~ Bluebasil Gourmet Brownies ~
Review and Giveaway
It was a dull and wet summer’s day…….time hung heavy as the lowering clouds and the air was humid and thundery. The kettle had just boiled but the biscuit tin was empty; but then a minor miracle happened, the door opened, and my daughter came in bearing a package, addressed to me…...a lovely little brown box with blue string and an old-fashioned luggage label attached, with my name on it, and with the most uplifting of words in the corner of the box – Bluebasil Gourmet Brownies. Was it Christmas, was it my birthday or was it a forgotten anniversary……no, it was a wonderful treat sent to me from Nikki and Laura, the chocolate elves who reside at Bluebasil Gourmet Brownies, it was a perfectly timed and perfectly formed box of their gourmet brownies, beautifully packaged and all the way from The Cotswolds.
Inside the box was a swathe of tissue paper, a personal note and an ingredients list…..it was all so personal and all so indulgent. As I gently pulled the tissue away, there was a rich and intoxicating smell of chocolate…..and of oranges, as well as a yet undetermined floral spice and was that coffee too? The whole experience was special and the hand-written label gave a bespoke and intimate feel to the whole experience. Inside the tissue, nestled, (but not for long) were six perfectly formed and rather generous sized chocolate brownies. They sat provocatively oozing with rich cocoa, citrus fruit and exotic spices……they looked good, they smelled divine and they were all mine!
Bluebasil Gourmet Brownies are quite simply the best brownies I have ever tasted, and many a brownie as passed my lips over the years. It’s obvious that the tag of “Gourmet” in the company’s name is well justified, and the beautiful and unique packaging adds a touch of luxury. I was lucky enough to receive six brownies, two classic Chunky Chocolate Brownies with Divine (fairtrade) chocolate chunks; one Chocwork Orange Brownie - made with orange milk chocolate and a splash orange blossom water; One Cardamom Brownie, which is the Winner of a Great Taste Gold 1* award in 2011 – for a sophisticated palate, that’s ME, these offer a fragrant, exotic sensual experience ; one Chunky White Chocolate Brownie – made with dark chocolate and white chocolate chunks and finally one Cappuccino Brownie – the classic combination of chocolate and coffee.
And my taste test? They were ALL fabulous – but each flavour was fabulous in its own unique way! The Chunky Chocolate Brownies were rich, just like top quality truffles, with large chunks of milk chocolate in them…..they were dense but not heavy, like a good quality chocolate fudge, but with attitude and style! The Chunky White Chocolate Brownie looked frivolous on the surface, with white chocolate buttons scattered all over the top, but beneath lay a dark rich truffle experience with large chunks of white chocolate…..just goes to show, you must NEVER judge a brownie by its cover! Next was The Cappuccino Brownie, a creamy rich brownie with a sophisticated ground coffee and cream flavour….with big chunks of chocolate inside too, a cup of frothy coffee in a brownie and a match made in heaven. I LOVED the next one, but then I am a spice fanatic – The Cardamom Brownie is subtly flavoured and VERY exotic, musky and floral and yet elegant and delicate, my favourite brownie of the batch, and I am in good company, as this brownie won the Great Taste Gold 1* award in 2011. See, I KNOW a good brownie when I meet or should I say eat one! Last but by no means least, was my second favourite, The Chocwork Orange Brownie – studded with a sliver of seductive orange and made using Divine’s gorgeous orange milk chocolate for chocolate chunks and scented and flavoured with exotic orange blossom water…..sheer poetry! I had to exert all of my willpower not to scoff them lot in one sitting, but luckily my daughter was there to “help” me “test” them!
There are OTHER delights in their range too, I may need to test drive some of the other brownies they offer, namely Caramel Crunch Brownie (I am a caramel addict!) which is the new kid on the Bluebasil Brownie Block and has a gorgeous caramel, fruit & nut filling with delicious mixed nuts and soft juicy sultanas……and then there’s the Hazelnut Brownie, or how about the Banoffee Brownie, HELLO – a BANOFFEE Brownie? Oh yes, and they apparently have delicious tones of rich chocolate melting into fragrant banana and then delicate pockets of toffee oozing through the chocolate…….STOP! But, there is also ONE more too, the Calorie Free Brownie…….okay, I am only joking, but it IS listed on their roll-call of brownies, check it out HERE!
Bluebasil Gourmets Brownies are brownies sent by post….a WONDERFUL idea in my book, as that means I can stay at home, order my brownies and whoosh, they appear with the postman; and, if you order them by 10am , they will be with you next day and ready to devour with an afternoon cuppa! They can be stored in the fridge for up to 14 days, but my guess is that they will be LONG gone by then. A personal message card can be added, perfect if the brownies are being sent as a gift. Another reason why I am so IN LOVE with Bluebasil Gourmet Brownies, is that they hand-bake them and they try to source as many LOCAL and RURAL ingredients as possible; so their eggs are organic and come from Barrington Estates, and the flour used to make the brownies is also organic and is from FWP Matthews Ltd, local Cotswold flour millers. The cream used in their brownies, is Jersey Cream from the herd at Upper Norton Jersey Cream Ltd, already you can see why their brownies are GOURMET and so delicious! And, the chocolate chunks used in all of the brownies are made from Fairtrade Divine Chocolate……what a WINNING formula! You can also order Gluten Free Brownies in certain flavours too, so there is something for EVERYONE. If you want to be seduced and enter brownie heaven, here are the prices for these decadent little (LARGE actually) morsels:
- £14.50 for 9 brownies (+P&P)
- £17.50 for 12 brownies (+P&P)
- £21.50 for 16 brownies (+P&P)
Larger box quantities are also available (OH GOODY!)
Caramel Crunch, Classic Chunky Chocolate, Chunky White Chocolate, Chockwork Orange, Cappuccino, Hazelnut, Banoffee, Cardamom. Chunky Chocolate and White Chocolate available gluten free.
“…the Rolls Royce of brownies”
- The Independent Newspaper weekend lifestyle magazine
Nikki and Laura, the Brownie Elves who are lucky enough to live at Bluebasil Gourmet Brownies HQ, have very kindly offered a box of NINE of their gourmet brownies as a prize to one of my lucky readers! The winner will receive a gift box of 9 generous brownies (worth £14.50) and they can choose their flavours too……so, what WILL you choose I wonder! All you have to do is the enter via the Rafflecopter below, and I will tell you how to do that!
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