We tried five popular boxed brownie mixes — and one was much more chewy


Perhaps there is no more intense craving for chocolate. The sudden urge for rich and decadent sweetness can only be subdued and immediately noticed by the most cocoa-preempted desserts ever. Almighty brownie..

However, a search on Amazon or a visit to the grocery aisle reveals that there are quite a few mainstream brownie mixes on the market, all of which guarantee the perfection of crunchy chocolate. increase.

It can be difficult to choose what is better than other brands, so I bought the 5 most popular brands myself (Annie’s, Betty Crocker, Duncan Hines, Pillsbury, Ghirardelli) and which simple box I confirmed if I would make it. I really responded to the label’s hype.

As a result, I was surprised. None of the products in the lineup I wouldn’t recommend. They were all offered in a craving-worthy texture for the soft inside and flaky crunchy outside, as well as taste, price and convenience.

However, the texture is the highest ranked in the list of priorities for most brownie enthusiasts, so it’s the benchmark I chose to run. This is how the candidates piled up, from the least chewy to the most chewy. And don’t worry: if mouthfeel isn’t a problem for you, I’ve also delved into the overall taste.

5. Annie’s Organic Double Chocolate Brownie Mix

Annie's Organic Double Chocolate Brownie Mix (Joey's Cradani)

Annie’s Organic Double Chocolate Brownie Mix (Joey’s Cradani)

It’s the least chewy in a bunch, but it takes a cake-well, brownies-for the best taste. This honor is bestowed on the addition of two very important ingredients: melted butter and chocolate chips. The former may be the cause behind its fine and rich texture (which many people really like), but it achieves the coveted crunch you get with the other four options on this list. Does not help. Instead, it’s like a thick ganache that will satisfy any sweet tooth with just a few bites. But don’t let this discourage you. Annie’s Organic Double Chocolate Brownie Mix is ​​the most gourmet taste to date and can easily be handed over as purchased from a local bakery.

4. Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix

Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix (Joe Isladani)

Duncan Hines Milk Chocolate Brownie Mix (Joe Isladani)

Apparently, it tends to have the best taste, but the texture is kept to a minimum. Like Annie, this was also true for Duncan Hines (my second favorite taste, but the penultimately favorite texture). It’s all summarized in personal taste, but this mix produced a more spongy brownie with higher water and vegetable oil content. However, its light, flaky skin is attractive and is the perfect crunch to balance the moistness that you might not expect to chew with a typical brownie.

3. Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix

Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix (Joe Isladani)

Betty Crocker Fudge Brownie Mix (Joe Isladani)

Betty Crocker was a solid choice in the texture category, but I hated it the most. Chocolate came across as low quality … almost the same as comparing Hershey’s bar to one exported from Belgium. But I really enjoyed something like a cake of it — it can certainly withstand a layer of frosting or a scoop of ice cream, which makes midnight snacks an even more dangerous attempt.

2. Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix

Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix (Joe Is Crandani)

Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix (Joe Is Crandani)

Pillsbury was the most shocked by this taste test. Maybe it wasn’t because the company’s cookies were clearly incorporated into American food culture, but the understated mix created a light, pillow-like brownie that wasn’t just crunchy. It was also praised for its taste and ranked 3rd overall, but it was the most difficult to cut and serve and tended to crumble. If you experience the same misfortune, simply use the scrap as a sundatopper or roll it into a bowl and soak it in melted chocolate and sprinkle it to make a truffle. When you insert a lollipop stick into the base, Cake pop!!

1. Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix

Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix (Joe Isladani)

Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme Brownie Mix (Joe Isladani)

I’m a Ghirardelli loyalist when it comes to cookie milk chocolate chips, so this result wasn’t surprising given the quality of other products. If you want something that melts in your mouth while eating a crunchy brownie, this is definitely the way to go. That said, I found that the taste was quite bitter compared to my beloved chips. This was disappointing for someone like me who often bake together and crave for a very unique and creamy taste. As proven in other mixes, it’s really hard to ruin a brownie, but if you want the brownie to taste like a bold note of extra dark chocolate, you don’t have to look anymore.

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