Chocolaty and sweet. Can be fudgy or cakey, but it is not a cake. It can have nuts, chocolate chips, mint, frosting, or a glaze. It can be eaten alone, with ice cream, or whipped cream. What am I?
If you guessed brownies, then you are correct. Brownies are one of my favorite treats, coming from a chocolate addict. I like my brownies fudgy and without nuts, but every person is different, which causes more variations among brownies.
The first brownies appeared at the “1893 Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago, Illinois”. The treat was created after Bertha Palmer requested a dessert to be made specifically for ladies. She described this dessert to be smaller than a slice of cake or pie, which can be easily eaten. Palmer also wanted something that could be packed effortlessly into a bagged lunch. Thus, the brownie was created! At the Palmer House Hotel, they continue to serve the famous brownie with its original recipe today.
But who is Bertha Palmer and why did she insist on having this delectable dessert made? Bertha Palmer is “an American businesswoman, socialite, and philanthropist”. She was part of the Chicago’s Woman’s Club as well. Palmer was very prominent due to her positions in society. Therefore, in 1893 the Columbian Exposition was to be held in Chicago, which is the celebration of the discovery made by Columbus. If it weren’t for Bertha Palmer and her influential status in society at this time, there would never have been a need to create brownies.
After learning about brownies, I was inspired to make my own. I went to Safeway and bought a box of brownie mix. After adding some water, oil, and egg, it was ready to go in the oven. A short 40 minutes later, my brownies were done. They turned out fudgy in the middle, yet crunchy around the edges. Simply perfection.