The 4 Best



Kitchen tested!

1. Nutmeg

A pungent spice with a warm, sweet taste and a powerful fragrance.

2. Allspice

Incorporates the flavor of cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg in one spice.

3. Cinnamon

Provides less sweetness but a more dominant spicy punch than cloves.

4. Cardamom

A highly fragrant ingredient with minty, citrus-like flavor notes and a spicy undertone.

Whole Vs. Ground

To replace one teaspoon of whole cloves, use ¾ teaspoon of the ground version.

Quick Tip

Check out the specialist grocers in your area to find some bargain priced cloves.


Festive hams look best when cloves are used for decoration and flavor. Don't substitute.


Orange pomanders also look best when cloves are used, so try not to replace them.


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