Today is the perfect excuse to go into some serious brownie overload–and not even feel one bit bad about it because it’s… National Brownie Day!
How did Brownies come to be?
The origin of the brownie is a gooey one.
There are numerous myths and legends surrounding the origin of the brownie. Some say it was created by mistake. Bob Ross once said, “there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.” This is especially true when it comes to brownies.
As the story goes, in 1893 the wealthy socialite Mrs. Bertha Potter Palmer asked her chef at The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago to create a dessert that could be tucked into a box lunch for ladies to eat while attending the Columbian Exposition. The result was a super-rich, fudgy-chocolate confection – the Palmer House brownie. These brownies were possibly the first ever made. The recipe included chocolate, butter, sugar, flour, vanilla, eggs. For a finishing touch, they were topped with walnuts and an apricot glaze. They are still served today at what is now The Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. You can find The Palmer House Brownie recipe online. Interestingly enough, they were never called Brownies.
From further research, I found that The first-known printed use of the word "brownie" to describe a dessert appeared in the 1896 version of the Boston Cooking-School Cookbook by Fannie Farmer, in reference to molasses cakes baked individually in tin molds. However, Farmer's brownies did not contain chocolate.
Yet, another interesting myth I found was cited in Betty Crocker's Baking Classics and John Mariani’s Encyclopedia of American Food and Drink, tells of a homemaker in Bangor, Maine, who was making a chocolate cake but forgot to add baking powder. When her cake did not rise properly, instead of tossing it out, she cut and served the flat pieces.
During the mid-19th century and throughout the first half of the 20th century, Americans were on a bit of a craze, as chocolate has become increasingly more popular in demand.
No matter how the invention of this sweet confection came to be, I am thrilled to have created my sensational version of the enticing delectable treat that I get to share with all of you.
So, what do you do on National Brownie Day?
Head straight to missmolliesbrownies.com and order some rich chocolatey brownies!
Why do We Celebrate National Brownie Day?
Brownies are the Ultimate chocolate indulgence!
My brownie varieties are abundant; you don’t want to miss exploring some of my most delicious brownie flavors that leave your mouth and taste buds craving more. The level of chocolate so rich and decadent they should be illegal!
What is the Best way to Celebrate National Brownie Day?
Heat up one of Miss Mollie’s Brownies and add a scoop of Vanilla to cut the sweetness!
They even make a good version of breakfast cereal!!
Wishing you a day of Sweet Brownie Indulgence!