I was at Trader Joe’s not too long ago and decided to pick up their Brownie Truffle Baking Mix. I know. Boxed. I don’t do boxed, right?
Well, generally no, since boxed mixes tend to have more ingredients than I am comfortable feeding my family. Nonetheless, I decided to have an exception since I had heard many a customer rave about these brownies (and rant when Trader Joe’s was out of the mix). And with a glance at the ingredients I saw that the Brownie Truffle Baking Mix didn’t have any of the ingredients I really avoid — partially hydrogenated oils and high fructose corn syrup, for instance.
So, despite being boxed, this mix did meet my standards.
Oh. My. God. Am I ever glad I gave these brownies a chance. These brownies were moist and sweet, but not so sweet they leave your mouth aching. Yummmm. I cut the finished brownies into small squares which was perfect for occasional snacking — easy to grab and go.
So do I recommend this mix? Oh yes! The major brands really pale in comparison . . . maybe pale isn’t a strong enough word.
No, they dwarf, faint, wake up, pale, and pass out again in comparison.
Just my two cents.
Sarah Walker Caron is a cookbook author, freelance writer and founder of Sarah’s Cucina Bella. She is the author of four cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to a tween and a teen, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.