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Microwave desserts score high

Lorie Hutson Food editor

Baby, it’s cold, so why not warm up with dessert hot from the microwave?

Skeptics might have second thoughts as they are mixing water into the batter in the plastic bowl, but The Spokesman-Review food panel tasters said they won’t be disappointed.

The panel gave Betty Crocker’s new Warm Delights Hot Fudge Brownie a rare five-star rating.

“Gooey chocolate heaven. Hot gooey chocolate heaven. A big, fat round brownie,” raved Tina Johnson.

“Yum… This screams for vanilla ice cream,” added Peggy Kazanis.

Even Marilyn Moore, who always prefers homemade, called it “to-die-for chocolate.” She said the suggested serving size should be a tablespoon. “It’s that rich.”

Vicki Deschaine said she would probably limit her serving, too. But only because she watches what she eats. “Rich, dark and gooey chocolate goodie. What’s not to like? Calories and fat?”

Like everyone else, Skip Hubbard was a little less fond of the Molten Caramel Cake. The cake received four stars from the panel.

“Cake that’s almost too light, but it’s got caramel, so it’s still good in my book,” Hubbard said.

Marcia Oranen thought it was a little disappointing after the warm chocolate brownie.

“Light cake – not as rich. The caramel looked better than it tasted,” she said.

The desserts come complete in a single-serving bowl. To prepare it, add water to the mix and stir. Some varieties come with toppings or frosting that is sprinkled or squeezed on top after it comes out of the microwave. They’re ready in a minute or less.

Eat the dessert from the bowl, and there are no dishes to worry about.

The Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake was also a four-star dessert, according to the panel.

“Coffee cake at its finest. Hot, sweet and crumbly,” Kazanis said.

“A cinnamon roll in a bowl. I’m not sure when you’d eat this – for breakfast? It’s good though a little fluffy and light,” Johnson added.

Betty Crocker’s Warm Delights also come in Molten Chocolate Cake and Fudgy Chocolate Chip Cookie.

Warm Delights, Hot Fudge Brownie

Price: $2.19 for a single-serving bowl

Nutrition per serving: 370 calories, 12 grams fat (4.5 grams saturated, 29 percent fat calories), 5 grams protein, 61 grams carbohydrate, 3 grams dietary fiber, 370 milligram sodium.

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Comments: “Perfect flavor. I think it would be great with ice cream on top.” – Rachel Powell

“Rich and creamy goodness all the way around.” – Skip Hubbard

“Moist, chewy, delicious.” – Marcia Oranen

Warm Delights, Molten Caramel Cake

Price: $2.19 for a single-serving bowl

Nutrition per serving: 360 calories, 10 grams fat (3.5 grams saturated, 25 percent fat calories), 5 grams protein, 64 grams carbohydrate, 5 milligrams cholesterol, 3 grams dietary fiber, 490 milligrams sodium.

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Comments: “This cake is a little dry for me, but it’s very tender.” – Vicki Deschaine

“Another gooey dessert, perfectly proportioned for one. The caramel is hot and delicious. A little lighter cake dessert.” – Tina Johnson

Warm Delights, Cinnamon Swirl Cake

Price: $2.19 for a single-serving bowl

Nutrition per serving: 400 calories, 12 grams fat (4 grams saturated, 25 percent fat calories), 4 grams protein, 70 grams carbohydrate, 1 gram dietary fiber, 420 milligrams sodium.

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Comments:

“I can’t think of anybody who would turn this down. Great mouth feel and taste.” – Andy Hoye

“Great texture.” – Marcia Oranen

“Cinnamon anyone? Not near as good as the other two, but if that’s what’s left, eat it.” – Skip Hubbard

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