re: Williams Sonoma Baking Mixes
Ever tried them? Are they overpriced? Worth the money? The Toronto Star on Saturday did a comparison of the WS Brownie Mix to other brand mixes and a homemade recipe.
I have bought the WS Spiced Pumpkin Quickbread Mix 2 years in a row when it was reduced to $2.99 from $16.00 (Canadian). It is good, not sure why: is it the quality of the vanilla they use or better quality spices?
But I would never pay the regular price.
I've tried two mixes that I can think of...the first is maple pecan pancake mix. My mom used to buy it all the time, and they were delicious pancakes! I haven't seen that mix in a while though, so it's possible they stopped carrying it years ago. More recently I got the Bouchon Bakery Yeasted Waffles mix as a gift...they were very tasty, but since the mix ran out I've gone back to making my own waffle batter (which is just as good).
I think if I were to buy their mixes myself, it would be like when you did...when they're on sale! When I was in high school I always waited for their after Christmas sale so I could buy boxes of their marshmallows for $1/each and have a s'mores party. Otherwise I'd have to hope for them as a gift. My graduate school stipend doesn't allow me to shop there for myself at full-price.