We had the very first annual Brownie Battle this past weekend. Matt had talked about wanting to have a brownie competition for some time, for no other reason than to find an even more perfect brownie than the one he already had. So we put out the summons and people responded very well! We had about 25 people participate and some just come to taste and there were roughly 15 different types of brownies to try! At first we were going to have it outside at a park, but with the temps in the triple digits, Matt pointed out that drinking milk and eating chocolate in the heat might not be the best idea. So last minute, we moved it inside to Smooth Fusion, which was just the right size for everyone to get cozy, talk and eat crazy amounts of brownies. The participants and their brownies!
I voted for Summer’s as being the best. It had a velvety texture and was just so…different. Found out she used the back of the box recipe on the Ghirardelli brownie mix, only doubled the salt and vanilla and used dark brown sugar instead of light. She won Best Traditional!
Matt and his favorite – dark chocolate brownies with melted chocolate toffee bars on top. These got a lot of votes and was tied up TWICE for best traditional brownie
Louise was very ambitious. These are two of her submissions. She brought three. The one on the left is the Kahlua Cheesecake Brownies and on the right are Chipotle Brownies with a layer of dulce de leche in the middle and on top. Amazing. She took home the gold(en) prize for the kahlua cheesecake brownies!
Rod and Jill and their strong contender. It really got a lot of points. A very classic, rich brownie! (with a sample already gone)
Tim and Lindsey and the most amazing brownie with salted caramel! They almost won (by like 2 votes) the best creative brownie. Kahlua will get you every time 🙂
Jennifer and her ambitious entries – on the left, snickerdoodle brownies (and she made home made snickerdoodle ice cream to go with it!) and on the right, a classic brownie with chocolate icing. She ended up winning Prettiest Brownie for her Snickerdoodle brownies, but she got a lot of votes for regular favorite, too!
Cassie, Nixon and their traditional (and amazing) double chocolate brownies.
Jonathan, the baker, and his amazing version with ground cherries and toasted walnuts. These were astoundingly good.
Shannon with Peanut Butter Nutella brownies. This girl loves her Nutella. They were awesome, of course!
Kelson had heat exhaustion (he participated in a triathlon earlier that morning), I think because he stared at me like this every time I talked to him, haha. He brought golden brownies – like a glorified sugar cookie!
Philip and his brownie/caramel/pecan concoction of awesome.
I am not pictured because while I did submit brownies for judging, they sucked. I didn’t let them finish baking and they really suffered in texture. I’ve since eaten some after letting them settle in the pan for a couple days and they are chewy and awesome but that day, they were a bit grody.
Jill enjoying Nixon
Danielle and Ty made it!
Richard, Louise and Shannon
The traditional side of the brownie display. So this category couldn’t include anything too crazy. Just simple chocolate on chocolate action, maybe some nuts, toffee, coffee, etc.
The creative side. Snickerdoodles, chipotle, salted caramel, cheesecake, Kahlua, etc.
Ashley and Audrey.
An example of a tasting plate.
Kelle had a little somethin’ on her teeth…
We voted with poker chips. Blue chips = your top fav, Red chips = second fav, White chips = third and Green chips were for “prettiest” or really, just an excuse to give out another award 🙂
Who wins for worst fake smile? 🙂
Nixon should have got the Most Cuddly award. Thank you, Cassie, for letting us all pass him around!
Handing out awards
Louise won the coveted Golden Whisk for her Kahlua Cheesecake Brownies!
Some of my awesome clients even came! Rika and Joseph and Gunnar Brake
Taking home the spoils!
So what should the next battle be? Enchiladas? Sliders? Cast your vote in the comments!