“ Type: Chocolate „
I was a little sceptical when I spied this brownie mix whilst walking down the Sainsbury's cakes aisle. I can't cook, you see. Anything more complicated than stir fry's strike fear into my very soul. But the 50 pence off offer looked very tempting. And with it being Cadbury, you know you are getting that brand quality and familiar taste before you purchase. I have always been a bit partial to chocolate cakes, but was loathe to buy pre-made and heavily packaged items as they always seemed so grossly overpriced. I looked at the box and it states that you can serve 8, but it all depends on the size of the slicing that you make after it's baked.
Anyway, I bought my trial product and duly prepared to cook it upon my arrival home. Pre-heat your oven to 180 degrees (160 for fan assisted models). Take a mixing bowl and pour in the dry cake mix. Add 50% of the chocolate pieces, one egg and 60ml of water. You can use an electric whisk to rapidly and vigorously mix the contents into a smooth paste, or alternatively just beat it with a hand whisk. It will take longer and hurt your hand, but it makes no overall difference. The mixture should be smooth and can then be poured into the accompanying baking tray. You would have first folded it into a box shape and joined the corners together. At this point you add the remaining chocolate pieces evenly across the surface of the mixture (ensuring first that it's flat and spread to all four corners evenly). After this is done you get to lick the whisk or run your finger around the mixing bowl before tasting the leftovers. All I could say was 'mmmmmmm'! I thought 'if it tastes this good now, I can't wait until they are baked'!
Once this is done, its time to pop it in the oven. You can put it on a baking tray, or just lay it across the grille as I did. How long you leave it in the oven is entirely your choice. The instructions state that if you leave it for 25 minutes then the brownies will have a cake like texture when eaten, but if you go for less, say 18-20 then they will be gooier. I liked the sound of the latter, so took them out after twenty minutes. My first impression was that that the square baked brownie looked and smelled lovely. The smell was making me want to eat it and take the risk of a burned mouth, but sense and patience won out and I left the tray on the side to cool down.
A long 10 minutes later (the instructions only say to wait 5), I detached the four cardboard lips that kept the corners of tray corners interlocked and pulled the sides from the baked brownie. All four came away easily, and the whole remained intact. I took a large knife and cut the brownie in half once, and then about 5-6 times downwards, creating roughly 12 slices. If you are very sparing with the cuts, you can make a lot of brownies and they could even resemble a miserly portion similar to a Mr. Kipling pre-made cake, but I have decided that I will go for big brownies and less servings in the future. After I had cut the slices, I couldn't help but devouring one.
The taste was smooth and full, richly chocolaty and with that distinctive Cadbury taste. The combination of cakey-gooey base and hardened top garnished with solid chocolate chunks made me think I was in some kind of blissful chocolate heaven. Needless to say I scoffed 3 more soon afterwards. I shared some with my girlfriend and they were all gone by the next evening. Try putting some with a dollop of vanilla ice cream and some cream and mix the lot together - you won't regret it.
Needless to say that the next time I was in Sainsbury's I bought 4 more packs, saving £2 in the process as they were doing a 50p off deal. I think they were around £1.79 at the time, but to be honest I would gladly have paid the full price.
I am a huge fan of cadburys confectionary products, in my opinion nothing else even comes close. They are the market leader in most brands that they try. Cadburys dairy milk has a fantastic taste and anything that incorperates that seems to taste great. When I saw they had something that would have the signature Cadbury's taste, yet I could palm it off as having been my own homebaked recipe, I thought what a brilliant idea!
I love baking, but I have never made successful brownies, I just cant seem to get it quite right. I have tried recipes from scratch and recipes from packets similar to these, all with no great success, so I had my fingers tightly crossed when I decided to splash out on this packet mix.
The box itself is recyclable, which in my opinion is always a great start. The box comes with traditional purple packaging, and the cadburys logo, which in my opinion are like seals of approval! There is a picture of a gorgeous looking brownie on the front and I just hoped that mine would turn out to be as nice.
The packet is easy to open and the mix is just as easy to make. There are two packets inside, one with the powder mix and one with the chocolate chunks. You combine half of the chocolate chunks with the powder mix, one egg and some water and combine, voila! There is even a disposable cooking tray included to minimise on your washing up, how fantastic is that! The other half of the chocolate chunks you sprinkle over the top.
You bake the brownies for about twenty minutes and the kitchen fills with the nicest smell ever, it really is amazing. When cooked the brownies taste delicious, like authentic home baked recipes. I would really recommend these to those who struggle with creating brownies otherwise, just like me!
The only downsides are the calories and cost, but I guess you have to expect that when a product tastes this good!
My husband loves chocolate brownies (& has managed to convert me, even though I don't usually like 'chocolatey' things, other than 'chocolate' itself!). Nowadays we tend to keep a box of brownie mix in the cupboard - it's so easy to whip up a batch as & when you fancy them that way, & there are some very good cake mixes to buy rather than making your own from scratch.
We've tried a few different brands of brownie cake mix, but we have come to the conclusion that the Cadbury Chunky Chocolate Brownie Mix is our preferred choice.
I think what makes the Cadburys mix stand out is the fact that it comes with a packet of dairy milk chocolate chunks. The pack is a generous size too & you can really taste the chocolate in the finished product.
The other great, no, ingenious!, thing about this mix is that it comes with a 'disposable' baking tray. This is a sheet of cardboard, pre-scored, with a shiny non-stick side which folds to make a tray.
Once you've mixed brownie mix with egg & water & half the chocolate chunks, simply pour the mixture into the tray, top with the rest of the chunks & bake for 18-25 minutes depending on your 'gooey-ness' preference!
They taste delicious & are even better served warm with some vanilla ice-cream....yum!
I always like the idea of baking, in fact if it wasn't for the mess I seem to create every time I bake I'm sure I'd do it more often. Oh and there's also the small issue of things not turning out exactly as they're meant to. However when I was at the supermarket last week I had a real craving for home made chocolate brownies but rather than risking the cost and the mess of making them from scratch I decided to opt for a chocolate brownies kit.
There were several kits on offer in my local Morrisons but the one that really caught my eye was the Cadburys kit. Now I adore Cadburys chocolate and thought that this would be delicious in brownies. I've also found that when I've made brownies in the past they've tended to be a little dry and hard which isn't great really. I prefer my brownies to be chewy, gooey and soft as well and this is what the Cadburys box promised me.
The box was a rich purple colour which is really quite typical of the Cadburys brand and reminded me of the Dairy Milk wrappers. It was of average size and fitted in quite nicely on the shelf along with the other brownie kits although the colour of this one made it look higher quality and more indulgent than some of the other ones. On the front of the box was a rather enticing picture of the brownies when cooked which looked delicious!
Inside the Box...
As soon as I got home I eagerly opened the box ready to make the brownies. Inside the box I found a white flat piece of folded cardboard, a clear bag of chocolate chips and a clear bag of brownie mix. In addition to this it also specified on the box that I needed a medium sized egg and 90ml of cold water as well to make the brownies.
The instructions were wrote on the back of the box along with some pictures and were numbered to add clarity when making the brownies. The instructions themselves were quite short and very much to the point which I prefer when baking. There were also very simply to follow and even with no cookery experience I would have found it easy.
Making the Brownies
The first step in making the brownies is to assemble the tray in which you will cook them, yes that's right the folded up white piece of cardboard is actually a baking tray which can be thrown away after use. Not only does it save you buying one if you don't already have one but it'll save you washing up as well! It's easy to assemble and merely involves slotting a couple of flaps into place which takes a matter of seconds to leave you with a cardboard box. It did seem a little flimsy to me and I did worry that the mixture might leak through a little either before getting to the oven or when it was in the oven however it turned out there was absolutely nothing to worry about.
The next step was to make up the mixture. Firstly I placed the large bag of brownie mixture in a mixing bowl, this was a light brown in colour and smelt of cocoa. The instructions recommended that I mix the egg and water together before adding them to the brownie mixture do I beat my egg and then added it to the water before pouring the liquid into the mixing bowl. The actual brownie mixture was a little lumpy and this didn't really seem to disappear even after adding the water which worried me slightly. I also thought that there wasn't going to be enough liquid to create a paste type substance but surprisingly enough it formed quite a runny paste once mixed in.
The third step was to add half of the chocolate chips to the mixing bowl and to mix them into the mixture - I just estimated what was actually half rather than bothering to measure them out. This made the mixture even more lumpy I thought but it remained quite a runny paste overall which was what the instructions specified it should be like. After that the box instructed that I pour the paste like substance into the white baking tray and then sprinkle the remaining chocolate chips over the top of it. The paste filled the baking tray although there didn't seem to be an awful lot of it, the tray's walls were about 2.5 inches high and the mixture seemed to reach less than a inch high.
The final step was to cook the brownies in a pre-heated oven for a varying time depending on the desired brownie consistency. It suggested cooking them for eighteen minutes for gooey brownies or for up to twenty five minutes for more solid brownies but I worried that cooking them for this long might dry them out a little. I opted putting them in for eighteen minutes as I wanted mine really soft and sticky. After ten minutes I checked and the brownies were starting to loose their milky brown colour and take on a darker, richer chocolate colour and the smell was delicious! They also appeared to be rising up in the tray as well and in the end I left them in for nineteen minutes.
After taking them out of the oven it's best to let them cool before you attempt to cut them as they need to set a little, especially if you've opted to keep them quite gooey. After fifteen minutes I couldn't wait any longer and cut out a slice of brownie, it's estimated on the box that you'll get ten brownies out of the mixture and that's how I cut mine to give me brownies that were about three inches long and just over two inches wide. You can of course cut them bigger and obviously get less brownies that way depending on how much you want to treat yourself really! They cut really easily although getting them out was a little tricky and they did break up slightly.
The Taste Test
So I took my first bite of brownie and what did I think? Well there is one word that still springs to mind... delicious! These brownies were absolutely gorgeous, they were really gooey in the middle and a little crispy on the top where the chocolate had hardened. There was also a contrasting consistency between gooey and crunchy where the chocolate chips were on the top of the brownes. They melted in my mouth and were really chocolate tasting without being sickly, they really had the Cadburys chocolate flavouring with a creamy and rich taste. I could manage about three of them until I started to feel sick and when they were still warm they were even better.
I wrapped the remaining brownies in tinfoil and kept them in the cupboard, even two days later they still had the same taste and tasted really fresh and gooey. I was so surprised that they didn't go dry and hard when they cooled down but kept that same soft and squishy texture, absolutely delicious! Even my boyfriend and commented on how well I'd done and even half believed me I think when I said I hadn't bought them ready made from a bakery, the cheek of some people! For taste I'd have to give these ten out of ten, they're even better than ones I buy in my local bakery as even they aren't quite as gooey and chewy as these yummy ones.
Well if you hadn't already guessed I'll certainly be buying these again. They took about ten minutes to make in total, and that included washing up the bowl and putting it away. The instructions were really easy to follow and were kept simple, meaning that pretty much anyone could follow them and they'd be a great treat to make with children as well. The throw away tray was a great idea as it meant once the brownies had cooked there was no washing up to do and I could totally relax while eating the delicious brownies. They get ten out of ten for ease of making and taste.
Now for the best bit, how much do you think they cost? I would have estimated for Cadburys brownies the price would have been around the £3 to £4 mark. Well I would have been very wrong as these were an absolute bargain at only £1.98! I don't know how other supermarkets compare but I can't imagine there is too much variation in price. In my local supermarket there were seveal other brownie options and Cadburys was actually one of the cheaper. So this weekend why not treat yourself, £2 for ten slices of heaven (plus an egg and some water!)... what a bargain!
Thanks for reading.
Makes a moist, rich chocolate brownie.