Fat Witch brownies earned a spot as one of Oprah's Favorite Things in 2002. Sadly, it took me until 2011 to sample one of these gooey bites of chocolate heaven. On Friday, I found myself wandering through the Chelsea Market during Fat Witch's "witching hour" (5 p.m. through 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday and after 4 p.m. on Sunday the tiny shop hands out free samples of brownie pieces and all varieties of unwrapped brownies are half price) and decided to take advantage by indulging in a Fat Fridays treat.
I settled on the seasonal "Pumpkin Witch", pumpkin cake baked on top of an original Fat Witch brownie, and handed over $1.50; half of the brownie's original $3 price tag. Although the brownie completely fell apart as I picked it up to shove it into my salivating mouth, I pieced it back together and was able to enjoy the full Fat Witch experience as it was meant to be. Should the brownie have stuck together- absolutely, but at $1.50- I'll take it, crumbs and all. The pumpkin cake was moist with hints of cinnamon and combined with the rich fudgy chocolate brownie to make an autumn delight worthy of a Fat Fridays splurge.