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jjmuggs Feb 12, 2008 10:58 AM

Had a muffin this morning from Fresh & Wild on Spadina. It was really good. Very big and fresh. It had squash (or maybe pumpkin) in it, along with nuts and cinnamon...all kinds of good stuff! Definitely worth the $1.50. I think they bake it on the premises.

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    piccola RE: jjmuggs Feb 12, 2008 06:03 PM

    The ones at Whole Foods are good, too, and they're not obscenely large.

    Oh, and the Loblaws muffins (the ones they bake fresh at their take-out café) are fantastic, if completely unhealthy.

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      pearlD RE: piccola Feb 13, 2008 05:24 AM

      I agree with 'piccola'...Loblaws muffins are pretty hard to beat and when they bring out a fresh batch from the oven (which is frequently while I'm shopping) they are amazing, I particularly like their very plain but awesome 'corn muffins'.....Corn Muffins are not as popular as some, so many 'muffin places' don't make them, I know Tim''s does but they aren't as good as Loblaws.

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        wontonfm RE: pearlD Feb 13, 2008 05:44 AM

        Loblaws muffins are DELICIOUS. But I'm sure are so bad for you. Doesn't matter though. I'll take any one of them.. blueberry, carrot, bran... yummmmmm

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          camp1980 RE: wontonfm Feb 14, 2008 06:16 AM

          Too funny, as I was reading the original post I started thinking about the fantastic muffin I had at Loblaws, then I started reading everyones posts and realized I was not alone. I had some type of apple crumble muffin, it had big chunks of apple in it. I wolfed in down and was hoping my SO didn't want all his, so that I could have more.

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            piccola RE: camp1980 Feb 14, 2008 07:12 PM

            I'm a fan of the oatmeal-raisin ones. They have a crispy top, just like a cookie.

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              wontonfm RE: camp1980 Feb 14, 2008 09:22 PM

              I didn't realize that Loblaws muffins were a guilty pleasure for others. If I weren't temporarily vegan I'd get one tomorrow!

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          Googs RE: piccola Feb 21, 2008 08:29 AM

          By "completely unhealthy" Loblaws muffins I assume you mean "fat bombs" since they are very definitely that.

          I like the sweet potato muffins from Robert & Julia Procacki at the St Lawrence Farmers Market. The cranberry walnut is my personal fave.

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            piccola RE: Googs Feb 21, 2008 05:41 PM

            They are fat bombs. Which is why I only eat half (50 percent less fat!)

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          halugii RE: jjmuggs Feb 12, 2008 08:26 PM

          ahhh i'd have to go with timmy ho's just because they're sooooooo fresh during the mad rush.. where else are they superfresh??

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            vorpal RE: halugii Feb 13, 2008 05:09 AM

            Really? I find the Tim Horton's muffins have a strong artificial chemical taste to them.

            I find that Richtree (or whatever it's called now) has amazing, huge, home baked and natural tasting muffins. Some of my favourites for sure!

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              halugii RE: vorpal Feb 13, 2008 05:20 AM

              i find they have that artificial taste too, especially with the ones with the goo. i'm just a real sucker for hot, freshly baked things

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                vorpal RE: halugii Feb 13, 2008 05:37 AM

                Hmmm... maybe things have changed? At least the one I used to go to in Ottawa tasted completely natural to me. I wouldn't be surprised if they now get their muffin mix premade since they changed ownership.

                While I'm a huge muffin fan, I haven't been buying them from bakeries lately since I found this absolutely heavenly recipe here on Chowhound:
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/279414

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                  millygirl RE: vorpal Feb 13, 2008 06:08 AM

                  Hey vorpal, thanks for the tip. These sound really great and I love too bake so I am really looking forward to giving this one a try. Nothing beats a home baked muffin and I love when they turn out just right - nice and high!!

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            hoagy294 RE: jjmuggs Feb 13, 2008 05:37 AM

            I've always been a fan of Daniel et Daniel's muffins, especially the lemon curd. Mr Hoagy's office is near Fresh & Wild, I'll have to ask him to buy me a muffin for comparison.

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              jjmuggs RE: hoagy294 Feb 13, 2008 06:36 AM

              If you're buying the muffins at Fresh & Wild be sure to go early! They seem to get sold out by 10 am.

            2. Lazar RE: jjmuggs Feb 13, 2008 09:48 AM

              Let us not forget Pusateri's....but I haven't had them in quite some time

              I adore their apple muffin, the carrot muffin, and in the autumn they had a pumpkin spice, if memory serves....delicious, definitely bad for you, and from what I remember a tad pricey at $2 a pop....but someone could correct me on this....

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                fruglescot RE: Lazar Feb 14, 2008 10:50 PM

                THE CARROT MUFFIN
                A lady I work with brings in carrot and other varieties of muffins to share with us and the Coffee Time location at Gerrard (Eastwood Ave.)& Coxwell Ave is where she buys them. Normally I wouldn't be recommending Coffee Time except that this particular store does a remarkable baking job on the muffins.

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                  City_West RE: fruglescot Feb 15, 2008 04:29 PM

                  Those coffee TIme muffins are some of the worst things for you to eat, they are at least.....30 grams of fat and full of filler and oil, hopefully we as a collective can pull together more ideas than Coffee Time or Tim Hortons.

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                    fruglescot RE: City_West Feb 15, 2008 08:31 PM

                    I whole heartily agree City West. Healthy over tasty should always be your first concern. As i said I would NOT normally recommend Coffee Time ,however, there are exceptions to every rule and CT Eastwood and Coxwell is the exception when it comes to muffins.

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                      City_West RE: fruglescot Feb 17, 2008 05:58 AM

                      I wasn't totally referring to health over taste, but a burger at McDonalds can taste good, but if there was a thread on here asking for a good burger, I'm not sure I would include it. Anyone can make something taste good if you don't care about what goes into it. Why not suggest places that make their own muffins as opposed to buy them from a massive food distributor in a pail or bought from a commercial bakery that bakes their muffins from a pail.

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                        fruglescot RE: City_West Feb 17, 2008 10:17 AM

                        THE TASTE IS IN THE PUDDING
                        Of course I'm not suggesting ALL Coffee Time shops
                        The baker there at CT Coxwell must have a special touch because he makes the formula mix (not positive if they do use a prepackaged mix) taste exceptional. Much better than other CT locations. I guess you will just have to try one sometime, City West to see what I'm 'waxing' about.

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                thebutcher RE: jjmuggs Feb 17, 2008 12:02 PM

                All the muffins at Wagamama (corner of King & Tecumseth) are super delicious...I'm partial to the carrot or the cranberry bran....if you're there when they open at 8am they are still hot. Yum.

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                  deelicious RE: thebutcher Feb 17, 2008 03:33 PM

                  personally i think the muffins and scones are the weakest items at wagamamma. the muffins are no more special than any from a standard mix.

                  i find all of the mini cookies to be supurb!

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                  todc1996 RE: jjmuggs Feb 17, 2008 12:54 PM

                  urban herbivore on augusta in kensington market.
                  they're vegan but they are delicious. large, perfect amount of crisp and crunch to the top. they sell out early in the day as well.
                  i'm not vegan and i love them AND they happen to be healthy.

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                    jjmuggs RE: todc1996 Feb 21, 2008 06:34 AM

                    Thanks for the tip todc1996! Just went into Urban Herbivore today and bought an apple cranberry muffin. It's really hearty and not too sweet! And quite large for the price ($2). I'm willing to pay a little extra when I know it's made with healthy ingredients. The man at the counter was really nice too.

                  2. hippotatomus RE: jjmuggs Feb 21, 2008 09:46 PM

                    Lettieri's blueberry muffins
                    absolutely AMAZING
                    i haven't tried it at any other Lettieri aside from the one in the food court at the TD Bank Tower downtown in the concourse
                    but when you go in the morning they're still warm from the oven..
                    the muffin top is warm and crispy and the inside is warm and moist..
                    too bad i don't work downtown anymore =( i'd go back just for the muffin..

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                      pinkprimp RE: hippotatomus Feb 22, 2008 04:57 AM

                      i love those blueberry muffins too. but my friend who works at a Lettieri told me that its the same mix they use at Country Style. (she worked there too)

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                        hippotatomus RE: pinkprimp Apr 8, 2008 02:08 PM

                        booo. well.. at least now i know i can get them at country style too !
                        or maybe even better i can somehow get my hands on that recipe and just make them at home anytime i want :)

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                      Baggins RE: jjmuggs Feb 22, 2008 08:30 AM

                      Jet Fuel on Parliament. They are fresh and made with quality ingredients. You have to go early - gone by 9:30 on weekends and they don't make any more. Also incredibly cheap ($1 I think??). Generally only two varieties per day but all are fantastic.

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