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Gluten-Free Dessert Mixes Review and Giveaway

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GF Dessert GiveawayA few months ago, I received a box with all four of Betty Crocker’s Gluten-Free Dessert Mixes. You did know that Betty Crocker now has Gluten-Free dessert mixes, didn’t you? They started showing up in grocery stores in June (2009). They are shelved with the regular baking mixes in the baking aisle. So, don’t expect to see them on the shelves/aisles with the other gluten-free mixes. You’ll have to go searching through the regular cake mixes in the baking aisle to find them. Or, make sure you enter the giveaway contest below, and maybe you’ll win a box of all four of them. :)

I’ve been a little slow to review all of the mixes, but I’ve had fun trying some new recipes with them, too.IMG_4013x The Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix was as good as any brownie mix I’ve ever made, gluten or no gluten. They were just as you would expect them to be — full of rich chocolate flavor, moist, chewy, and wonderful. I actually decided to bake them along with another favorite gluten-free brownie mix, so I could taste them side by side. I couldn’t even tell you the difference. I could tell a slight difference in look. But really, they were both too similar in taste to be able to tell the difference. The big difference was in price. Betty Crocker’s price for GF brownies beat the other GF brand by at least a dollar.

IMG_4123xGluten Free Yellow Cake Mix. I was so happy to see that Betty Crocker was including a yellow cake mix with their line of gluten-free dessert mixes. Over the past four years of being gluten free, I have discovered that a GF yellow cake mix is difficult to find. I have no problem finding a chocolate cake mix, but yellow is another story. I used the BC yellow cake mix to make a batch of cupcakes to have on-hand for surprise celebrations. We had to try a few of them, too, and they were good. They had a very nice, soft and fine texture. My husband and I detected a slight tang? or strange taste, but did not find it offensive at all. My kids didn’t notice anything strange and devoured them right away.

I always keep some cupcakes in the freezer so they’re ready to go for unexpected celebrations. These were great before I froze them, and just as good after I defrosted them. I usually frost the cupcakes, then freeze them in a plastic container. Once they are frozen, I wrap each one with plastic wrap and put them all in a zip-style plastic bag to further seal them. Then, back to the freezer they go. When we need one for a birthday celebration, we pull one out of the freezer and remove the plastic wrap while it’s still frozen. Then place it in a plastic container to defrost.IMG_4821x

Recently, I discovered that the Yellow Cake Mix is also great for making Poppy Seed Bread (Cake). Make some up to give to your gluten-free (or not gluten-free) friends for the holidays. It’s quick and easy, and you can freeze them until you’re ready to eat them or give them away. The recipe makes three small/mini bread loaves or one large loaf.

IMG_4340xGluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix. The chocolate cake was really very good. I think it’s better than the yellow cake, but being a chocoholic I may be a bit biased. The cake was moist, and very chocolaty. What’s not to like about that? It makes a very good cake to use for cupcakes and birthday cakes.

Betty Crocker has a page on their website dedicated to recipes using their gluten-free mixes. I tried their recipe for Zucchini-Devil’s Food Snack Cake using their chocolate cake mix. Since the other members of my family don’t care much for walnuts and pecans in food, I replaced the nuts in the streusel topping with mini chocolate chips. I didn’t really care for the topping, but the rest of the family thought it was great. The cake itself was very moist and yummy.

IMG_4079xGluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix. To be honest, I can’t even remember ever making cookies from a mix. Even when I was a kid, I always made them from scratch. But, these cookies were good. We ate most of them warm, just out of the oven. I thought they cooked up a little flat, but they were soft and chewy with a little crispiness on the edges, which I like. They also seemed a little grainy, but that didn’t stop us from eating them all. The best part of these cookies is that they were mixed up, baked and ready to eat within 30 minutes! Now that I like! My conclusion? I might keep a box of BC GF Cookie Mix to have on hand for quick snacks or chocolate chip cookie cravings. But, in reality, I would probably make gluten-free chocolate chip cookies from scratch.

I also used the cookie mix to try another gluten-free recipe from the Betty Crocker website: Ooey-Gooey Rocky Road Bars. These were definitely ooey, gooey, and rich! They were too difficult to cut while they were warm. If you decide to make these, make sure you leave time to let them cool completely. Or, just grab a spoon and dig in. If I made them again, I would probably try baking them in a 8×8 pan instead of a 13×9, so that the cookie was a little thicker. I would also back off on the amount of chocolate chips (I can’t believe I just wrote that.) and put just enough marshmallows on to cover the top.

So, how do the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Dessert Mixes compare in price? Well, compared to other gluten-free mixes, the cost ($3.99 at our grocery store) is very good. However, don’t compare them with the regular mixes with gluten, which you can probably get for $1.99. In addition, the gluten-free cake mixes only make a one-layer cake. Don’t expect to bake a two-layer birthday cake with only one box, like we used to do with regular cake mixes with gluten.

My final thoughts: The brownie and chocolate cake mixes are excellent, the yellow cake is very good, and the chocolate chip cookies are good. I am happy to have the option of buying gluten-free dessert mixes in the grocery store. I wish they were a little cheaper, but at least they are comparable to prices of other gluten-free mixes. And, I don’t have to pay for shipping! I know I’ll keep some mixes in my pantry, for those times when I need to make a dessert quickly. Have you tried them? What did you think?

I have a box full of Betty Crocker Gluten Free Dessert Mixes to give away to one lucky reader. This Betty Crocker “Sweet Treats” prize pack (pictured at the top) includes one each of all four of the dessert mixes, two Free coupons for any of the varieties, a grocery tote bag, magnetic grocery list note pad, and pen to make shopping easier!

To Enter:

  • Simply leave a comment telling me which product interests you the most and why. Include a quick review of one of the mixes, if you’ve tried it.
  • Get an additional entry by sharing a recipe you made with one of the dessert mixes.
  • Get an additional entry by telling friends about it online. Spread the word about the contest by posting a message on your blog, Twitter, Facebook or email. Then, come back here and leave another comment telling me where you shared it.

Rules:

  • Leave your comment(s) no later than 11:59 pm (ET) December 11, 2009.
  • Make sure you leave your name and email address so I can contact you if you win. (Don’t put your email address in the comment, just where it’s asked for in the comment form below.) I won’t share your information with anyone, nor use it to contact you, unless you are the winner.
  • The winner will be chosen using Random.org.

Good Luck! and Good Baking!

Thanks for all of your entries. The winner (comment #81) has been chosen. This giveaway is now closed.

116 Comments

1

I love yellow cake, so I really want to try the yellow cake mix! I did not know they were making gluten free mixes. I will look for them now!

2

I’ve tried both the cake mixes. They are quite tasty, in fact my family devoured my cake before I could. They don’t even have celiac disease! I haven’t tried the cookie or brownies as of yet. I am posting this to…
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Thanks for sharing! Hugs~Poe

3

I just posted it to all three hun! Will repeat it as much as possible!Hugs~Poe

4

I LOVE the brownie mix on the first day it’s made, the second day, I’ll pass, but my kids still like it. I haven’t been able to find the chocolate cake in stores in my area though and would love to try it! I tried the yellow cake and it was a little dry, so will try adding pudding to it next time.

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I tried the chocolate brownies and found them to be raw if they are cooked the exact amount that is shown on the box. I cooked it for an 8 additional minutes and it was delicious!
The yellow cake I must agree also did have a bit of a tangy taste, but then again untill you try it you won’t know what I mean..
Enjoy them!

6

I love chocolate and the chocolate cake looks delicious, I would love to try to make cupcakes with it :) great review!

8

The Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix really gains my interest!
the ingredients and taste!
carla

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Hey! Just wanted to let you know that I shared it on my blog site. Here is the link http://theglutenfreediary.blogspot.com/2009/11/betty-crocker-gluten-free-mixes.html

11

Hi!
I’ve tried the cookies, brownies, and the yellow cake.

Liked the brownies the most.

13

Made the brownies Spooky recipe on Hallowen, using GF brownie mix instead of regular brownies. Won Best Dish at Halloween Party!!

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes.aspx/spooky-brownies/6599bf7a-04fb-4fb0-ab23-1cefd4c4f26c

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I’ve tried the brownie mix, which I loved!! My boyfriend (who can eat gluten) thought they were some of the best brownies he’d ever had too, so that says something. We both like fudgy brownies, though.
I would love to try the others- especially the yellow cake mix! I saw a recipe for making red velvet cake with it – that’s what I’d use it for (well, cupcakes!).

16

Hi, I would love to win the package of gluten free mixes.I watch for them to go on sale and buy them up at that point. I have tried them all and found them all to be excellent.

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My favorite recipe is one from Paula Deen’s Website. Members of my support group was lamenting the fact that the cake mixes are only one layer cakes. However, I found a remedy for this. Check out Paula Deen’s website and make the Lemon Teacakes just replacing the regular box of yellow cake mix with the gluten free yellow cake mix. I make them as minature cupcakes and they make app. 48 which is quite a few.I have taken these cupcakes to a family reunion where I was the only one eating gluten free and people kept coming to me to ask for the recipe. I also fixed this recipe for my family (they are not gluten free) when they visited for Thanksgiving. My son who just got out of the Navy and so has not enjoyed my gluten free Thanksgivings before just kept talking about how good the meal was but especially the lemon teacakes. Both him and his wife and my daughter and her husband took some home with them and I still had some left over. They are covered completely in a powdered sugar with lemon juice and lemon zest glaze. Once it dries and hardens, you can bite into one and enjoy the soft cake inside. Yummy!!!

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Brownies… I’m most definitely interested in the brownie mix, because even one year after a celiac diagnosis, I haven’t tried making brownies. And a mix would make doing it so much more convenient! Although I haven’t tried any of the Betty Crocker mixes yet, so all of them are of interest!

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I made the spooky brownies that are on the Betty Crocker site with the gluten free brownie mix. I made them for a friend’s Halloween party and EVERYONE loved them. No one could tell they were gluten free. In fact I had a couple of people say that there was no way they could be gluten free. I am not a Celiac but one of my good friends is. She held the party and we all worked at making gluten free items to bring.

http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes.aspx/spooky-brownies

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We were thrilled to find a tasty yellow cake and it was so easy to frost for a birthday cake! The kids liked the brownie too, but it wasn’t as popular as the glutino brand brownie (although it was definitely cheaper!). We’ve got a box of the cookie mix and I’m going to try the rocy road recipe you mentioned. Sounds like a change from your regular cookie bar and just right for my sweet tooth!

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I have made the chocolate chip cookies for my older son, who is autistic and on the GFCF diet. I even added 3TBSP of peanut butter to the mixture and they made these already most excellent chocolate chip cookies, even better! My younger son (not GFCF) loved the GFCF brownies because they have a dark chocolate taste, which is what he prefers.

22

I would love to win!

I’ve tried the yellow cake and it was very good, but I haven’t bought any of the others since my hubby doesn’t like chocolate. I would love to try the brownie mix though! Thanks!

23

I LOVE the BC mixes! I’ve tried all and LOVE them! Just this weekend I made a dessert using the yellow cake mix. Here’s the recipe…
-1 15oz Can of gfree cherry pie filing
-1 stick of butter, melted
-1 box BC gfree yellow cake mix
-walnut bits
Pour pie filling into bottom of crock pot. Mix cake batter with melted butter. Pour over pie filling. Sprinkle nuts on top. Cook on high for 1.5 hours.
Serve warm with ice cream. Enjoy!

So delish! I’m going to try the recipe again but using apple filling.

Will tweet about giveaway!

24

Hi
My family has tried the brownies, yellow cake, chocolate cake. They were good and we like the cost. We didn’t try the cookie mix yet.

25

I just recently tried the gf cookie mix and it was great. In fact, my non-celiac boyfriend didn’t even know they were gf! We’re both excited to try the cake mixes and brownies too!

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27

I would love to try them all! But especially the brownie mix interests me, it sounds delicious. And no, I had no idea that Betty Crocker makes gluten-free mixes. I read about these mixes through one of my facebook friends, who posted the link to this blog.

I am also sharing it on facebook.

http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/ursula.stouffer?ref=name

28

Gluten Free Yellow Cake Mix looks tasty to try. Wonder if it is still moist. never tried but I just love yellow cake with milk chocolate frosting.
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29

The gluten-free chocolate cake mix interests me the most because I am a chocoholic!

30

I want to try the cookie mix, and the yellow cake mix is so good, I just bought another. Thank you so much for the giveaway!

31

I made yellow cake with peanut butter frosting (just mix Peanut butter with powdered sugar until you reach desired consistency).

32

Haven’t tried any of the mixes yet because I was unaware they’re marketed. Now that I know I’ll bake them all starting with the brownie mix. Thanks for spreading the word that all these goodies are available.

Thank you for the contest. Happy holidays.

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Know someone with celiac disease and will pass this information on to them.

34

my niece would love these items.

35

Chocolate is my fave, so the brownies or the cake….hmm…The brownies. Brownies are more chocolate intense. Also a better chance of them being fudge-like. Thank you for hosting this Gluten-free sweepstakes. I really need to keep gluten-free as I was diagnosed his year with Celiac.

37

I have had the yellow cake, and the brownies. You can’t beat them for gluten free cooking! They taste just like regular.

38

Thank you for the giveaway. I’d really love to try the chocolate cake because, it looks delicious.

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I LOVE DARK GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE, CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES, CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES

40

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix interests me. The picture alone looks so yummy.

41

The Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix interests me most. You just can’t go wrong with chocolate ;).

42

The brownies interest me the most.

43

im intrested in the yellow cake mix, my grandson has autism and we are trying the glutin free diet.

44

I want to try The gluten-free chocolate cake mix.

45

The yellow cake sounds the best for me. So far, there hasn’t been a yellow cake that I’ve found for my husband, who is gluten free. These mixes would benefit us so much!

46

The Gluten Free Brownie Mix looks so yummy!

47

I’d like to try the yellow cake mix. My favorite of all cakes, never had it gluten free.

48

The chocolate chip cookie mix interest me the most. I love chocolate chip cookies that taste homemade, especially right out of the oven! Yummy! I have not tried any of these products and quite honestly never knew that they had gluten free items. I am definitely interesting in learning more. Thanks for the giveaway.

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[...] 1 box Betty Crocker Gluten-Free Chocolate (Devil’s Food) Cake Mix [...]

50

My daughter is on a gluten-free diet. I would love to try the Brownie Mix for her.

51

The chocolate cake intrests me the most, just bc thats what my GF one year old likes best.
I like the cookies, but I am having a hard time getting them to stay together unless we over brown them. Other wise they are what my family calls “cookie soup!” Still good however.

52

I shared this give away on http://www.babygaga.com ! in the special needs sections, for others on a medically restricted diet

53

My recipe is short and sweet. We made the cookies and added a few vanilla chips to half and peanut butter chips to the other half. We cooked as directed.

Since like I said in my review, they turned into a crumbled “cookie soup”, we miked the chunks in softened ice cream and made “cookie blizzards” We did chocolate ice cream with the chocolate peanut butter chips and strawberry and banana with the chocolate/vanilla chips!

54

I want to try Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix

55

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix sounds the best to me! Our family prefers snacking on cookies to eating cake.

Thanks for the giveaway!

56

The Gluten Free Brownie Mix interests me the most. Our son has autism and is on a gluten free/dairy free diet and doesn’t get sweets very often. This would be a nice treat.

mscoffee77(AT)juno(DOT)com

57

I’ve tried the Betty Crocker brownie mix and it was as good as any other GF brownies I’ve ever made (which means, it was good!). I think it’s even better than most gluten mixes (which I eat regularly since I’m not GF – my 2-year-old son is the celiac). I’m interested in trying out the yellow cake mix because I’ve had a hard time finding recipes for yellow cake that don’t have too much of a weird taste to them.

58

I would love to try the yellow cake mix. It’s nice to have some frozen cupcakes on hand for our friends who visit with their gluten-free kids. Then, their kids can have dessert along with us.

59

We have tried the Yellow cake mix, the Choc Cake mix and just this weekend the Brownie mix. We love them all. I was especially impressed with the brownies tasted just as good as ones with Gluten. My 6 year old son is on a Gluten free diet and this would give us some more things for the Holidays.

60

The brownies sound delish

61

I’d like to try the bownies. Have not tried gluten free food before, but would like to!

Thanks for entering me! Great Contest!

Janna Johnson
janna@FeedYourPigBlog.com
jannajanna@hotmail.com
http://www.FeedYourPigBlog.com

62

Because i’m a Food Historian, I am intensely interested in all of the above, but if I MUST choose, I’d try the Chocolate chip cookies first.

63

I would love to try the yellow cake mix.

65

The cookies interest me most, since I miss them the most. I have not tried any of the BC items, but would love too!

66

I love the yellow cake mix… so versatile!

createwithme@clearwire.net

67

Here is the link for my Gluten Free Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe using Betty Crocker’s Yellow Cake Mix:

http://glutenfreetasteofhome.blogspot.com/2009/12/gluten-free-pineapple-upside-down-cake.html

My e-mail: createwithme@clearwire.net

68

I would like to try the Chocolate Chip cookie mix, because CC cookies are one of my favorites. I have a good friend who cannot eat gluten and this would be great for her! :-)

69

I would love to try the brownie mix. I have a weakness for chocolate.

70

So, far we’ve tried the cookie mix and the brownie mix. I agree with your review of both. The cookies were good, but a little grainy. I attributed the flatness to just being from a box and so much butter. When we make ours from scratch they are usually a more fluffier cake like cookie. The brownies were really good! We shared them with non g-free friends and they couldn’t tell the difference. I’d love to try the cake mixes. I’ve heard mix reviews for them and would like to try them myself. Thanks!

71

I love Brownie Mix.

72

I would love to try the Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix because brownies are the one thing I always make from a box.

73

The GF Chocolate Chip Cookie Mix would be my top pick, because those bars you made look amazing!!

74

I’ve made these Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies and they were super-easy and delicious!
http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes.aspx/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-cookies/595356e1-0892-4e9e-944d-f6f3df25cd61

75

gluten free yellow cake mix.thanks

76

The Brownie mix interests me the most since I just love chocolate. Thanks for this offer.

77

I would love to try the Chocolate chip cookie mix because my daughter loves to make chocolate chip cookies!

78

i would like to try the chocolate chip cookies, my son is autistic and i have often wondered about going gluten free so i would love to see how they taste compared to others

79

the brownie mix looks wonderful thanks

80

I would love to try the Chocolate my daughter is wheat intolerant and her husband celiac i like to have yummy things for them when they visit

81

I would love to try out the Chocolate Chip Cookie mix the most, my favorite desert! Thanks!

82

I picked The Cake Mix since I luv cake alot and no I havent tried these yet so I cant review it but would love to experience them

84

Gluten Free Chocolate Cake Mix because Im dying to make a modified version of this recipe http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Giant-Ding-Dong-Cake/Detail.aspx

85

I love the brownie mix! It’s something even my guests have raved about!

86

I am so excited for these! My daugther is allergies to some foods and I would love to try out the brownies! Crossing my fingers that she would be able to have a special treat!

87

I love the cakes. I let the girls choose a color to make cupcakes of their favorites colors. Add food coloring to small batches and put into cupcake pan. Cook as directed.

- Cakes mix (follow directions)
- Cupcake paper
- Non-stick spray
- Cupcake pan
- Food coloring

88

I am constantly looking for new ideas for my autistic son who is on a GFCF diet. I am so excited for the Betty Crocker Gluten Free chocolate chip cookies!!

89

It would have to be the Brownie Mix. We love brownies at our house.

90

I would love any of these, but I think I’m most interested in the cookies for my son who can’t eat gluten. It’s always so sad when there are treats around and he can’t have any.

91

I have been unable to try any of these mixes. I haven’t seen them in our stores, but will begin looking for them. My daughter has Hasitmotor Disease and being as gluten free as possible helps with the symptons. I will definitely check the stores in my area again.

92

I was recently diagnosed with Celiac disease so my hunt for gluten free products is on! Was so thrilled to see these products at the grocery store!

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Posted on Twitter

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Posted on Facebook.

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I have several friends and a 3 year old Nephew who are gluten-free. It is difficult to find treats for them that they can eat. Most g/f mixes I have tried so far have been very dry and not too tasty. I look forward to trying the Betty Crocker mixes for some Christmas treats for my friends.

97

I’d like to try the brownie mix, because I just love freshly baked brownies! Go chocolate!
Thanks!

98

I have tried the brownie mix which was very good-no one felt like they were eating GF. I would like to try the yellow cake mix next.

99

been told this helps children with autism

100

I have not seen these mixes in our local grocery store yet. I’m interested to try the chocolate chip cookie mix. My son is allergic to wheat and I’ve yet to find a wheat free cookie that doesn’t taste terrible. Maybe this will be it!

101

I’ve been intrigued by the health implications of going gluten-free from the Eat Clean Diet book. I love the brownies.

102

I would love to try these mixes out!

103

I would like to try the Poppy Seed bread-sounds delicious.

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I love the cookie mixes

105

I would love to try these.

106

The brownie mix because everyone in my family loves them. Thanks!

107

Our eldest daughter has recently been diagnosed w/ celiac, so we were thrilled to try out the BC gf mixes. Our favorite is probably the brownies, w/ the choc chip cookies a close second. Thanks so much for offering this contest.

108

The Brownie mix interests me the most, because brownie everything tends to be my fave. I am predictable that way.

109

The cookie mix interests me the most cause I love cookies! My daughter’s best friend can’t eat gluten so I’d love to be able to give this to her and her mother, how awesome!

110

Sorry about my other comment before this one, here is the correct tweet link:

http://twitter.com/ShesAnAngel417/status/6590585393

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Betty Crocker Gluten Free Brownie Mix since my kids are brownie junkies :)

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