anyway 3 box;s are enough for me to keep. The rest I will try to off load on friends and co workers if interested.

                                    1. re: RobertM

                                      I'd like to contact you so I could get some boxes.


                                      1. re: RobertM

                                        I know that this link is from July and probably too late but if you still have any boxes of the Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancake Mix available or know where I could get some, please advise.

                                        Thank you,

                                        1. re: GaryL

                                          GaryL I have no idea where to get some today. I got some at the Mars stores in Baltimore county. I think I have 6 or 7 box;s left

                                          1. re: GaryL

                                            Apparently it's been discontinued so there's no new stock.


                                            1. re: MikeR

                                              That is why I drove up from DC. I called the corporate office, and spoke to the socking manager, she was unaware of the issue, but told me she had 12 on the shelf and 2 cases in the warehouse. I had to use my GPS to find the place. I purchased all 12 on the shelf. If you live in the DC Balt area you can get some of em from me. Limme know.

                                              1. re: RobertM

                                                Hi Robert:
                                                Do you have any boxes left? I would gladly buy one from you; I am in CA and there is none out here.
                                                Thank you

                                2. Hi:
                                  Whwere online can you buy Aunt Jemima buckwheat pancake mix?My friend's Mom who will be 94 on January 23rd wants some and cannot find it. Please help me surprise her.
                                  Thank you

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                                  1. re: caroleemens

                                    The definitive answer lies here. I sent an email to the company, and they sent me this back;

                                    We're sorry to disappoint you, but we're no longer making Aunt Jemima Buckwheat pancake & waffle mix. I understand how upsetting it can be to find out an old favorite has been discontinued.

                                    There are many reasons why we may discontinue a product, but it's usually because it hasn't met sales expectations. Store chains sometimes stop carrying slower-selling items to make room for new flavors or other products. When too many stores discontinue a product, it becomes difficult to continue making and selling it.

                                    It may interest you to know that you can make buckwheat pancakes by using Aunt Jemima Original pancake mix and buckwheat flour. I’ve listed the recipe below for you:


                                    3/4 cup (175 ml) Aunt Jemima Original pancake mix
                                    1/3 cup (75 ml) buckwheat flour (purchase dark flour)
                                    1/2 tsp (2 ml) baking powder


                                    Stir dry ingredients together and add milk and egg as per package instructions.

                                    We hope you'll continue to enjoy other Aunt Jemima products, Carol. Thanks so much for contacting us.

                                    Quaker Consumer Relations"

                                    I am off to go buy some buckwheat flour at the health food store!

                                    1. re: gemee

                                      That's cool. I'll have to get some buckwheat flour and give it a try. I used to add a little baking power, about 1/2 teaspoon to 1/2 cup of the buckwheat mix so I'll probably add more than the 1/2 tsp in the recipe.

                                      1. re: gemee

                                        Thank you so much, Gemee, for getting a reply from Quaker, and publishing the recipe for us. I have been looking for this item for several years, but assumed it was our local grocery stores that quit on it. Then my son started asking for buckwheat.... The Hodgson Mill buckwheat mix just was not as good, nor are the things they sell in the organic sections of stores. I want regular good-tasting food, not (alleged) organic stuff. I will try your recipe and report my results. And THANKS for going to the trouble of finding out.
                                        Now all I need is Taylor Pork Roll, which became unavailable around here 2 years ago.

                                      2. re: caroleemens

                                        caroleemens, I hope that you see my reply here. I am ALASO in CA.....Central Ca. and I am going to try out the recipe sent to me. You ought to do it also, and we can compare notes. Carol in Central Ca.

                                        1. re: gemee

                                          Hi Carol:
                                          Write to me: caroleemens@yahoo.com and we can compare the results : )
                                          I use to live in Fowler; where are you? I have a great friend in Clovis.

                                          1. re: caroleemens

                                            The following is an email that i sent to Aunt Jemima / Quaker Oats. Please follow up with your own request for them to recontinue this product. Maybe we can make a difference.

                                            Please recontinue this product. I have been eating this since I can remember. Why would you stop making such a great product that is so unique? You had the market all to yourself.

                                            Does a product have to be a major seller to keep making it? Could'nt you maintain this tremendous pancake mix and let your other products carry the sales. From what I have found out on the internet, you would be making a lot of customers happy by making this product available again. Please do the right thing for your customers.



                                            1. re: monkanew

                                              I've just left the following appeal on the Aunt Jemima site:

                                              Buckwheat Pancake Mix:

                                              In a Chowhound forum -- http://bit.ly/chowhoundForum -- I read a couple of responses from AJ regarding the discontinuance of the buckwheat pancake mix, so I am aware of your reasons for disappointing hundreds of thousands of loyal fans of AJ buckwheat pancakes -- like me.

                                              Thus, I am writing to plead our case on another level. It may not be worth your time/money to continue to distribute our breakfast ambrosia on a mass scale, but I would wager a hefty sum that if you resumed the buckwheat pancake line IN LIMITED QUANTITIES and for an escalated price even, we fans would more than justify your efforts. It could be a Premium Americana Nostalgia item, or some such hype. It could even be seasonal! Or annual.(?) As the Chowhound forum thread confirms, we're not picky; we're desperate!

                                              Case in point: here in Nevada, at Von's (Safeway), I bought a box of Hodgson Mill Buckwheat Pancake Mix this week for $6.09! Yep. I paid that -- and I've never even tried that mix before. I have a feeling I'll be disappointed because it isn't AJ, but there it is. Sure, I could take your suggestion and go out and buy some dark buckwheat flour and your regular pancake mix and McGuyver up something, but that isn't the same, is it? Your suggestion makes me feel like an AJ pancake stepchild who doesn't warrant the real thing...

                                              Here's a question: what could it hurt to try a "pilot" buckwheat pancake mix resurrection program and sell those limited quantities in certain sections of the country to see how it goes? I guarantee that we pancake lovers who are NOT in those privileged sections will duplicate what happened in the Chowhound thread last year: we'll be ordering from other customers! The BW pancake mix will sell out!

                                              I know I am but one voice in the breakfast wilderness, but I represent many.

                                              1. re: rogueKitty

                                                Nice try, but I doubt that you'll get anything but a thank -you note. During the first dry spell around here, I had someone send me five boxes from California.

                                                I've used both Hodgson Mill and Bob's Red Mill buckwheat mixes. Both are OK, both a little different, neither enough like Aunt Jemima to call it a replacement, but since I just finished the last of my AJ original buckwheat stash, I suppose I'll learn to accept the alternatives.

                                                I prefer Bob's over Hodgson but I prefer either over any of the "white" or whole wheat pancakes made from mixes, Aunt Jemima's or otherwise. I was willing to try the "make your own" version except:

                                                I could only find buckwheat flour in bags large enough so that one would surely host bugs before I used it up.
                                                If I didn't like the result, I'd be stuck with a box of pancake mix I didn't like and a bag full of flour I had no other use for.

                                                Oh, well, I suppose I can change with the times. Probably you can, as well.

                                                1. re: MikeR

                                                  Oh, MikeR, and the rest of you, don't give up. There's always hope for a change in even the most dire of prognoses; there are also more roads to OZ than that yellow brick one. We should take them.

                                                  When I opened my inbox this morning, I found the following reply from Quaker Consumer Relations (one road):

                                                  Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed our Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancake Mix and reaching out to us on behalf of your fellow Chowhound forum friends. We're sorry we've disappointed all of you by discontinuing it.

                                                  As you know, there are many reasons why we may discontinue a product, although it's usually due to low sales volume on a national scale. Unfortunately, we don't have any direct control over which products the store managers decide to stock on their shelves, so when too many stores nationwide choose to stop carrying a certain item, it becomes very difficult for us to continue making and selling -- even if it had been selling well in certain stores or regions. However, this isn't a decision we took lightly and we regret the disappointment it has caused to loyal fans like yourself.

                                                  I'm sharing your comments and pleas with our sales and marketing teams to let them know how much you'd like to see Aunt Jemima Buckwheat mix return to the shelves. While we never know what the future will bring, I'll be sure to share your idea for reintroducing it again. After all, feedback from our fans is very important to us.

                                                  We appreciate your loyalty to our Aunt Jemima Buckwheat Pancake & Waffle Mix, Gabriella. Thanks for letting us know how we could be better meeting your needs and preferences.

                                                  Quaker Consumer Relations
                                                  A Division of PepsiCo
                                                  Ref# 027319893A

                                                    1. re: RobertM

                                                      'Checked recently on our AJ Buckwheat Mix status -- and... here's Jessica's latest missive:

                                                      Gabrielle and Friends:

                                                      Thanks for following up with us here at Aunt Jemima. I'm sorry to disappoint you and the other Buckwheat Pancake Mix lovers, but we haven't come out with any plans to reintroduce it at this time.

                                                      I'll be sure to let our sales and marketing teams know that you're all still hoping for a comeback. Again, while I can't make any promises, I assure you that feedback from our fans is valuable and we'll keep your comments on record for the future.

                                                      I'm sorry that I didn't have better news for you and your fellow Chowhound members, Gabrielle. Though we do hope that you and your friends can enjoy some of our other great Aunt Jemima Mixes as well.

                                                      Quaker Consumer Relations
                                                      A Division of PepsiCo
                                                      Ref# 027319893B


                                                      'Not encouraging news at present, but things can always change...

                                                      1. re: rogueKitty

                                                        Has anyone tried the recipe for making Aunt Jemima buckwheat mix? I'd gamble on a box of regular pancake mix but I can't find where to buy a small quantity of buckwheat flour locally:

                                                        3/4 cup original pancake mix
                                                        1/3 cup dark buckwheat flour
                                                        1/2 tsp baking powder

                                                        1. re: MikeR

                                                          I have made this recipe a few times, increasing the buckwheat flour component by just a little bit, and, although the result is satisfactory, it still falls short of the real McCoy. The common complaint I have about all such recipes and all pancake mixes is that the pancakes are too "fluffy." That translates to too absorbent, which in turn leads to too soggy when the maple syrup is added.

                                                          1. re: nautico

                                                            Interesting. The following isn't specific to the Buckwheat pancakes, but to the Aun Jemimah mix in general: the AJ pankakes always had a wonderfully fluffy texture until the mid-80's, when they changed the recipe (removing the corn, rye and oat flours that the product used to have). That was the end of AJ for me. They changed the recipe twice since then and the products unfortunately don't have nearly the character they once had. Epic fail.

                                                    2. re: rogueKitty

                                                      I'm not holding my breath on this one. Nice letter, though.

                                                      Has anyone tried the "official recipe" of regular pancake mix + buckwheat flour + baking powder?

                                                      1. re: MikeR

                                                        Yes. But you need whole grain (dark) buckwheat flour. Most of what is sold is not whole grain. I found Bob's Red Mill brand at The Common Market in Frederick MD.
                                                        FYI: Dont forget to follow the directions on the Aunt Jemima Original Pancake mix using the egg, milk, and veg oil in the stated amounts. This is part of the recipe, as well.

                                                        1. re: monkanew

                                                          I don't have to go to Frederick to get Bob's Red Mill. I can get it at my local Shopper's, but a bag full is too much for an experiment.

                                                          And I always make my pancakes with egg, milk, and oil according to the instructions. That's why I don't eat them very often.

                                                          Actually, Bob's has a passable buckwheat pancake mix which I've been buying, alternating with Hodgson Mill, but neither is the same as Aunt Jemima, which I liked better.

                                                          1. re: MikeR

                                                            No. That pancake mix is not made with whole grain buckwheat. The whole grain is the key. That means it is ground with the husks. This is what AJ pancake mix was made with. If AJ is what you want, you need to use this recipe with the whole grain buckwheat flour.
                                                            For me what was special about the AJ Buckwheat mix was the robust flavor. Those other mixes that you have mentioned do not use whole grain. You might as well be eating plain pancake mix.

                                                            1. re: monkanew

                                                              "For me what was special about the AJ Buckwheat mix was the robust flavor. Those other mixes that you have mentioned do not use whole grain. You might as well be eating plain pancake mix."

                                                              Hear, hear! SO well said.

                                                              1. re: rogueKitty

                                                                ditto... ditto. Well said. Aunt Jemima Buckwheat was so good, flavor and texture.

                                                              2. re: monkanew

                                                                Is "dark" buckwheat flour another term describing whole grain?

                                                                Anyone want to split up a 5 pound bag of the right stuff, if you can find it?

                                                                1. re: MikeR

                                                                  Whole grain ("dark") buckwheat flour is actually available from any large health food store, any store catering to people looking for gluten-free products, and even from Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/Buckwheat-Flour...). It will not be difficult to locate.

                                                                  1. re: VinceC

                                                                    What's an "any large health food store" in Arlington/Falls Church? I only know Kennedy's Natural Foods, where I've already looked. None of the nearby Whole Foods has it. I won't buy something like that on line because of the shipping cost. It shouldn't be hard to find locally, but I just don't know where to look. Surely we have healthy eaters in my neighborhood.

                                                                    1. re: MikeR

                                                                      If you are willing to cross the Chain Bridge, the Bethesda Food Coop in Cabin John (http://www.bethesdacoop.org/index.htm) carries it.