Root Beer Muffins
As some of you might know, the boyfriend and I took a trip to Portland, Maine earlier this year. I surprised him with a beer bus tour and a two-night stay at a hotel right in the center of Old Port. If you get a chance to visit this quaint city, do so! Portland has a huge culinary scene including an entire bar themed around chocolate drinks and a restaurant in an old church. They also have things like potato donut shops and a speciality beer store. I basically ate (and drank) our way through the three day trip.
Although breakfast was included with our stay at the hotel, my boyfriend and I decided that we wanted to eat breakfast out. We decided to get up early and explore the local restaurants. I found a breakfast spot with good reviews, so we walked almost a mile in the freezing cold; to our dismay, the restaurant was not opened during the winter. We ended up walking back toward the hotel to find an adorable diner.
Marcy’s Diner not only had homemade mint chocolate chip creamer but also they placed a large bucket of different hot sauces on our table after we ordered our eggs. Coolest restaurant ever! We actually liked it so much that we took my sister there for breakfast the following day.
…and we ordered (upon the waitress’s suggestion) a root beer muffin to split. Root beer muffins sounded really wacky to me, but the waitress insisted that it was the best on the menu. Now, all I want is root beer muffins.
I’ve never seen a recipe for this variety, so I tried my hand at recreating it in my own kitchen. After telling my boyfriend that I was going to try to recreate Marcy’s Diner Root beer Muffins, he went to a local dairy bar and brought over some mint chocolate chip ice cream as a substitution for mint chip creamer. He’s quite the catch.
To guarantee maximum flavor, serve these muffins warm with a pad of butter or a drizzle of caramel on top!