Chocolat N' Spice is popular for its muffins. It also sells cakes, quiches, and other treats.
Chocolat N' Spice
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Blk 1 #01-18,
Tanjong Pagar Plaza (Opp. Amara Hotel)
Blk 78B, #01-27,
Telok Blangah St. 32,
I’d choose muffins over cupcakes any day. Cupcakes are pretty and all that, but the real goodness lies in their uglier counterpart. Don’t judge Chocolat N Spice’s muffins by their appearance, it’s not a good gauge of how droolworthy they actually are.
I highly recommend the Chocolate Chip Muffin and Banana Walnut muffins. These muffins are so soft and fluffy, they taste like heaven. The edges are also slightly crisp and are my favourite part of the muffins. Chocolat N Spice are also very generous with their ingredients - you’ll definitely get at least one oozy chocolate chip in each bite! If you haven’t tried them before, you’re definitely losing out. Inner beauty over appearances anytime.
I've only been to the outlet at Shunfu Market, and it's the only thing I'd go to Shunfu Market for. Despite its humble exterior, which one might pass off as your average neighbourhood bakery, Chocolat N' Spice serves the best muffins around. Fresh from the oven, even though its muffins look like a cupcake's plainer counterpart, its sheer size and mouth-watering aroma screams to be eaten.
My favourites are the double chocolate and banana walnut muffins - bursting with flavour, each muffin is soft, and each bite leaves me longing for more. At $1.30 to $1.50, the muffins aren't expensive either, and I could easily buy a whole box home.
These muffins are worth travelling for; just be sure to go in the morning, as everything is usually sold out by lunch.
I have to admit that I'm more of a cupcake person but these muffins are absolutely delicious! There's nothing fancy about their store and their muffins aren't the prettiest looking either. But they're undoubtedly some of the best muffins around. With an average price of just $1.30-$1.50 each, I can't help but take-away a box of muffins each time I'm there. Oh, and did I mention that they're huge as well? Definitely worth it for the price you pay.
My all-time favourites are the Chocolate Chip Muffin ($1.30) and Double Chocolate Muffin ($1.50). Unlike most chocolate chip muffins, this one has a generous portion of chocolate chips in it. If you're a chocolate lover like me, the double chocolate muffin would be a great option for you. They're just so chocolatey and good! Sinful but worth all the calories. For the non-chocolate lovers, I would recommend the Banana Walnut, Cheese and Coconut muffins.
Tip: Heat up your muffins if you're eating them later/the next day. The muffins are best eaten hot!
I've only been to the one in the Thomson area so far. Located in a hawker centre in Shunfu, it's easy to brush this place off as a mediocre bakery selling cheap muffins and other baked goodies. You'll be half right. They are cheap, but Chocolat N' Spice is anything but average, as is evident from the long queues outside their outlets.
Their muffins are divine, and have even overtaken my love for cupcakes. The edges are slightly crispy, and it's not too dry or crumbly. Buttery goodness! My personal favourites are their choc chip and double choc chip muffins - I can't get enough! The chocolate chips aren't overwhelmingly sweet, and are slightly melted, so the chocolate oozes out slightly if you happen to bite into one.
I tried their quiches as well and wasn't as impressed though, so maybe it's better to stick to their muffins. They have an impressive array so you won't run out of new flavours to sample for quite awhile.
I first tried Chocolat N' Spice when one of my colleagues bought them for a potluck lunch. The muffins sure don't look very pretty. With its sides spilling out and the size of the muffins are not uniform. But I decided to try it anyway! I definitely did not regret my decision! I picked the one with chocolate chips. The muffins were still warm then and the exterior was crispy while the insides were moist, buttery and super good! The chocolate chips gave the muffin a sweet finish. I don't even like muffins because all the muffins I have tried are extremely dry and tasteless. But this was so so so good!
I was debating with myself if I should go for a second serving. I went for it anyway. Picked a banana muffin this time round and the walnuts gave the muffins a good crunch. Sinful as it might be, it was all worth it.
There is something curiously addictive about the muffins at Chocolat N' Spice, and I have long wondered to myself why I never tire of eating them. After all, they all taste about the same and are made from the same batter--what tastes like a simple mix of butter, flour, and sugar--and the only difference is in the filling, or topping. You might even say that they taste like the pastry you get from your neighbourhood Chinese bakery, that 'cheap' taste that might offend the palate of any cake junkie. But these muffins are an exception. They taste 'cheap' (and are cheap, relatively), and there is not much to praise about, texture- and taste-wise, but they have got me hooked. I love how the muffin itself is so sugary and buttery, a simple, almost rustic taste that reminds one of home-made pastry. Perhaps that is what sets these muffins apart from the pastry sold in many Chinese bakeries.
I highly recommend Banana Walnut, Orange Peel and Raisins, Cheese (one of my all-time favourites), Coffee, and Cranberry, to name a few.
Oh, and these muffins are *huge* and make a for a good breakfast. Given their size and that they cost less than two dollars each, I say every crumb is worth your penny. The next time you have a carb craving, that desire for some sugary fluff in your mouth, go for Chocolat N' Spice instead of something like Twelve Cupcakes (which, by the way, is a total rip-off).
I have to admit that I am not a great fan of cakes, muffins, macaroons, etc...anything from the bakery. Other than the daily breakfast of bread...or the birthday cakes that are a mandatory must-haves at my daughters' annual observances...I generally don't hanker for bakery stuff.
Not sure why...quite a a personal loss, most would say.
But that's until I chanced upon Chocolat N Spice muffins when my wife happened to bring a box home one day...it's was Love at first bite ! Can't explain why is that so... but that's the effect their muffins on me. You can say I'm a convert now...and you can also see plenty of converts queuing to buy the tasty muffs, especially at their Tanjong Pagar outlet. Come lunch time... the extended lines of office staff throngs the little bakery just to buy boxes for colleagues at work and probably loved ones at home...service is brisk but do be prepared to wait ....at least 30min. You could almost imagine the bakery electricity meter spinning like a CD player... their ovens straining and going into warp speed just to keep up with the demand !
The fairly wide range of flavours - banana, choc, double choc chip, orange, cheese, coconut, etc will entice and strengthen its grip on loyal fans...(my personal fave is the coconut & banana)... and rightly so... it's just the superb tea or breakfast item.
To avoid the long wait... I can only suggest that you buy it from their Telok Blangah outlet Bk 78B, #01-27, Street 32. Even the Shunfu outlet can have long queue. But do take note the Telok Blangah outlet closes 230pm daily or till stock runs out.
Tip: to better enjoy the muffins (if it's a half a day out of the oven already), heat it up in a toaster for 2-3 min before consumption. Tea, unsweetened would be nice.
At the office that I worked at part-time a short while back, it was common to see fellow colleagues walking in with a white paper bag in hand in the morning, which would always be followed by - "Muffins from that muffin shop across the road again, right?" "Yeah, and I see you got some too!"
Chocolat N' Spice's muffins are certainly ones that are hard to get tired of - with their wide range of flavours and delightfully moist yet fluffy texture, it was the perfect way to start the morning. Two personal favourites of mine were the cheese muffin and double chocolate muffin - despite such flavours typically being associated with overly buttery or saccharine sweet tastes (which is a reason I tend to avoid them), I was pleasantly surprised to find that they were unusually light and the slightly crisp edges of the muffins certainly gave them a unique finish.
Another plus about these muffins are that they are extremely affordable, ranging between $1-$1.50 each, which often gave us reason to take-away a box of several flavours home.
All in all, I would recommend Chocolat N' Spice's muffins for a most satisfying and affordable start to the morning or a delightful teatime treat.
Do not judge them by the interface of the shop. They are really popular for their muffins, managing long queues everyday without fail. I know of many who travel all the way there just for their muffins, getting one whole box at a time. It is amazing what people would do to settle their cravings! I have personally tried a couple of their flavors from banana walnut to chocolate chip and i must really commend them for the standard of their muffins. The banana walnut ones were studded with loads of walnuts and bananas, moist and buttery but yet not too buttery which was a delight in the mouth. And say what! The muffin tops were sooo good! A little crispy and soft and moist at the same time.
I'm practically drooling as I say this. The chocolate chip ones were not like the average ones, with just less than a teaspoon of chocolate chips. This had a great cocoa taste, studded bountifully with chocolate chips which when heated up, would melt and ooze out chocolate sauce. okay, you get the idea. Now go get 'em some!