Food & Drink

19 Copycat Recipes That Taste Better Than The Store-Bought Originals

Convenience need not trump taste.
08/01/2013 09:05am ET | Updated August 6, 2014

We've all fallen victim to culinary laziness after a long, hard day. It takes close to no effort to pop open a sack of chips, rip open a wrapped Hostess cupcake or make a quick stop for a greasy bagged burger at the drive-thru.

But convenience need not trump taste. Food can be so much more enjoyable when made at home -- thanks, in part, to freshness and less-processed ingredients. So, we're particularly excited by copycat recipes that let us have the best of both worlds: delicious indulgences made and enjoyed in the comfort of our own homes. We put together some of our top picks for homemade alternatives -- including Hostess' snack cakes, Cinnabons and McDonald's Big Mac -- that taste way, way better than the original.

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1
Instead Of Baked! Lays...
Simply Recipes
Try the Oven-Fried Potato Chips Recipe by Simply Recipes
2
Instead Of Hostess Ding Dongs...
Beantown Baker
Try the Homemade Ding Dongs Recipe by Beantown Baker
3
Instead Of Fruit By The Foot...
Our Best Bites
Try the Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups Recipe by Our Best Bites
4
Instead Of Store-Bought Basil Pesto Hummus...
Simply Recipes
Try the Basil Hummus Recipe by Simply Recipes
5
Instead Of Dunkin' Donuts' Blueberry Cake Donut...
How Sweet It Is
Try the Glazed Blueberry Cake Donut Recipe by How Sweet It Is
6
Instead Of Jamba Juice's Apple 'N Greens Smoothie...
A Spicy Perspective
Try the Green Smoothie Recipe by A Spicy Perspective
7
Instead Of Hostess Cupcakes...
With Sprinkles On Top
Try the Homemade Hostess Cupcake Recipe by With Sprinkles On Top
8
Instead Of McDonalds' Big Mac...
Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
Try the Homemade Healthier Big Macs Recipe by Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice
9
Instead Of Red Lobster's Biscuits...
Gimme Some Oven
10
Instead Of Gas Station ICEEs...
How Sweet It Is
Try the Melon Slush Recipe by How Sweet It Is
11
Instead Of Cinnabons...
Kelly Senyai/Epicurious
Try the Homemade Cinnamon Rolls Recipe by Epicurious
12
Instead Of Auntie Anne's Pretzel Nuggets...
Annie's Eats
13
Instead Of Gerber 1st Foods Sweet Potatoes...
Weelicious
Try the Sweet Potato Pudding Recipe by Weelicious
14
Instead Of Jamba Juice's Peanut Butter Moo'd Smoothie...
Macheesmo
15
Instead Of Chipotle's Barbacoa Tacos...
Bev Cooks
16
Instead Of Dunkin' Donuts' Peanut Butter Kreme Donut...
How Sweet It Is
Try the Peanut Butter Cream Filled Donut Recipe by How Sweet It Is
17
Instead Of Smucker's Magic Shell...
James Ransom/Food52
Try the Magic Shell Recipe by Food52
18
Instead Of Kellogg's Pop Tarts...
A Beautiful Mess
Try the Homemade Pop Tart Mixology Recipe by A Beautiful Mess
19
Instead Of Drake's Devil Dogs...
What's Cooking in your World?
Try the Homemade Devil Dogs Recipe by What's Cooking in your World?
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