Last Updated: May 4, 2023 @ 11:07 am.

What is the best pistachio paste? To find out, we gathered the pistachio enthusiasts among our staff and did a blind taste test with 9 brands. Which is best for making gelato? Best overall smooth texture? Here are the ones we judged as best.

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Pistachio Paste 101

Popular in Italian desserts (especially pastries in Sicily), pistachio paste should probably more accurately called pistachio butter.

Most pistachio butter is made of 100% ground pistachios and nothing else. It’s used like peanut butter as a spread or in baking and gelato making when you want a more intense pistachio flavor. 

Their is an exception to the above: pistachio cream (often confusingly also called paste). It’s a mix of pistachio paste with sugar and other ingredients like milk powder. The cream version is great in sweets and as a topping. Pistachio cream is a bit like Nutella minus the chocolate.

For this article, we tested both pistachio paste and cream. To keep things fair, we hide the brand info in our tests. That way we just judge the taste! Here are the ones that we thought were best.

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Best For Gelato

Also works well for macarons
We loved the texture of this paste, which makes it a smart bet for ice cream, pastries and other baked goods.

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Best Smooth Texture

Dairy free
Great in muffins and cakes, this paste impressed us with its excellent flavor. Also great: the pouch makes it easy to use.
$24.99 ($3.12 / Ounce)

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Best on Bread

Made in Italy
This cream is heavenly as a spread or baked into cookies and cakes. Also great for frosting. Caveat: contains milk powder.
$28.99 ($4.11 / Ounce)

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