Brownies are my mom’s favorite dessert, so they were a treat we frequently enjoyed while I was a kid. Mom would whip up a Betty Crocker mix and sprinkle the freshly baked brownies with a dusting of powdered sugar. We always liked how pretty the powdered sugar made the brownies look, but that powdered sugar sometimes sent us into a coughing fit if we made the mistake of inhaling through our mouths while taking a bite.
These days, I like all kinds of desserts. Ice cream, cheesecake, and macarons are special favorites in my household. But brownies are on the dessert rotation, too, especially if we have vanilla ice cream on hand to top them with. Aldi sells a couple of different brownie mix options all year in addition to sometimes selling limited-edition special brownie mixes. Today, I’m looking at one of the brownie mixes Aldi sells all the time.
Specially Selected Double Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix cost $1.85 for an 18-ounce box at the time of publication. It includes chocolate chips, and the mix is kosher. Specially Selected is not a separate company but is an Aldi private label that includes various gourmet-type foods such as wood-fired pizza, macaroni and cheese, rack of lamb, Italian ice cream cups, cristal buns, and more.
This brownie mix is a Regular Buy, which means you should be able to find it at Aldi any time of year.
If you’re looking out for allergens, this mix contains wheat and soy. It may contain milk, eggs, and tree nuts.
Ingredients include sugar, enriched bleached flour, semisweet chocolate chips, cocoa, soybean oil, salt, baking soda, and natural flavor.
There are 16 servings per package, and after baking these brownies, one serving has 180 calories, 8 grams of total fat (10% DV), 2 grams of saturated fat (10% DV), 105 mg of sodium (5% DV), 26 grams of total carbohydrates (9% DV), and 18 grams of added sugar (36% DV).
The back of the box has instructions for baking. You’ll need 1/4 cup of water, 1/3 cup of vegetable oil, and 1 egg. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and lightly grease or spray an 8″x8″ baking pan. Place water, oil, and egg in a medium bowl and stir until fully mixed. Add brownie mix and stir until well blended. Spread in the prepared pan. Bake for 39-43 minutes. Cool completely in the pan before cutting.
Don’t eat the raw batter, and do not overbake. The package advises that fresh-baked brownies appear underbaked but cool to doneness.
For high altitude baking, add 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour and an additional 2 tablespoons of water.
I baked these brownies for about 35 minutes in my oven to ensure they were not overbaked. They were perfectly baked, with slightly crisp edges and a soft interior. We topped them with ice cream and they were the perfect complement to a family movie night at the end of a busy school/work week.
These are as good as any name-brand brownie mix and are a go-to in my house when we want brownies.
Specially Selected Double Chocolate Premium Brownie Mix is a quick and easy way to make delicious fudgy brownies. They bake up easily and pair well with whipped topping or vanilla ice cream, or they’re good on their own.