For Valentine’s Day, my friend Deborah gave me a cute little heart-shaped basket with a pink heart scarf, a Valentine’s brooch, a little bag of red and white M&M’s, and something I’d never seen before–a packet to make a single serving of a warm brownie treat. This packet sparked all kinds of ideas in my head, and off I went to research it.
This was just one of many Duncan Hines Perfect Size mixes, designed for homemakers to have an easy, super-fast way to create a delicious hot treat for themselves or their family or guests.
A box of Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1 has four packets of mix in it, and retails for under $3. Each treat is ready in about a minute in the microwave and all you have to add is water. You put the mix and the water in a microwaveable mug, stir and cook as instructed, and you have a warm treat ready to eat.
Perfect Size for 1 flavors include the following: Cinnamon Coffee Cake, Corn Muffin, Chocolate Chip Muffin, Banana Bread Muffin, Apple Cinnamon Muffin, Blueberry Muffin, S’mores Cake, Confetti Cake, Cookies and Cream Cake, Strawberry Shortcake, Carrot Cake, Decadent Caramel Cake, Vanilla Bean Cake, Decadent Chocolate Lovers Cake, German Chocolate Cake, Decadent Brownie Chocolate Mix, Lemon Cake, Pineapple Cake, S’mores Cake, and Strawberry Shortcake.
Duncan Hines also produces Perfect Size Cakes which make two to four servings, include a six-inch pan and frosting mix, and may need a few ingredients like eggs, butter or milk. The flavors include Cheesecake, Chocolate Dream Pie, Golden Fudge Cake, Lemon Bliss Cake; Red Velvet Dream Cake; and Strawberries and Crème Cake
Both Perfect Size and Perfect Size for 1 mixes contain no artificial flavors or preservatives.
An interesting tidbit I discovered in my research is that the man Duncan Hines’s first career was as a traveling salesman in the 1920’s. He realized that travelers needed help finding good restaurants as they went cross-country in the days before chain eateries. In the 1930’s, he began writing restaurant review books that became very popular. He eventually was able to lend his name to a series of baked goods companies, and Duncan Hines is now owned by Pinnacle Foods.
These Perfect Size mixes would be perfect in gift baskets of all kinds, especially a get-well or birthday basket. The Perfect Size for 1 mixes would make terrific teacher appreciation gifts. The Perfect Size cake mixes would be wonderful to keep in your pantry to fix for an unexpected guest or to celebrate an unexpected occasion for a family member. Try out your favorite flavor and enjoy!