Confession: I’m a baked goods snob.
I think it stems from my upbringing. Mom might not have been the most adventurous cook, but she can bake circles around most people. Pretty much every Saturday there were fresh buns, bread, and either cookies, bars or caramel rolls. I got spoiled.
I feel bad about it sometimes. We go to restaurants, and when we order a dessert (which is rare), we’re pretty much always disappointed at its processed taste.
Everyone raved about Sweet Martha’s cookies at the MN State Fair, and we thought they were, on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 being the best), probably a 2 or a 3. They were warm, and that was about their only redeeming quality.
I made these bars, about which people all over the Internets were raving, and I didn’t think they were very good (again, because they were made with mixes). That said, brownies are the one thing I rarely make from scratch, just because I have yet to find a homemade recipe that produces the density and sweetness I like. If you have a recipe (unfrosted!) you think fits the bill, let me know!
If I’m going to spend 300 calories on a cookie, I want that cookie to be worth it, you know what I mean? I don’t want Chips Ahoy!, which taste like chemicals.
Does this translate to other foods? Somewhat, but not as much. I enjoy a handful of Cheetos as much as the next person, and though I love to make homemade pasta, I’m usually too lazy to do so.
Do you have an area where you expect nothing less than the best? It doesn’t have to be food. I’m also brand-loyal when it comes to my running shoes…