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Food Blog: Brownies were first created in 1906

I was mindlessly cruising the Web, something I do all too frequently, when I stumbled on a website that amazingly is a food timeline. I must say that someone — a food historian –has a lot of time on their hands but in all honesty — this site is fascinating.

As with any and all topics, there is no one answer defining how brownies originated. There are several theories but not all food historians will agree. And several recipes, all quite different.

I guess the moral of the story is that we agree to disagree.

Now which came first? Apple butter? Or lemon meringue pie?

  1. We recieved a post on recipebuddys.com on Brownies and wanted to hear you opinions of it …I stumpled upon your post…and thought you would be a good sounding board.. we have a bake sale coming up…and want it to turn out good for our daughter… please advise…thanks

  2. Andy,
    I’m unsure what you are asking. Are you asking what people will buy at a bakesale?
    I’ll assume so.
    I think you have to consider the audience. What age group is the bake sale appealing to?
    Cookies, homemade of course, will always sell. As will brownies, lemon bars, blondies, chocolate chip bars, things like that.
    Whole pies with mainstream flavors will sell. Don’t forget to bring boxes or proper wrapping materials.
    You might even try some savory pastries like empanadas or savory scones made with herbs and cheese.
    If your bake sale is in the morning and you can swing it, it might be good to have warm cinnamon buns or warm danish or some kind of warm coffee cake.
    I bet if you group all the chocolate together into a chocolate pedestal, it would attract attenion.
    Some gluten-free items might also be good for people who are allergic which seems to be a growning problem.
    Hope that helps.

  3. Andy, borrowing from other sectors, here are some more ideas to ponder for your bake sale…

    You might consider packaging items into small quantities, such as 2-3 cookies for $1.00 or $1.50 — going for low-price high-volume sales. You’ll attract impulse and/or price-conscious buyers. Also, people might actually buy more this way knowing that they can afford multiple items.

    Offer quantity discounts such as 1 pie at $10.00 but 2 pies for $18.00. Some people can’t resist a bargain.

    Post a sign that says 1st hour = full price; 2nd hour = 5% discount; 3rd hour = 10% discount. This works because the people who want the best selection will pay for the privilege.

    Another approach is to ask for a donation only. Schools do this all the time with car washes and people often donate more than what you would have initially charged.

    Anyway you go, this will be a great marketing learning experience for you and your kids.

  4. brownies is so good if i were the first to make brownies i will make them so good so everyone in the wworld would taste them I LOVE BROWNIES

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