Chocolate of the Day
Ethel's Baking Co.
Brownie (Gluten Free, contained coffee)
Weight: 2.66 oz. (75.6 g.) / 8 oz. (227 g.) in total container of 3 brownies
Calories: 340 calories in 1 brownie/bar
Cost: $6.59 for 1 container (3 brownies)
Purchased from: The Market at Edgewood, Palo Alto, CA
Welcome to Day #5 of Chocolate and Coffee Theme Week.
Today's Gluten Free Brownie was from Ethel's Baking Co. (Shelby Township, MI).
Aroma notes included: sweet chocolate (brownie and chocolate cake).
These generously sized, gluten free brownies (3 bars in one container) were soft, sweet and chocolate-y on the inside, and had a very thin, flaky crust layer.
These relatively dense, fudge-y cake brownies had an authentic egg and butter richness and heft to them.
They were also very sweet. So much so that even all that rich chocolate and faint touches of coffee and salt couldn't balance all the sugar for me. (I found myself enjoying this brownie with a handful of pecans, walnuts and a dash of small cinnamon to help cushion a potential blood sugar spike--that did not happen.)
Those with a sweet tooth who enjoy a good, hearty brownie and are looking for a substantial gluten-free dessert will rejoice. However, the relatively high sugar level made it difficult to detect other possible chocolate flavor nuances.
Next time, I'll share one of these large brownies with a friend; or will pair this thoughtfully constructed (gluten free, and made in a GF dedicated facility) sweet brownie with a stronger coffee beverage.
Ingredients: Semi-sweet chocolate chips (sugar, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa butter, soy lecithin or sunflower lecithin, vanilla), cane sugar, butter (sweet cream, salt), eggs, Ethel's gluten-free flour blend (brown rice flour, modified tapioca starch, potato starch, corn starch, corn flour, white rice flour, xanthan gum), bittersweet chocolate chips (unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa powder, soy lecithin, vanilla), water, vanilla extract (water, ethyl alcohol, extractives of vanilla beans, coffee, leavening agent (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch, monocalcium phosphate).
Allergen-related information: Contains eggs, milk, soy. Made in a facility with tree nuts. Gluten free (made in a gluten free dedicated facility).