Candy Review: Unreal Peanut Butter Cups

Uh oh. Are you getting a little midafternoon hangry? Trying to make it through work - or pretty much anything - at this point in the day is near-impossible. Like who created this weird midday? I guess that's why Happy Hour was made. Right in that awkward in-between time when you're tired and hungry and just ready to move on to dinnertime.

Instead of going full "Monster," I'm hitting up my chocolate stash. Usually for chocolate and peanut butter I go for the classics - Reese's cups - but from reading up on them it seems that there are a few types that aren't gluten free (unwrapped minis and seasonal shapes, according to Hershey's website). So instead when I was picking up my latte at the latte-love-of-my-life *Peet's Coffee and Tea* I picked up Unreal Peanut Butter Cups in dark chocolate.

First of all, these bad boys have really clean and attractive packaging. Silver wrapper, real-looking picture, and a nice big clear Gluten Free badge. I brought some with a coffee to my dad at work, who was a big fan. Reese's are definitely a crowd-pleaser, but there's something a little extra refined about dark chocolate with a coffee or glass of milk that makes you feel like you're enjoying a real treat. These are a bit more expensive than your normal peanut butter cup, but after reading the packaging and Unreal's website it seems well worth it - eating sustainably-sourced food without the preservatives and junk we're used to. I'm looking forward to trying other gluten-free Unreal snacks, and moving past this funky time of day to dinner!
Any thoughts on Unreal? What are your favorite gluten free midday treats?

Brownie Mix Review: Krusteaz

Not the most appealing name, let's all agree to that out the gate. Hopefully it's a family name?

If you're like me you grew up offering to make brownies just so you could get a few licks of the spatula in once the oven door was closed.  Ignoring the potential for stomachache or - unimaginable to kids since they feel invincible, salmonella! - you'd risk it anything to get that gooey bite, whetting your appetite for the brownies. Going along with the dangerous vibes I'm throwing out, I also like to cook my brownies as minimally as possible. There should be a little crust at the top of the pan, but as soon as you cut through I want to see a fudgy mess. No dry brownies for this lady.

Everything comes together just as you'd expect, and honestly that's more than I've been able to get out of other mixes we've tried lately. You could always throw in a few extra g-free chocolate chips you have around if you want to go wild, but this is a pretty good mix on its own.

But these are the closest to non-gluten-free brownies I've tried yet. Just like your gluten-full mixes, all you'll need is oil, water, an egg and some patience (really wanted to meld the last two together i.e. egg-cellent patience. Couldn't really make it work but still wanted you to know I tried). 

Thank you Krusteaz, for allowing me to continue to live dangerously.