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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2/5May 04, 2008
Reviewer: A customer in Illinois
* Like another reviewer, I bought two packages of these brownies. The first made according to instructions came out bitter and 15 minutes was not enough time in the oven. I probably baked them 40 minutes and they were still mushy. Had to refrigerate before eating. I followed another's advice on this site and altered ingredients to the 2nd batch (2 eggs, 1/2 stick butter, 1/3 cup water, 1/2 cup Splenda and some peanut butter, baked 30 minutes). Texture good and cakelike but I had terrible problems with flatulence from the sugar alcohol. Don't eat these before going in public! For that reason and the fact you have to add so much to make them palatable and the price, I don't recommend them.
* Yes, these taste better than most low carb brownies, but the negatives make it not worth it. First, it causes severe gas and bloating (that alone disqualifies it for me). Second, it's not sugar free (64 grams per box!). Third, it's reduced carb but not really low carb (128 grams per box). Fourth, practically everyone who reviewed it felt the need to modify the recipe straight out of the box, either to reduce the butter calories or to improve the taste/texture. That means you'll have to buy it over and over again to do trial and error baking. Take my advice: if you're craving a brownie, buy a box of Atkins Endulge Nutty Fudge Brownies and be done with it. They are sugar free and only 2 net grams of carbs per bar! Atkins bars never cause digestive upset. Best of all the taste: they taste exactly like those square walnut-topped brownies that they used to sell in vending machines long ago.
* This product has a somewhat bitter taste. It can't stand on its own as a brownie and is only palatable when eaten with low carb ice cream. Doctor's Carbrite brownies, which is also sold by Netrition, tastes much better and more closely resembles a real brownie.
* I was disappointed in this product, and I bought two. It tasted "crumbly", if that makes sense, kinda dry and "crumbly". No, they didn't crumble, just tasted like it should be! :o) With the second box I'll try what someone else said to do, 1/2 stick butter, 1/3 cup water, 1/2 cup Splenda (or the equivalent) and peanut butter. Trouble is, that's defeating the purpose! :o(
* Wow, these were REALLY awful when I made them by following the recipe on the back of the package. I questioned adding an entire stick of butter, and sure enough, the end result was a butter-flavored, salty, bitter-tasting, non-sweetened disappointment. Plus the batter was like stiff cookie dough and hard to spread in the pan! I had ordered 2 packages of the stuff, so decided to give it another try. This time I added 2 eggs, 1/2 stick of butter, 1/2 cup of water AND 1/2 cup of Splenda. It was now a pourable batter and I baked it for 30 minutes. Much better, they actually taste sweet now as the Splenda cut that bitter cocoa flavor they had before. I won't order this again, they are not worth the expense -but I wanted to use what I had already paid for.