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Gluten-Free Dessert Mixes Review and Giveaway
Posted By Heather On November 28, 2009 @ 10:22 pm In Giveaway,Product Advisory | Comments Disabled
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A 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.  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.
Gluten 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. 
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.
Gluten 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.
Gluten 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!
Good Luck! and Good Baking!
Thanks for all of your entries. The winner (comment #81) has been chosen.  This giveaway is now closed.
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