Review: Larry the Cable Guy Corn Muffins
Are you familiar with Larry the Cable Guy? You know, everyone’s favorite redneck comedian? The guy who constantly wears sleeveless flannel shirts and runs around spouting “Git-R-Done!” at the top of his lungs? Well, apparently Bektrom Foods thought it would be a good idea to market a line of edible goods with his face on the box. This includes Larry the Cable Guy corn muffin mix.
My brother picked up this little gem at a local dollar store, and something as bizarre as this is just begging to be reviewed. Why is that? Well, I don’t know about you, but Larry the Cable Guy is probably one of the last people I would like to associate with food. When I think of Larry, I picture Pabst Blue Ribbon, NASCAR racing cars, and trailer parks. All things I generally like to keep my tongue away from.
Let’s begin with the box, shall we? On the front, we find Larry the Cable guy pointing at us, exclaiming “you gotta try it!” It’s best to give in to his threats. Otherwise, he might force us to watch Tooth Fairy 2. (Google it.)
I also want to point out that the designers of this box went with a corrugated cardboard theme. Once again, corrugated cardboard is something I do not wish to associate with food. Are they trying to imply that these muffins will taste like cardboard?
I really like the back of the box, though. Above the preparation instructions needed when actually baking the muffins, we see Larry hangin’ out and offering some valuable suggestions as to how we can enhance our muffin experience. He recommends adding some cheddar cheese to the mix. That Larry’s such a daredevil in the kitchen.
On the sides of the box, we find nutritional information as well as a list of other food products marketed by Larry. Apparently, Larry the Cable Guy has more to offer than just corn muffins. Who knew? His culinary experiments include loaded mashed potatoes, beer bread, beer batter for fish, and cheeseburger dinner. I’m a little upset that he’s not selling Larry the Cable Guy Foie Gras, but I guess I’ll just have to deal with it.
Now that I’ve thoroughly over-analyzed the box, it’s time to make some muffins. The recipe is quite simple, actually. As you can see from the above pictures, all you have to do is add eggs and milk to the muffin powder found inside of the box. Then, pour the mixture into a greased-up muffin tin, pop ‘em in the oven, and wait thirteen minutes.
I was a little skeptical at first. I’ve made corn muffins in the past from ‘scratch’ using cornmeal, and as a result, I expected the mixed corn muffin batter to smell like cornmeal. To be honest, it didn’t really smell like anything. This worried me a bit.
After pouring the batter into the muffin pan, I fully realized how unappealing the mixture actually looked. It seemed a bit watery for corn muffins, similar to a liquidy Farina. Then again, I’m no expert on corn muffins.
I threw the muffins into the oven, waited the necessary thirteen minutes, and took the muffins out to cool. Well, it looks like they kinda deviated from the traditional muffin shape. Some of the muffins have grown appendages. No big deal, I suppose. The most important factor is the taste.
Surprisingly, the muffins weren’t bad! The corn taste wasn’t overwhelming, and I could definitely detect the presence of cornmeal in the muffins while eating them. They were a bit dry, but it seems that most corn muffins are, so I can’t really complain. They tasted like what I would expect from a corn muffin. No surprises here.
I have to give kudos to Larry the Cable Guy. I fully expected these corn muffins to be overwhelmingly dry and tasteless…just like his comedy routine. (Heyo!) It seems that he has proven me wrong.
That being said, I don’t see much that would set this muffin mix apart from other corn muffin mixes. Aside from the novelty of having Larry’s face on it, it’s not really that much different from what Jiffy or Betty Crocker have on the market.
However, if you do happen to come across Larry the Cable Guy corn muffin mix at your local dollar store, I encourage you to pick up a box. You never know what uses you might find for it. Your son’s birthday? Larry the Cable Guy corn muffins make a great alternative to birthday cake. Death in the family? Bury your loved one with some Larry the Cable Guy corn muffins. Proposing to your girlfriend? Skip the ring. Get her a gift that actually means something – like Larry the Cable Guy corn muffin mix.
Git-R-Done, everyone. Git-R-Done.