If you follow us on Twitter @brownieheaven we've been running a weekly draw to win a different box of brownies each week. We've been absolutely amazed by the response and the interarction.
Some tweets have been retweeted over 200 times, the biggest response came from reactions to the Brownie Heaven Scotch Creme Egg, which even Cadbury's retweeted.
The power of a Brownie Heaven dark chocolate brownie to inspire wonder and delight never fails to amaze. So much so that the viral effect on Twitter was helped along by a group of Brownie Lovers we are now calling the #BrownieHeavenAngels. It started with a simple picture. As we ask Tweeters to shout #IWANTBROWNIEHEAVEN.
The tweeting went on and we christened Charlotte, Eileen and Chantelle (this group of angels work for and promote Rate My Placement a company that help Students get a placement within businesses they aspire to work in). We christened them the #BrownieHeavenAngels so the next photo that they sent us, blew us away!!!
A great fun afternoon was had by all, and for all their effort and hardwork the Angels were rewarded with a box of mixed Brownies including the Brownie Heaven Scotch Eggs and a pack of Dark Chocolate Brownies.
When the box of Brownies arrived the following Monday we were treated to more photographs which gives a great description of the divine power of Brownie Heaven to bring happiness.
We think Charlotte quite likes the Brownie Heaven Scotch Creme Egg
And Eileen maybe a little partial too
We'd just like to say a big thank you to all three #BrownieHeavenAngels and we love the fact that you had so much enjoyment all from a little square of dark chocolate fudgy gooey stuff. We're looking forward to their next mission;o)
Thank you for all entries to our recent Mother's Day Mountain draw on facebook, we can announce the winner as:
We drew 5 discount vouchers worth £7.50 each off any order over £20 to :
To collect your prizes please use the contact form on this website and we will email a voucher
Perhaps Slutty is not a great name for a Brownie to send to your Mother on Mother's Day? So for the run up to Mother's Day we'll be renaming our Slutty Brownie the Queen of Brownies. Mum may appreciate this more?
Slutty Brownies came about from a Blog piece titled The Londoner a great foodie/lifestyle blog, it was from here we got the inspiration to start making our own. The original recipe calls for Betty Crocker packet mixes. We being brownie heaven made up our own mixes and substituted the cookie mix with a blondie mix.
If you are really into baking you may want to have a go at making these great brownies yourself what is a Queen of Brownies aka SLUTTY BROWNIE?
It is half blondie, half brownie with an Oreo Cookie sandwiched in the middle. A blondie is just a name for a brownie made with white chocolate rather than dark chocolate, no cocoa powder is added either. This gives a brownie with a flavour reminiscent of caramac as the blondie bakes it creates a caramelised white chocolate flavour.
How do you go about making these delicious Queen of Brownies? (a.k.a. Slutty Brownies)
We'll start with the Ingredients required.
| Dark Brownie Mix
100g unsalted butter
150g dark chocolate (70% + Cocoa Solids)
40g plain flour
20g cocoa powder
2 medium eggs
135g golden caster sugar
100g unsalted butter
150g white chocolate
60g plain flour
2 medium eggs
120g golden caster sugar
15 Oreo cookies
15g unsalted butter for greasing
Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees C or Gas Mark 4.
For the Blondie Mix add the butter and white chocolate into a bowl and heat over a simmering pan until melted stirring constantly.
Set up an electric mixer and add the eggs and sugar on a slow mix, then slowly add the melted white chocolate and butter. Once added spoon in the flour. Allow the mixer to combine all the ingredients.
Grease a 10x6 baking tray with unsalted butter, pour in the blondie mix, then add a layer of the oreos into the tray so they are evening spaced out and push in slightly into the mix.
Next for the Dark Brownie Mix add the butter and chocolate into a bowl and as for the blondie mix heat over a simmering pan until melted stirring constantly.
Ensure the electric mixer bowl is cleaned well and add the eggs and sugar on a slow mix, then slowly add the melted chocolate and butter. Once added spoon in the flour and cocoa. Allow the mixer to combine all the ingredients.
Next pour the Dark Brownie Batter into the tray over the Oreo's and Blondie Mix, spread it evenly with a spatula. Then place in the oven for 25 minutes. Check after 25 minutes if the brownie still wobbles it will need another 5 minutes. If you try the skewer test it should come out caked in goo! The top will have a light crust and the sides should just be coming away from the tin. Leave in the tin until cold and then cut into squares 4cm x 4cm, which can be served cold or warmed slightly in the microwave for 15 seconds for each brownie.
The rise of the cupcake in the last 10 years has been stratospheric ever since Magnolia Bakery in New York City was featured on Sex in the City the popularity has grown and grown. On looks alone the sophisticated Cupcake would win against the simple chocolate brownie. This battle is not just down to looks, it has a number of points to consider. Especially if ordering cakes online.
So who would win?
1. How do they Travel?
It all depends on your preference. Of course cupcakes are an amazing treat and can be the most amazing cakes to the eye. All that love an attention that is put in the decoration. However if you are considering the question and sending via a website using a courier or postal service then the chocolate brownie will win every time. How can we be so certain on this? The brownie is definitely the best cake by post as the chocolate brownie is generally of solid construction (not much air) as opposed to all types of cakes which are light and airy and may be decorated delicately. The effect this has in the post is that a brownie will arrive in perfect condition. This cannot be guaranteed for the cupcake as the box is thrown around the postal system there is a chance no matter how the they are packaged that they will end up a little smashed if not completely squashed. If the brownie box is thrown around the system, the product will stand up to the heavy handedness as they are delicate little bites, but solid chunks of fudginess.
We have first hand experience of this, we used to offer a cupcake service as part of Brownie Heaven, we offered Dark Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes with a Chocolate Cream toppings, the feedback about the taste was always fantastic. However we often received feedback that they had arrived looking slightly worse for wear.
We used to supply brownies for a couple of internet based cupcake companies that unfortunately are no longer with us. This is a little evidence to prove that fact that cupcakes do not travel too well.
If cupcakes were hand delivered they may possibly win this point, however if you are looking for a product that looks as good as when it is originally packed then:
BROWNIE HEAVEN WINS ON TRAVEL
2. How do they TASTE?
Taste is a very subjective comparison and very much depends on the individual. If you prefer something light with a sugary creamy topping then the cupcake will win hands down. If you LOVE CHOCOLATE then clearly the brownie is the winner. The crunch followed by the gooey chocolaty middle is a match for any cake. The Dark Chocolate Brownie is indulgent, but there is no guilt. As Dan Norman of DNC Coaching and Training has said 'Brownie Heaven feels good for you!!!' Quite a claim but emotionally it does make you feel as though you actually eaten something and not just empty calories.
|If you needed a reminder of how the brownie looks then take a look at the picture. Of course this blog is more than a little biased.
However the post related to Cupcake and Brownie internet based delivery services. How do they taste in regards to this has also got to be considered. Or more correctly how do they taste after spending 24 hours or more within the postal service. Brownie Heaven is good for at least 3 weeks, and actually tastes better about ten days after baking as all the chocolaty flavours tend to develop. Of course the brownies do not always last this long!!!
Brownie Heaven is made with the finest ingredients, amazing 70% Dark Belgium Chocolate and lots of LOVE which makes it a wonderful gift to receive as we believe you can taste the LOVE.
As we have said we are completely biased and most cupcakes will be great the next day in the post. We're going to call this round a draw but if you're into chocolate then Chocolate Brownies win everytime.
DRAW ON TASTE
3. Which is the Most Convenient?
Gift services online are all about convenience. How quickly will the gift be delivered. Checking around plenty of other web based cake delivery services which there are many, a few offer next day delivery. However the latest order time is 2pm. Also to receive the present next day there are extra courier service charges on top. The Brownie Heaven service offers free first class postage included in all their prices and if ordered before 3pm the brownies can be dispatched for next day delivery this can be categorically guaranteed if Special Delivery is selected. The service also allows a date for delivery to be selected. What makes these services extra convenient is that the person who is buying the gift can be in London and the recipient can be in Edinburgh (for example) and the customer knows that their loved one is going to receive a great gift just by pressing a couple of buttons.
The Brownie Heaven website is also very quick to checkout with an industry leading shopping cart 'Shopify' used by some big Blue Chip retailers, this helps make the service extremely convenient, quick to order, quick to checkout and quick to deliver.
BROWNIE HEAVEN WINS on Convienience
4. Which is the Best Value for Money?
We had a good search around the web the price of most cupcakes is around £24.95 + Postage which is a minimum of £2.95 this also applies to brownies the lowest price we could find was £12 plus post at £2.99. Brownie Heaven make the best brownie there is no doubt about that, it's crunchy it's Dark, it's gooey, it makes you feel good, it's full of love, it arrives quickly, it has many return customers, and it also is the best value at £15.95 for 8 including delivery and a hard constructed gift box it is the best value.
BROWNIE HEAVEN wins on value for MONEY
Overall Brownie Heaven WINS
What has steak got to do with Dark Chocolate Brownies? Well it's an easy question to answer
If asked this question you can normally answer quickly and easily. The best way is obviously the way you like it, what's is best for the steak is debatable.
However if I asked you
How do you like your brownie?
The question may take a little longer to answer? There are 3 brownie camps, pardon the pun:
So which would it be? Brownie Heaven has always been about the Fudgey type with loads of dark Belgium chocolate creating a rich chocolatey gooey middle. More recently we've been experimenting with creating chewy brownies replacing golden caster sugar with some granulated creates a chewy texture. Still the same chocolate hit but a lot more resistance to the bite. These can be fun and as delicious as the fudgey ones. For us the cakey type of brownie is just that cake and as we specialise in brownies it's more about the chocolate experience, so a lighter cakey brownie is probably a route we will not take.
It was a recent review of Brownie Heaven by a notable Modern Family Life blogger Mummy Loves......... that inspired this article, as Sonia, who writes the great blog, was expecting a cakey texture and lighter bite. However the family really enjoyed the baked delights.
A collection of tips we have compiled, lots of our customers love to bake so we thought we'd share some tips:
Use the best quality chocolate you can find, we use a 72% Cocoa Butter Dark Chocolate from Belgium we have also tried 85% and also Willy's 99% the higher the cocoa content the richer the brownie. Don't forget you will be adding butter and sugar so this can work to create a sweeter and creamier taste than just dark chocolate alone. You can use a Milk Chocolate but this will only water down the chocolatey taste as Milk Chocolate has a lower cocoa content and other added ingredients. For us the more chocolate you can add to the mix the better.
Always use the finest unslated butter you can find. Margarine is not good for brownies it will taint the flavour of the brownie and will not help in creating a Fudgey type of brownie.
Caster sugar is best for Fudgey brownies, however dark muscavado sugar can be used and will add a different taste almost rum like in flavour. Also some recipes call for golden syrup, this is for added texture and chew. Also using some granulated singer will add crunch and chewiness as it has a higher melting temperature.
To Flour or Not to Flour
Flour in brownie mixes is used to bind the ingredients together, we use a patisserie plain flour without raising agents otherwise we'd end up with cake. It's also possible to bake brownies without flour, but they will need some form of binding agent a gluten free rice flour will work fine. Instead of flour we like to use either ground almonds, ground hazelnuts or desiccated coconut instead of flour which all have advantages of adding different flavours to the brownie.
Cook in a medium about 150-160 Degrees C for great fudginess the brownies are done just as the edge of the brownie starts to move away from the edge of the tin. If you place a skewer in the middle it will come out coated in a little brownie. Cooking times are dependant on how much you are making.
200g unsalted butter
300g dark chocolate (70% + Cocoa Solids)
85g plain flour
40g cocoa powder
3 large eggs
275g golden caster sugar
15g unsalted butter for greasing
Pre heat the oven to 160 degrees C or Gas Mark 4. Add the butter and chocolate into a bowl and heat over a simmering pan until melted stirring constantly.
Set up an electric mixer and add the eggs and sugar on a slow mix, then slowly add the melted chocolate and butter. Once added spoon in the flour and cocoa. Allow the mixer to combine all the ingredients.
Grease a 10x6 baking tray with unsalted butter, pour in the mix and place in the oven for 25 minutes. Check after 25 minutes if the brownie still wobbles it will need another 5 minutes. If you try the skewer test it should come out caked in goo! The top will have a light crust and the sides should just be coming away from the tin. Leave in the tin until cold and then cut into squares 4cm x 4cm, which can be served cold or warmed slightly in the microwave for 15 seconds for each brownie.
Alternatively you could just order the most amazing brownies online via this site.
Dan has been a customer of Brownie Heaven since before we even launched the website over 7 years ago, he's enjoyed the brownie on a regular lunch time basis for this amount of time. He is in fact an Ex-British Junior Body Building champion who now runs his own holistic and coaching studio in Beverley East Yorkshire and calls the Brownies Power Protein Pills.
One of Dan's passions is creating videos with his iphone and he has created many hours of entertaining and thought provoking footage. On Tuesday I asked him to create one for Brownie Heaven and this is the Film Noir short video he came up with. We hope you enjoy the emotion:)