Product Type: Weight Watchers Snacks
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Weight Watchers Chocolate and Orange Mini Muffin Mix
Member Name: i_am_joy
Weight Watchers Chocolate and Orange Mini Muffin Mix
Advantages: Easy to make, delicious, a wonderful choc orange taste, low in calories and fat
While I make lots of both sweet and savoury muffins each week I was intrigued to try this Weight Watchers Mini Muffin Mix, even more so by the fact that each muffin would contain just half a Weight Watchers point whereas even my most low fat offerings have at least 2 1/2 points in them so that's quite a difference.
The muffins are extremely simple to make, it really is just a case of pouring the dry muffin mix and chocolate chips into a bowl and adding cold water. The only useful thing I can think of to say about the preparation is to measure the water out carefully and if you think you need more then add it drip by drip as I ruined my first batch by accidentally pouring too much water into the dry mixture - well, it wasn't actually ruined as I salvaged it using cocoa powder and caster sugar but that would have made the points values rocket up so I didn't get to eat any of them!
The muffins take just twelve minutes to cook and from around the eight minute mark my kitchen was filled with a delightfully rich chocolate orange aroma, not the synthetic smell you usually get from packet cake mixes but a really robust and delicious aroma which had my mouth watering and made me feel like quaffing the muffins before they were even cooked through! I always take the tray out of the oven after ten minutes and check that the inside has cooked with a skewer, although the box advises me that once the muffins feel firm to the touch then they are done and this proved to be accurate advice on the one occasion that I had misplaced my skewer.
Once cooked the muffins looked and smelled absolutely delicious. I forgot to mention earlier that you need to retain some of the chocolate chips to put on top of the muffins before cooking, this gives you a wonderful topping of proper chocolate instead of the usual pathetic icing you are provided with from most packet cake mixes.
They taste wonderful, absolutely delicious. You could easily serve these up to guests and they would think you had put time and effort into making them from scratch as there is absolutely nothing that marks them as 'packet' made. As I bit into my first still-warm mini muffin I was instantly reminded of Terry's Chocolate Orange as the orange is so apparent in the flavour and mingles beautifully with the chocolate hit provided by the chocolate chips. The muffins are very light and fluffy which again gives the impression that they were slaved over while you sifted flour and painstakingly measured out ingredients, I was actually surprised by the very pleasant texture of these muffins as I have come to the conclusion over the years that muffins and small cakes that come out of a packet are always slightly heavier than their home made counterparts. Not so with these, Weight Watchers have obviously spent time perfecting this muffin mix and I was extremely impressed that these actually had the taste and texture of muffins - and by this I mean they are not simply chocolate and orange flavoured fairy cakes which have been called muffins because it's so much trendier!
I adore the chocolate topping on the muffins. When cool the chocolate sets into a semi hard shell which adds a delicious dimension to the muffins and completely hides the fact that here I'm actually eating a diet product! It's not cheap and nasty chocolate either; while it's no Lindt Excellence experience, the chocolate chips have melted together to give you a smooth and nicely creamy topping which goes down very nicely with the lovely airy muffin texture.
I cannot believe that packet mix snobbery has stopped me sampling these lovely little muffins before, in actual fact it was only because I spotted boxes of them in my local pound shop that I decided to give them a go. The usual price is around £1.79 which isn't bad considering the packet will make twelve muffins - and don't worry that you'll have to eat them all quickly as they freeze very well and can be defrosted within around an hour at room temperature. They are very small though, but then the clue should have been in the word 'mini' on the box - two bites and the muffin has gone, although at just 1/2 a point each you can easily afford to eat a couple and really indulge your sweet tooth.
For those of you not following the Weight Watchers plan let me give you a brief explanation on the points system. You are allocated so many points per day with each food you eat having a points value, I am allowed 20 points each day so one of these muffins barely makes a dent in my allowance. Of course, one of the reasons they are so low points is because the muffins are so small - but they do have enough flavour to satisfy any sugar/chocolate cravings you may have. If you're not counting points then one muffin will 'cost' you 42 calories and 0.5g of saturated fat (the bad stuff) which is absolutely excellent news for all our waistlines!
Summary: The best packet cake mix I've ever tried, create absolutely delicious muffins in minutes!