Last Updated: Apr 26, 2023 @ 11:07 am.

What are the best macadamia nuts? We ordered in mac nuts from 9 brands and then did a blind taste test. Which were most tasty? Best for baking? Here are the winners.

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The Secrets To Great Popcorn

Here at the home office, we take our popcorn seriously.

We’ve tried all the standard ways of making popcorn—stovetop, air-popped, microwave and more. 

Along the way, we’ve learned these key secrets to amazing popcorn:

• Toppings are essential. The butter toppings reviewed below are essential for great air-popcorn . . . that’s because salt won’t stick as well.

• Not any salt will do. The best popcorn salt is FINELY ground. Forget Kosher salt or other coarsely ground salt—it won’t stick. Later in this article, we’ll recommend a salt plus topping combo that is a fave.

• Topping or popping? All the top popcorn butters in this article can either be used topping or popping—that is, oil to pop kernels!

Here are our top popcorn butter options:

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Best for Baking

Very delicious!
Loved these mac nuts—our readers say they are excellent in cookie recipes. No GMO's. Must be refrigerated after opening! Liked the dry roasted with sea salt taste.
$15.19 ($1.69 / Fl Oz)

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Best Budget-Friendly

Tasty and crisp
Yes, mac nuts can be pricey—but these nuts are delicious AND easy on the wallet (on a per ounce basis). Small batch roasted. Somewhat crunchier than others we tried.
$29.97 ($1.25 / Ounce)

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Best Hawaii Grown

Just the right amount of salt
Crunch and fresh, we liked these mac nuts that are 100% grown in Hawaii. A bit less salt than others we tested, yet still very yummy.
$29.99 ($1.25 / Ounce)

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Best Raw Nuts

Imported from Kenya
Unlike other we tested, these macadamia nuts were NOT dry roasted and have no salt. No GMO's. Great for cooking.
$11.14 ($1.39 / Ounce)

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Finding the Best Macadamia Nuts: Tips & Advice

Let’s talk macadamia nuts.

Did you know that macadamia nuts are native to Australia? 

According to new research quoted in the Guardian, a small town in Queensland is the origin of 70% of the world’s macadamia nuts:

“New research into the fatty seed has revealed the world’s dominant commercial cultivar – grown in Hawaii – originated from a single tree in southern Queensland from the 19th century.

Native to Australia, macadamia trees are only found naturally in southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. The Hawaiian macadamia industry was grown from one cultivar from Australia that was repeatedly cloned.”

When shopping for mac nuts, consider these tips:

• Macadamia nuts are very oily! They can go rancid if exposed to heat. Hence, it might be best to order these nuts to be shipped in the cooler parts of the year.

• Store mac nuts in a fridge. Again, macadamia nuts can go bad if left out at room temperature.

• If you buy salted macadamia nuts for baking, consider adjusting recipes to reduce salt. Yes, you can use the macadamia nuts recommended in this article for baking cookies and other items—but since these nuts are salted, you may need to reduce the salt in your cookie recipe as a result.

After doing a blind taste test with several major brands, here are our favorite macadamia nuts! Enjoy!

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