July 29, 2013
'Everything But the ... Blueberries' muffin mix tasty but ...

blueberry.jpg OK, we were intrigued by the name: "Everything But the ... Blueberries (and a little bit of butter and water)" blueberry muffin mix.

Offered by Santa Cruz-based Cherryvale Farms, this new mostly organic muffin mix is part of a six-flavor "Everything But" series that also features corn, pumpkin, apple, walnut and banana - each without the ingredient that gives that particular mix its name.

Our first thought? That's silly. What's a blueberry mix without blueberries? In this case, a pretty tasty, super-moist muffin mix that also works with other soft fruits such as peach and strawberries.

That "little bit of butter" actually is a whole stick (1/2 cup) per package, which makes about a dozen muffins. You also need a cup of blueberries or other fruit and 3/4 cup water.

Considering the suggested retail price for the mix is $7.99, that adds up to rather expensive home-made muffins. But the mix is made with organic unbleached flour, organic unrefined sugar and real spices. And the muffins go from mix to plate in under 30 minutes.

Find Cherryvale Farms' "Everything But" mixes at Whole Foods Markets plus Elliott's Natural Foods, Davis Food Co-op and Sacramento Natural Food Co-op. Or click on

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