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Morrison’s Cafeteria Bran Muffins

Subject: Morrison’s cafeteria bran muffin recipe
From: Carol
Date: 11/9/2020, 5:39 AM

On 11/7/2020 7:09 PM, carol wrote:

Do you know where I can find the Morrison’s Cafeteria bran muffin recipe?
Thanks for your help

Hi Carol,

According to my copy of the Morrison's kitchen manual, all of Morrison's muffins began with something called "basic muffin mix". This mix was not made in the individual Morrison's Cafeterias. It was made at a central commissary or made by an outside vendor and then sent to the local cafeterias. It was a food service product and no one would know what was in it except the commissary or vendor who made it. At the local cafeterias, the flavoring such as blueberries or bran would be added to the basic muffin mix along with water and then the muffins would be baked. The flavoring, too, was not made at the local cafeterias. So, there is no way to get a recipe for Morton's bran muffins because there was no recipe for them except just "mix basic muffin mix with bran mixture and water and bake."

This is what a friend, who was a Morrison's manager, says:

"They were raisin bran muffins. There were also other muffins such as blueberry, banana, cherry, nutty pumpkin, pina colada, pineapple, pineapple poppy seed, strawberry and French orange. They were all made from something called 'variety muffin mix.'. This was a commissary product in a box.. The raisin bran mix was a box of mix you added water and raisins and stirred and baked. They were not good sellers and not used much. You can't duplicate them unless you have the box of mix. - JAMES"

Sorry, Carol. I searched for, but had no success finding a "copycat" or "tastes-like" recipe.


Subject: Help for your Quest on Recipe
From: Pat
Date: 12/2/2020, 12:23 PM

On 12/2/2020 10:13 AM, Pat wrote:

I’m Pat in Missouri.

Long time reader of yours.
Thought you might find this info beneficial in helping the other 
readers wanting Morrison’s Cafeteria Bran Muffins recipe.

While this is not the recipe, it certainly should help them to obtain 
the illusive 'variety muffin mix.'

My friend who retired from 2 food service venues, a hospital deli and 
a restaurant, and has confirmed that both businesses used

the same variety muffin mix. It was actually made by the Gold Medal 
company and was generically labeled as ‘zt variety muffin mix’ to vendors.
It listed as General Mills 16000-11560 Gold Medal Muffin Mix 4.5 Lb, 
Low Fat Variety Muffin Zt, CS of 6/EA
Central Model #: 169-36A Brand: General Mills Mfg. Part#: 16000-11560
It is still manufactured today and can be purchased directly from GM and 
any distributor, and a quick search found that even Amazon has some sizes.

He did divulge that when using, they added some almond extract, their 
secret ingredient that set their flavor profile apart from any other copycat.

They always sold out quickly.

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