Fabled Creations: I’ve often been told that Panera’s muffin tops are obscenely popular whenever I inquire about the always empty dish of them in the bakery window when I stop by for a morning snack.  Admittedly, I was a bit curious as to why they didn’t just make more of them in anticipation, but just like they don’t come over to my house to tell me what I should write about…
The Proof is in the Muffin Top: Or is it?  Maybe it’s because I ate it later on in the day instead of right then and there fresh out of the case like some sort of crazed muffin top fanatic, but … I wasn’t really all that impressed. It didn’t have nearly the pumpkin flavor that it’s full-sized papa boasted when I got a bite of him last year, and more so it tasted kind of dry, too.
Oh, The Oil!: I don’t want to consider this an excuse for said dryness, but I did notice – hell, you can even see some spots in the picture – that the bag itself managed to absorb a ton of oil out of this thing throughout the day!  I’ve noticed this even more prominently with their cookies, too, which I absolutely love even though they’re something like 450 calories a piece … maybe the oil is actually a trademark for the Panera Bread Co. or something…
Final Answer: If I had my choice to do it again, I’d just get a regular muffin, instead … unless Panera wants to try its hand at making pumpkin cookies! Now that might be interesting…

P.S. Maybe it’s just a guy thing, but “Muffie” is a ridiculous name for any product that you’re attempting to sell to actual people for actual, non-imaginary money.  I couldn’t bring myself to say it to the guy at the register, and I was barely able to type it for the title of this post.  Unless your main clientele is Winnie the Pooh, just calling them “Muffin Tops” would be perfectly fine!