Without the promise of sweets, mouths would never have the patience to stay open during dentist appointments or closed during beekeeping demonstrations. Keep mouths copacetic with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a brownie and ice-cream package from Greyston Bakery (an $81 total value). The package includes:
- Two-dozen brownies with a gift box (a $68 value)
- Voucher for a free pint of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream (a $5.50 value)
- Shipping to New York, Connecticut, or New Jersey (a $7.50 value; packages typically arrive in three to five business days)<p>
Owned by a nonprofit foundation, Greyston Bakery whips up gourmet brownies from Belgian chocolate and equips its employees with job skills, earning the attention of O, The Oprah Magazine and supplying Ben & Jerry’s ice cream with fudgy mix-ins. Unlike bakeries run by mummies, Greyston eschews preservatives, filling colorful gift boxes with all-natural flour, sugar, and eggs. Chocolate-fudge squares brim with bold flavors and a chewy texture, and the walnut-fudge cousins fortify bodies with fiber and protein.
Sweetened with brown sugar and dappled with chocolate chips, blondies lure snackers with a scrumptious scent and golden hue. Espresso-bean brownies tickle synapses with a gentle caffeine buzz, letting chewers energize without swallowing jumper cables. Buyers may also choose a variety pack, which contains an assortment of all four flavors. A pint of Ben & Jerry’s transforms the chocolaty morsels into sweet platforms for mounds of frosty ice cream.
A branch of the Greyston Foundation—a charity that supports low-income families with health care, affordable housing, and other basic needs—the Greyston Bakery imbues each batch of brownies with a social conscience. A zen Buddhist meditation group founded the bakery in 1982, growing the business from a tiny storefront operation to a sought-after dessert supplier to New York City restaurants and cookie monsters.