Ruth's Brownie (and Biscotti and Cookie) Kitchen. We went to the site and were excited to be able to choose between the flavors but to be perfectly frank, when we went to the site and saw that it was $19.95 for a half-dozen brownies we selected to review we were a bit skeptical.
Valrhona chocolates and cocoa along with the very best farm-fresh, natural or organic butter, eggs, flour and other ingredients available. We are bakers and know that ingredients aren't cheap, but twenty bucks for 6 brownies seemed a bit pricey so the claim on the site that they are the affordable handcrafted treat made us go hmm.
Here's just a bit about the company, you can hop on over to Ruth's Kitchen to read more about their gourmet brownies and other goodies:
Ruth's Brownie (and Cookie and Biscotti) Kitchen is a small, artisinal bakery and from the very beginning has been committed to making the world's best gourmet brownies and now cookies and biscotti as well. The company is named after Grandmother Ruth and is based on her recipes and recreates the delicious homemade taste from childhood.
When we saw that each batch is prepared to order and singly we thought of course that takes time, effort and dedication, so most likely they are worth it for what they are. They are shipped within hours of being removed from the oven and have a fabulous freshness guarantee.
Before I tell you about the brownies, I want to tell you what an amazing company Ruth's Brownie Kitchen is to work with. We had a problem with delivery- as soon as I let them know, they tracked the package- the post office swore they delivered (they didn't, this may or may not be because around that time our mail delivery truck caught on fire- we received notice that some things were damaged and a couple days later received what was scorched but salvageable. Even though it wasn't their fault, the very next day they made a fresh batch to send us. LOVE THAT, not all companies will go the extra mile when they have tracked and are told it was delivered. I will not hesitate to do business with a company with such excellent standards- when they say they want the customer to be 100% satisfied, they really mean it.
The brownie itself was absolutely delicious- we're talking the kind of rich, fudgy treat you want to savor. The hazlenuts were plentiful and again huge, not chips or even chunks but big bites of nutty goodness and when we split the first brownie in parts we saw whole nuts.
To be perfectly honest if any of us ate a whole one of these gourmet brownies we'd have been sick to our stomachs for the rest of the day- while we love treats, especially superior quality ones, each brownie was just too big and rich for one person. Dawn and I are more of a quarter of the size brownie they sent and Ki made short work of half a one but even that was pushing it but she just couldn't make herself stop. Dev (aka the sweethound) is at an all-day event for Model UN, but if anyone can eat a whole one it will be her (and I can tell you right now, she'll ask to take hers tomorrow for the second half of the event and have enough to share with friends).
Here's the funny part- Ken isn't much of a sweet eater, we were together 9 years before he even tried our fudge that everyone raves over. (He has since become a fudge addict, but that's a whole 'nother story.) He had to try a brownie- yeah, first time for everything. They looked and smelled so good and I guess our reactions convinced him but he helped himself to half of one and then said he had dibs on the other half since he couldn't eat it all in one sitting. If that doesn't convince you these are a quality product, nothing will.
What's in it for you? I'm glad you asked. Ruth's Brownie Kitchen is going to give one of our lucky readers a chance to sample the awesome goodness yourself or send as a gift- this is a gift that is sure to be appreciated and enjoyed by the recipient instead of stuffed into a closet or drawer never to be seen again.
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