When the lovely people over at Choc., an LA/Brooklyn-based gluten-free, organic brownie company asked if they could send me some samples to taste and write about, I think I fell off of my chair. Not only have brownies been one of my very favorite sweet treats for the past twenty-three years of my life, I actually think “brownie” may have been my first word. I’m gonna be real with y’all, brownies are pretty easy to screw up. They are a quintessential baked good, and with that, the bar is set high. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lunged at the dessert table at a party, only to sink my teeth into a dry, bland, brown square. That may be disappointment in its highest form.
As an artist, I’m a sucker for aesthetic appeal, so when I received this perfectly curated box of chocolate goodness, I was already won over. It came with a cute green ribbon and a li’l bee wrapped around it! And a biodegradable wooden knife for brownie sharing (pfft…)! But now onto the important part.
I was given an array of flavors to taste: Son of a Brownie (salted caramel and peanut butter’s baby), Peanut Butter and Honey, Original, Vegan Peanut Butter, Salted Caramel and Hot & Spicy. Needless to say I poured myself the entire gallon of almond milk, tucked my bib into my collar and got down to business.
Of course everyone in my family saw me eating them and insisted that they needed to help me try them all. One by one we voiced our opinions on each flavor, and no negative words were to be had. I tried to put them on a ranking system by favorite to least favorite, but that proved to be impossible because they were all really, really damn good.
After many hours of sweaty deliberation, I decided that Son of a Brownie was my favorite because it combined all of the best elements from each of the brownies. Overall, the brownies had particular qualities that set them apart from any boxed mix, and dare I say, any homemade recipe I’d ever tasted. They were soft, fudgy, thick and almost buttery. But that’s not to confuse you into thinking that they didn’t have any texture.
I am not gluten intolerant, nor do I suffer from Celiac, so I don’t find myself eating gluten-free often or intentionally. Let’s face it, I’m in love with the gluten, but I have to say that I would actively seek out these gluten-free goodies based on how amazing they are. They were not lacking in any qualities presented by your traditional brownie batter, and I may even like them a little better.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m a part time horticulturist with a huge organic garden and a penchant for farmer’s markets, so any opportunity I get to support local growers producing the freshest ingredients money can buy, I’ll take. If you can’t make it to one of Choc’s stores or vendors, you can conveniently order them online!
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