Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Cooking

Taste test: packaged brownies

Last year, the National Retail Federation estimated Americans spent more than $18.6 billion on Valentine's Day. Of that, $448 million was spent on candy, with an emphasis on the 58 million pounds of chocolate consumed in the name of romance. This year, we wanted to find something to make Cupid himself swoon with chocolaty delight, without breaking the bank. We sampled packaged brownies — perfect treats for busy classrooms, a quick gift to hand to a friend in the hallway or even a romantic fondue date. Judges were pretty harsh about some of the samples, but they couldn't resist the lure of the top three picks.

Lena Schwallenberg, tb-two*

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