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June 2018

Spice Price Comparison: How Old Town Spice Shop Stacks Up

Whether you’re an expert chef or just learning the basics, we all know that a dish is only as good as the quality of the ingredients in it. The spices used to flavor your dishes are an integral part of the process, and therefore, a core lineup of fresh, quality spices is essential to creating tasty meals that your family will be begging you to serve time and time again.

We also know that you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for something that you can just as easily pick up on your next trip to the grocery store or online spice store. So where do you get the best of the best spice-wise while also being kind to your pocketbook? We’re glad you asked.

It’s a common misconception that we are generally more expensive than spices you can buy elsewhere. Prices at our herbs and spices store are actually quite competitive compared to grocery store spices and spices that you can purchase online. One thing is for sure: we are higher quality and while we can’t compare to dollar dust spices, we generally are competitive with any name-brand product at the grocery store. Don’t believe us? Well, we decided to do a little price comparison between our spices and common store-bought spices to see who comes out on top price-wise when it comes to four of the most common spices you will inevitably use in your next recipe: chili powder, black pepper, cinnamon, and Italian seasoning. We also compared two of the most common brands (McCormick and Spice Islands) amongst three common spice retailers (Amazon, Walmart, and King Soopers). Amazon pricing is subject to fees and restrictions, including but not limited to Amazon Prime and Amazon Pantry memberships.

Here’s what we discovered:

Chili Powder

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick Chili Powder

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $2.29 ($0.92/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for $2.44 ($.98/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $6.43 ($2.57/oz)

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New Mexico chili powder – 2.5 oz jar for $4.50 ($1.80/oz)

Spice Islands Chili Powder

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $14.56 ($5.83/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for $5.53 ($2.21/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $6.25 ($2.50/oz)

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New Mexico chili powder – 2.5 oz jar for $4.50 ($1.80/oz) $1.80/oz

When it comes to chili powder, Old Town Spice Shop’s New Mexico Chili Powder is more cost-effective than Spice Islands’ prices and lands right about in the middle compared to McCormick’s at most retailers. In addition, Old Town Spice Shop carries a variety of chili powders with more than 20 different chillies.

In the spice world, McCormick is usually one of the most price-conscious options and is sold in plastic containers, while Spice Islands is usually a bit higher quality and comes in a glass jar, which helps hold in freshness.

Black Pepper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick Black Pepper

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $2.08 ($0.83/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for  $2.50 ($1.00/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $5.00 ($2.00/oz)

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Black ground peppercorn – 2.5 oz jar for $6.00 ($2.40/oz)

Spice Islands Black Pepper

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $13.10 ($5.24/oz)

Walmart – N/A

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $7.13 ($2.85/oz)

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Black ground peppercorn – 2.5 oz jar for $6.00 ($2.40/oz)

Black pepper seems to range anywhere from $0.83/oz to $5.24/oz, depending on brand and retailer. Our Old Town Spice Shop black ground peppercorn is most closely priced to Spice Islands and even comes in a bit cheaper generally. In addition to its price, our black ground peppercorn is fresh ground in our local warehouse before its packaged. We don’t buy any pre-ground peppercorns. Quality and freshness is key when it comes to choosing pepper for your homemade dishes and that’s what Old Town Spice Shop delivers.

Cinnamon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick Cinnamon

Amazon –  2.3 oz jar for $1.29 ($0.54/oz)

Walmart – 2.3 oz jar for $2.98 ($1.30/oz)

King Soopers – 2.3 oz jar for $3.99 ($1.73/oz)

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Cassia Cinnamon, Korintje, Ground – 2.3 oz jar for $3.45 ($1.50/oz)

Spice Islands Cinnamon

Amazon – 2.3 oz jar for $18.14 ($7.89/oz)

Walmart – .3 oz jar for $5.42 ($2.36/oz)

King Soopers – 2.3 oz jar for $5.99 ($2.60/oz)

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Cassia Cinnamon, Korintje, Ground – 2.3 oz jar for $3.45 ($1.50/oz)

Cinnamon is a staple spice for many households. Luckily, you can get our fresh ground cinnamon for a better price than Spice Islands’ cinnamon at all of our comparable retailers. The price of our cinnamon is also similar to what you might pay for McCormick cinnamon, our just happens to be fresher, tastier, and local.

Italian Seasoning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

McCormick Italian Seasoning

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $2.00 ($0.80/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for $9.55 ($3.82/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $19.30 ($7.72/oz)

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Italian seasoning – 2.5 oz jar for $12.50 ($5.00/oz)

Spice Islands Italian Seasoning

Amazon – 2.5 oz jar for $21.00 ($8.40/oz)

Walmart – 2.5 oz jar for $17.20 ($6.88/oz)

King Soopers – 2.5 oz jar for $23.05 ($9.22/oz)

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Italian seasoning – 2.5 oz jar for $12.50 ($5.00/oz)

When it comes to Italian seasoning, the prices really run the gamut, running anywhere from Amazon’s McCormick offering at $0.80/oz to King Soopers’ Spice Islands offering at $9.22 oz. Old Town Spice Shop comes in right in the middle at $5/oz.

At Old Town Spice Shop, your local spice shop, not only are we price conscious, but spices truly are our life. Because this is our business, we can ensure the highest quality spices, blends, salts, sugars, extracts, peppers, and teas. We buy in bulk and fresh grind, blend, and package everything in-house, making them fresher than you can get even at many other spice shops. Taste the difference that fresh spices, blends, seasonings, teas, and other products can make in your life…while still paying a reasonable price. Sounds like a win-win to us!