Sunday, June 26, 2016

Best Freaking Brownies Ever!

It's summer and I am still going through the wonderful goodies that I picked up at the Atlanta, GA Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo (In case you have been living without the internet, click here for the recap). I do admit, I love expos and the swag that you come home with is absolutely a wonderful perk. But I also like to try the products to share with everyone as well as keep my promises to the companies that were gracious enough to ask me to try them. So when I got to this Gluten Free Fudge Brownie Mix from Ardenne Farm, it was an absolute must to get these babies baked. I mean, chocolate, brownies, no need to even ask me twice. Come on, I know most of you are shaking your head in agreement.

First, Double Check
Photo Credit Ardenne Farm
NutriSon has multiple food allergies (peanut, egg, uncooked dairy, shellfish, watermelon and a gluten intolerance) so I always, always double-check on how products are produced, what they are produced with and if their other products contain anything that he is allergic too. It's nice when I get to sample my products on my own (yeah, yeah- sharing is nice but sometimes mom's like to enjoy foods alllllll by themselves!) but it's really nice when NutriSon can eat them safely too. I know it can be discouraging to him when there's yet another product that he cannot eat. Luckily, the website for Ardenne Farm is very clear about allergens and what their products do not contain. Is this product safe for you? Check here because you can never be too cautious for your own allergy needs. Although the picture above shows eggs being used for the mixture, I am happy to report that their products are free of egg/dairy/peanut/tree nut/gluten and are Non-GMO. Another plus- we made our batch of brownies using powdered egg replacer and dairy free milk successfully.

Always Taste-Test
Of course, it's not usually recommended to lick the bowl or the spoon but like I tell everyone "It's YOUR kitchen, there are no rules."AND, when you are the cook, in my book that means you have an automatic right to taste, lick, gobble anything that you want too as long as you are not double-dipping because that's gross and can also cause cross-contamination (plus, ewww). This gluten free brownie mix was thick enough to stay nicely on my finger, see? Just don't wipe it on a white towel (as previously mentioned here) because then the nice mom that is finger-licking happy will instantly turn into angry mom that will refuse to make anything chocolate for a long, long time. So why chance it? Brownies are supposed to be something to make you happy. And by gosh, these brownies made me happy before they even got out of the oven. Literally, I poured the batter and then began with just a fingertip full- oh my! Then, I called NutriHubby in and gave him a spoonful. Then, I just felt it was necessary to hide in my kitchen while being a glutton and clean the rest of the bowl with the spatula (which also means sharing the gluttony on social media because being a blogger means nothing is embarrassing for us to share). Can you blame me? I've had a bunch of gluten free brownie mixes and honestly, Ardenne Farm is THE BEST in my opinion. And no, they did not pay me to say that- it's truly what I think.

Final Thoughts
One thing I noticed while I was mixing the batter was that it seemed fluffy, if that makes sense. Most gluten free batters tend to be a bit on the dry side, or wind up too watery. The preparation is to add just three ingredients (oil, egg, water) so I used my ever-favorite Winona Pure Oil, Ener-G Powdered Egg Replacer and water BUT I used only 1/4 cup of oil and added a 4-ounce applesauce (even though I love Winona Pure, 1/2 a cup seems like a lot to me). Regardless, the brownies were super-easy to make, only took about 20 minutes and they were gone by the next morning. Con: NutriSon only allowed me the small portion that I had that night....I love him but come on Dude, I freaking feed you and you can't even leave me any brownies?! Mothers remember these things and one day, I will be surrounded by a fort of Ardenne Farm brownie boxes and not share at all. Just a heads-up.

Seeing (and Tasting) is Believing
Like I said, this is the only actual taste of the brownie mix that I got (sniff.... blowing nose). It's not a great picture because they were still warm, just out of the oven but look at the ooey, gooey, fudgy goodness on a spoon! I downed this with some cold almond milk and I was a happy mom for the night. When I asked NutriSon what he thought about the brownie mix, his exact response was "This is how I expect all brownies to be." Kuddos Ardenne Farm- NutriSon is super, super picky about all of his foods. For him to say this means you have a five-star rating in his book and that's very difficult to do. I also stand by my title- Ardenne Farm, your gluten free brownies are the BEST FREAKING BROWNIES EVER!! Truly. It's that simple. I am so happy that out paths crossed at the GFAF Expo.

Do you see the fudge?! Yum!!

Do you want to know more about the Gluten Free Brownie Mix and all of their other products? Visit them at www.ArdenneFarm.com for more details. 




As always, never any compensation for product reviews except for the products themselves as all of my reviews are always honest. 



22 comments:

  1. Yum, I'm always looking for good gluten free box mixes!

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  2. I haven't heard of this brand before, but now I'll look for it. Thanks for the heads up!

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    1. They have a handy-dandy store locator too http://www.ardennefarm.com/Where-to-Buy_ep_45.html

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  3. It looks like you got some goodies and this mix looks delicious!

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    1. Spoonworthy, bowlworthy, fingerlickinworthy and just plain delicious!

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  4. With a title like this I gotta try em!

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    1. I promise you will be absolutely in gluten free heaven!

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  5. What could be better than brownies, really? Oh--brownies that are THIS easy to mix up! :D

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  6. I've never heard of this brand, thanks for mentioning a new one to try!

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    1. When I find something that's good, I always like to share

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  7. Those look so perfect! Very good to know that the mix works with and without eggs. It's always frustrating when they promote egg-free, but they don't perform well without eggs.

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  8. It's great that these can work egg free! I'm gonna have to try it!

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    1. I'm sure you will enjoy them as much as our family!

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  9. These look so chocolaty and moist...I need to find this mix.

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    1. They have a store locator on their website, happy brownie eating :)

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  10. Always love a good brownie. These sound like a must ry.

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