Costa is my coffee chain of choice. There is something about the friendly nature of the shop, and the fabulous cakes that always draws me. On a recent visit I spotted that there were one or two new goodies on the menu, and picked up myself an Eton Mess Muffin as an afternoon treat.
The muffins are very pretty to look at, it is decorated with a white icing, which is topped with berries and sugary meringue pieces. Some of the ones on the shelf had quite a few berries adorning them, but the one the server picked for me just had a couple. That is the perils of having cakes which someone else chooses for you! Oh well, it still pretty good to me. The soft sponge has soft berries speckled throughout anyway, with the centre piece being a lovely dollop of fruity berry jam in the middle. The fruit within the muffin is mixed, but it does have a predominantly strawberry taste which is fitting for Eton Mess. The topping with its mix of icing and crunchy bits does add the essential meringue, and add a lovely sweetness to the muffin. The sponge is moist and soft, and the berry blast that it delivers is wonderful and summery. I enjoyed this with an Iced Latte, and pretended it wasn’t raining buckets outside!
The other item that caught my eye in Costa was a Giant Belgian Chocolate Teacake, but that will have to wait for another day... another day very soon. :-)