B.T. Baking – Because Brownies are Better Together

Goodlifer: B.T. Baking - Because Brownies are Better Together

Good brownies are a joy, whether you’re giving them as a gift or devouring them yourself. But all too often, commercially-made brownies are too sweet, too salty, lacking in good chocolate flavor, and just bad for you. Such is not the case, however, for the brownies made by B.T. Baking. This Pennsylvania-based bakery is the brain child of Todd Kelly and his wife Kestra; in fact, the name “B.T.” stands for “Better Together”, which is how they look at themselves.

Sweet name aside, I like Mr. Kelly’s style when it comes to baked goods. His brownies are ultra fudgy, not too sweet or too salty, and with a very good chocolate presence. I can’t decide which I like better: the “plain” B.T. Brownie or the Peanut Butter Cup Brownie (adorned with a thin layer of peanut butter and a semisweet chocolate topping). There’s also a Cookie Brownie, with a layer of chocolate chip cookie on top of a brownie layer. Since this is a young business, I’d stay tuned for future flavor developments.

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B.T. Brownies.

B.T. Brownies. Cookie & Chocolate.

If you’re not sold on B.T.’s brownies yet, you should know there’s more to this company than their meritorious brownies. All of their baking is done from scratch. The chocolate they use is Fairtrade, meaning that the farmers who grow the cacao beans receive a fair price for those beans.

All chocolate used is fair trade.

All chocolate used is fair trade.

Fans in high places.

Todd Kelly of B.T. Baking has fans in high places.

Those of you who don’t consume refined sugars will be pleased to know that the brownies here are sweetened with evaporated cane juice (organic, no less). A good many of their other ingredients are organic, too, including flour and eggs. And those eggs are purchased from farms local to the company, supporting enterprises in their area. And B.T. Baking is a member of 1% for the Planet, a group of companies that donate 1% of their sales to a worldwide network of environmental organizations. But don’t take my word for all of this; see (and taste) for yourself. Online ordering is available.

About author
Stephanie Zonis was born with a spoon in her mouth — a tasting spoon, that is. She began cooking (especially baking) at a very early age, and for a short time even ran a highly illegal baking business from her long-suffering parents’ house when she was in high school. After acquiring a Master’s Degree in Foods, she eventually discovered the Internet in 1997. She’s been writing about food and developing recipes, especially where chocolate is involved, ever since. During those few moments when she’s not cooking or writing or thinking about food, Stephanie enjoys reading, walking, political discussions, and volunteering at a local no-kill cat sanctuary. She has been a member of a medieval re-creation group for longer than she’ll admit and loves absurdist humor.
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