Posted on | July 21, 2009 | 13 Comments
I know ya’ll are just dying to know how good – or not – the new Betty Crocker gluten free mixes are. I admit, I was curious too, and decided to take the plunge and test the brownie mix. I did make the high altitude version due to my location, so I am basing my review on that- adding cornstarch, decreasing the butter and adding an extra egg. I also used an 8×8 pan, so the brownies would bake up thicker. However, you are able to use a larger 11×7 pan if you prefer.
First, I noticed this brownie batter was different. It wasn’t as thick as other gluten free brownie mixes I have tried. It actually poured the batter out of the bowl and into the pan – no smoothing was even needed. It actually tasted like “regular” brownie batter as well- no grittiness at all. I couldn’t believe it! So far, so good.
The brownies did raise a bit as they baked and resulted in a cake-like brownie- very soft, thick, and moist with a bit of spring to it. The top of the brownies would crinkle just as touch when they were cut into when they had completely cooled.
These gluten free brownies have a decent -but not amazing- chocolate flavor studded with mini bits of chocolate and are very sweet- so sweet I ended up with a sugar rush headache one and a half brownies later. Oops. Some friends I know can “hold their booze.” Well, I can “hold my sugar” – it takes a lot for me to react to it. So yes, they are sweet, but they actually taste good.
My husband commented that these brownies did not taste gritty like other gluten free brownies, although he did notice a slight aftertaste (I didn’t notice it).
I observed that these bownies dry out and get stale fairly quickly. Within 12 hours no one wanted to eat the leftovers because of this. If you want to make them, I suggest consuming them right away, rather than waiting as with other gluten free brownie mixes I have tested.
Pros: great texture and flavor; easy to prepare
Cons: doesn’t store as well as other mixes; really sweet! Maybe cutting the sweetness with vanilla ice cream is the way to go (Ha!), not really fudgey or chewy if you prefer that type of brownie
Rating: 4 stars
Ingredients: sugar, semi sweet chocolate chips ( sugar, chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla), cocoa processed with alkali), rice flour, potato starch, corn starch, xanthan gum, salt
EDITED TO ADD: I tried the “regular” preparation ( not high altitude directions) and they turned out chewy and fudgy. YUM!!!!
If you want to try this gluten free brownie mix, keep you eyes open for it in the baking aisle of your grocery store with the other Betty Crocker cake mixes. It just appeared in my area, so try and be patient if it isn’t in store near you yet.
If you want to order it in bulk, you can check out amazon.com, as they are offering free shipping on order over $25: