Monday, May 10, 2010

Sinful Brownies Contest

It's time for another contest here on The Chocolate Cult.  This time I'm giving away one of the two bags of "Cindy's Sinfully Chocolate Brownie Mix" that I received when my order was messed up for one bag.  So you may get to benefit from the free bag that came my way.  This mix is part of the Women's Bean Project which helps women break the cycle of poverty and unemployment.  I received two bags, one handmade by Michelle, which I will ship to our winner, and one made my Tina when I baked for my family I am. I ordered this via a website called The Hunger Site which donates food and money to a variety of world-wide charities.

Let's get the contest out of the way then I'll review the mix itself.

To enter you must be a public Follower of The Chocolate Cult either through blogspot, Facebook, or Networked Blogs.  I do check this each time so if you joined for the last contest then left us you must rejoin -- honestly why would you leave your Sisters and Brothers in Cocoa behind?  You can join in either of those three ways linked to on the left hand side of this blog. 

To enter you must leave a comment below by Noon Eastern Time on Thursday, May 13, 2010.  Your comment simply needs to to say what sounded best to you about these brownies and that you do live in the lower 48 States of the USA --  I'm shipping these myself and that's what I can afford at this time.

Finally you need to make certain that your listing as a follower includes a way for me to contact you directly by private email. If you win and I can't contact you, I'll move on to the next person in line.

The order of your comments will determine your number for the random drawing so the first person to comment will be #1, the fourth person will be #4 and so forth.  The winner will be chosen using this random number generator.

Now we'll review this product.  The brown paper bag contains all the dry ingredients you'll need but you must add 4oz or 1/2 cup of butter and 2 eggs as well.  I followed the directions exactly, blended the mix into the well whipped eggs and butter just until it was all wet.  Then I put it in a lightly oiled 8X8 glass pan and baked it at the low end of the time.

First, they needed more time.  When I saw the brownies were not pulled away from the sides, I just reset my timer for a few minutes more.  And then a bit more until I was at the max listed time and they were finally done.  This was probably part the result of using glass instead of metal pan -- I use what I have, Sisters and Brothers -- and the uncertainty that plagues my oven at times.

I placed the pan on my wire racks to cool as directed.  They smelled great, very chocolaty from about the mid-point of baking.  They looked... well, flatter than I had hoped but then brownies don't raise very much usually.  I cut them into 16 pieces approximately 2X2 inches.  They smelled great, had a cake-like texture and tasted very sugary with some cocoa bitterness.  In short, like an average brownie mix.

So the reason to get these is not because they are the best brownies you will ever make but because you can get behind the goals at the Women's Bean Project.  If you want to give them a free try, follow the directions above to enter this contest.  Hurry, it only lasts a few days.

Sisters and Brothers, may you, too, take the time to slowly appreciate what the Divine and human ingenuity have offered you in chocolate.

5 comments:

Jessie said...

The best thing about these brownies is their link to a great cause. Somehow, you made chocolate even sweeter!

Cacao-Me said...

love the greater cause, and love the fact that they "smelled great, very chocolaty from about the mid-point of baking". i do love the smell of chocolate baking.

wyrenth said...

I like that; that's pretty sweet how they have a little signed sticker saying who put the package together. :) With the job market the way it is, I can certainly appreciate any efforts made towards breaking the cycle of unemployment. And yes, lower 48 here. :)

Cheap Ethnic Eatz said...

Not elligible but answering your question...social media! make friends, use TWITTER...tweet a lot and with people. My blog was dead for years as I expected readers to show up. Once I got out there, exchanged ideas, chatted with others about food and other life stuff...I got a following. And if you have a contest tweet about it like 3 times a day!

TheChocolatePriestess said...

That's the weird thing. I think I get great numbers here. We go up by 1000+ unique visitors each month. This contest drew in over 200+ itself and yet only three entries...

Now for the winner: Jessie!

I'll be sending Jessie a private email so I can ship her brownie mix to her.