I've had two different brands of brownie mixes, Ghiradelli and Betty Crocker, they bother were very bland, sugary, and tasted mostly like grease. I'm not sure if cocoa is getting hard to find, expensive or bland. The chocolate yogurt-covered raisins I have taste divine. Has anyone else tasted this? I've been 'rona' free so far so I'm beginning to think it's just cheapening of the mixes. Maybe Duncan Hines is still good?
Boxed mix brownies are tasteless nowadays. Or can I not taste chocolate anymore?
|by Anonymous||reply 71||March 22, 2023 1:01 PM|
They taste awful and give me wicked heartburn.
Curse the cheap cunts at the mega-corporations!
|by Anonymous||reply 1||January 6, 2023 9:35 PM|
I made a box of Duncan Hines over the holidays and ate every single one. If you really want to be a fat whore swap milk for water and melted butter for oil.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||January 6, 2023 9:36 PM|
Why bother with a mix. Just make them. It's not hard
|by Anonymous||reply 3||January 6, 2023 9:38 PM|
Here you go, baby:
1Box Brownie Mix
add 1 extra egg
use melted butter in place of oil
add extra 2 TBS butter
use milk in place of water
add extra 4 TBS milk
(I would also add a tsp of vanilla and nuts)
|by Anonymous||reply 4||January 6, 2023 9:39 PM|
R4- I'll have to give this a try, wish I had the copious amounts of pot!
|by Anonymous||reply 5||January 6, 2023 9:41 PM|
Great big fat people problems.
|by Anonymous||reply 6||January 6, 2023 9:41 PM|
[quote]1Box Brownie Mix
Your problem right there.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||January 6, 2023 9:42 PM|
R4 - If the problem is they don't have flavor, and the main flavor is chocolate, how is adding an egg, butter and milk going to help?
If you have eggs, butter, and milk - how far away from just mixing your own are you?
Hint: Flour, cocoa, vanilla
|by Anonymous||reply 8||January 6, 2023 9:43 PM|
Fraus have been aware of the problem for years and have supplemented with pieces of chopped candy bars.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||January 6, 2023 9:45 PM|
Oh yea, you can cut up a Hershey bar (or two) and stick it in there too.
|by Anonymous||reply 10||January 6, 2023 9:46 PM|
Double chocolate Ghirardelli brownies for caramel sundaes has been my go to indulgence for a few years. Don't tell me they taste like.crap!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||January 6, 2023 10:59 PM|
I use Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge brownie mix. Tastes as good as home made.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||January 6, 2023 11:04 PM|
I made them once, the Ghirardelli brand. They tasted more like sugar than like chocolate. I like this recipe from Sarah Carey @ Martha Stewart.
|by Anonymous||reply 13||January 6, 2023 11:09 PM|
I agree with you, OP. Most boxed mixes create very bland brownies. Maybe add some extra cocoa? Then again, homemade is the way to go.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||January 8, 2023 4:23 PM|
My credentials as a fat whore are unrivaled -even at Datalounge. I once spent an entire summer baking multiple batches of brownies every day, on a quest for the perfect brownie recipe. I tried all the major published ones, and then went off on my own -experimenting with flavors and textures. Of course, the perfect brownie is an impossible quest (like the perfect chocolate chip cookie). People don't agree on what the perfect one should be. Chewy? Cake-y? Dark? Nuts? So... rather than throw another recipe at you, I'll pass along a few ideas that may help you make YOUR perfect brownie:
Chocolate: I use a combination of unsweetened baking chocolate, Dutch-processed cocoa powder, and semi-sweet chocolate chips. For each quarter cup of cocoa powder you add to a recipe, add another tablespoon of butter or heavy cream. You can freely add chocolate chips.
Flavorings: Always use high-quality, real vanilla. That should go without saying, but... In my experimentation I noticed that recipes that call for you to melt chocolate have you melt it in a strongly-flavored liquid, like rum or coffee. You're not supposed to actually taste either -they are just there to enhance the flavor of the chocolate itself. After a lot of experimentation, I found that adding a quarter tsp. of almond extract had the same effect of heightening the chocolate, with no impact on the texture of the final brownie. You can use more if you want to actually taste the almond flavor, but you'd be amazed at how much that small amount enhanced the overall flavor.
Remember, brownies are exceedingly simple: dump everything in a bowl, stir, and bake. Try a scratch recipe (like the one inside the Baker's Chocolate box) and you'll never go back. It literally only takes five minutes longer than using a mix, and you only add a couple of measuring cups/spoons to the cleanup. But people will beg you to bring them to every event.
|by Anonymous||reply 15||January 8, 2023 5:33 PM|
OP, get a Duncan Hines mix. I prefer oil to butter. I know butter has more flavor, but it's solid at room temperature. Oil (except coconut oil) is liquid at room temp, which leads to a softer, moister brownie. I've never subbed milk for water, but that sounds like a good idea. Caveat, though: milk & cream do dumb down flavors. You may get something less intense, as far as chocolate flavor.
|by Anonymous||reply 16||January 8, 2023 5:38 PM|
Look at the ingredients on the box and then ask yourself why you’re expecting that crap to end up tasting great.
|by Anonymous||reply 17||January 8, 2023 5:45 PM|
Ghirardelli is superior to Betty Crocker.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||January 8, 2023 5:54 PM|
Ghirardelli must have changed their formula, because it used to be good, IMO.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||January 8, 2023 5:55 PM|
I like my brownies chewy almost like fudge.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||January 8, 2023 5:56 PM|
I like my brownies to have some cake texture and some walnuts.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||January 8, 2023 5:59 PM|
I’d either make them from scratch or buy some from a bakery. Boxed mixes are awful
|by Anonymous||reply 22||January 8, 2023 6:02 PM|
OP I had the same experience as you. I made an ice cream cake for my sister in law's birthday. I always use Ghiradelli mix because it tastes good and is SIL's favorite. This last cake, she said with a bit of a grimace, "These don't taste the same. Did you do something?"
This recipe is pretty basic OP and will taste much better than the mixes. It's what I'm using from now on for ice cream cakes and simple brownies. Dutched cocoa will taste better than the regular type but both are good.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||January 8, 2023 6:05 PM|
I always add York Peppermint Patties to brownie mix.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||January 8, 2023 6:15 PM|
Ghirardelli must have changed something in their mix.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||January 8, 2023 6:16 PM|
Martha White had the best brownie mix, but they quit producing it several years ago. Other mixes I've tried are too cake like...Good brownies are fudge-like in the center, and are crispy on the edges.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||January 8, 2023 6:23 PM|
Peppermint takes over, though, as a flavor.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||January 8, 2023 6:35 PM|
I always add about a tablespoon of espresso powder to brownie mix. Enhances the chocolate flavor without tasting like coffee.
|by Anonymous||reply 28||January 8, 2023 7:06 PM|
Taste-testing brownie mixes.
|by Anonymous||reply 29||January 8, 2023 7:07 PM|
Brownies? Fuck off.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||January 8, 2023 8:21 PM|
Use GOOD vanilla extract.
|by Anonymous||reply 31||January 8, 2023 9:02 PM|
Swap water or milk with Bailey’s
|by Anonymous||reply 32||January 9, 2023 12:56 AM|
^ Thank you, Sandra Lee.
P.S. I enjoy your Kwanza cake video
|by Anonymous||reply 33||January 9, 2023 12:59 AM|
What r9 said It's a common frau trick to throw in some chocolate candy bars.
If you want to it taste more like chocolate, add some. It's not that complicated people.
|by Anonymous||reply 34||January 9, 2023 1:07 AM|
OP here. As R12 said, the Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge are THE brownie mix. They actually taste like how I remember brownie mixes! Chocolatey, chewy and delicious. Made them with oil and totally no grease taste. Fat Whores Rejoice for the Pillsbury Chocolate Fudge brownie mix!
|by Anonymous||reply 35||February 17, 2023 11:38 PM|
Here's a photo of the exact mix we made.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||February 17, 2023 11:41 PM|
I bought Duncan Hines brownies and yellow cake mixes last year after a long time of not having them. Both were horrible and tasteless. The yellow cake definitely wasn’t the same from years ago. The brownies basically tasted like cake, even the fudge brownies.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||February 17, 2023 11:43 PM|
Overbaking is the chief reason brownies taste blah. Bake a few minutes less than the directions indicate and let cool several hours.
( Though I know you fat whores ain’t gonna wait that long)
|by Anonymous||reply 38||February 18, 2023 12:29 AM|
I'm surprised at the outcome (Pillsbury). I guess Duncan Hines and Ghirardelli have gone downhill.
I see the box (Pillsbury) says 13x9, so that's good. The box cake mixes have been downsized (fewer ounces of mix per box).
|by Anonymous||reply 39||February 18, 2023 1:06 AM|
Pardon me, but by the title of the thread, I assume this is where fat whores gather?
|by Anonymous||reply 40||February 18, 2023 1:08 AM|
The other night I made truffles with just some cocoa, oil, sugar and some water just get the consistency right and lo and behold we have our truffles. Well something like that, after you shape and roll them in cocoa. They resembles those ones you get at Trader Joe’s. I’m sure you could add or change the ingredients for different flavors.
|by Anonymous||reply 41||February 18, 2023 2:31 AM|
How does it taste, though, R41? I can't imagine making truffles with mainly cocoa powder and oil.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||February 18, 2023 4:25 AM|
R42 You have to sweeten to taste. And I would have picked a different fat I think if I had it in hand. Like butter, just make it fattening as possible. I added maple syrup in with some of the sugar. Trick is to get batter thick enough to form balls but smooth enough it melts in your mouth better than any man has.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||February 18, 2023 4:30 AM|
I like boxed brownies . Duncan Hines is actually pretty tasty. Adding peppermint patties is an icy cool delight.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||February 18, 2023 4:32 AM|
R43, I know there's sugar in there, too, but most recipes have actual chocolate (with the fats of the chocolate) and a bit of cream.
|by Anonymous||reply 45||February 18, 2023 4:33 AM|
R45 Next time I’ll try some of my edible bar in there.
|by Anonymous||reply 46||February 18, 2023 4:39 AM|
I make my holiday truffles with this basic recipe: sweetened condensed milk, powdered sugar, butter, vanilla. I make peanut butter and coconut ones, so I divide the dough and add enough of the flavoring ingredient to taste. After rolling in balls, I freeze them then dip them in melted Ghiardelli bittersweet chocolate chips and a little bit of canning wax so the chocolate exterior sets and doesn't melt the minute you pick them up with your fingers.
You can do the same with cocoa powder if you want chocolate. I would *never* use oil in place of the butter though. Blech.
|by Anonymous||reply 47||February 18, 2023 4:50 AM|
This turned into a thread about comparing balls, I love it.
|by Anonymous||reply 48||February 18, 2023 5:05 AM|
One thing I realized, you can’t over mix, which I tend to do. That’s when they will lose the fudginess and come out like cake.
|by Anonymous||reply 49||March 18, 2023 7:49 PM|
R3 It's like that joke Joan River's made about poor Elizabeth Taylor when she was overweight. 'Liz is the only one who stands in front of a microwave and yells 'hurry!'
R32 It's still St. Patrick's Day!
|by Anonymous||reply 50||March 18, 2023 8:07 PM|
Add some high quality powdered cocoa to add richness to the chocolate brownie mix. You'll have to adjust the liquids a bit since you're adding more dry ingredients.
|by Anonymous||reply 51||March 18, 2023 8:13 PM|
Oh, for Fuck's Sake, people, it can't get any easier and better than this. Better than boxed Going to make a batch after my nap.
|by Anonymous||reply 52||March 18, 2023 8:50 PM|
Several brands of cheap cocoa powder, including Hershey's, were recently discovered to have high lead content. Aside from the fact that the taste issue with boxed mixes has, as others noted, been an issue for years, it's not really worth it to rely on them even as a base anymore, given the safety concerns. Basic recipes for brownies are very simple, and they still come out pretty amazing for a relatively modest cost.
|by Anonymous||reply 53||March 18, 2023 8:59 PM|
R 52 This is a whole let of steps compared to dump box contents in bowl add oil and egg but I like the idea of real ingredients and higher grade cocoa powder which I have.
Got any recommendations on which butter is best if any? Of course I'd add walnuts but if one wants a brownie that is 2 inches thick can one double up on the recipe amounts and does that include changing the time for baking? I don't know why these brownie recipes are always 1/2 inch thick. Bakery brownies usually are about 2 inches aren't they?
|by Anonymous||reply 54||March 18, 2023 9:07 PM|
I prefer to just make poor man truffles. Just some cocoa powder and sweetener like maple syrup. And enough fat (can be butter, oil sounds gross but you’ve eaten them from the store that way). Consistency to obviously shape and you can roll them in cocoa or cinnamon or powdered sugar. Tweak it however, but a rough idea if you crave something and have the ingredients.
|by Anonymous||reply 55||March 18, 2023 9:10 PM|
The Ghirardelli brand is good.
I double the recipe, add some espresso powder and add some peanut butter chips.
I combined a Giada and an Ina recipe. 😬
|by Anonymous||reply 56||March 18, 2023 11:02 PM|
What does the powder do ?
|by Anonymous||reply 57||March 18, 2023 11:27 PM|
Trader Joe's Truffle Brownie Mix is SPECTACULAR!
|by Anonymous||reply 58||March 18, 2023 11:31 PM|
Someone explained up above, but the coffee powder gives the chocolate taste more depth and complexity. It makes it taste more chocolatey, if you will.
I have an Ina chocolate cake recipe that calls for an entire cup of hot coffee.
|by Anonymous||reply 59||March 18, 2023 11:32 PM|
r52 here. Just made this recipe. Awesome! it took 20' longer than a boxed mix would have, but is SO much better. I used Droste brand Dutch Process Cocoa and real vanilla. Also added the chopped walnuts. Followed the recipe verbatim and weighed out the ingredients, except the batter in the double boiler seemed too dry, so ended up adding a tablespoon of canola oil. Took a lot of elbow grease to mix in the eggs, and then the flour with a spatula. Had to bake it for 40' because my gas oven is humid, but overall, this recipe was worthwhile!
|by Anonymous||reply 60||March 18, 2023 11:59 PM|
Honestly, Little Debbies taste better than the boxes. The boxes have a cloying taste.
|by Anonymous||reply 61||March 19, 2023 12:55 AM|
Duncan Hines is best. I usually add chocolate chips and nuts. I also like to make Eagle brand 3 ingredient fudge to spread on top. All easy, really rich.
|by Anonymous||reply 62||March 19, 2023 1:00 AM|
Ghirardelli Double Chocolate is the best. I add coffee instead of water and some cocoa.
|by Anonymous||reply 63||March 19, 2023 1:18 AM|
OP is an idiot. Everyone knows Ghirardelli Chocolate Supreme is the BEST boxed brownie mix on the market. I'll allow for espresso powder, but fuck these nasty peasants that add nuts to their brownies. Disgusting. Just say you don't want to share.
|by Anonymous||reply 64||March 19, 2023 1:27 AM|
Would someone please tell the OP that loss of taste for the chemicals of chocolate and cocoa powder is a symptom of the onset of dementia?
I'm afraid I'm too tender-hearted to do it myself.
|by Anonymous||reply 65||March 19, 2023 1:34 AM|
All u have to do is sprinkle copious amounts of powered sugar over the brownies right after they come out of the oven and you Will Want to eat every single one !
|by Anonymous||reply 66||March 19, 2023 1:35 AM|
I would like to say that everyone who claims brownies are just as easy as a box mix to make are HUGE LIARS and their pants are ON FIRE.
However, I made these brownies by scratch last night and they were fucking delicious.
|by Anonymous||reply 67||March 22, 2023 10:44 AM|
Every single one of you types fat.
There, I said it.
|by Anonymous||reply 68||March 22, 2023 11:17 AM|
Sounds like the box mixes have reduced the amount of salt in their mixes. Brownies with too little or no salt are tasteless.
|by Anonymous||reply 69||March 22, 2023 11:37 AM|
Tell us, OP, of that Golden Age when boxed mix brownies were brimming with rich, chocolatey flavor?
|by Anonymous||reply 70||March 22, 2023 12:56 PM|
Older people lose their senses of taste and smell, sadly. All they can smell is their fart.
|by Anonymous||reply 71||March 22, 2023 1:01 PM|