“ Brand: Betty Crocker / Type: Chocolate „
I tend to keep a simple cake or biscuit kit in the cupboard for an emergency quick confidence-boosting cooking session for the kids. It's a useful thing, particularly for our youngest (aged 9), who really enjoys making things. She has a short attention span, and tends to be easily discouraged if things don't work straight away. This kit for choc chunk muffins is almost too quick to make! Literally all that it involves is tipping the bag of dry mixture into a bowl, then adding an egg and some water. Stir it all in thoroughly, share it out between the 6 muffin cake-cases that are included in the box, and there you are. We don't have a muffin tin, so we placed them carefully on a baking tray, which worked fine. Needless to say, she was able to carry out the whole operation, even putting them into the oven herself. Unfortunately I was the one who got to enjoy washing the dishes afterwards... I was also deputed to rescue the muffins from the oven though, which made up for that! They looked really good, and smelled very good too, as they had done while they were baking.
I've read a few reviews of this product, most of which are very positive. Maybe we're hard to please, but unfortunately when it came to eating them, we found that one or two things let them down - to start with, they were very well attached to their cake cases, and about a fifth of each cake was left behind when removed to be eaten. They were pretty much perfectly cooked, so this wasn't due to them being burnt on! It could have been due to there not being any fat to add during the making process, so I can't complain about that, as several of their kits ask you to add vegetable oil. At least it kept the added fat content, and therefore the calories, down a bit. However the most disappointing thing was the flavour, especially bearing in mind that there were quite a number of chocolate chip chunks that went in - the only really visible ones after baking were the white ones (not surprising perhaps as the muffins are a lovely brown chocolatey colour), but the milk and dark chocolate chunks seemed to have completely melted into the muffins, and the flavour itself was nowhere near as rich as we had hoped, in fact it was disappointingly bland. After being so pleased about the ease and great appearance of them, even our daughter couldn't hide her disappointment at the lack of flavour. This was the first time that we'd used this kit, and I'm afraid that due to the taste won't be getting this one again. However, since the chocolate swirl cake that I reviewed a while ago was so nice, I've already got another one of their kits in the cupboard - we're trying their cookies out next time :)
Ingredients & nutritional info:
Sugar, Wheat Flour, Vegetable Oil, Chocolate Chips (9%) (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Natural Flavouring: Vanilla), White Chocolate Chunks (9%) (Sugar, Whole Milk Powder, Cocoa Butter, Skimmed Milk Powder, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Natural Flavouring: Vanilla), Cocoa (Processed with Alkali), Raising Agents: Sodium Bicarbonate, Sodium Aluminium Phosphate, Dicalcium Phosphate, Dried Egg White, Modified Starch (Tapioca and Corn Starch), Corn Starch, Dextrose, Flavourings, Salt, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Stabiliser: Xanthan Gum,
Contains Wheat, Soya, Egg and Milk Ingredients
The cooking ingredients and simple instructions are mainly in English, and unusually also in many of the Nordic languages.
Currently £2.19 at Tesco.
Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix
So, I had some friends coming round the other day and decided to offer them something different than the usual packet of tired boring biscuits so I decided to make some muffins. When I say make, I mean put a mix in some muffin cases with a little help from my friend Betty. Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix comes in a box with a nice photo of two yummy looking muffins on the front. Betty Crocker offer the red spoon promise, "the red spoon is my promise of great taste, quality and convenience. This is a product you and your family will enjoy, I guaranteed it."
These muffins are extremely easy to make. There are just three instructions to follow and not many ingredients to prepare. On the front of the box they actually write just add 1 egg so you know before you even start cooking that it's easy to make.
The three steps given are as follows:
1 - stir the muffin mix, water and egg, the mixture will be lumpy
2 - spoon the mixture into muffin cases
3 - bake in the middle of the oven for 18-20 minutes
That's literally all there is to it. So, how did they turn out? Well, I think there was a little bit too much mixture for just 6 paper cases. The paper cases are provided in the box and they say that the mixture makes 6 muffins but I definitely think you cold stretch it to 8 muffins although that would mean needing to have spare paper cases in your cupboard which usually most people have but unfortunately I didn't this time. So, the muffins looked a bit funny as they cooked and spilled over the paper cases. However, they were lovely and crunchy on outside and light and fluffy in middle. They included chunks of white chocolate and melted little chunks of dark chocolate and were very tasty.
Each muffin has 266 calories and 10.7g of fat. All in all a quick and easy treat!
We're having a home baking sale at work tomorrow, but I'm short on time and talent so decided to cheat a bit and bake these muffins. Luckily they came out very nicely and taste quite homemade so hopefully I'll get away with it.
Betty Crocker Chocolate Chunk Muffin Mix comes in the standard red Betty Crocker-branded package and it really stands out from the shelf as it's so brightly coloured. There is also a large picture of the muffins on the box and these look very appealing. In fact, it's because of this picture that I decided to buy this mix.
Baking the muffins just couldn't be easier. You simply dump the powdered mix into a bowl, add one egg and 130ml of water, and stir. The batter will be lumpy because of the chocolate chunks but this is nothing to worry about. Also, I had to estimate the amount of water to add because my measuring cup only goes down to 200ml, but this didn't cause any problems except that the muffins were a bit extra-moist which is ok. So I'd say the mix is very forgiving.
I used my own muffin cups instead of the plain white ones included with the mix because I felt they were boring and wanted something a little more colourful. Also, on the box it says it makes only 6 muffins but they must be making huge ones because I was able to get 16 small ones out of the mix. I feel that the size of my muffins is much more appropriate for sharing but if you want a huge muffin and you aren't feeding too many people maybe 6 would be appropriate for you.
The muffin mix costs £2.19 from Tesco which I think is a good deal. It couldn't be easier to use, and so even though you could probably make these from scratch for less you're saving so much time here I think it's worth it for when you're in a rush.
Strangely enough I haven't been able to find the number of calories per muffin or any other nutritional information about these either from the packet, from Tesco Web site, or by googling. I'm guessing I probably don't even want to know the calorie count because hey, it's chocolate, it's going to be high! So I will save these for special treats and hopefully my colleagues will like them too.
I baked them for around 15 minutes at 180C because I have a fan oven.
When I took the muffins out of the oven they looked delicious and I couldn't help but have one right away. The tops were a little bit too brown but this was ok as they don't have to be perfect and it didn't affect the taste very much. These muffins tasted really rich and chocolatey. The only disappointment was that there didn't seem to be as many chocolate chunks in them as there are in the picture on the box. But as the sponge itself was so good this was fine with me.
The Betty Crocker chocolate chunk muffin mix is one that caught my eye on the supermarket shelf as I have been known to enjoy the odd cake or two!
The mix comes in a cardboard box and one the front of the box is the Betty Crocker logo, a picture of muffins and tells you that you simply need to add one egg & water, also that this mix makes 6 muffins (large muffins though!).
The mix comes provided in a plastic bag and you simply pour this in a mixing bowl, add one egg & 130ml of water, stir the mixture until all mixed together, the batter will remain a little lumpy, then just spoon the mixture in to the 6 muffin cases provided and then cook for around 20 minutes in a 200 degree oven (gas mark 6).
The packet advises to use a muffin tin but I simply put my muffin cases on a normal baking tray and put this in the oven.
The muffins will rise and turn very fat during cooking and I was surprised as just how big they got. The smell that filled my kitchen was absolutely delicious and my mouth was watering in anticipation! To test that the muffins were done I just placed a knife in to the middle of one and when it came out clear I knew that the muffins were ready, I then removed from the oven and left for around 5 minutes before removing from the tray and putting on a plate.
I did sample a muffin as soon as they were cool enough and these were absolutely delicious, there were lots of milk chocolate chips & white chocolate chunks and these had melted just enough to release even more gorgeous flavour in to the muffins. The sponge is very light and fluffy and the whole thing works very well together and they taste absolutely delicious.
The only real downside to this mix is that there is no nutritional information on the packet so I cannot work out roughly how many calories there are in each muffin but perhaps that's just to save me feeling guilty after eating two, at least this way I can convince myself that they aren't that bad!
The muffins are very easy to make with minimal effort and I paid £2.19 for my kit which I thought was very reasonable as I already had eggs so didn't have to spend anymore money. The muffins tasted fantastic and I think that I could pass these off as homemade as long as I was ready to reel off the list of ingredients I supposedly used if anybody asked!
I am rating this mix 5/5 for ease of making, taste & how little washing up I was left with afterwards!