What makes a good brownie? Some people think the add-ons make the square: frosting, walnuts, almonds, caramel, peanut butter, dulce de leche, cream cheese. Others prefer their brownies bare — just the simple chocolate squares they started out as. And even then, you have decisions. Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Fudgy or cakey? And now most brands offer gluten-free versions as well. How’s a chocolate addict to know which is best?
Of course, we all know that the best-tasting brownies are those you make from scratch, but the below mixes should do when you just can’t find time to prepare them yourself.
The hands-down winner is Cherrybrook Kitchen Fudge Brownie Mix, with their perfectly moist and cake-like texture. As a bonus for those to whom this matters, this mix contains no trans fats, dairy, eggs, or nuts. Unfortunately, all of this goodness comes at a price — $5 per box.
A bridge between cakey and fudgy, Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Syrup Brownie Mix makes brownies that are moist, spongy, crumbly, and rich. Even better, it’s priced pretty reasonably — $2.50 per box.
Dark, dense, and decadent, the surprisingly good Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Fudge Brownie Mix is the way to go for fudgy mix lovers, and offers the biggest box yet (19.8oz) for the cheapest price so far ($1.80).
Another surprisingly good choice here is Archer Farms Chocolate Overload. For a $2.99 box, you get brownies that taste natural with a flaky top (like mom used to make!) and sticky centers.
The cheapest mix is actually one of the best — Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Brownie Mix (for 99 cents!) makes brownies that are “chocolate cakes meets molten lava cake,” with a moist, gooey center and a flaky top.
Another good (but shockingly expensive) gluten-free mix comes from The Really Great Food Company. These yummy brownies are both chewy and fluffy, but they’d better be for $7.29 per box.
What’s your favorite kind of brownies to make?