“ Brand: Tesco / Type: Cakes „
This isn't the best chocolate brownie I've had, and I usually make much better at home, so why am I reviewing this? Because let me tell you an amazing little secret...tesco chocolate brownie traybake is DAIRY FREE!!! What?? Did I just say that a commercial chocolate brownie is DAIRY FREE? Yes I did. I came across this by accident, I was browsing the packaged bake aisle and picked this up for my husband, casually glanced over the allergy information, no dairy, then I glanced over the ingredients expecting to see milk pop out at me (as it does after so many years of looking) and NOTHING. The Ingredients are: Sugar, Dark Chocolate (23%) ,Pasteurised Whole Egg ,Wheat Flour ,Vegetable Oil ,Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder , Gelling Agent (Acacia) ,Natural Flavouring ,Salt , Preservative (Potassium Sorbate) ,TempText3. ,Dark Chocolate contains ,Cocoa Mass ,Sugar ,Cocoa Butter ,Fat Reduced Cocoa Powder ,TempText4. So....this is a DAIRY FREE chocolate brownie. They don't advertise it, or make it obvious and you probably wouldn't think to check it if you have a dairy allergy like me. But let me tell you, it isn't half bad. If you fancy a chocolate brownie and you don't want to make one, and you have allergies, then you normally have to go to the "free from" section where you will only find lots of "gluten free" stuff and very little dairy free. Even though dairy is a very common allergy. But now you can just go to the regular baked section, pick up this tray bake, take it home and eat it! It's very thick and heavy, it can be a bit flaky, it's more the fudgy type of brownie. But I love it. And for £1.30 you can't go wrong - especially if you compare it to the cost of free-from items. Dairy allergy sufferers unite, buy this chocolate brownie before tesco realizes and starts adding milk or putting the price up!!
I am quite a brownie fan having a considerable sweet tooth. I stumbled across these one day on lunch and found it came in a little bar size for about 80p. I have since discovered it comes in a tray as in the picture and costs £1.12 and currently part of a 2 for £2 offer. They come in very simple packaging. The small one just comes in a cellophane wrap and the larger comes in cellophane and a foil tray. This is as the name suggests a simple chocolate brownie with dark chocolate chunks. Oddly enough, I have tried this several times, twice in bar form and once in tray form and have found different things. One of the bars I have tried I found very moist and chunky, squidgy like a brownie should be. Sadly other times I tried it, I have found this dry and very flaky. I think a brownie, has to be quite soft and almost mushy with rich chocolate chunks but it seems more often that that, it turns out so that it falls apart in bits when you try and bite it, dried out, and almost powery. So it seems that results are a bit hit and miss. On balance, I can't say I'd recommend this.
I'm always looking for something different to give my granddaughters' after their dinner when they stay with me at the weekend, so when I spotted this fairly large Chocolate Brownie Tray Bake last week I snatched it up and thought what a lovely treat this would make. I must say I'm rather disappointed with it as it's the most un-Brownie like product I've ever eaten! I'm sure Tesco have just overcooked their standard chocolate cake mixture and packaged it as a Brownie, as they must surely be aware that Brownies are far more highly regarded than plain old chocolate cake! For a start it's very, very dry. So dry in fact that after taking a single bite I told my granddaughters' to wait a while so I could make some custard to cover them. The Brownie is extremely claggy too and has a strange stale dough consistency that isn't pleasant in the slightest. I didn't find the Brownie to be sweet enough either and this added to the cloying texture, perhaps a little more sugar would have lightened the cake slightly and made eating it a more enjoyable experience. The chocolate flavour is rather dark and a little over exposed in my opinion, it's a rich flavour which ordinarily I'd enjoy but it doesn't suit the nature of this cake and I swear I can taste flour underneath the chocolate. One thing that was sadly lacking in this Brownie were chocolate chips as there were very few in there. Those that did appear in the cake (and to me it remains a cake, however often I refer to Brownies in the review) were rather hard and of such poor quality that they didn't melt in my mouth at all and simply gave a gritty texture to the odd mouthful of Brownie which contained a chip. With custard it was unfortunately no better. I found it was perfect for my two year old granddaughter as the cake mashed into the custard to create a thick chocolate and vanilla paste. As an adult I could barely bring myself to try a spoonful and when I did I realised it was even worse that eating the Brownie on its own! This was absolutely nothing like a Chocolate Brownie and for the first time ever chocolate cake got wasted in my house! The two older girls' simply didn't like it and chose an ice cream instead, I didn't eat more than three small pieces of mine and even though the toddler enjoyed hers I wouldn't want to give her too much as just 100g of this Brownie contains over 18g of fat, which is a huge amount. This is the third disappointing Tray Bake I've had from Tesco now and I definitely shall not purchase another.
I tried the smaller 80g brownie than the one in dooyoo's picture, but it's the same product. The individual brownie can usually be found in the lunch area with the single chocolate bars and costs around 80p. I think this is fairly expensive, but people like me I guess cough up for the convenience aspect. I wouldn't buy these regularly as it's twice as much as buying a chocolate bar, but some times you just don't fancy a slab of choccie but something more cakey. The brownie is chocolately but not rich, it tastes cheap and there aren't may chocolate chunks in it. Maybe they are made to have a longer shelf life and that's why they are so heavy and dry, I don't know. The brownie is displayed in a clear plastic wrapper and it does look good, probably why I reached for it but not let appearances fool you! Each brownie contains a whopping 340 calories, 29.7g sugar and 15g fat, meaning this 'treat' is no better for your waistline as it is for your wallet. Sorry for the short review dooyooers, but there not a lot else to say about this. It's dull it's dry and it doesn't deliver what a chocolatey treat should. Steer clear.