I normally make brownies from a mix - it has to be name brand and I always add baking chips - chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter, mint, raspberry, or some combination. I make the fudge-like recipe. They are yummy and easy.
I have no mixes in my house right now for various reasons. Last night I had to bake birthday treats for work, so I hauled out my ancient chocolate cookbook that I inherited when a friend died, and tried a new recipe.
They taste okay, not as good as my normal ones...but they took forever to mix (slightly complex recipe) and when I thought about it, I don't think they cost any less. I always buy the mixes on sale for 89 or 99 cents and my baking chips are bought in bulk or on sale.
While it is nice to know exactly what's in them (no additives!), they still aren't healthy with all that sugar and fat. I'm wondering what you guys think, do brownies taste better from mix or from scratch? Take my poll on the right and leave me a note if you want!