Putting Donna Hay’s new Molten Chocolate Chunk Brownie mix to the taste test!

As much as I love eating dessert, I don’t tend to make them from scratch very often and when I do it’s easy desserts like chocolate filled crepes and cupcakes. I’m not huge on cake mixes either but when I received an email from Donna Hay’s marketing team asking if I would sample her new range of home-bake mixes, I was pretty excited as every Donna Hay receipe I’ve tried has been easy and tasty (one of my favourite receipes is her sticky pork ribs).

I came home to a sample of Donna Hay’s Molten Chocolate Chunk Brownie mix sitting on my doorstep last week.

Donna Hay Molten Chocolate Brownie Mix

As I don’t make desserts very often, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of foodies around to taste the result of my dessert making efforts. So Sunday night was perfect as we were heading to my mum’s for dinner and burger boy, my bro ex-fatty and his gf (food blogger little miss bacon) were all there.

Following the instructions on the back of the package, I added two eggs, 150g of unsalted butter, the choccies provided and combined it with my wooden spoon. It took all of 10 minutes for me to prepare the brownie mixture and that included taking photos!

Donny Hay Brownie Mixture Ready for Oven

In it went into the oven and 40 minutes later (exactly as per the instructions on the back of the pack) I had brownies ready to take to dinner!

The brownie worked a treat at dinner…check out the gooey goodness inside:

Donna Hay Brownie just out of the oven

I served the brownies with vanilla ice-cream which worked really well in balancing the richness of the chocolate. And what I loved was the chewy gooey goodness combined with the crunch. Normally when I have brownies it’s either soft or crunchie so it was great to have the best of both brownie types.

Donna Hay Brownie with vanilla ice-cream

This is what the brownie taste panel thought…

Little Miss Bacon loved the gooey goodness, crunchiness and reckons it’s better than the shops.

Ex-Fatty’s quote after one bite was “I’m buying this mix, it’s amazing”, his second quote when retiring the dessert bowl to the kitchen was “omg there’s more!”. He then took another piece from the chopping board :)

burger boy thought it was the perfect brownie and like little miss bacon loved that it was crunchy on the outside.

My fussy mother who isn’t a big chocolate / brownie person, thought it was nice but just a bit too rich for her.

I took the leftovers into work the next day and my colleagues loved it too – the crunch factor was a winner for them too!

I was very happy with Donna Hay’s Molten Chocolate Chunk Brownie mix because:

  • It won me brownie points (excuse the pun ;) );
  • It was very easy to make and didn’t require any baking skills;
  • I didn’t need to go shopping for ingredients – I already had eggs, butter and a wooden spoon; and
  •  I could make the brownies for a dinner party and no one would ever know it was a mix!

Donna Hay also has macarons and cupcake mixes (see below), I’m told you can find it at any Woolworths or IGA in Western Australia for $7.99 (it’s at my local Woolies). You can also order online but it becomes costly when you add the delivery cost.

Donna Hay Almond Macaron Mix Donna Hay Chocolate Cupcakes Mix Donna Hay Vanilla Cupcakes Mix

I’m keen to test out the macarons mix for my next dinner party and next time I’ll see if I can get away with claiming that I made them from scratch :) (my plan has already failed though if my friends are reading this post!)

Thanks Donna Hay for sending me your molten chocolate chunk brownie mix, it was chocolicious! And fellow foodies, if you try this let me know how you go.


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I’m a foodie who enjoys trying new food anywhere / any place (restaurants, cafes, bars, market stalls, fast food joints…anywhere just name it!) both in Perth, Western Australia and on my travels. I’m not your ordinary foodie, I’m often described as ‘fussy’ but I really really do love my food - I guess just not everything that’s put on my plate. Though, my other half, ‘burger boy’, eats most foods so I’ll be blogging about what he eats too…and as the name implies, burgers will be a regular foodie blog for all you burger lovers outthere. I love showcasing my yummy food finds with pics so I thought why not share my passion for food with other foodies with my blog, foodie cravings. Follow my food journey as I discover new keepers and rave about my all-time favourites. 

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  6 comments for “Putting Donna Hay’s new Molten Chocolate Chunk Brownie mix to the taste test!

  1. July 12, 2011 at 9:35 pm

    Oh, I didn’t realise they had a macaron mix! I wonder if this means I’ll actually be able to (successfully) make them? Every attempt I’ve made has been a complete flop- burnt, flat, soggy. So trying it out!
    And I love your nicknames for your friends/fam, so cute!

    • July 12, 2011 at 9:46 pm

      If it is as easy as the brownie then I’m sure you’ll master it Bryt :) I saw that they have a step-by-step guide on the website. I’m usually very good at eating macarons but I think having a mix that works would hopefully mean I could make them whenever I’m craving them :) let me know how you go!

      That’s awesome, glad you like the nicks and it’s making sense in my posts! It’s funny that, we actually came up with ‘burger boy’ before I had a name for my food blog :)

  2. Mahara
    July 13, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I have tried making macarons from scratch and it was a disaster, so I’m definitely going to buy the packet mix… looking forward to making them! I am also craving a brownie after seeing this post…!

    • July 13, 2011 at 8:04 pm

      lol you only missed out by a day Mahara, if mum was having dinner on Sat you would have got to try some ;) not rubbing it in or anything but they were delicious! Yea macarons don’t look easy to make at all, I wouldn’t even attempt to make it from scratch ;)

  3. July 13, 2011 at 8:32 pm

    interesting! i would love to have this here in London! i love donna hay :)
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    • July 13, 2011 at 8:46 pm

      Might have buy some when you’re here and take them with ya ;) Yea she’s pretty awesome, her receipes are so easy to follow!

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