Don't worry - I won't call you ghetto or gross if you admit that you use generic spices. I do. And well yeah, I am kind of trashy. So take what you will from this post.
I want to show you though how generic spices did not effect my cookie making this year. I use Almond Extract a lot. Seriously. Weird, I know. Last Christmas, I made cookies using McCormack's over priced bottle of Almond Goodness.
Now this year, I used Almond Extract bought at my favorite family-friend Dollar Tree on Route 3A in Weymouth. Here are this year's creations:
My review: all the cookies tasted and looked the same. Only I saved about $5 for that little 1 ounce bottle by just picking it up at the Dollar Tree instead of neighboring Stop & Shop.
So if you haven't crossed over to the dark side of generic spices, you should. It will be our little secret. I just leave my generic spices in the container and am proud of them when company is over - but if you like to keep the look of class and whatnot - feel free to just dump them into a nice spice holder or whatever spice contraption your husband or kids got you for Christmas.