That basic combination of butter, sugar and chocolate appears in so many permutations, but it probably beats any other for sheer gastronomic satisfaction. Sure, dairy is nice – a lovely cheesecake can be a beautiful thing – and fancy sugary concoctions like meringues or macaroons have their place. But for serious taste-bud and texture appeal, you want something like a good brownie or blondie. Rich. Moist. Gooey. Decadent. Slightly crunchy on the outside. Inducing salivation with the very first taste.