They say that good things come in small packages and in this particular case, a very good thing, or two, arrived in the post and practically knocked my socks off. Bluebasil gourmet brownies. A little box, small, but perfectly formed. Tied with string with a pretty label. It wasn’t Christmas day, but it could have been. They made my day.
Inside the box, a personal note and an ingredients leaflet. Nestled deeper and well protected, a tissue wrapped parcel…
Inside the triple-wrapped tissue paper, four gourmet brownies, to sample. Each brownie was generous in size. If you are strict with yourself or have any self-control, you could possibly eat half at a time. Not me.
Ordering brownies by post seems to me to be a very good idea. Particularly when the brownies are this good. Bluebasil brownies are not just any old brownies. The Bluebasil Cardamom brownie won a Great Taste Gold Award in 2011. This year, Bluebasil have been nominated ‘Best Local Supplier/Producer’ at the The Cotswold Food & Drink Awards. The Independent called them “The Rolls Royce of Brownies” – they were not wrong!
What can I say? They were dense, truffle-like and incredibly moreish. I had to call a friend to come over for coffee as I was afraid I would eat them all in one sitting. The Classic Chunky Chocolate with added Divine (fairtrade) chocolate chunks, was like sinking your teeth into the most perfect morsel of fudgy chocolate, ever. Chocwork Orange came a close second for me, again, made with Divine orange milk chocolate and orange blossom water; delicate yet rich with an aroma that could almost make you want to leave it out, just to smell it. All four had a thin, slightly crisp top. Beyond that, I practically just melted into each mouthful, falling deeper and deeper into some sort of state of brownie bliss.
The hazelnut brownies had a slightly different texture to the others owing to the chopped hazelnut, giving them a character of their own. I loved the shards of hazelnut sprinkled over the top. The Cardamom brownie was a fairly new taste experience for me, almost floral, and reminding me a tiny bit of eating cardamom-scented rice, not in a bad way, just in a way that has gently nudged me towards trying cardamom more often with sweet things.
There are others on the menu I need to try; a Banoffee brownie, a Caramel Crunch, a Cappuccino and a Chunky White Chocolate. It’s almost as if Bluebasil knew that I would be straight over there to order my next fix…
Bluebasil brownies are made by a small company based in Oxford who are committed to using local produce, such as local organic eggs, organic flour and local butter along with a fine quality 70% cocoa chocolate. There are also gluten free versions of some of the flavours available.
You can chose your flavours when you order. They will arrive the next day if you place your order between 10am Monday-Thursday. They can be stored in the fridge for up to 14 days, but you won’t be able to delay finishing them that long. You can even send a personal message card.
So, that’s it. All my future gift lists sorted. These would be perfect as a new baby gift (for the mummy), as a birthday present, anniversary present, a “sorry you are leaving” present. Send them to someone who is ill, send them to someone who is sad, send them to your mum or dad. Whoever receives these brownies will be your friend for life. Actually, be your own friend and just send them to yourself.
Flavours: Caramel Crunch, Classic Chunky Chocolate, Chunky White Chocolate, Chockwork Orange, Cappuccino, Hazelnut, Banoffee, Cardamom. Chunky Chocolate and White Chocolate available in gluten free.
£14.50 for 9 brownies (+P&P)
£17.50 for 12 brownies (+P&P)
£21.50 for 16 brownies (+P&P)
As far as I know, they don’t sell them by the crate.
Since Bluebasil are a nice company, they have offered to send a gourmet Bluebasil brownie gift box to one of my lucky readers. The winner will receive a gift box of 9 generous brownies (worth £14.50) – I’ve taken the liberty of chosing Classic Chunky Chocolate, Clockwork Orange and Banoffee – unless the winner is gluten free.
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Thank you to Bluebasil brownies for my review package and for offering a giveaway gift box. I received the brownies for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and was given no incentive to write a positive review. I only recommend food/products or services I use personally and believe my readers may be interested in.