“I always assumed it was an old family recipe passed down from my grandmother. When I found out the truth, I was floored.“
Chances are you have a family recipe or favorite recipe that holds a special place in your heart. But what happens when you discover that this dish holds a secret you never knew existed? People from the BuzzFeed community and the r/Cooking subreddit are sharing the surprising cooking secrets they discovered to be true that have rocked their culinary worlds ever since.
“My grandma used to bring her special cheese dip for the holidays and she told us it was a special family recipe. Two years ago, my mother finally gave me the recipe. I found out it’s just a Rotel dip.”
“I worked at a high-end restaurant known for its cheesecake. It was just cream cheese and marshmallow fluff mixed together and then stuffed into store-bought graham cracker crusts.”
“The spinach dip recipe on the Knorr vegetable soup mix pack is my secret weapon. People always ask for the recipe when I make it. They look shocked when I tell them to go to the grocery store and buy the soup mix to discover the recipe.”
“My grandmother is Italian and people always assume that she needs to make delicious, authentic Italian food. As it turns out, our ‘Family Sauce Recipe’ is super easy and not at all unique. Anyone could do it. What makes it good is practice and just let it simmer all day.”
“I begged my grandmother for her brownie recipe and she finally gave in. It’s Betty Crocker’s super fudge, but she mixes in the packet of fudge instead of putting it on top of the box.”
“My secret fudge recipe, which has been kept under wraps for decades, is literally just melting chocolate chips and adding sweetened condensed milk. Everyone in my family thinks I’m this professional fudge maker.”
“For decades I thought my grandmother’s pumpkin pie was homemade and the best I’ve ever had. No, just the recipe from the back of Libby’s canned pumpkin!”
“My wife came back from Norway and told me how she fell in love with a magical spice that everything tasted amazing. We looked for it everywhere. It’s MSG. A dash of MSG powder can really elevate a dish. People can be so afraid of it because they have been fed misinformation about its health effects. So unless a guest specifically mentions an allergy, I will continue to add MSG to my food without telling anyone.
“Everyone thinks I make the best of the best chocolate chip cookies. I follow the recipe on the back of the Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies exactly.”
“I begged my grandmother for her banana pudding recipe and now people are asking me to make it. It’s the recipe from the back of the Nilla waffle box.”
“My friend is always amazed at how good my scrambled eggs taste. He is convinced that I have magical stirring powers. I finally realized that he doesn’t know I use a lot of butter and I feel like I can’t tell now. “
“My Snickerdoodle recipe is a family favorite. Everyone loves her. They’re actually chunks of Pillsbury sugar cookie dough rolled in cinnamon and sugar. It’s stupid easy, but I’ll never tell.”
“When I was a kid, we had a recipe for oyster dressing that was like a family tradition. On my first Thanksgiving away from the family, I called my aunt to get the recipe, pen and paper in hand. Her secret: ‘Take a packet of filling and throw in a can of oysters.’ Oddly enough, after that conversation, it’s never tasted so good.”
“My mom made the BEST banana bread growing up and later told me she uses the recipe on the back of the gold medal flour. It’s delicious every time!”
“On the back of Crisco’s vegetable fat label is a recipe for Cranberry Oatmeal. Even people who claim to hate oatmeal cookies always tell me they will only eat my ‘homemade’ version.”
“My grandmother’s ‘secret’ fudge recipe is the one on the back of the marshmallow fluff jar.”
“I inherited my grandmother’s cookbooks when she died, all handwritten recipes. That’s when I found out their famous baked beans started with a can of baked beans.”
“I received my grandmother’s recipe box and I was so excited. Then I realized it was almost exclusively the back label cutouts of quick cook meals.”
“I have a friend who is a baker. It turns out she only adds sour cream to boxed cake mixes.”
“My ‘secret recipe’ for green bean casserole is literally the recipe from the back of the French fried onion box, with bacon and grilled onions. It’s a hit every year.”
“My favorite chocolate cake came from the recipe on the back of Hershey’s cocoa mix box. People love it every time I make it!”
“I knew this old lady who was famous for her cookies. One day she asked a restaurant to bake her cookies and as a result they started doing very well (always sold out cookies). Everyone knew her cookies contained Bisquick, but no one knew her exact recipe. Turns out she used the recipe on the back of the box!”
“My mom makes the most amazing chocolate chip cookies. I ended up asking her where her recipe came from, assuming it was passed down from my grandmother or something. She tells me it’s the Toll House recipe.
“After my grandmother died, there was a fight over her pecan pie recipe. As it turns out, it was on the back of the Karo Syrup Bottle the entire time.”
“When I cook something that requires breadcrumbs, I use chicken-flavored stovetop filling instead. I also use them as mini croutons in my salads.”
“Whenever I make a cheese sauce, I add a piece of processed cheese like Kraft singles. It basically turns it into Velveeta. It revolutionized my homemade mac ‘n’ cheese game.”
So, what’s a surprising cooking secret or recipe hack that will have you saying, “Wow, I wasn’t expecting that.” Tell us in the comments below!