About Best Loved Brands
In efforts to find the best kitchen staples—everything from biscuits to barbecue sauce, pancake mix to potato chips—Taste of Home put 100+ products to the test. Each offering was tested blindly by an expert panel of culinary and editorial staff, all of whom are avid home cooks and bakers. After undergoing a thorough review, our Best-Loved Brands emerged. Find out which brands you should be shopping for.
Finding the Best Brownie Mix
Determining which brownie mix reigns supreme is a quite the challenge, though one Taste of Home staffers happy to take on. In this Best Loved Brands test, 13 boxes of brownie mix were sampled side-by-side. Our staff carefully selected a wide array of brands that included budget-friendly options, traditional mixes and even a few more natural and healthy brands. Each was judged blindly with these criteria in mind:
- Chocolate flavor
RMS 85233; Grilled Banana Brownie Sundae
Getting a brownie that ticks all these boxes is a real joy, especially when it comes from a box (we all love a good shortcut when there’s no time for homemade). And amazing brownies serve as the foundation for so many tasty desserts, like this show-stopping grilled banana brownie sundae. Now, after examining 13 different brownie mixes, our team of Test Kitchen experts can confidently reveal their best-loved brownie mix brands—the box mixes that will make everything from your brownie sundaes to your last-minute bake sale makes taste their best.
First Place: Nestlé Tollhouse
Is it any wonder that chocolate-chip superstar Nestlé Tollhouse did so well in this chocolatey challenge? This brownie mix wowed our editorial and culinary panel with its incredibly rich chocolate flavor. Slicing into a pan of these brownies revealed a dense, fudgy texture that had the perfect amount of chew—plus the edges got nice and crisp for fans of those corner pieces. What put this brand over the top was its double dose of chocolate: great cocoa powder in the mix as well as a heaping dose of chocolate chips. The result had us thinking these best-ever brownies were homemade.
$2.79 for a 17.5-oz. box; available at grocers nationwide.
Second Place: Ghirardelli
For an exceptionally rich, dark chocolate brownie, you can’t do much better than Ghirardelli’s Chocolate Supreme mix. This brand offered a super moist and gooey brownie that had fudge fans raving. Cakey brownie fans may want to shy away, however, the quality of the chocolate in this mix just might win them over!
$1.99 for an 18.75-oz. box; available at grocers nationwide.
Third Place: Annie’s Organic
Fans of more cake-like brownies will want to add Annie’s Organic Double Chocolate brownie mix to their list. This boxed brownie offered that great cakey texture along with a nice milk chocolate flavor. This mix also had chocolate chips mixed inside which gave the finished product some added texture as well as some homemade appeal.
$4.99 for an 18.3-oz. box; available at grocers nationwide and on Amazon.
What to Make with a Box of Brownie Mix
Of course, when you’re craving a quickie dessert, a box brownie on its own (well, maybe topped with a dusting of powdered sugar) is a great treat. But why stop at just basic brownies? A good box of brownie mix can help you create all kinds of treats like brownie-based bars to gorgeous trifles. When you start with a good foundation like a Nestlé Tollhouse, Ghirardelli or Annie’s mix, you can create something really special. Just take a look!
Whichever top-rated mix you prefer, you’re going to end up with a dessert that your friends and family will be raving about. Imagine that amazing grilled banana brownie sundae made with one of these ultra-rich mixes—we think it sounds like chocolate heaven.
Now that you’ve added our favorite brownie mix to your shopping list, go check out the rest of our Best Loved Brands!