Tackling the big issues of the pastry world…

We couldn’t help but notice the recent duffin controversy, with Bea’s of Bloomsbury taking on Starbucks in a row over who has the naming rights to this doughnut-muffin treat. And we decided to weigh in on the debate the only way we know how.

By ignoring the kerfuffle completely and just eating one.

Personally, I was pleasantly surprised. Its exterior is doughnut-y (yet muffin shaped!) but the palate is surprised by the texture of a crumbly muffin rather than the light fluffiness of a doughnut. It’s awfully sweet, and that’s even before you get to the sticky raspberry jam in the centre. I couldn’t manage one as often as I could devour a muffin or a doughnut.

Probably by sheer coincidence, cutting into our duffin revealed a smiling jam centre rather than circular puddle of it. ‘Eat me,’ it happily beckoned. The office obliged.

Approaching perennially busy editor Sally, I deposited a slice of the sugary treat in front of her mountain of to-be-edited proofs. Her verdict: ‘Slightly confusing, but not at all unpleasant.’ Not a glowing review, but I doubt she’d say no to another. Blog boss Michelle took a healthy slice. ‘I’m a fan of anything sweet and sugary so I liked it. And the shape means the jam is less likely to drip out and stain your top, which is always a bonus. Would like to try Bea’s of Bloomsbury’s version though. For the sake of fairness, obviously…’ Obviously, Michelle.

Graphic designer Holly said that ‘as I’m not a huge fan of doughnuts or muffins, this was a nice balance. I reckon if given the choice between the three, I’d go for the hybrid.’ Staff writer and bake judge Jessica commented ‘I’m not sure if I just enjoyed it because I had a small slice. If I had an entire one I think I might crash from sugar overload.’ So there’s the definitive verdict: do not eat duffins and operate heavy machinery.

Dominic Stroud

Dom is an ex-Fed Up & Drunker who has now been released into the wild.

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