Well, before Google Shopping Express launched, I was helping test the service. I was tasked with making lots of small orders from the then fairly limited number of merchants. Walgreens was one. After I got my fill of dishwasher detergent, hand soap, shampoo, lotion, and other responsible household items, I decided to have more fun. I saw they offered baked goods, so I figured they were worth trying out. I'm sure if I had seen them in person at the store I would have never picked them up. But online, they looked ... decent?
Looks can be deceiving :) There really is no reason to get any of these, but I did enjoy the fact that I could order a donut online and have it delivered to my doorstep just a few hours later! While I don't recommend Walgreens baked goods, if you live in the Bay Area, I do really recommend Google Shopping Express, particularly now that they have expanded the merchant selection. It has made me consider 2 day Amazon Prime way, way too slow!
|Blueberry Blast Muffin.|
Well, this was about what you'd expect from a packaged muffin with a long shelf life. Since it was in a wrapper it was kinda gummy on top. It was moist, but not in a fresh way.
The most stand out thing about the muffin was how very sweet it was. It was much more of a blueberry cake than a muffin. I'm all for sweets in the morning, but this was indistinguishable from a sweet pound cake, just shaped like a muffin. Besides being sweet, the base had nothing going on. No tang, no spicing, nothing. I wasn't entirely surprised when I looked at the ingredients to see sugar as the first ingredient, even before flour.
It was indeed loaded with blueberries; I was impressed with how many, but they were little tiny wild blueberries, which I never prefer. It reminded me a bit of the Panera blueberry muffin in that way.
The nutrition stats were pretty standard for this sort of baked good - 400 calories, 30g sugar, 22g fat. Of course, the recommended serving size is 1/2 muffin, which always makes me laugh, because who eats half a muffin?
|Jumbo Glazed Honey Bun.|
This time, the craving came a day after trying a cronut. The cronut did not change my world, and instead, just left me craving a simple, glazed donut. I've tried many from assorted places around town, but really haven't found any that I love. So, when I had the chance to get the one from Walgreens, I figured it was worth a try.
They make two versions of the "jumbo" honey buns, glazed or iced. I went for the glazed since it more resembled a classic donut.
It looked even worse than the muffin, super gummy. I tried a bite at room temperature, and was met with immediate dismay. It was pretty gross. Indeed very gummy, kinda soggy, absolutely nothing good about it.
I am notorious for serving most of my baked goods warm, but it has never occurred to me to warm up a donut, even though I love them hot and fresh. Interestingly, even Walgreens recommend that you serve this heated up. The packaging is filled with statements like "tastes great warm!" and "microwave for 5-10 seconds!"
So I did, not expecting much change. Well, technically, I put it in the toaster oven for a few minutes instead of the microwave, because, ew, microwaves.
And ... it transformed! I was shocked. Sure, I'm a huge advocate of warming things up, and my co-workers are endlessly amused by the fact that I warm up desserts, oatmeal bars, etc, all day long. I know warm baked goods are better than cold. But this was a magic transformation, very similar to the cinnamon roll from 7-Eleven (which I totally recommend!).
It was soft, the glaze melted a bit, and it was a warm, sugary, delight. Was it a fresh baked donut? No. Was it downright awful for you? Um, yes. It had a crazy long shelf life. It had a slew of preservatives. It was horrible for you, in just about every way. This honey bun clocks in at ... 600 calories! 35 grams of fat. 27 grams sugar. ZOMG.
I can't say that I recommend this exactly, but I did quite honestly enjoy it once I had it warm. If there was another one, I'd eat it. That's all I'm sayin'.