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Trader Joe’s Ready to Bake Brownies, reviewed

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Trader Joe's Ready to Bake Brownies

Brownie mixes are a convenient thing to keep in the back of your pantry when you need a quick brownie fix. What could be easier than a mix, where you just add a few ingredients and stir? The answer is a mix that you don’t need to add anything to. I spotted these Trader Joe’s Ready to Bake Brownies on a recent shopping trip. The mix already has eggs and oil incorporated into it, so you simply pour it straight into the pan and bake in a preheated oven. Foolproof.

I picked this up because I was curious as to how it would stand up to a regular brownie mix, especially since I’ve gotten pretty good results from other Trader Joe’s mixes. I was concerned that, since the mix had flour already incorporated into it, it might end up being a little tough. This concern wasn’t entirely unfounded, as these brownies turned out to be a slightly spongier and less tender than even most brownie mixes are. They still had a good chocolate flavor and were very moist, but it would have been nicer if they were a bit more tender and fudgy. Homemade brownies are going to give you a better texture and more flavor every time, especially when they’re made with real butter and melted chocolate.

That said, the only thing easier than this is buying a package of brownies that are already baked – and you don’t get the smell of freshly baked brownies in your kitchen when you buy them already baked. They also freeze well, so these are actually pretty good for using to make a batch of brownie ice cream sandwiches, and they can also be chopped up an incorporated into a batch of ice cream for a brownie-sundae.

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  • ABpetite
    July 12, 2012

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  • Christina
    July 13, 2012

    How interesting, a couple of friends and I tried it, and almost overbaked it because it didn’t release that yummy brownie odor into the kitchen very well. We also found it oddly spongy and not very chocolatey. Maybe there’s variation in batches? Or they’ve improved on the product, we tried this back in November last year, I think.

  • Meg @ Halfhippie.com
    July 18, 2012

    You should try their gluten free brownie mix. It’s MUCH better than the non-gluten free mix, strange but true!

  • Elizabeth
    September 19, 2012

    Spongy and not very chocolatey are just the words I was looking for. And there was no chocolate smell in the kitchen. Boo!

  • Jane Hill
    December 26, 2012

    Admittedly, I’m no superstar in the kitchen BUT I do love my sweets! 😉 And I love this product. I poured it into an oil-sprayed square glass dish and incorporated chopped pecans and Ghiradelli semi-sweet chips into the batter. YUMMMMMMMMM-O!

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