Product: Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro Pumpkin Pecan Muffin – $3.50+
Many of you know by now that back in May, I signed up for this amazing delivery service that sends a box of gluten-free goodies to my doorstep. All for a very reasonable fee. The company is Cuisine Cube, and the seek out lesser-known gluten-free companies and the products that have to offer. It’s great, because I know that a lot of us hang onto the same brands and are hesitant to branch out and try something new and different. Cuisine Cube totally takes the guess work out of the equation and each month is like Christmas, opening up this box and seeing what products await you inside.
It’s my favorite delivery day.
Well, it is the end of November, and while I was away at Walt Disney World, running in the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, my cube arrived. Never fear, it was waiting for me upon my arrival home. A special box this time…all Thanksgiving themed. I loved pulling out the variety of items and tying it back to the Thanksgiving table…which now will provide plenty of options for me! However, I knew one particular product that was included inside wasn’t going to survive long around me.
Three of my favorite words: Pumpkin. Pecan. Muffin.
The business that is responsible for bringing these into my life is Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro, which is Long Island’s first certified gluten-free bakery. How about that?! And to think, I was in New York City back at the beginning of the month to run in the TCS New York City Marathon…and I didn’t even know this place existed. Trust me…this knowledge has now been filed away for my eminent return to the Big Apple. A little bit more on Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro though…
Jac’s was opened back in 2009 by owner, Jac, who was diagnosed with Celiac disease and then, later in 2010, an egg allergy. Being a professional bakery, Jac had to now find new ways to prepare the same foods she already loved…now sans gluten. After years of trial and error, she perfected her recipes and opened up a 100% gluten-free bakeshop and bistro on Long Island. All of her products are natural, 100% whole grain, use no refined sugars (only organic sugars), are 80% organic, and, according to her Web site, 500% extraordinarily scrumptious. In addition to the items she sells in the shop itself, she also offers cooking classes. That is super cool.
In this vacuum-sealed pouch, inside the November Cuisine Cube held what looked like the biggest, most amazing pumpkin muffin I have ever seen. Literally, it fit into the palm of my hand. It was epic. And…honestly, two of my favorite ingredients are pumpkin and pecans. And in the fall, I really do want ALL THE PUMPKIN FOODS AND DRINKS. I mean…it’s that time of year. And these things are only available during certain times of the year. So when a muffin turns up…a muffin I can eat that I didn’t have to make myself and is ginormous…oh yeah…I take immediate notice.
Which is why this treat inside my Cuisine Cube has already been devoured. Obviously. I’m blogging on it, right?
It was…of course…a gym morning. I mean, what better time to indulge in things than after hitting the gym, right? Hey…I’ve been out of town…it happens. Anyway, I brought the Pumpkin Pecan Muffin to work with me and sliced into the packaging. A bit of the top layer came off the crown, but, all in all, the muffin traveled well and held up. I set it down on my plate and gave it a short warm-up in the office microwave. Then, I returned to my desk, muffin ready…and settled in with my fork to take my first bite.
Oh…wow. This muffin hit all the right notes at all the right time. The pumpkin flavor was perfect. It wasn’t too much, nor was it overly spiced. The nutty flavor came through as well, and gave the muffin a bit more texture and kept it from being “squishy-soft.” It was perfect. And I am particular about the amount of moistness in a muffin. Whatever Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro does when they bake their muffins, they need to keep doing it. I was loving each and every bite, savoring it as much as possible. I am certain I was consuming more calories than I should, but it was perfect from the first to last bite, and when you’re enjoying a baked goodie for breakfast…just enjoy it. Let go of the calorie count for one meal. If it’s delicious, it’s worth it. I can’t tell you the nutrition information on this product as none was provided…but it was GOOD (yes…caps lock good!).
The Pumpkin Pecan Muffin from Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro is made from almond milk, applesauce, organic evaporated cane juice, organic brown rice flour, oat flour, arrowroot, organic almond flour, organic coconut flour, golden flax meal, guar/xanthan gum, eggs, organic coconut yogurt, baking soda/powder, vanilla, pumpkin, and pecans.
Trust me…whatever amount of calories and fat may be inside this muffin, you won’t care. I don’t care. It was scrumptious!
So, yet again, my Cuisine Cube brought a product that I otherwise would never have known existed into my life. From there, I learned more about the business, and have every intention of getting over to the actual shop the next time I am in New York City (*crossing my fingers for March*). I love that this particular muffin not only engaged my taste buds, but also my curiosity. And that’s the wonderful thing about Cuisine Cube.
As for Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro…you wowed me at first bite. And now…I only want more!