Okay, so I did a really crazy thing…I bought four different boxes of gluten-free brownie mixes to finally determine, which one is better. Because let’s be real. When I first was diagnosed as gluten intolerant I remember googling and looking for reviews on which gluten-free boxed brownie was better. I pretty much came up with a lot of different reviews, but no one compared four of the ones I saw most often. So I spent 5 hours baking to answer the question: Which gluten-free box brownies should you buy?
Now I made these with my best friend with is not gluten-free and she and then her boyfriend both gave their opinion so it is not just me tasting them. I will talk about from batter to cut so you truly know and understand the differences. A few things to note: 1) I followed the back of the box directions to a “T” (normally I would sometimes substitute oil and butter for healthier options) 2) they were all baked in an 8×8 pan.
The Four Contestants
5/5 – These are what my best friend’s boyfriend “J” referred to as “Non-gluten free tasting brownies”. Which when you are gluten-free is exactly what you want. No one wants the gritty gluten-free taste to come through.
The batter was definitely thicker than normal brownie mix, but still went into the pan and spread really well. You do have the option to add chips or nuts, to which we added dark chocolate chips. Then you follow the directions and cook!
I really had no problem cutting these once they had cooled and they did not stick to the parchment paper at all. King Arthur is what I would call a luxury brand. I remember back when King Arthur wasn’t found in many stores and you would order it online. However, now I have found it at Target and Hy-vee. These are amazing brownies, moist, chocolatey, but not too chocolatey, and most importantly they don’t taste gluten-free. If you have a friend or family member who is gluten-free and you want to make their day BUY THESE and you will win their love!
4.5/5 – These are right up there with the King Arthur one’s, but King Arthur just has something more. They just taste fancy! However, if you can’t find King Arthur then Pillsbury is a brand I see a lot of places even Walmart. So as a great back-up keep this one on your radar.
The batter for this one reminded me of the basic brownie batter. Very easy to mix (only 50 strokes though) and pour into pan, no problem there. Plus it is nice when you don’t have to whisk it or use an electric mixer.
When it came to cutting these they were a little flakier and harder to not have them break, but they taste the same in one piece or crumbs. Pillsbury really nails the moist and well blended aspect of the brownies. No grainy texture, no weird chocolate taste.
2.5/5 – I actually almost gave these a 3/5, but they are just “meh”. They are fine. The batter was harder to work with and spread out in the pan, which can be frustrating. Then cutting them was an absolute pain, the knife was covered in brownie making me constantly wash it off.
Trying this batch the response was pretty much “meh.” With a grainier taste you really know that you are definitely eating a gluten-free brownie and that is not a compliment. So I would avoid the Betty Crocker gluten free brownie box mix because it is just not worth the money or the calories in all reality. If I’m going to eat a dessert it needs to be good!
-20/5 – Please do yourself a favor and run very far away from these brownies and not buy. I have never made more frustrating brownies. The batter resembled half-dried concrete and putting it into the pan was a nightmare. Plus to top it off it requires more ingredients than other brownie boxes and they want you to use a mixer too! What happened to just combining ingredients with a spatula and calling it a day. If I wanted to use a mixer I would make the brownies from scratch.
Then as if they couldn’t get any worse. Cutting the brownies I swear more brownie was on the knife than left in the brownie. The texture, look, and appeal of the brownie resemble a protein brownie, but without the health benefits. Gummy, chewy, weird, and strange all describe these brownies. Who wants a gummy brownie. I thought I was going to choke cause it got caught on my throat because it was so gummy and stringy. Take this as a warning and stay away from this brownie box, because everything is wrong with it and I found nothing good about them.
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