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Are there real differences among the four major national brands of English muffins? To find out, we got busy toasting.
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Are there real differences among the four major national brands of English muffins? To find out, we got busy toasting and invited our tasters to the table. We were looking for slightly yeasty, slightly sweet flavor and a texture—once toasted—that was crisp and craggy on top and soft and chewy inside. Although we liked all four muffins, one brand was our favorite. Interestingly, this brand had more salt than the competition, which brought out the sweetness of the muffins. The muffins are listed in order of preference.
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Tasters picked this muffin as their favorite for its soft interior and slightly chewy exterior. They praised its "fresh and buttery" flavor; one picked up a hint of sweet corn.
This muffin was "subtly sweet" and had a mild, pleasant sourdough tang. Its even crumb and crunchy exterior provided an excellent surface for spreading butter.
This muffin's surface had the most nooks and crannies. When toasted, Thomas' were crisp with a "shattered" texture. Tasters described the muffin as flavorful with a strong yeasty aftertaste.
This muffin, the most expensive in our tasting, had the grainy texture and "earthy" flavor of whole wheat bread, which was unpopular with some tasters.
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