Saturday, October 31, 2009

1-2-3 Gluten Free Brownies

While at Fresh Brothers' tasting at Redondo Beach a few weeks back, the owner recommended that I check out Grow in Manhattan Beach.  Grow had some great gluten free options, and I picked up a box of 1-2-3 Gluten Free Brownies.  I had never seen the brand before so I decided to give it a go.  1-2-3 Gluten Free also makes chocolate chip cookie, buckwheat pancake, devil's food, and sugar cookie mixes.

One of the salespeople at Grow was very helpful and told me that 1-2-3 Gluten Free mixes could be split in half because the mixes were so big.  I took her advice and split the bag in half; I tried to adjust the recipe accordingly but I'm not the best baker.  

When I took them out of the oven I noticed that they had puffed up like a cake instead of staying low like a brownie.  Was this my fault or is this how 1-2-3 Gluten Free brownies bake?  Either way, the brownies came out great -- they were moist and, with the chocolate chunks included in the brownie mix, were doubly chocolatey.  Sorry that I'm making up words today, but it's Halloween, so it's OK, right?

Overall, I really liked the 1-2-3 Gluten Free brownies.  However, there was one enormous problem with the brownies: they were super expensive.  The box cost around $16!  I'm not sure if this was a crazy mark-up by Grow or if this is how much 1-2-3 Gluten Free Brownies cost; either way, they were inordinately expensive.  The box did yield two servings so I suppose that that amounts to "only" $8 per serving. 

While I enjoyed the brownies, I think I'll stick with Betty Crocker's Gluten Free mixes were now, since they are less expensive and taste great.  I did appreciate how moist the 1-2-3 brownies were the day after baking them, I think the Betty Crocker mixes are just as good and half the price.

Do you love it or do you love it?

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