It is no secret that I love all things chocolate so when Dancing Deer Baking Company reached out to me to sample their gluten-free brownies — it was a no-brainer. Now I do have to say that the company did talk a good game, saying that their gluten-free brownies were indistinguishable from their gluten-filled counterparts. Of course I would not be sampling the gluten-filled version but I do know my way around a gluten-free brownie so I have a pretty good portfolio of brownies past to judge against. I’ve spent more of my life eating gluten (with a particular penchant for all things baked and chocolate) than I have post-Celiac diagnosis eating gluten-free — so I have a balanced sweet past.
Okay, so now that we have firmly established that I am a self-proclaimed gluten-free brownie connoisseur you are likely wondering — how did they taste? The first thing that you notice when you open the package is the aroma. It sounds hokey but it is true — wafts of rich chocolate notes fill the air. So far so good. The next thing you notice is that they are über-moist. I simply could not believe that these were pre-made shipped brownies. Of course the most important dimension that any good brownie connoisseur looks for is the taste. These sweet little blocks of chocolate goodness certainly did not disappoint. They are wonderfully soft and melt in your mouth. They have a fantastic texture that is elevated by the addition of chocolate chunks liberally added to each square giving a subtle crunchiness to these brownies.
I have to be honest that after eating their brownies for the first time I fully expected to get glutened — I honestly thought that they sent the wrong brownies (despite them clearly being labeled gluten-free). This is perhaps the greatest compliment that a Celiac can give.
Unfortunately the brownies are the only gluten-free product that Dancing Deer manufacture to-date but if you are going to have one item — it might as well be the best of the best. In case you are wondering how a palace to gluten can safely manufacture a certified gluten-free product — fear not. The gluten-free brownies are made in a dedicated gluten-free facility.
Dancing Deer products can be found in many stores but the company noted that their product finder on their site is for their complete product range which may or may not include their gluten-free brownies. Best to call a location ahead to ensure that they carry the gluten-free option. The easiest way to get these gluten-free goodies direct to your front door is to order Dancing Deer’s gluten-free brownies in gift packs on their website. Best of all Dancing Deer is offering my readers a 20% discount for all online orders — just enter code GOODIE at check-out. Yes, the gift packs come eight brownies to a pack but trust me, these will not last long in your house. These will truly change the way you look at gluten-free brownies.