March 25,  2004 - Ed knows the Muffin Man

Strawberry fields are forever, but you can find your thrills on Blueberry Hill.  And, what a totally awesome thrill it is to bite into a warm, freshly baked blueberry muffin and taste oodles of juicy berries.

Yesterday, the dedicated staff of edhat.com went for a hike up Blueberry Hill.  We stopped by Drury Lane on the way and picked up our friend the Muffin Man.  Oh yes, we know him!  Together we stopped at many of the most popular muffin eating establishments in town - 3 who bake their own (Jeannine’s, Vons, and Daily Grind) and 3 who get their muffins baked elsewhere (Peet’s, Starbucks, and Santa Barbara Roasting). For the record, Starbuck’s come from “Some bakery in LA”, SB Roasting’s muffins come from the Santa Barbara Bakery, and Peet’s come from Tutti’s, who has relocated to Ventura.

Once our baked goods were procured, we brought them back to edhat.com laboratory for analysis.  The first thing we did was wash our hands.  Next, we weighed the muffins. It may come as a shock to those in the know, but the smallest muffins (4 oz) came from Starbucks and Jeannine’s.  Back in the good old days, when Jeannine’s was on Carrillo, they were known for their large muffins. Now they are made in a small-cupped pan so the tops are big, but the bottoms are small.

The biggest muffin was the Daily Grind (6 oz), which uses a denser, less cake-like recipe than the others.

After weighing in the contestants, the berry counting began … and it was berry, berry fun! Separating fruit from a muffin is intricate work.  You need the concentration of a jeweler, the keen eye of an umpire, the stress management skills of an air traffic controller, and above all, you need to resist temptation like a Jedi Knight.  The muffins are calling to you … Eat me!  … Eat me!  So, you must be strong.  Luckily, the dedicated staff is strong.

The number and size of berries in a muffin varied greatly and did not correlate to either cost or ounces. The two muffins with the most berries were from the ‘baked elsewhere’ category, SB Roasting (44) and Peet’s (30).  The two with the least number of berries were from Vons (13), and Daily Grind (14).  Vons muffins had the smallest berries (almost like raisins), and Peet’s had the largest.

Here is a complete chart showing all the data we acquired:

Store

Bakery

 Cost

OZ

Berries

oz/$

blue/$

berr/oz

SB Roasting

SB Bakery

2.00

5.5

44

2.8

22.0

8.0

Peet’s

Tuttis

2.50

5.0

30

2.0

12.0

6.0

Jeannine’s

Same

2.25

4.0

24

1.8

10.7

6.0

Starbucks

Bakery in LA

1.65

4.0

23

2.4

13.9

5.8

Daily Grind

Same

2.00

6.0

14

3.0

7.0

2.3

Vons

Same

1.19

4.5

13

3.8

10.9

2.9

To show you how much perception is out of sync with reality, in yesterday’s contest a whopping 59% of subscribers guessed Jeannine’s as the place with the most blueberries. Only 3 subscribers chose SB Roasting.  The average number of blueberries in the muffins we found was 25.  Subscribers jbuttress and illiana both guessed SB Roasting and 22.  A random drawing selected illiana as the winner.  As a prize, illiana can choose a $10 Peet’s coffee card which will buy her 120 blueberries.

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