Hey, remember that time I dedicated an entire post to extolling the rich gloriousness of the Sticky Fingers Vegan Chocolate Brownie in all its fudgy dense insanity?
Well, a few weeks after that vegan brownie experience in Washington, D.C., I found myself buying a different vegan brownie from Vegan Divas in New York City.
The Vegan Divas chocolate brownie would surely be the yin to the Sticky Fingers chocolate brownie yang. Or the yang to its yin. I don’t know. Do yin and yang actually have distinct/inherent properties? Hmm. Vague research has led me to understand that yin and yang are complementary rather than opposing forces, which means that this whole paragraph is moot. After all, I’m fairly certain that Vegan Divas and Sticky Fingers can live without each other. Though perhaps we benefit from having both in existence? Perhaps Vegan Divas’ healthful focus is balanced by Sticky Fingers’ decadence?
Here’s what I’m trying to say: Sticky Fingers’ vegan chocolate brownie was richness from start to finish, whereas Vegan Divas promotes its spelt chocolate brownie as not only vegan but 100% natural, “low-cal” (ugh, spare me), and high in fiber.
Funnily enough, I far preferred Vegan Divas’ brownie to Sticky Fingers’ brownie, although I expect most people would feel the opposite. This is largely due to my antipathy for chocolate desserts, as I prefer my chocolate straight-up in bar form rather than muddled into cloying overwhelming one-dimensional sweetness in dessert form. (I’ll choose a raspberry, caramel, chestnut, or fruit-based dessert over a chocolate dessert every time.)
Objectively speaking, Sticky Fingers’ brownies are probably more what chocolate brownies should be; the one I had was extremely chocolatey, gooey, rich, and sweet. The Vegan Divas brownie, on the other hand, was drier in texture, more understated, and had a cocoa rather than melted chocolate taste. It was sweet without being overwhelmingly sugary, but also benefited from a plethora of tiny chocolate chips that contributed bursts of concentrated chocolateiness. It was simply more my style.
Plus, I was able to eat the Vegan Divas brownie warmed up with peanut butter on top as “frosting” without feeling the need to eat an entire bag of salt and vinegar chips afterwards to balance out the sugar. That’s some serious bonus points right there.