If you’re like me, you probably have at least one package of Jiffy Mix in your pantry.
It’s affordable, versatile, consistent, and convenient, a great way to bake up something delicious for your family in, well, a jiffy!
Buckle up for the ultimate guide to Jiffy Mix and some delicious recipes that I know you will love.
History of Jiffy Mix – A Family Owned Company
Jiffy Mix is made by the Chelsea Milling Company, a family-owned business that has been around for over 100 years. It was founded by Harmon S. Holmes in 1901 as a flour mill.
Around the start of the Great Depression, Mabel White Holmes, the daughter-in-law of Harmon, pondered how the family business could help people who had been affected by the economy.
Around this time, Mabel noticed that a friend of her twin sons came by and had flat, lethargic-looking biscuits in his lunch.
She decided she’d find a way to make a pre-made Mix that would help make better biscuits. The little boy’s dad was a single father and could use the help.
In 1930, Mabel’s creation became the first prepared baking Mix for sale to the public. All it needed was a little milk, and it made perfect biscuits every time.
The brand, Jiffy, grew from there by providing affordable baking Mixes that delivered the best results.
Today, Jiffy is still one of the top brands in prepared muffin Mixes. It’s still committed to families and America with a mission to provide the best possible value through high-quality ingredients at a low price.
How is Jiffy Mix made?
The factory is in Michigan in a place called Chelsea, located by Ann Arbor. The assembly line makes 1.6 million boxes a day. These boxes are sent around the country and to 32 countries too.
The brand takes great pride in sourcing its ingredients as locally as possible. As such, all the sugar used comes from Michigan too.
There are now 18 varieties of Jiffy Mix, so grab one and give it a try while supporting America!
Best Ways to Use Jiffy Mix In Your Recipes
With Jiffy Mix, you can make tons of things. The Mixes themselves can be used as the boxes instruct.
If you’re not a fan of baking from scratch, you can’t go wrong by following a box of Jiffy Mix.
But you can also deviate from the directions to make these recipes your own. I have made Jiffy cornbread the traditional oven-baked way and in the air fryer (yes, you can make air fryer cornbread!).
I’ve also made Jiffy jalapeño cornbread which is great if you like some spice, and Jiffy cornbread with creamed corn for those who would prefer not to take any heat.
You can try my recipe for Jiffy corn pudding. I also have a Jiffy corn pudding in the slow cooker, which is great for holidays.
Speaking of holidays, Jiffy cornbread dressing is one that always disappears fast once I serve it.
I’ve made hush puppies, Jiffy pancakes, and meatloaf with Jiffy too.
You can start with my recipes and check back often because I will most certainly continue to use Jiffy Mix in my kitchen. We love it around here.
Jiffy Mix vs. Homemade Mix: Which is Better?
Jiffy Mix has been a baking staple for generations, but is it better than homemade? Well, that really depends on your tastes. Much of the time, when I make Jiffy Mix, no one realizes it came from a box.
You can make Jiffy Mix as the box instructs or add stuff to it to create your own recipes. I love that it’s versatile this way.
It also can save you time. I’ve had gatherings where I needed to make cornbread, and having this mix handy was a huge time-saver.
Some things you make take time, and if you’ve got that time to do it from scratch, that’s wonderful. But other times, you may be too short on time and need a reliable mix.
There are also plenty of people out there who do not know how to bake.
Having products like Jiffy Mix available that deliver reliable results every time makes them more comfortable with baking, allowing them to start exploring the possibilities they can make from that one little box.
The Benefits of Using Jiffy Mix
Using Jiffy Mix is great because:
- It’s affordable, and with prices the way they are, every little bit you can save truly counts.
- It’s versatile, allowing you the option to follow the box or use it in your own recipes.
- It’s reliable – I’ve never had anything turn out bad when I use Jiffy Mix.
- Convenience is a big one, too – there are moments when you need to whip up something quick, and Jiffy Mix always has you covered.
- You’ll save time too…while I do love baking things from scratch, time can absolutely make fools of us all. Jiffy Mix gives me more time to spend with the people I love most.
Jiffy Mix Hacks and Tips for Baking Success
Jiffy Mix is a budget-friendly baking solution for American families.
This brand became a household name by truly serving America what it needed, filling a huge void in the kitchen, and bringing families together.
The iconic blue packaging makes it instantly recognizable on shelves, perhaps as a way to beckon to you that you can make blue-ribbon recipes right out of the box.
But you can also use some tips and tricks to jazz things up and make them your own.
For the Jiffy cornbread mix, you can add ingredients like:
- Maple syrup or honey
- Sour cream
- Shredded cheese
- Brown sugar
As I said, it is so versatile you can use it as a base to create anything.
Jiffy Mix: The Perfect Addition to Your Pantry
Jiffy Mix really is one of those staples you need in your pantry.
With the cornbread mix, you can make so many things (just see my recipes if you need inspiration).
Cornbread muffins are also a snap with this handy mix.
This little blue box truly revolutionized home baking at a time when many baking staples became unaffordable.
Even though our country endured the Great Depression, this humble mix has always been popular for home baking ever since that time.
Now more than ever, it still gives us an affordable way to bake for our families.
At its very roots of creation, its intent was to help make delicious baked goodies for those that either couldn’t afford to bake from scratch or simply didn’t know how.
Now, this versatile ingredient can be used in all types of cooking. I have an awesome meatloaf recipe using Jiffy Mix that you’ve got to try.
When you have Jiffy Mix in your pantry, you can pretty much do anything!
How Jiffy Mix Keeps it Traditional
Things change, but some things stay traditional, which is something Jiffy Mix aims to do. It has had such an impact on American cuisine, despite never advertising or offering coupons.
I love that this brand truly has stuck to its roots. In fact, it really hasn’t changed at all, keeping the focus on quality ingredients that are sourced locally in Michigan.
You’ll see so many other brands attempt to revolve or adapt to changing tastes and trends, but not Jiffy Mix. They know they have amazing products.
Jiffy Mix sticks to the traditional, which is why it remains so versatile.
It allows you to get creative by giving you a basic format. According to Howdy Holmes, the great-grandson of the founder of Jiffy Mix, they are focused on that value at the core.
That means quality ingredients at a low price. He’s stated that the brand will never come out with odd flavors like lime, kiwi, or other options because they’re a staple supplier.
It’s why Jiffy Mix is a source of nostalgia for many Americans. It reminds us of baking with our grandmothers and mothers.
It brings our families together in the kitchen, and that’s what really is at the heart of American families and old-fashioned family values.
How Jiffy Mix Has Inspired Home Cooks and Bakers
It may be basic, but there’s something great about Jiffy Mix. To have baked goods ready in a “jiffy” gives new cooks and bakers a taste of success in the kitchen.
Once you get comfortable making what’s in the Jiffy Mix box, you feel more comfortable exploring outside those confines.
This is why Jiffy Mix still serves as a base for many of us – even me, who loves to bake from scratch – to add our own personal touches.
It’s a family tradition for so many households too. While some people love it, there are definitely some that don’t.
But going back to the beginning of Jiffy Mix, it was created as a way to bring families together in the heart of the home, the kitchen.
You can add things to it to reflect your own tastes and enhance it to your palate.
I simply love that the creators of Jiffy Mix did so with a heart of intent to help someone else.
Now that legacy endures as millions of people use this simple blue-topped box in their kitchens to create something special to enjoy around the table together.
FAQs About Jiffy Mix
Now that you know a bit more about Jiffy Mix, its history, and how it can help you in your kitchen, here are some common FAQs about America’s favorite cornbread mix.
Jiffy Creates The Following Products
- Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix
- Honey Corn Muffin Mix
- Vegetarian Corn Muffin Mix
- Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix
- Banana Muffin Mix
- Blueberry Muffin Mix
- Raspberry Muffin Mix
- Golden Yellow Cake Mix
- Fudge Brownie Mix
- Pie Crust Mix
- Pizza Crust Mix
- Buttermilk Biscuit Mix
- Baking Mix
- Buttermilk Pancake and Waffle Mix
Can I Use Jiffy Cornbread Mix for Muffins?
As long as you have a muffin pan, you can use Jiffy Cornbread Mix to make muffins.
You’ll follow the directions on the box and make sure you line the muffin tins with liners.
I love serving cornbread as cornbread muffins because it’s easy to put out on a tray that everyone can grab as they, please.
What Can I Use as Jiffy Cornbread Mix Add-Ins?
Honestly, you’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to what you can add-in to your Jiffy Cornbread. Here are some quick ideas:
- Browned butter
- Greek yogurt
- Maple syrup
- Corn (either fresh, frozen, or canned creamed corn)
- Cooked bacon
- Cooked breakfast sausages
- Cooked chorizo
- Shredded cheese (cheddar, pepper jack, mozzarella, or whatever else you like)
- Pecans and walnuts
- Fresh or frozen berries
- Sun dried tomatoes
- Pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice
- Cajun seasoning
Feel free to get creative and throw in your favorite things!
How to Store Jiffy Mix?
Thankfully, Jiffy Mix is packaged in such a way that it stays fresh.
You should keep your boxes of mix in a cool and dry place, like your pantry.
You should also keep track of the date listed under “best if used by” on your box.
Jiffy Mix can be stored longer by putting the package itself into a plastic freezer bag.
You can then seal it and put it in the refrigerator or freezer.
If you do choose to refrigerate or freeze the mix, you should make sure you let it come to room temperature before you use it.
Is Jiffy Mix Gluten-Free?
If you can’t have gluten, then you will need to stay away from Jiffy Mix. There are no versions of it without gluten. Each box contains wheat flour in the ingredients.
No matter what your meal plans are, be sure to include some Jiffy Mix. There are so many different types that you will fall in love with the brand.