“ Brand: Waitrose / Type: Biscuits „
Sorry Waitrose but these are as dry as an old bone!
I love chocolate brownies especially the ones my daughter makes. She is vegan and a great cook and makes some which melt in your mouth and are sticky and gooey and everything a brownie should be. Sadly she is at uni at the minute so I saw these in Waitrose and as all their products are normally very good I was expecting great things.
Packaged in an attractive black box with a brown gingham trim these look expensive and give the impression of quality.
Priced at £2.15 for 6 they are not cheap and are quite small too -only just over one and a half inches square. Calorie wise they are 128 calories each and are vegetarian. They actually contain 26% dark Belgian chocolate as well as caster sugar, wheat flour, free range egg, soft brown sugar, and cocoa powder, so nothing artificial here.
I read an excellent review on these on Dooyoo by jo@145 in which she explained the brownies they had bought were reduced as they were near their sell by date. She went on to say that they were dry but thought that might be due to the short remaining shelf life. Sadly no as mine have another 6 days left on theirs and are still dry.
My son husband and I tried these last night as a desert after a healthy vegetable casserole we thought they would round off the meal perfectly. Biting into these we were impressed by the amount of chocolate in them and the flavour of the chocolate was intense and delicious, but to be honest this was overshadowed by the feeling they were stale. I think this is just the mix as they have none of that squidgy texture to them you normally associate with brownies, but nevertheless I wouldn't buy them again because I feel they are simply too dry- dry as a camel in fact!
The chocolate chips in these are very tasty and of good quality and I can't say I don't like them as anything made from chocolate has to be on the top of my shopping list. However I do advise if you buy these to make a lot of coffee to go with them and don't serve them to guests as they really do resemble the last piece of cake which sometimes lies alone in the tin for some time drying out.
It is very unusual for me to find something to criticise about Waitrose as normally I find their products delicious, but these are not their best and maybe need a change of recipe.
If you do buy them you must consume them within a day and store them in a tin overnight to preserve their freshness. I have to say I did this and the next day they were even drier- in fact by then they were as dry as the desert itself!
My son thinks the portion size is too small as well though for me I think it keeps the calories down, but he is 16 and eats like a horse!
In conclusion I really wouldn't recommend them. They are a nice small piece of chocolate cake but not a traditional brownie and I don't think they are value for money. I do however like the natural ingredients they are made from and hope they improve the recipe.
I'm so glad I don't make New Year resolutions, as shortly after arriving at my daughter's house she was making a cup of tea and asked if we would like a Brownie or an Empire biscuit. Had I decided to be good and lose some weight I wouldn't have been able to try the Brownies from Waitrose that she raves about!
Waitrose is a rather smarter Supermarket than my usual Tesco, and a lot of the prices prove this. The box of 6 Brownies is really smart looking as you can see in the photo, mostly black with brown gingham stripe at the base and the name on the front, Belgian Chocolate Brownies. The brownies are about 2 inches square (I didn't like to ask for a ruler to check!) and probably ¾ inch deep, they were packed in a rigid clear plastic tray, with the top half showing above the black fronted box. They are then sealed in cellophane, to keep them fresh. The packaging is recyclable.
The packet we had was reduced from £2.15 to £1.69 and the best before date is tomorrow. I'm not sure how long a shelf life these have, but possibly quite short normally. Instructions are to consume within a day once opened, and store in a cool place. The use by date should not be exceeded- she'll need to eat the rest tomorrow!
A massive 26% is Belgian chocolate, then caster sugar, wheat flour, free range eggs, butter, soft brown sugar and cocoa powder. There is a warning that there may be nuts which is usual these days as firms want to protect themselves. Good to see very ordinary ingredients.
Do we need to speak calories when talking about Chocolate? Our minister says there are no calories when you have cake at church! But as this wasn't at church I had better inform you that 1 brownie square has 128 calories, there is 6.6 grams of fat, which really compares quite well to chocolate biscuits.
I bet you thought I had forgotten the important bit! Well I sunk my teeth into the chocolate confection and tasted the chocolate immediately, there were little chocolate chips of Belgian chocolate, quite crunchy and the brownie was quite sweet. I was a little disappointed as it wasn't as squidgy as the Brownies I make, but know my daughter had said the centre was soft when she had them before. Possibly this was because this packet was a day away from its use by date. Overall the Brownie was very nice, crispy on the outside, and firm in the centre. It certainly was chocolatey and made a lovely treat with our tea.
Would I buy them?
Well our nearest Waitrose is 25 miles or more away, so we don't often shop there, and as pensioners I think 36 pence for a little square of Brownie is rather expensive, so doubt I would buy very often, but nice for a treat when we're out! You can buy them again daughter dear, just so I can see what they are like when squidgy!
I have a very sweet tooth and I love cakes and probably my favourite cake type thing is chocolate brownies. Yum, even the thought of them makes me feel hungry. Most of the time I bake chocolate brownies myself but every now and again you want to have something nice to eat but can't be bothered baking so this was when I discovered what I think are the best shop bought brownies. They are Waitrose's Belgian Chocolate Brownies, even the name tells you this is going to be a quality product (and also that they aren't going to be cheap!)
They are sold only in Waitrose stores and you can find them on the shelves with the prepacked cakes. They come in a small plastic box with a cardboard outer. The box is wrapped in a cellophane wrapper and inside is a hard plastic box which separates the brownies and also stops them getting squashed. They cost £2.15 for a box of 6. Yes I know they are expensive but boy are they worth it!
The brownies are made with dark Belgian chocolate and this makes up 26% of the ingredients. For those with allergies they also contain egg, gluten, milk and soya and may contain traces of nuts and sesame although there are no actual nuts in the ingredients.
If you are eating brownies then you aren't on a diet so the nutritional info shouldn't be a big concern to you. They are chocolate brownies it's not hard to work out that they aren't going to be good for you! But for those who like to know one brownie contains 128 calories, 11.3g of sugar and 6.6g of fat.
Once opened the brownies should be stored in a cool dry place. Waitrose says that the brownies once opened should be consumed within 1 day. However I have stored them in a box and kept them for 3 days (very restrained I know) and they were absolutely fine. The best before date on the brownies is usually only a couple of weeks after you have bought them so they aren't the kind of thing you can put away in your cupboard just in case you have visitors. But believe me once you taste these they are the kind of thing you want to eat quickly and probably keep to yourself!!
The packet contains 6 brownies. They are small square brownies probably about 2 inches in size, I haven't measured them and I have now eaten them all so can't give you an exact measurement! They smell wonderfully chocolately, your mouth waters when you smell them. When you bite into the brownie there is a lovely give to the brownie as you bite through the slightly crisper top and into the squidgy brownie itself. As well as the squidgy brownie there are chocolate chips so it's a lovely combination of textures. They taste sweet, chocolately and absolutely wonderful. They are quite rich so even although they are not the largest of brownies, having one with a cup of tea is actually enough. Having said that I could squeeze two in without trying too hard! Three though would be too greedy!!
I really love these brownies. They taste every bit as good as home made brownies, if not better. You can taste that they are made with good quality chocolate. I recently bought a brownie mix which I will review soon and it didn't taste anywhere near as nice as these brownies. Yes they are expensive but they are worth it for a treat for yourself and I have bought them several times and will most certainly buy them again. I recommend them to you if you like chocolate brownies and want a little treat for yourself.