Last Updated: Oct 15, 2021 @ 3:08 pm.

What are the best walnuts for baking? For snacks? To find out, we did a blind taste test with 7 brands. Which had the best flavor? The best bang for the buck? Here are the ones we recommend.

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Best Walnuts: Our Taste Tests!

Let’s talk walnuts!

When storing walnuts, remember that walnuts have a high oil content. That’s why many brands recommend storing walnuts in a refrigerator or freezer.

The California Walnut Board has this advice on getting the most out of your walnuts: 

“Walnuts go rancid when exposed to warm temperatures for long periods of time. Heat causes the fat in walnuts to change structure, which creates off odors and flavors. Fresh walnuts smell mildly nutty and taste sweet. If your walnuts smell like paint thinner, you know they’re rancid. And if they’re rancid, you should throw them away!”

Walnuts are commonly used in baking (cookies, anyone?), but we know folks also like walnuts on salads, hot cereal and even in smoothies.

One important note: be aware that packages may contain pieces or parts of the walnut shell, even if you buy shelled walnuts.

And, yes, walnuts are gluten free—but that doesn’t mean these nuts are processed in a facility that is wheat-free. In fact, many brands note they are processed in facilities that also process wheat, eggs and other nuts.

To find the best walnuts, we did a blind taste test. We were looking for best flavor as well as overall value (and having a resealable bag is helpful as well). 

Here are the ones we’d recommend:

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Best Budget-Friendly

Flavorful—with no GMO's
Loved these very tasty walnuts (mostly halves) that are easy on the wallet. Also nice: resealable bag. Very flavorful.
$13.75 ($0.34 / Ounce)

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Best Tried & True Brand

Great for baking
The flavor of these walnuts won over our testers—and we liked the huge, resealable bag. Excellent for Mexican wedding cookies! No preservatives.
$7.63 ($0.24 / Ounce)

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Best Organic Walnuts

Imported from Chile
Loved the flavor and texture of these walnuts, which are USDA organic. Great for salads. Unlike others we tried, there wasn't a bitter nut in this bag.
$24.99 ($0.78 / Ounce)

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Best Raw Walnuts

Wonderful flavor
Yes, they are a bit pricey (per ounce), but these walnuts were judged very delicious—great for baking or just snacking. USDA organic and no GMO's.
$9.99 ($0.83 / Ounce)

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