PastaQueen reviews the Fiber One Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix and gets caught licking the beaters.
Disclosure: General Mills sent me two boxes of Fiber One Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix in return for an unbiased review of the product.
Fiber One isn't a product I usually buy because, well, my medical problems do not currently include constipation. However, I did buy a box after I got Hungry Girl's cookbook which includes recipes that use ground-up bits of the cereal to mimic fried foods. It was pretty tasty, so when I was offered some of their Apple Cinnamon Muffin Mix to review, I accepted the offer.
The muffin mix comes in a plastic bag. You just add water, eggs and oil to make the batter.
The batter is rather yummy in itself. I went ahead and baked the first batch for this review, but ate the batter raw from the second batch. For those of you who think I was just being lazy, oh, shame on you! I was starting a new green initiative. Licking the batter from the bowl saves costly energy that would have otherwise been wasted heating my oven!
The muffins cooked in about 15-20 minutes. Mine cooked a bit fast, but my oven is kind of small and I left my rack in a rather high position. The muffins were very tasty and kept well in a Tupperware overnight, staying moist and delicious.
However, there is no way I would qualify this as health food. This is cake, plain and simple. When I saw the Fiber One brand name, I assumed the product would be healthy and good for me. Then I read the ingredients.
The first item listed, and thus the most abundant ingredient, is sugar. No wonder it tastes good. The mix also includes high fructose corn syrup, which could never be spun as a health food, no matter what those commercials from the corn industry might tell you. Finally, it also includes partially hydrogenated soybean and/or cottonseed oil , better known as trans-fats. So, basically this is evil in a box. Sweet, tasty, evil. Mmmmm, yum. Buy it at your own risk.
And as further proof of the deviousness of this product, in my rush to eat the muffins, I ripped my silicon muffin pan!