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Jan 4, 2009 09:31 AM

The Duncan Hines Brownie Mix and Other Processed Delights!

OK. So yesterday daughter has cramps--and what better way than some chocolate baked brownies to heal the wounds! So I get ready to bake and she says: "Can't you just make the Duncan Hines Brownie Mix? You know they are my favorite!". Silly me! This got me to thinking...I will search recipes high and low for the perfect cookie, cake, pie, tart and brownie. And the kids still love the Duncan Hines Brownie Mix the best (have to admit--it IS nice and chewy!). The same for Mac & Cheese--nothing like a home-made scrumptious, gooey mac and cheese--but the kids still will crave for the old Kraft Mac & Cheese every now and then.

How bout you? We all realize we are all foodies--but you got a favorite processed dish? I would love to hear about it!

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  1. Bette Crocker's Creamy Butter mashed-potato mix -- added to (rather in place of) real potatoes (I prefer red bliss) and extra-thickened with some heavy cream -- quite nearly reproduces on earth my platonic ideal of Mashed Potatoes.

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    1. re: sequins

      jarona, have you tried Trader Joe's truffle chocolate (or chocolte truffle) brownie mix? It is really a lot better than Duncan Hines.

      There is always a place for processed foods in my life. Science is wonderful.

    2. Guilty! I am not a baker - and love the brownie mix, cake mix and icing..there is something comforting about them for me.

      With that said, I have never served my kids Kraft Mac and Cheese - blech! I always tell myself they don't need to know any different.

      1. Yellow cake mix is practically a miracle food, to me. I am admittedly not much of a baker, but I am wholly skeptical of friends' claims that a scratch cake can duplicate that sweet, buttery flavor.

        Yesterday, I had a bag of cranberries in the crisper to use up and remembered a friend's cranberry sauce cake recipe. I cooked the cranberries into a simple sauce, chilled them in an ice bath, and stirred that into yellow cake mix with two eggs, baked it at 350 for 35 min in a greased bundt pan.

        Oh my god. So good -- tangy and moist.

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        1. re: themis

          LOL, as someone who prefers my cakes from scratch, I'm also wholly skeptical of anyone who claims they can duplicate cake made from a mix. A home cook can't duplicate this list (Betty Crocker which was rated the best mix by CI):

          Sugar, Enriched Flour Bleached (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Modified Corn Starch, Propylene Glycol Monoesters of Fatty Acids, Baking Soda, Salt, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Dextrose, Monocalcium Phosphate, Distilled Monoglycerides, Dicalcium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Datem, Monoglycerides, Xanthan Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Aluminum Sulfate, Yellow 5&6, Nonfat Milk.

        2. Lipton Dry Onion Soup Mix and sour cream to make onion dip.

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          1. re: Antilope

            must admit I just made this for New Year's Eve. I grew up on this stuff dipped with corn chips and it is still my favorite...I love Ina's onion dip, but there is something comforting about that packet of lipton soup mix....

          2. IMHO, I can always taste the chemicals in these mixes, though as a kit, I thought that Duncan Hines was the best of the bunch...