“ Brand: Gu „
boring brownies with no bite to them, taste sorta uncooked gu, unfresh, nothing special, not worth any premium, and too sweet in my opinion, but i don't like things too sweet, all i can taste is sugar chocolate with a hint of nut... in fact it sorta tastes like a bar of cadburys fruit and nut, and cadburys chocolate isn't very good...they were on offer for £2 in asda for the 6 (normally 3.49) but i wouldn't even pay that for them, prob worth £1.50 and that's if you like them. The Gu chocolate mousse and tiramagu are much nicer but again rather pricey!
GU products do not come cheap and these chocolate brownies are no exception as eight brownies will set you back £4 and they are not that big either, so that is 50p a brownie and to be honest one is not going to be enough for most people.
These brownies do contain pecan nuts so they are not suitable for anyone with nut allergies. They come individually wrapped in a clear plastic wrapper and they are reasonably sized but not that big and they are quite chunky.
They have a hard texture and a taste to die for, they are not at all crumbly and you can certainly taste the nuts in them even though they are not very visible as they are chopped up. The chocolate has a rich dark flavour to it and is 50% cocoa. I have never tried these warm as apparently according to the box they can be heated up in the microwave but I have not tried them that way although I can imagine they would be rather nice with some good quality vanilla ice cream.
Naturally these are not very healthy for you with each brownie containing 10.7g of fat. Personally I did not enjoy my brownie any where near as much as I enjoyed their cheesecakes especially the chocolate one that is just heavenly in those little pots. These are nice brownies but they do not warrant the high selling price in my opinion.
When browsing the aisles at my local Sainsburys recently I saw these delicious Gu Chocolate Brownies reduced from £4.00 down to £1.00 and I just had to snap them up as I knew my family & I could happily enjoy these after a nice home cooked dinner and they would make a lovely treat with some vanilla ice cream I had been saving for something as lovely as this.
These GU Chocolate Brownies are provided in a little fancy cardboard box which opens to reveal 8 individually wrapped brownies which are around 1 1/2 inches in length and around 1/2 an inch wide & deep. You can see that these brownies are crammed full of pecan nuts and they look a wonderfully dark colour which is instantly appealing.
These brownies can be heated up in the microwave for 15-20 seconds if you choose to and I would definitely recommend this and this only helps to increase the wonderful taste of the brownies and it melts the ice cream (if you top them with ice cream) very nicely.
I served two brownies per person which was an ample amount with a couple of scoops of ice cream and a little sprinkling of dark chocolate sauce.
These brownies are very rich & have a delicious chocolate taste to them. The pecan nuts are a wonderful addition that brings something delicious and crunchy to the lovely, soft sponge. The sponge is fairly light but is quite crammed so it's hard to pick this out by itself. The pecan nuts are definitely the best part of this brownie as they are full of taste and crunch and this makes the brownies really stand out from your average run of the mill brownie. While I initally thought that these brownies looked very small I was very plesantly surprised by how filling the brownies were and it's fair to say that one would be enough for a small appetite and two for a big appetite (such as mine!).
Each brownie serving contains 200 calories, 3g protein, 20g carbohydrate (of which 14.2g sugars), 12g fat (of which 5.6g saturates), 2.3g fibre, 0.4g sodium. This is quite high of course but these brownies are delicious and well worth every single deliciously moreish and decadent mouthful!
The quality of these brownies was very reasonable indeed and while they would be 50p each at full price I feel that they are definitely worth their money as they are rich & delicious yet light, soft & crunchy all in the same mouthful. The brownies melt every so slightly when heated up in the microwae and help to melt the ice cream in a delicious manner and before you know it you have a wonderfully hot mouthful of brownie with smooth, delicious ice cream.
Ingredients: Chocolate (27%) (Cocoa Mass (50% Cocoa Solids), Sugar, Soya Lecithin, Vanillin), Sugar, Eggs, Wheat Flour, Butter, Vegetable Oils (Palm, Rapeseed), Pecan Nuts (5.5%).
I would definitely recommend these brownies just based on the wonderful taste and quality and the whole family was suitably impressed and satisfied with these brownies. The sizes were perfect and I loved how they were individually wrapped as you could just open the ones you wanted and then leave the rest in the fridge (these live in the fridge because they are wonderfully fresh and therefore have a fairly short sell by date on them).
Gu - an ingenious name and a company which I have come to have very high regard for due to their delicious puddings and classy containers.
The more pudding-type products always come in lovely glass ramekins, and these brownies come in a pretty tapered box.
The brownies themselves are sheer heaven in the mouth - just the right consistency - squidgey in the middle with a very slight "crust" on the top with nuts (therefore not suitable for people with nut allergies) and chocolate chips throughout - providing lovely nibbly bits. Each brownie is pretty small - about the size as a smallish mobile phone screen, and about half as deep. But they don't need to be huge, as its all about quality, not quantity, and the quality of these little brownies is wonderful.
They are made of fairly dark chocolate, with just a hint of nuttiness in the taste, and they are wonderful to sink your teeth into.
However, unless you are a very posh person, you can't really have them unless its for a special occasion, because a box of about 30 or so costs upward of £4.50. While this is an incredibly sobering fact, it may also be a good thing, because if people were able to eat these all the time, they would inevitably grow very fat.
OK as I used to work as a pastry chef all be it part time and only for two years to pay my way through uni but I have made more trays of Brownies than I can remember. One thing that annoys me it some cafes and restaurants try to sell a cheap chocolate cake as a brownie so they can justify charging more. Still never mind I'm not reviewing the bad habits of some restaurants etc.
I have occasionally bought these GU brownies as a bit of a treat as for the box of 8 they can be rather expensive. For mine I paid £4.15 but the price will vary depending on where you bought them from. They are boxed and inside you get 8 reasonably sized brownies which are all individually wrapped to keep them fresh. Unlike most cakes they are kept in the fridge section of the shop. In my local tesco they are found with the other desserts.
Firstly I should warn you that they do contain pecan nuts and so should be avoided by those who suffer from nut allergies. They are, however, suitable for vegetarians but not vegans
On opening the cellophane wrapped brownie there is the smell of chocolate and quite rich chocolate at that. Even looking at them you can tell they are the real thing they look slightly 'crisp' on the top and soft and a bit gooey in the middle - which is just what these should be like. The pecans are there and they are good sized chunks and not so powdered that they would make little difference to them.
On biting into them the texture is (hold on whilst I eat another, just to make sure) soft with a slight sort of 'squidgyness' to it. The cake part simply melts in the mouth. It is quite a closed texture but it isn't heavy. There is a generous amount of pecan chunks in them giving a good contrast of textures. Towards the end there is perhaps a slight grittiness probably from the sugar but I can forgive them that.
The taste at first is that of chocolate which is rich but not overly sweet. There is no greasiness and then the pecans can be tasted. This comes through in an aftertaste and again they give the pleasant nuttiness which is so essential in these little cakes. They are very moreish and I have to be careful not to eat too many of them. This is usually done by offering them round to other people, although this is done rather grudgingly.
If you think they are nice now wait till you try them warmed up. By just 10 sec in the microwave the become even better.
Now they literally melt in the mouth and the chocolate taste intensifies and the slight grittiness I mentioned earlier just disappears. Now the contrast between the cake and the nuts is even better. The nutty taste does not get any stronger but now you have a long lingering chocolate after taste. It may be better to allow them to stand for a while after they come out of the microwave but I can never wait to eat them.
For me they are probably the best brownies available which are not home made. They are even better than some which are home made. For me a major plus they have is that there are no artificial nasties in them. After all when baking at home who adds things like sodium benzoate to their cakes? It just shows that these chemicals just are not needed (or wanted) in food. Although this does give them a shorter shelf life (mine had 2 weeks on them) they will get eaten long before they are 'out of date' they should be kept in the fridge but are not suitable for freezing.
They are not the healthiest things to eat but once in a while as a treat or with that pot of coffee on a Sunday morning go on you know you want to...
Nutritional information (per serving aprox 45g which is 1 brownie):
Energy 178 kcal
Carbs 20g (sugars 10g)
Fat 10.7 (saturated 5.7g)
Hi all - this is my very first review on Dooyoo..and it had to be Gu brownies.
Now, I'm not a chocoholic, workoholic or anything else ending in holic...so there was no reason at all to buy Gu brownies....other than Sainsbury's were doing a 2 for £5 for 2 (normally £3.98 for box of 4) and I thought it would tempt my son to help me with the shopping if there was a wicked treat at the end.
This is the important bit:
Each bar contains 50% cocoa chocolate, 200 kcals per square (rectangle, actually), 5.6% fat and 14.2 gms sugar (which is approx 3.5 teaspoons)
So appearance is deceptive, you feel you could eat the whole box, but you do feel full after the first chocolately scrumptious bar.
Talking of the box....the design and shape of the box would make you think they're a box of rather expensive chocolates.
Wrapped in tastefull striped foil wrapping paper, they would make an excellent token pressie....maybe thank you, or sorry (although you're not that sorry, because if your apology isn't accepted, you have a lovely box of Gu's to console yourself).
Onto the Gu brownies themselves. As the first bite melts into a pool of velvety, dark rich chocolate.....you drift into another world.....bringing you back to earth is the soft morsels of chocolate and pecan nuts which need light chewing.....so you're already burning off those naughty calories......
Not really the texture of a brownie, more like the best creamy, fudgey treat you've ever had.
Not too sweet and not too bitter, the flavours and textures compliment each other perfectly.
A taste sensation unequal to any other!
I'm going to try my next Gu brownie with hot custard (just thought of that idea)
Thanks for reading (if you haven't already raced off to the Gu section of the supermarket) hope you like them as much as I did.
I absolutely adore brownies. I like them best with nuts in them, so when I saw these in the chiller cabinet at my local supermarket I had to try them, as someone who already loves the Gu brand anyway.
I did wonder why they're in the chiller cabinet, not the bakery aisle, but I think it's a testament to the freshness and quality of the ingredients.
The need for them to be refridgerated does have a downside; having to let them warm to room temperature before being able to eat them. This can take a while and is frustrating when you are so ardently craving one!!
The flavour is rich and you can tell it is well made with quality ingredients. I love pecan nuts anyway, so their inclusion is very welcome and they work well with the flavour of the brownies.
Each brownie is small but they are so rich you don't really need more, unless you're a chocolate fiend like me!! I understand they are individually wrapped for freshness but I prefer them not to be; a tip for ensuring you don't lose too much cocoa powder when unwrapping is to do this when they are fresh out of the fridge. This also allows them to breathe so they can get warmed up to room temperature.
If there's one thing I do like it's a nice chocolate brownie with a cup of tea, but finding a perfect one to suit my taste is hard as I enjoy the US style brownies which have THAT texture that screams 'Brownie' at me - I don't just want a square of chocolate cake that calls itself a brownie.
I was in Waitrose yesterday and by the tills there was a pile of individually wrapped brownies priced up at 40p each, the girl on the till said they were part of the GU range and these were being sold so cheaply because the outer boxes had been damaged. Well, as soon as I heard GU I knew I had to buy one (or 10!) because I have yet to meet a GU dessert that I don't like.
These GU Chocolate Brownies look gorgeous, they look like they are going to be soft but the outside looks nicely crusty as all good brownies should. They are a nice brown colour, not too dark like most brownies I have bought recently and they just look authentic and good.
These brownies are cut into fingers which are the perfect size for a chocolate snack. Biting into one I can tell you they are absolutely wonderful.
My teeth sank though the outer crust and into the softest, fluffiest brownie I have ever tasted. It's got quite an unusual consistency actually because although the middle is fluffy as I bite into it, when it starts melting in my mouth it develops a stodgier texture which puts me in mind of a rich chocolate cake mixture before it has been cooked.
The taste of these is delightful with a very intensely chocolate flavour, but looking on the wrapper I see the brownies are made with 50% cocoa solids which is fantastic for a food of this type especially considering most brownies contain only chocolate cake flavouring and not much of the real stuff at all!
Inside the brownie are generous pieces of pecan nut which add a lovely contrast in texture and definitely make it seem like a more authentic US snack. I can actually taste the nuts too which again is a nice contrast against the sweet and rich taste of chocolate.
Overall this is a delicious brownie and definitely one I'll buy again. The outer crust has just the right amount of crispiness to make it more of a brownie than a cake, and the inside has the perfect fudge-like texture that only a quality brownie can give me. I could honestly eat half a dozen of these in one go, but they are so sugary that I do not dare to munch more than one. I think they could probably get quite sickly if you ate too many but who knows?!
Because these are individually wrapped and should have been in an outer box, I have no idea on calories or fat content but I'd hazard a guess that they are going to be higher than the average salad sandwich! Usually a box of 8 will cost £3.99 in Waitrose which I think, although expensive, is very good value considering the high quality of these brownies.