What: The brownie
Where: Aspen Mills Bakery and Bread Company, 555 S. Sunrise Way, in Palm Springs; also located at the Rancho Mirage Library (71100 Highway 111, Rancho Mirage) and at Clark’s Nutrition (34175 Monterey Ave., Rancho Mirage)
How much: $2.95
Contact: 760-323-3123; www.aspenmillsps.com
Why: Chocolate yumminess.
My favorite time to visit Aspen Mills’ main location in Palm Springs is the late afternoon.
It’s calm. It’s quiet. And the smell inside is stupendous. The air is full of the scents of muffins and cookies and breads—oh, those amazing breads—being lovingly baked.
But on a recent late-afternoon visit to Aspen Mills, I wasn’t looking for muffins, cookies or even breads. No, I was craving chocolate.
I was there to get an Aspen Mills brownie.
The picture here doesn’t do justice to the size of this brownie: It has the dimensions of a small brick, more or less—and every single bite of this brick is pure chocolate nirvana. Not only is the flavor fantastic; the texture is near-perfect: The brownie is flaky and just a little crispy on the outside, and moist yet firm on the inside.
If you’ve ever had a splendid sandwich at Aspen Mills, you get the gist of what these brownies are all about, because every sandwich comes with a little brownie. But you can’t fully understand what these brownies are about until you get a full-sized one (available with or without nuts, by the way) when you’re in the midst of a chocolate craving. These brownies aren’t just desserts, no; they’re a salve that soothes chocolate cravings—and makes life just a little bit better all around.
If you’re ever having a bad day, I highly recommend visiting Aspen Mills in the late afternoon. You’ll walk out feeling better about things—guaranteed. Especially if you’re carrying a brownie.