Almost every time my dad would make the Costco run when I was growing up – you’d better believe it – he’d buy a pack of giant Costco sized muffins in a variety of flavors. I remember always loving the poppyseed ones best and the apple-streusely ones second, and being kind of bored with blueberry, until I found out his dark secret: there was a fourth flavor. He had always hid the triple chocolate muffins in plastic baggies at the bottom of the freezer in the garage, so mom wouldn’t know they were his secret on-the-go breakfast food.
Once I found out about the chocolate muffins though, they were also my secret. Sometimes I’d ask for half from my dad, but also, sometimes I’d just take half and hope he wouldn’t notice.
When I was older and decided to look up the calorie count of Costco’s chocolate muffins (don’t do it! It will scar you for life!), I realized that though many would deny it, chocolate muffins are little more than chocolate cupcakes, renamed by people who want to eat only dessert all the time. But what you should know is that 1) chocolate muffins are delicious 2) as long as you don’t eat them every single day you will be fine 3) sometimes you just gotta eat dessert for breakfast.
These muffins were put through the rigorous test when I brought them to my office and told everyone I didn’t like them.
Everyone (and I mean everyone) stopped by my desk to give their opinion, and to my surprise, unanimously loved them (proving that sometimes even a bad review can work to sell your product. #marketingmoments). The highlights of the recipe that were most articulated by colleagues who taste-tested my muffins were that these 1) smell like coffee, but don’t necessarily taste like it in an overpowering way 2) have a great texture 3) are not TOO sweet to be too much for breakfast 4) hit the spot.
The toasted nuts add a delicious crunchy bite to the soft muffin, and the whole chocolate chips are necessarily sweet to balance the bitterness of instant coffee powder. These will definitely wake you up, and though I cannot claim that they are healthy (sad face), they are a great option for days when you want to treat yo’self.