What is it about chocolate that makes everything right? My daughter purchased a box of Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge Brownie Mix when she was doing the grocery shopping the other day, and I just made a batch of these for the ultimate comfort food.
Ghirardelli is known for their better quality chocolate, so it was hard to resist this box of prepared brownie mix that claims to contain Ghirardelli Fudge and mini chocolate chips. It comes in an 18 ounce box, showing a thin fudge like (as opposed to cake like) brownie, with a thin layer of fudge topping melted over the top. The tag line for Ghirardelli seems to be “Moments of Timeless Pleasure”. Very fitting indeed!
Making a batch of Ghirardelli Ultimate Fudge Brownies is very easy, almost anyone can make these. You simply mix the contents of the dry mix with one fourth water, one third vegetable oil, and one egg. I blended these ingredients together with a serving spoon, and you are instructed to stir the batter for about 40 strokes, or until moistened.
When you have it mixed, pour contents into a glass or metal eight inch by eight inch cake or brownie pan. Baking time depends on the type of pan used. Metal pans require a cooking time of 39-43 minutes, while glass pans take a bit longer, 44-48 minutes. Baking in a nine inch by nine inch pan is not recommended.
The batter came out very thick and cake like, and filled my eight by eight glass pan about half way. The batter needs to be cooked in a 325 degree oven, and we had a hard time deciding when to take these out of the oven. The box says not to over bake, and that they will actually appear under baked, but will cool to doneness.
The back of the box does not give instructions for testing the brownies, and I always use the toothpick method, so this is what I did in this case. I poked my toothpick into the center of the pan, and it came out clean, so I assumed the brownies were done. After letting them cool, they did not appear to be completely finished, and I wish I had baked them for a few more minutes. We cut the brownies while still warm, and ate them after they had set (and set up) for two hours. They were still warm inside, and the result was very rich and fudge like brownies. They are definitely brownies that you will need to eat with a napkin!
While the picture on the box shows miniature chocolate chips throughout the brownies, I only detected one or two in the brownie I ate. I think the mini chips melted during the baking process. Still, these are very rich and delicious brownies. So much so that we didn’t even open the fudge pouch and pour it over the top. Instead we are saving the fudge topping to use on vanilla ice cream!
The box gives a recipe for a “Orange Chocolate Tort”, which takes one tablespoon of finely grated orange zest, so this is a little twist on an old favorite. Also suggested are ideas for making chocolate toffee brownies and ultimate fudge nut brownies.
A two inch brownie contains 130 calories and 4 grams of fat. Not too bad for how decadent these are!