Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dear Betty

Dear Betty Crocker,

I'm sorry it has come to this. We're breaking up. You disappointed me once before. I thought we could work things out. I tried two of the recipes on your website. This isn't the way baked goods should taste. The cookie mix tastes like it has dried mashed potato flakes. And the cake mix? It felt awfully sandy. I've read online reviews so I know I'm not the only one who feels this way.

I gave you two more chances. Here's how you stacked up:

This recipe looked promising. The comments encouraged me to try adding an extra egg because "dry and crumbly" are not words I like to describe my desserts. When they came out of the oven and I tried to flip the cookie out of the pan, the cookie smushed together. Is that my fault for wanting to make up for your shortcomings with the extra egg? I had about a tablespoon worth of the cookie bar before deciding it was gross and dumped it in the trash.

You were better with this recipe - a cake mix cookie. The flour mix felt like sand between my fingers. Thankfully, the cookies were rolled in sugar so it beautifully masked the texture. This cookie I brought to work and shared with my co-workers. But the cookies didn't taste that good. I expected more from you.

When I first went gluten free, I thought I needed you - the overpriced box mixes. The best things I made that were gluten and dairy free were made from scratch. The colorful gluten-free boxes are going to be used and not replaced in my pantry.

Sorry it didn't work out. I'm mixing my own flour from now on.

All the best,


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