Has anybody noticed black walnuts for sale in Chicago? I have been ordering them online but shipping is now so expensive that it increases the cost of the nuts by 50%. I need a local source. There's no nut like black walnuts for rich flavor in cookies, cakes, fudge.
I should add, in case anybody else is shopping, that Hammons has 2 x 16-oz bags of "large fancy kernels" for $21, a very favorable price when compared with other sources, but then there is that high shipping charge. I try to think of it as the cost of doing business. Flavor is stronger in fresh black walnuts and these will last well in the freezer. Disclaimer: I don't work for Hammons.
As already noted above, Costco sells Hammons brand black walnuts, and the Hammons website lists five specific Costco locations in the Chicago suburbs which carry them. That doesn't necessarily mean you wouldn't find them at other Costco locations (or that those five will always have them), but... well, that's what it says.
Thanks to all. I have been ordering from Hammons for years but was hoping to avoid their shipping ($11.50 on a $21 order---I don't need $75 worth!). Today I checked the WalMart out on North Avenue, which was said to sell BWs but doesn't. I don't belong to Costco and can't get to Elgin or Barrington so have just now returned to Hammons and ordered. I guess another alternative would be to find a tree and fight the squirrels for the black walnuts.....I think my earliest memory ca 1935 is of my great-grandmother sitting on her cellar stairs cracking black walnuts between a flatiron and a hammer---she had a tree in her back yard. The best thing I use the nuts in is her icebox cookies: Melt a 4-oz stick of butter and mix it with 1 1/2 cups brown sugar, 1 large egg, 1 tsp vanilla, 2 cups flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1 cup black walnuts. Form rolls, refrigerate, slice thin, bake at 375* x 8-10 minutes. Again, thanks for responding. PS Hammons also sells chocolate-covered black walnuts, black walnut caramels, and black walnut brittle, yum.
Hammons black walnuts are available as an add-on item on Amazon*. If you have a super saver shipping order with Amazon - that's a $25 or more order of eligible items (and eligible items are generally anything Amazon stocks and sells themselves, rather than items fulfilled by other companies using Amazon's order processing system) - you can add that item on to the order without paying additional shipping. It's not terribly hard to find $25 of items to order from Amazon; even if you don't buy books or music, nowadays they sell everything from basic foodstuffs to auto parts to just about anything you could imagine, and their prices are usually pretty darn good. So you could get your black walnuts from Amazon without paying anything for shipping them, as long as you do it by buying something else from Amazon (probably at a good price and with free shipping) and adding the black walnuts on.
Disclaimer: I have no association with, or financial interest in, Amazon, other than as a regular customer.
*Ref: Go to www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url...
Two of the biggest nut manufacturers in the country are based in the Chicago area, and each has two retail stores here. I don't know if they have black walnuts, but Amazon sells black walnuts from both companies. I'd try their factory stores:
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. / Fisher Nuts
Corporate website: www.jbssinc.com
Fisher website: www.fishernuts.com
Fisher Nuts Store:
1701 N. Randall Road
Elgin, IL 60123
Hours: 9 AM - 6 PM, M-F; 9 AM - 4 PM, Sat.; Closed Sunday
Fisher Hometown Nut Store:
906 S. Northwest Hwy
Barrington, IL 60010
Hours: 9:30 AM - 6 PM, M-F; 9 AM - 4 PM, Sat.; Closed Sunday
Superior Nut and Candy Co.
Retail Store Locations:
6620 W Irving Park Rd.
Chicago IL 60634
1111 W 40th Street
Chicago IL 60609
There's also a company called Hammons that specializes in black walnuts. They're not locally based - they're in Missouri - but their website ( http://www.hammonsproducts.com ) tells where they're sold locally (click on "where to buy"), and even lists five Costco locations in the Chicago area which sell them. Another of their listed retailers, The Nut and Candy House, is in Wauconda ( www.thenutandcandyhouse.com ).
Wherever you try, you might want to phone ahead first to check before going out to their stores.
Hammons also sells them online; shipping is $10.50-16.50 and free on orders over $75. And some of the black walnuts sold by Amazon are eligible for their free super saver shipping on orders over $25.