Allspice is a single spice and Mixed spice IS the blend of several spices

Allspice Same as Mixed Spice – NO, they are NOT

Do not mistake allspice as the mixed spice because these two are totally different. I nearly made that mistake when following a recipe. It asked for mixed spice. At first thought, I wanted to grab the allspice but my doubtful and curious mind stopped me. I will share with you here, what they are and how to use them. You need to be careful of that first thought – Allspice Same as Mixed Spice. This could lead to an unpleasant taste. You don’t want this. Are you curious to know what I intend to cook or bake? Now, read on to find out…

What is the Difference Between Allspice and Mixed Spice

Some spices looked alike and you will need to use your sense of smell to identify them

At a glance, you would not be able to differentiate both of these spices if they are not labelled. Actually, if you were to put these out together with five spice powder and ground cinnamon, it will be difficult to tell. Unless, you use your smell receptors in your nose – your sense of smell.

I know what five-spice powder is. If you do not and want to know, click here.

You and I know cinnamon very well. Are you buying the true cinnamon? Click here to find out.

Let’s get back to the topic.

What is Allspice

Also known as pimenta or Jamaica pimenta, allspice is NOT a mixture of a variety of spices. Pretty sure you thought it was. Me too.

It is a single spice made from dried, unripe berries from a tropical tree called Pimenta dioica.

Allspice is also known as Pimenta or Jamaica Pimenta

The flavour and aroma of allspice will have you think of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. For this reason, it leads to its name – allspice.

How to Use Allspice in Cooking

Although it is commonly used in savoury dishes, it can be used in baking too.

The popular dish Jamaican Jerk Chicken uses allspice. This is a typical Jamaican dish that reflects the spice’s Caribbean origins.

You may add allspice to any slow-cooked dishes such as stews, casserole and curries. Also, a good addition to barbecue sauce or meat seasoning. It gives the dish a unique sweet and spicy flavour.

Additionally, you may consider to spice up your vegetables. Simply sprinkle allspice over vegetables prior to roasting.

In baking, you can use it in gingerbread, spice cookies or any spice-driven desserts.

What is Mixed Spice

Also known as pudding spice, mixed spice is a combination of a variety of spices namely cinnamon, coriander seed, caraway, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice and mace.

It has a warm, spicy and sweet flavour and aroma.

How to Use Mixed Spice

It is often used in baking and pairs well with fruits or desserts.

Does a Hot Cross Bun sound good to you? It may not be Easter now, but for me, any time is a good time for a soft and warm aromatic bun. It is a treat. Yes, it uses mixed spice. You may want to save the recipe for coming Easter 2019. Time flies, you know.

Both of these use mixed spice to give the warm, spicy and sweet flavour

The Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake uses mixed spice too. In fact, this got me writing and sharing this article – thought – allspice same as mixed spice. Once again, I am telling you – it is NOT.

Try this,

French Toast - Simply sprinkle a tiny pinch of mixed spice to the egg mixture before you soak the bread slices.

Fruit Salad – Sprinkle a pinch on top of your fruit salad. Alternatively, whip the mixed spice into yoghurt or whipped cream used as toppings on fruit dishes.

Smoothies – Add a pinch to your favourite fruit and berry smoothie.

Also, try sprinkling some into apple pies, fruit crumbles and stewed fruit.

Make Your Own Mixed Spice – Why NOT

Make you own to suit your palateI encourage you to make your own! Fresher than any store-bought mix. Most importantly, there isn’t any preservative or unpronounceable ingredients. Do you agree?

Typically, mixed spice contains 3 basic spices:

  1. 1. Cinnamon
  2. 2. Nutmeg
  3. 3. Allspice

The common additions are:

  • • Cloves
  • • Ginger
  • • Coriander
  • • Caraway
  • • Mace

Follow this simple mix:

  • • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • • 1 tablespoon Nutmeg
  • • 1 tablespoon Allspice
  • • 2 teaspoons Mace
  • • 1 teaspoon Cloves
  • • 1 teaspoon Coriander
  • •1 teaspoon Ginger

If you are using ground spices, measure them accordingly and transfer them to a jar.

For whole spices, grind each spice individually using a spice grinder and measure each accordingly before transferring to a jar.

When all spices are added to the jar, mix them thoroughly. Store it in a cool, dark place.

Making your own, you be able to add or minus any of these spices to suit your palate. Feel free to tweak the proportions. Be creative – make your own signature blend!

Substitutes for Allspice and Mixed Spice

You may find a recipe using both allspice and mixed spice but take note that you cannot use them interchangeably.

Allspice substitute

Combine the following:

  • • ½ teaspoon Cinnamon
  • • ½ teaspoon Cloves
  • • ½ teaspoon Nutmeg

Mixed spice substitute

Make your own! Simply follow the above method.

Conclusion for – "Allspice Same as Mixed Spice"

Did I clear your confusion? I did mine. So, if a friend asks you – What is the difference between allspice and mixed spice, you will be able to give a confident answer. Yes, no?

Allspice is a single spice which is made from berries. This name has certainly deceived many people, thinking it was a blend of ‘mixed spices’.

Mixed spice IS a blend of several spices as the name says so. Go on, create your own mixed spice. It will be fun. If you do not have a spice grinder, click here to check out an affordable and practical Spice Grinder.

I hope this article will be useful to you. Please share your experience in using these spices. Perhaps, you have a recipe to share? No matter how simple it is, I would love to know how else to use these spices. So, are you going to try the Traditional Christmas Fruit Cake? I will… As of today, 17 weeks to Christmas.

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Did you know

Christopher Columbus discovered allspice in the Caribbean. In fact, he was seeking PEPPER but never seen the real ones before.

He thought allspice was PEPPER!

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Sharon is on a career break, minding her family. During her free hours, she loves sharing her passion for herbs and spices. She learned how to build this website at Wealthy Affiliate University. If you have a passionate topic and would love to share, click here to learn how to build your own profitable website!

6 Replies to “Allspice Same as Mixed Spice – NO, they are NOT

  1. HI Sharon,

    I didn’t realize that they are two different spices until now.

    Thanks for clarifying.

    I haven’t used any of the two but will try one time. I’m sure it will add more flavor to recipes involved.

    I usually cook simple dishes because I have full time job and never have enough time. Of course at home, it’s not only cooking, there’s laundry, cleaning up, organization, the list is endless.

    I love cooking for my family though,and if I have time, usually on weekends, I google for new recipes. So reading your post, I will be inspired to look for recipes using either Allspice or mixed spice .

    Great post!


    1. Hello Marita,

      Thank for stopping by.

      Yes, I fully understand all the work that need to be done at home while holding a full time job. I have been there. The greatest joy cooking for the family is when we do it together. Can be chaotic but we hear laughter. And enjoying the food together. Isn’t this the best time for bonding?

      You can easily google for the recipes but if you bake, do try the traditional Christmas fruit cake. The aroma itself will draw the family’s attention. 

      Other ways to easily use allspice and mixed spice is to sprinkle onto your vegetables before roasting. Try adding mixed spice to your smoothie or sprinkle over fruits salad. Enjoy! Let me know how you like it.

      Have a good day!


  2. Hi Sharon,
    I never used allspice because I did not know in what food to put. I like to put spices in the food, now I will take your advice and try allspice in my smoothies. It looks very tasty. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hello Maja,
      Nice to see you here again.
      Good to know that you like to spice up your food.
      Now you know how to use it, try to incorporate into your diet more. Allspice is beneficial for health too. It has anti-inflammatory, carminative, and anti-flatulent properties. Also, it carries a great amount of vitamin A and C, and minerals – potassium, manganese, iron, copper, selenium, and magnesium.
      Enjoy your smoothie!


  3. Nice post, Sharon, I didn’t know the difference. I do quite a bit of cooking but never knew the what the difference was. Good to know this I may start using it more for a better flavor in my foods. I’m glad that I did learn something new today. Thanks a lot.

    1. Hello Fred. If you have allspice, try using it more often. Besides enhancing the flavour of your dishes, it beneficial for health too. It has anti-inflammatory, antiviral and antifungal properties. Also, high in antioxidants.

      Happy cooking!

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