Friday, January 11, 2019

Miss Jones

I tried a bunch of Miss Jones Baking Co. products, after hearing about them on my favorite podcast. There was a sale on “cakes in a cup” (microwavable cake mix in individual serving sizes), and I bought a frosting flight box because why not.

I don’t typically like microwaved cake, but it turns out this one is an exception. They manage to have a pleasant, almost fluffy texture that other microwave cakes seem to lack. Plus, they’re not overly sweet, and you won’t feel too guilty eating a single serving. I tried the warm double chocolate chip and the confetti pop and would recommend both.

Now, just to get this out of the way, I also tried the microwavable chocolate chip cookie in a cup, but it was weird and unpleasant and I’m never buying that one again. But it certainly seems to be an exception as far as their offerings go, based on what I’ve tasted.

As for the frostings, I’m so happy I discovered that brand! All the frostings are vegan, therefore suitable for those of us with lactose-intolerance (ingredients are also organic and gluten-free, if you care). For example, the vanilla buttercream contains powdered sugar, sustainably-sourced palm oil, coconut oil, tapioca, sea salt and natural vanilla flavor – there is no warning about any of the major allergens on the packaging. Plus, it’s delicious! You may need to warm it up in the microwave for 5-10 seconds to get the right consistency, but once you know that, it’s a cinch.

The cream cheese flavor tasted more like lemon to me, not actually like cream cheese, but I liked it. I used it on a dozen of these raspberry rosewater cupcakes (half of which I made without raspberries) – they were very good, even though the crumb had some structural integrity issues. And they paired well with a lemon frosting, so it was perfect.

The salted caramel wasn’t my favorite, the chocolate was good, and the vanilla was great (I went out and bought more, actually). The confetti pop flavor is vanilla with a separate container of rainbow sprinkles, and by the looks of it, they are “natural” as the dyes aren’t the bright, vivid ones in typical sprinkles.

I’ve seen Miss Jones products both in my regular HEB and in Whole Foods, so I’m assuming they shouldn’t be too hard to find if you don’t want to order online (though shipping was reasonable, since the products are shelf-stable). I think I’m going to treat myself to some Miss Jones once in a while! I’ll also post a few recipes where I used the frostings.

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