What’s in YOUR Blueberry Muffin?

You’d think blueberries would be a sure thing in a blueberry muffin, right? I mean how else would you MAKE a blueberry muffin? But if you’re buying a box at the grocery store you may be surprised to find there is nary a blueberry inside!

Check out this ingredient label.


Jiffy Muffin Label


Or this one.


Martha White Muffin Label


WHERE ARE THE BLUEBERRIES??? They’re not there! Instead, there are little bits made of sugar, corn syrup, starch, hydrogenated oil, artificial flavors and artificial food dyes including blue No. 2 and red No. 40 and a few others for good measure.

Here are the front labels from the boxes…note that they even TELL you on the FRONT of the BOX that they are “artificially flavored with imitation blueberries” or have “artificial blueberry bits.” But had you noticed? I’ll admit that I hadn’t!


Martha White Muffin Mix


Stop the madness.

Bake some muffins! Need a recipe? Try this one (you can use fresh blueberries or frozen). Or make these if you want them richer and butterier

If you must buy a box, then at least buy this brand or one of the others that has a can of real blueberries inside! Imagine that.


Betty Crocker Muffin Box


I have no issue with muffins. I promise. But I draw the line at imitation blueberry bits.

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