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 several cookbooks including The Super Easy 5-Ingredient Cookbook and One-Pot Pasta, both from Rockridge Press. A single mother to two kids in middle school, Sarah loves nightly family dinners, juicy tomatoes plucked fresh from the vine and lazy days on the beach. She also adores reading and traveling.