Product Type: Betty Crocker Baking & Ingredients
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A Tasty Afternoon Treat
Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix
Member Name: strawberry123
Betty Crocker Blueberry Muffin Mix
Advantages: Easy to use, taste delicious, look exactly like the box
Disadvantages: High sugar content
I've been at a loss of things to do this week after coming home from university, so when I was out shopping this week I picked up this muffin mix to pass some of the time! I've used Betty Crocker products before and was impressed by the taste and how easy they were to use, so I chose the blueberry variety. Of course, I could have found a recipe online and bought the separate ingredients, but this product was a much cheaper alternative. The Betty Crocker range is perfect for those of you who are too lazy to make them from scratch!
=== Packaging ===
The ingredients come in a cardboard box, which appears quite bulky next to the other cake mixes. The packaging is slightly different to the picture Dooyoo has provided. The muffins appear on a beige background, which makes the text much clearer than the previous design. The new design now had nutritional information on the front, which according to other reviewers, had not been present before. The usual information appears on the box, including a list of ingredients in a number of languages, hints and tips and contact information.
The instructions are easy to read on the back and give you a list of ingredients that are not supplied, which you will need to add to the mix. In this mix it includes 110ml of milk, 1 medium egg and 2tbsp of vegetable oil. All of which I am sure you will have around the kitchen already! The instructions do not give you a list of equipment but it is pretty obvious when reading through the numbered points.
=== My Experience ===
The instructions were very easy to follow. The whole process is told over three steps, and it is pretty hard not to understand what to do! First, you need to drain the blueberries and rinse them. The blueberries come in a tin and you get a generous helping of both the blueberries and juice. There is no ring-pull so you will need a can opener to access them. I found that a lot of the juice poured out of the tin whilst I did this, which resulted in a large puddle on the kitchen surface. I advise that you take care whilst doing this part because it can stain clothing! When rinsing the blueberries, do so gently so not to squash the berries. I used a sieve and poured water over them, I did not bother to touch them at all.
Next, you will need a medium to large bowl to combine the muffin mix and the extra ingredients together. I used a wooden spoon for this part, until it provided a lumpy batter. The blueberries are added in after and you are instructed to gently fold them in, not mix vigorously. This is probably the hardest part (see, I told you they were simple!) and some of the berries did get squashed but nothing that wouldn't have occurred later on anyway! Finally, you spoon the batter into the muffin cases provided. My muffin cases were squashed when I opened up the box, which made them difficult to place in my tin, but once the batter is added and they're in the oven, they soon spread out.
I baked my muffins using a muffin tin, but it states that if you do not have one available, a baking sheet would do because the muffin cases are provided. In the past I have done exactly this and the cakes overflowed from their cases and joined in the middle. I would not call this satisfactory advise from Betty Crocker. Further on (in a small font size) it suggests using silicone muffin cases, which is much more sensible. I thoroughly suggest you invest in these or a tin before attempting this mix.
The box states that they should be in the oven for 18-20 minutes at 200 degrees/ 400 Fahrenheit/gas mark 6. I used a fan-assisted oven so this was reduced to 180 degrees. In the end, my muffins baked for 24 minutes, because when I inserted a skewer in the middle of one, as suggested, to see if it was baked right through it did not come out clean! I left them for an extra 20 minutes to cool.
=== Look and Taste ===
My muffins looked exactly like the ones on the box, which of course I was really pleased with. They had a golden brown top and you could see the blueberries incorporated into the mixture. When you took the muffin out of its case it did not fall apart, as I had predicted, which was also a bonus! They smelt absolutely divine.
I tasted one of my muffins when it was still warm... the best way to sample them, in my opinion. The top was crispy because of the golden brown surface, which was really nice, and then you got to the soft centre. The sponge tasted fresh (of course) and you could really notice a difference compared to the dry, shop-bought varieties. The blueberries still retained their sweet flavour and some of the berries that I had managed to not squash, were delicious when you bit into them. Overall, the whole family enjoyed their muffins, and it made a nice afternoon snack!
=== Price and Availability ===
I picked my box up from Tesco for £2.19 yesterday, but after a quick bit of research, they normally cost £1.98, clearly I have been conned... Some may say that the price is quite steep for 6 muffins, but they taste so much better than the shop bought varieties, especially when you eat them freshly baked. Furthermore, you can add your own ingredients to personalise them a bit. Betty Crocker recommended adding lemon zest, pecan nuts, pumpkin seeds or oats into this mix.
They are available in all large supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury's and they are usually found around the cake isle. There are lots more pre-mixed cakes and biscuit products available in the Betty Crocker range if blueberry muffins are not your thing. I'd recommend the chocolate chip cookie mix and the carrot cake! Both are divine! Their prices range from £1 upwards, depending on which mix to decide on.
=== Nutritional Information ===
Usually, I wouldn't include this section but seeing as it was not previously explained, each muffin (86g) contains:
Kcal = 253 (18%)
Sugars = 21.3g (24%)
Fat = 8.5g (13%)
Saturates = 1.4g (7%)
Salt = 0.8g (13%)
of an adults guideline daily amount. Ouch!
=== Overall Verdict ===
This mix would be great to make with children. I certainly loved baking when I was a kid, and mixes like this help reduce the worst part of baking... the washing up! If you follow the VERY EASY steps, the muffins will look exactly like the ones on the box (you can see my version over at Ciao), which will please your children! The muffins also taste delicious, so you won't be disappointed by this, it's a shame they are so high in sugar content! I would thoroughly recommend you give this mix a try.
[Review may also appear on Ciao under the username Strawberry_123]
Summary: A lazy way to make delicious blueberry muffins!
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