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  1. Fiona

    Well, I’m amazed.

    They’ve done good.

  2. Three-Cookies

    Cadbury’s expenditure on marketing/PR worked, they converted you. I won’t be surprised to see a market announcement from them.

  3. Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table

    Deliciously fudgy brownies are my favorite! These look addicting. 🙂

    Good to know about Cadbury. I try to use super-high quality chocolates, but I like that I know I can grab a bag of these when I’m in a rush and the “regular” grocery tore.

  4. Evan Thomas

    This looks just like how I like my brownies: Nice and fudgy.

  5. Alayna @ Thyme Bombe

    Those are the meltiest most velvety-looking brownies I’ve ever seen! I used to love to peel the crackly top off and eat it first when I was a kid. And I’m definitely a corner piece girl, love the crisp edges with just one perfect bite of gooey center.

  6. Casey @ Insatiably Healthy

    It does look seriously rich. I like how crackly the top looks mmm. I think I’ve od-ed on chocolate in the past few days…someone brought by a CASE of chocolove bars at work the other day

  7. Amber Shea @Almost Vegan

    CRACKLY TOPS! I never seem to be able to achieve the coveted crackly top on my brownies! I think it must have something to do with egglessness 🙁

    Another thing to add to our to-do list for if you’re able to spend some number of weeks here before the wedding: take a day trip to Springfield, Missouri (where Matt’s parents live, incidentally) and tour the Askinosie factory. 😀

  8. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    These brownies look…amazing. Dense, rich, moist, super intense chocolate…they have my name written all over them. Drooling!

  9. Richa@HobbyandMore

    those do look very droolicious.. i am keeping myself away from chocolate for this week or so.. so I can over indulge in the coming weeks;)

  10. Victoria (District Chocoholic)

    Brown sugar is truly the secret to amazing brownies. You of course know this, my trans-Pacific sister.

  11. Lou

    Undercooked brownies are the BEST. I always pull mine out way too early, cos I gots to have some gooey. Ha, funny we were just discussing Cadbury the other day… maybe you could request them to start making Caramilk for Lou pretty please? I looked it up, and turns out it was only made in NZ – there are facebook pages dedicated to “BRING BACK CARAMILK!!!” hehe at least I know I’m not the only crazy kiddo out there.

    I would like to go swimming in your brownie.

  12. Kath (My Funny Little Life)

    Wow, these look absolutely rich and chocolate-y! 😀 I’ve seen pictures of choc cakes and brownies like this (with the chocolate looking like melting and being about to flow out every moment) in cookbooks, but I always believed it was some kind of photography trick and this chocolate behavior was actually physically impossible … 😀

  13. CheezyK

    Please, I need more detail on how to shoot with a fifty foot pole … 😉

    Oh, and those brownies look fabulous (or, you know, that other word …), may even have to step into my SIL’s shoes and try to make some (usually I do the cupcakes and she does the brownies).

  14. jas

    wowza – check out the deliciousness that is that fudgy rich looking brownie! I must admit, I never use melts, except for when it comes to white chocolate for some reason, otherwise I use just well, normal chocolate. Although I admit I use the Whittakers dark for baking as it is nice and dark!

    Looking forward to your other chocolate recipes…

  15. Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Dear Hannah,
    Thanks for using the word “quandary” in your post. I like it very much and feel it is used too infrequently (I am guilty of not using it enough myself).
    That is all.
    Heidi xo
    p.s. that is not all, these brownies do look super rich and hence amazing. good on cadbury for being brave enough to send them to you given your wonderful honesty. I hope to see more cadbury vs Hannah posts.

  16. ck

    Wow, I am worn out after reading that post! I laughed, I nodded in agreement, got lost at one point but kept on going, then admired your ethics and laughed again. Loved: ‘I tend to review chocolate that I actually, you know, enjoy’ and absolutely cackled at starts with N and rhymes with ‘chest hay’! Chest hay. Gold! I’m with you though, in fact, so much so, I just came home from the supermarket which was before I read your post, and needing white chocolate for some cupcakes I am about to make, bought, you know, real chocolate! Weird!

  17. Leah

    Wow Hannah thanks. If it wasn’t for this post, I too would of continued by passing the Cadbury’s products. Next time I need to use melts, I will give these a go 😀

    BTW the brownies look super gooey and wonderful, just how I like them 😉

  18. ck

    Speaking of Cadbury, I have to admit I have used over a kilo of their Dream white chocolate in the last week alone. For me, it is the best white chocolate for baking as it has a strong flavour that can carry the baking. I make a wonderful white chocolate raspberry mudcake covered in white chocolate ganache and Dream rocks it. I have tried others including the big bags of Lindt that I buy from Essential Ingredient and Dream has the best flavour for baking. Everyone goes crazy for that particular cake, but the ingredients alone come to almost $60 for a very small cake 🙁

  19. Heather Eats Almond Butter

    Hannah, you are so funny. How could a chocolate company even think of adding vegetable fats to their chocolate?!? So glad Cadbury has seen the light. That being said, I went through a major Cadbury phase when I lived in London. Loved those little Twist thingies and don’t even get me started on the mint crisp bars. Always bought them from the kiosk in the Tube stop…and I rode the Tube everyday! Miss those little bites of chocolaty minty bliss. 🙂

    Brownies sound and look amazing. Wish Australia wasn’t so far away!

  20. Amanda

    I have just stumbled upon your blog and am sooo glad I did.
    I think Cadbury will owe you big time as I can’t be the only cook who, up until now, wouldn’t touch their melts because of the vegetable fats. I try to cook with at least 70% chocolate unless it is for my unsophisticated, but gluttonous offspring and even then avoid using Melts. I won’t feel so bad about buying them now.

  21. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts

    Gosh, this is an exciting turn of events. I’d seen the new Cadbury packaging but not even bothered to look at the ingredients. (Sorry, Cadbury.) I do still buy the generic chocolate for cooking sometimes, but have traditionally gone Nestle, for no other reason than that I think my Mum used to buy the Nestle chocolate chips for cooking. I foresee a switch ahead!

    These brownies look like a great use of the Melts, too, by the way – and I am rather thrilled to know there’s a whole bundle of chocolate yet to appear in various forms 🙂

  22. Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella

    Hehe well we admire you for giving it all a go! Even C word and the N word chocolate 😉

  23. Louise

    I was seriously surprised to see Cadbury baking! But then it all became clear. Glad they’ve changed, and your squidgy brownies look delicious.

  24. Andrew

    I had the great honour of sampling these brownies. In a word- Wow. They are sooooo delicious!

    They’re very gooey; you need a spoon, or commitment to spending a good, long time licking lovely, sticky, chocolaty fudge off of your fingers. Any mess is worth it, as the taste is Awesome. You know that feeling you get if you lay down exhausted and quickly fall asleep? That pleasurable sinking sensation that puts the “falling” in “falling asleep”? That’s the closest metaphor I can think of to describe the effect on my tongue as the brownie melts away and the sweetness overwhelms my mouth. Every now and then the smooth texture is interrupted by a solid chocolate chip, which I loved; they really add to it. I almost feel I need to warn- these brownies are deadly sweet. I couldn’t even get through a single piece in one sitting before it was just a bit too much, but… they are so good. 🙂

    Thanks Hannah!

    P.S. I love how even just in your recipe, something that could be so clinical, you still manage to display your awesome personality and humour. 🙂

  25. Margaret

    Wow, cocoa butter instead of vegetable fat! I’ll buy these to create interesting treats for Christmas.
    I should not be looking at this post while I’m hungry!!

  26. Hotly Spiced

    Your brownies look fabulous. And as much as I like to pride myself on having standards, I would happily eat Cadbury chocolate if it turned up on my doorstep for free!

  27. penny aka jeroxie

    Oh brownies… how I miss you! I have to go try my pack of Cadbury melts too!

  28. hungryandfrozen

    Good on you for persisting, it is good that they’ve changed the vegetable fat thing, finally. I’m not a Cadbury’s fan but they’ve still got me with their Crunchie bars, so amazing and no rival has invented a good alternative.

    Gorgeous brownies m’lady, I always nervously overcook them, time to change that!

    PS I may actually be asleep while typing this, if anything’s sounding strange I know you’ll understand.

  29. Silvia

    Oh these look and sound incredibly good.

    And your post was fun to read! 🙂

    When I was in Australia, I stayed away from Cadberry chocolate as good as possible.. and the few times it was the only chocolate available, I learned again why I did so.

  30. Winston

    YUM!!! I like how you went all out by making this seriously rich and sinful dessert hee hee. I mean, you’re already being naughty already, so why not go all out! Okay, time for confession: I’ve never actually had Cadbury melts before. But glad to see you used it just the same with recipes that call for dark choc! Great alternative to use now… Woo hoo…

  31. Ricki

    I love that close-up shot of the seriously rich and gooey interior of the brownie slice. . . some drooling action going on here! 😉

  32. JohannaGGG

    wow those are gooey – almost more mousse than cake – but I am sure I would love some – and I was of the same mind as you about melts – I avoid them because they are just full of rubbish and chocolate baking deserves better – but maybe I might check them out again

  33. Nic@diningwithastud

    Oh my god! Im on a sugar high just looking at these babies! Wants so baaaaad 🙁

  34. Adrian (Food Rehab)

    aaaahhhh, that is seriously rich! YUM! Give me this, a couch and a bowl of double cream and I’m done.

  35. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    I recently saw a brownie cake pan that was S shaped to allow more people to have the yummy edge bit!

    I have to admit that I love a Cadbury Flake. I think I’m still a little in love with the woman in the white dress and the big hat sitting under the blossom tree eating Flake. How I wanted to be her when I grew up.

    I have to say, I think chocolate would be imperative in a Tomorrow When the War Began scenario. It is definitely in my list of provisions for when the zombie apocalypse happens (and yes we finished watching the first season of The Walking Dead on the weekend).

  36. Lisa @ Blithe Moments

    Oh yes, I should have said it was the Flake ad from I’m guessing the late 80’s. Oh she was glamorous!

  37. Ashley

    Must…go…to….kitchen….. :L

  38. Time for a Little Something

    I love your blog! I come to you via a Hungry and Frozen recommendation and I’m so glad I came across your blog.
    Loving your post on chocolate – I too love my local Whittakers, but I’m really glad that Cadbury are working hard to redeem their products. I like that they still sent you the box of stuff to review 🙂 Will keep watching out for more tests.
    Big Ups!

  39. Lau@corridorkitchen

    No such thing as an undercooked brownie, I say.


    That is all.

  40. cc11

    I’ve steered clear of Cadbury because of the whole vegetable fats (most likely palm) thing, but I’m glad to hear that they have changed that and in my opinion, made a better quality chocolate. Kudos to you for telling em that if you didn’t like it you would say so, I don’t think I could ever accept free goods because if I didn’t like it, I don’t think I would have the cahones to say so, I’d feel bad, which is silly…

    Nice brownies btw 🙂

  41. Vien @ We Dare Food

    OMGOSHHHHH how good does that brownie looks!!!!! I’m seriously considering licking my screen right now! It looks so moist and love the flaky top bits!!!!
    and YAY for no more vegetable fats in chocolate bits! They don’t belong there anyway!

  42. Emma

    holy crap girl look at all these comments. i always make it a point to read all the ones before me, but i think i’m going to need a nap now;)

    *nuts nuts nuts, some fall off a tree / shucks shucks shucks, they fell and skinned their knee …..(s).* oops, wrong post.

  43. Hannah

    Wow. Those aren’t brownies, they’re liquid fudge. And that’s a good thing in my eyes!

  44. juniakk @ mis pensamientos

    wow those are definitely fudgey! i love brownies, it was my favorite snack growing up that i would buy from the school bake sales. 🙂

  45. Fatbooo

    Sounds like “chest hay” and starts with “N”? Aahahaha I nearly fell off my seat reading that!! Can’t wait for your other no holds barred reviews. Love it.

  46. Eleanor@eatinglikeahorse

    Ooooh, look at that crust *drool* – and that inside! Go on then, if you’re offering 🙂
    And in my opinion, Cadbury’s is the Holy Grail of all chocolate but they don’t make those Melts in this country, might have to get on to them about that!

  47. Agnes

    BFF, you know what a brownie is, right? That’s not brownie, that’s just batter. :p

    Are you going to make batter with the rest of your Cadbury chocolate? 😉

  48. Jasmine

    Awesome! Going to try this sometime this wk. I love brownies because I get lazy with baking sometimes…and this doesn’t require a mixer! 😀 haha. The lazy baker over here !

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    Those do look ooey-gooey and delicious. Also, how come I never get any baking chocolate to review? 😉

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  54. uzman haber

    That pleasurable sinking sensation that puts the “falling” in “falling asleep”? That’s the closest metaphor I can think of to describe the effect on my tongue as the brownie melts away and the sweetness overwhelms my mouth.

    Are you going to make batter with the rest of your Cadbury chocolate? 🙂

  55. Jennifer

    Hi Hannah, I wanted to tell you that this is THE most amazing brownie recipe I’ve ever made and/or eaten! thank you so much for being true to chocolate in baking!! I was also wondering if you could guide me on how to become a chocolate or food critic. I’m a former marine biologist, working at a pharmaceutical company that I hate, and want to steer towards a writing job in the culinary arts. I LOVE chocolate, I’ve worked for a chocolatier in the past, and really want a job that makes people happy. I do not have an english degree but a marine biology degree. Any guidance would be greatly appreciated. thank you so much.


    Jennifer Cucksey (a true canadian who loves Australia!)