After the Elementary school’s Spring carnival, my husband banned all baked goods from our house. He was disgusted with the amount of sweets and baked goods our children consumed during those few hours and irritated with the behavioral issues that stemmed from the bad nutrition.
A few days after the carnival, my local IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) had a meeting at Continental Mills (the manufacturer of bake mix brands Ghirardelli brownie and Krusteaz). John Heily,president of Continental Mills, gave an excellent overview of the company: it’s origin, growth and future. He also gave the group of local food professionals a new brownie mix, Ghirardelli Triple Fudge Brownie Mix, to take home and try.
My husband still has not lifted the “ban on baked goods”, but did allow my children an exception and to try this new brownie mix. Brownies are difficult to say anything negative about, and most of us have our favorites. These favorite brands and varieties make the calorie content of a brownie “worth it”.
Along with a good proportion of the United States, my family prefers Ghirardelli brownie mixes to the Betty Crocker of Pillsbury products on the market. Ghirardelli always has a more distinct chocolate flavor and less of a sweet/cakey taste. The new Triple Fudge brownie mix isn’t as good as some of the other Ghirardelli mixes I’ve enjoyed. My biggest complaints are that the brownies are too sweet, slightly cherry like and not chocolatey enough. My husband thought these brownies were “different” and suggested that they tasted “cakey”. My kids were very happy to have the “ban lifted” and ate every last crumb of the brownie I gave them.
Hands down, Ghirardelli is still the best brownie mix out there. John Heily, president of Continental Mills, talked about the pride that his employees had in the products they develop and manufacturer. The employees have every reason to be proud of their brands, especially Krusteaz and Ghirardelli brownie mix; they are excellent products.
And, by the way, Krusteaz is pronounced “Crust-Ease” not “Crew stez”. Who knew?