I’m a big fan of muffins. They are one of my favourite things to bake, because the flavour combinations are endless, they can be sweet or savoury, and they are super simple to whip up when you want a homemade baked good in under an hour. Check out my recipe page – you’ll find plenty of delicious muffin recipes to try!
That being said, I don’t always bake the muffins that I eat. I’m not against grabbing a muffin from a bakery for an “on the go” breakfast or snack. Sure, some are nutritional atrocities (I’m looking at you jumbo double chocolate muffin from Costco – admit it, you are simply cake masquerading as a muffin), some are made from questionable ingredients, and some just plain don’t compare to homemade. But sometimes you find a gem – either it’s healthy, delicious, or fulfills your craving at the moment. And store bought muffins can be great inspiration for coming up with recipes at home.
Today I would like to share with you two of my store-bought muffins loves, from the amazing bakery at Thrifty Foods no less. Yes, I know, I work there, but seriously, they have an awesome bakery. There are very few products I don’t enjoy, and they are all generally high quality items. I still hate store-bought cake icing, but I won’t hold that against them ;) Anyways, I digress. Back to the muffins.
Seeing as I don’t *always* pack my breakfast/lunch/dinner for work, and seeing as I’m in a grocery store anyways, I make it a point to sample the items we do carry. I feel it’s only fair to be knowledgeable about our products. And after sampling most of the muffins in our bakery, there are two stand outs for me – the Chocolate Chunk muffin, and the West Coast Trail muffin. Each one has it’s merits, and fulfills different cravings. Let’s take a closer look at each, shall we?
Thrifty Foods Chocolate Chunk Muffin
This muffin has nothing to do with health – it’s all about being a vehicle for the chocolate. And I’m okay with that. Because sometimes, you just need to satisfy the chocolate monster within.
I’m fully aware that this is just a package of white flour, sugar, butter/oil and giant chocolate chunks. My blood sugar goes through the roof just looking at it. But damn is it good. It should probably be considered more of a cake than muffin. And it definitely doesn’t fall into the “choose everyday” category. But who cares? Live a little! Enjoy the chocolately goodness :)
Thrifty Foods West Coast Trail Muffin
On the other end of the muffin spectrum (or at least a significant distance away from the chocolate chunk muffin), we find the West Coast Trail muffin. No chocolate to be seen, but that doesn’t harm the awesomeness that is this muffin.
You are greeted with a muffin that looks like it took a bath in trail mix – the top is always studded with raisins, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and cashews. This one is actually a little sparse – usually they are almost completely covered.
But the treats don’t stop at the muffin top. Tear that baby open, and you will find more nuts and seeds, as well as shredded carrot and (I think) apple pieces. My general rule of thumb when developing a muffin recipe is to not include more than 3 main flavours, but the variety works here really well. And although I’m sure it’s still made with white flour, a fair amount of sugar, and probably a less desirable oil, at least you can say you’ve consumed some healthy add ins. And it’s filling!
I’ll be honest – neither of these muffins are something I consume on a daily basis. It wouldn’t be good for my wallet or my body. But they are worth checking out. And I’m totally going to recreate my own version of the West Coast Trail muffin at home, because I think it would be excellent as a whole grain muffin.
FYI – As always, these thoughts are my own, I bought these with my own hard earned money, and I have not been compensated in any way to write about them.