The Official Grocery List for Every Grand Prize- Winning Bake-Off Recipe!

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After almost a year of writing my Bake-Off blogs every Wednesday, I thought it might be fun to put together the grocery list it took to prepare all fifty winning recipes.  Remember, there are not 44 winners in the last 44 contests, because in Bake-Off’s 23 through 28 there were two grand prize winners in each of those contests, and there was no contest in 1965 (trivia question- do you know why there was no contest that year?), bringing the total number of grand prize winners to fifty.  Also remember the contest changed to every two years starting after contest #27 in 1976.  The next wouldn’t be until 1978. This grocery list is daunting, but remember it was spread over almost a year.  See if you can tell which ingredients are from the ’50’s, ’60’s, ’70’0s, ’80’s, ’90’s, and present time. 

The Official Bake-Off Shopping List for  Grand Prize Winners in Contests 1- through 44

Refrigerated, Dairy, and Frozen Products:

-Crescent Rolls- 10 tubes
-Hungry Jack Biscuits- 2 tubes
-Pizza Crust- 1 tube
-All Ready Pie Crust- 3 boxes
-Refrigerated Peanut Butter Cookies- 1 roll
-Ready-to-Bake Sugar Cookies- 1 roll
-Butter-  32 sticks
-Eggs- 73
-Milk- 9-3/4 cups
-Buttermilk- 1 cup
-Heavy Cream- 1 quart
-Cream Cheese- 4 (3 ounce packages) and 1 (8 ounce package)
-Sour Cream- 4-1/2 cups
-Cottage Cheese- 1 cup
-Orange Juice- 2 cups
-Shredded Cheddar Cheese- one package
-Shredded Mozzarella Cheese- one package
-Parmesan Cheese (small amount)
-Provolone Cheese- 1 package
-Frozen Waffles- one package
-Frozen Broccoli- 2 packages
-Frozen Spinach- 1# bag
-Vanilla Ice Cream- 1 gallon

Baking Items:

-All Purpose Flour- 66-1/2 cups
-Whole Wheat Flour- 4 cups
-Granulated Sugar- 19 cups
-Powdered Sugar- 15-3/4 cups
-Brown Sugar- 7-1/3 cups
-Evaporated Milk- 1 large can
-Sweetened Condensed Milk- 3 cans
-Dry Yeast- 12 (individual) packets
-Solid Vegetable Shortening- 5 cups
-Devil’s Food Cake Mix- 2 packages
-Chocolate Fudge Cake Mix- 1 package
-Yellow Cake Mix- 3 packages
-Brownie Mix- 1 box
-Corn Muffin Mix- 1 box
-Sweetened Flaked Coconut- 1 large package
-Semisweet Chocolate Chips- 5 cups
-Chocolate Squares- 2 ounces
-White Chocolate- 1 package
-Butterscotch Morsels- 1 package
-Hershey Kisses- 1 bag
-Caramels- 1 bag
-Marshmallows- 1 bag
-Cherry Pie Filling- 1 can
-Poppyseed Filling- 1 can
-Butterscotch Caramel Sauce- 1 jar
-Graham Cracker Crumbs- 1 cup
-Dates- 1 cup
-Dried Currants- 1 box
-Dark Raisins- 1 box
-Golden Raisins- 1 box
-Pecans- 10-1/2 cups
-Walnuts- 4 cups
-Almonds- 2-1/4 cups
-Macadamia Nuts- 1 small jar
-Peanuts- 1 small packet
-Hazelnuts (Filberts) – 1 cup

Meats and Poultry:

-Veal- 2 pounds
-Ground Beef- 1-1/2 pounds
-Chicken Thighs- 8
-Chicken Breasts- 4
-Cooked Chicken- 2 cups

Fresh Produce:

-Apples- 16
-Bananas- 2
-Lemons- 8
-Oranges- 1
-Blueberries- 2 cups
-Raspberries- 24
-Celery- 1 bunch
-Zucchini- 4
-Yellow Onions- 4
-Red Onion- 1
-Green Pepper- 2
-Garlic- 1 head
-Parsley- 1 bunch
-Chives- 1 container
-Sage Leaves- 1 container

Canned and Packaged Products:

-Creamy Peanut Butter- 1 jar
-Chicken Broth- 1 can
-Sliced Peaches- 1 can
-Tomato Paste- 1 can
-Pork ‘n Beans- 1 can
-Chickpeas- 1 can
-Pimiento-Stuffed Olives-1 jar
-Dried Bread Crumbs- 1 cup
-Cream of Chicken Soup- 3 cans
-Cream of Vegetable Soup- 1 can
-Dry Onion Soup Mix- 1 packet
-Peach Preserves- 1 small jar
-Raspberry or Strawberry Preserves- 1 small jar
-Applesauce- 1 small jar
-Plain Couscous- 1 box
-Salsa- 1 jar
-Oats ‘n Honey Granola Bars- 4 bars
-Oatmeal- 2 cups
-Rice Krispies Cereal- 2/3 cup
-Croutons- 3/4 cup
-Pasteurized Cheese Spread- 8 ounce jar

Spices Needed:

-Apple Pie Spice
-Black Pepper
-Celery Seed
-Dill Seed
-Garlic Powder
-Garlic Salt
-Italian Seasoning
-Orange Peel
-Onion Flakes
-Parsley Flakes
-Poppy Seeds
-Poultry Seasoning
-Pumpkin Pie Spice
-Sesame Seeds
-Salt – Coarse and Table

Staples and Miscellaneous Items:

-Baking Powder
-Baking Soda
-Unflavored Gelatin
-Yellow Food Coloring
-Vegetable Oil
-Olive Oil
-Maple Syrup
-Corn Syrup
-Worcestershire Sauce
-Dijon Mustard
-2 Tablespoons Brewed Coffee
-And…. 1 small airline-sized bottle of Whiskey!  (Another trivia question-  do you know which recipe used the whiskey?  Which Bake-Off was it?)

12 Responses to The Official Grocery List for Every Grand Prize- Winning Bake-Off Recipe!

  1. March 21, 2012 at 6:02 am #

    Talk about a labor of love; that is quite a shopping list not to mention all the pots and pans that needed washing. While I can’t answer any of your fun trivia questions I can say that your blog should be up for an award!

    Best of luck to all the 2012 PB finalists!

  2. March 21, 2012 at 6:36 am #

    Lisa, as I was writing up the list, I kept thinking about all the pots and pans, too! Kristina and I should have taken pictures of our kitchen labors. Thinking back, I would have to say the recipes that made the biggest messes were the “California Casserole,” Bake-Off #8 from 1956, and “Hungry Boys’ Casserole,” from Bake-Off #15 in 1963. “Apple Pie ’63,” #14, was rather messy, too. Of course, all worth it in the end!

  3. March 21, 2012 at 7:31 am #

    That is a quite a list! I am a 2012 finalist and I hope to met you in Orlando next week.

    I wish Pillsbury would do a video about grocery shopping for the Bake-Off. Grocery shopping for three preparations of 100 different recipes is something I would like to see!

  4. March 21, 2012 at 8:07 am #

    We’ll look forward to meeting you at the Bake-Off, Suzanne. Your breakfast pizza sounds delicious! Good luck!

  5. March 21, 2012 at 1:58 pm #

    I’d like to know the answers to the trivia questions. I hope you post them! I don’t remember seeing you when I was a contestant in 2008, but I think I know who to look for this time, thanks to this blog! I have loved reading all the Bake-Off posts. thanks!

  6. March 21, 2012 at 2:49 pm #

    Hi Valerie! My daughter Kristina and I will be doing blogs all through the Bake-Off, and there will be even more trivia questions. I will definitely answer the above questions, too! I was not at the 2008 Bake-Off, but was at the 2010 with Kristina. We are so excited to be going again, and will look for you on the Bake-Off floor. Good Luck!!

  7. March 21, 2012 at 3:47 pm #

    Will miss these blog posts, but I’m looking forward to the Bake Off blog posts! Enjoy the Bake Off, Debbie!!!!

  8. March 21, 2012 at 8:33 pm #

    Thank you, Ronna! We are so excited to blog from the contest.

  9. March 22, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Have a fantastic time! You and Kristina are doing a perfect job!

  10. March 22, 2012 at 2:40 pm #

    Thanks, Ronna and Lanie!!

  11. March 27, 2012 at 7:13 pm #

    Hi Debbie,
    I enjoyed reading the grocery list and trying to remember which ingredients belonged to which recipes. And, I’m going to answer the trivia qustions. I promise I didn’t look up the answers!
    There was no contest in 1965 because Pillsbury took the time to revamp it. They introduced convenience products like cake mix and refrigerated dough, and dubbed it the Busy Lady contest. Also, the first 16 contests were held early to late fall, and beginning in 1966 the Bake-Off was held early in the year, usually February.
    Whiskey was an ingredient in the 1984 winner, Country Apple Coffeecake. The ingredients included refigerated biscuits, chopped apples, and nuts.

  12. March 29, 2012 at 7:28 am #

    Hi Tim! So good to hear from you! I didn’t know part of the reason there was no contest was because Pillsbury was revamping. I read that it was simply because they decided to change the timing of the contest. Thanks for more insight! And yes, you are right – it was the Country Apple Coffee Cake with the whiskey, which I thought added a great flavor!

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