They had me at chocolatier. I don't know what exactly this word means (and something tells me neither does Pillsbury), but I like to imagine it's the chocolate version of an atelier. The master artist of this cookshop is, of course, the Doughboy, who presides over various apprentices as they hone their baking skills. The best work that emerges from this workspace makes up the official collection, and I'm looking forward to getting to know each and every piece intimately, beginning with the "Chocolate Chunk."
How's that for a long-winded excuse to make super chocolatey brownies?
Although I'm usually suspicious of the adjective "premium" when applied to food and drink -- it tends to be a meaningless modifier - I suspended my doubt in favor of trying Pillsbury's newish baking mix and possibly making the best brownies I had ever tasted.
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Well, with expectations so high, it's hardly surprising the Chocolatier Collection Chocolate Chunk Brownies were not crème de la crème. They were nevertheless pretty freakin' awesome and definitely superior to all other grocery store mix brownies I've made, including my heretofore favorite, Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate.
The batter of Pillsbury's Chocolatier Chocolate Chunk Brownies produces a thick semi-sweet chocolate base that by itself is enough to curl your hair in terms of richness. The real kicker, however, is the oversize pieces of milk chocolate that dot the brownie landscape. There are so many that your tongue is guaranteed to trip over a few no matter how modest a square you cut yourself.
But to heck with modesty -- the Chocolatier Collection is clearly designed for indulgence, so do as I did and enjoy a large rectangle and save your calories with some skim milk.