Augason Farms Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie Mix
By Jason Wagner
Brownies have long been respected as an easy to prepare and delicious comfort food. Here’s my review of this particular survival food incarnation.
Taste – 8.8/10: Well, they taste very similar to the countless brands of brownie mixes I’ve eaten before. That is to say, they serve their purpose well. They’ve got a very dense texture and a nice cocoa, sugary and slightly egg-like taste.
Texture – 8.5/10: Like I said, they have a nice dense body to them, but they’re almost a little too dense. The texture of these verses what you’d pick up at a store is definitely less fluffy. Some people prefer dense brownies. I prefer ones that fall somewhere between super fluffy and dense. No other real complaints though. These are very good.
Convenience – 4.0/10: These require baking at a steady temperature of 325 degrees. While this is a simple maneuver when everything is as it should be, should you be in the midst of an apocalypse, it wouldn’t be so easy. You’d need specialized equipment to cook this. Even worse, an electric beater, or at the very least, a spoon and a strong arm.
Nutrition – 7.5/10: The brownies are packed to the brim with calories, a single can contains enough calories for a single, active person’s entire day…Unfortunately, calories are about where the nutrition ends. Little to no protein, little fiber, no nutrients besides a tiny amount of iron – this is meant to be a dessert, so I understand why.
Operational Security – 2.0/10: Yes, other than roasting a pig in a bonfire, I cannot imagine a less stealthy survival food item. Yeah, it’s unfortunate, but you’ll definitely need to watch your flanks when making this.
Shelf-Life – 9.5/10: As is frequently the case with this type of emergency food, 15 years or longer, and as such – there’s nothing to sneeze at here.
Filling Factor – 9.0/10: As a dessert to a meal, 6 or so people could be happily served from this package. Served on its own, I could see two people of average appetites being pretty happy with the portion size.
Bulk/Weight – 8.5/10: You get a decent allotment from each can. The cans themselves are the same size as every other Augason Farms everyday sized cans, and, they’re only 17 ounces. Like I always say, probably sub-optimal for carrying around in your rucksack, but they’re well balanced for static storage.
Final Review – 8.0: Tasty, filling, calorie rich, inconvenient and a hell of an un-stealthy food. The good, while it doesn’t make the bad disappear, doesn’t make the good disappear, either. The bottom line is that this is an item that you’d certainly want to consider for your survival food storage and reserves.