To keep costs low, former hotel pastry chef Mary Chan opened her bakery selling upmarket cakes and muffins in the unlikeliest of places — a hawker center in the suburbs. Skeptics predicted her business wouldn’t last long.
But the knowledge of outstanding food spreads far and wide. And with low rent, the economic savings were passed on to the customers. It was not long before queues starting forming at Chocolat N’ Spice, the crowds snapping up delicious muffins at reasonable prices by the boxes.
Within 9 months, Chocolat N’ Spice was able to turn in a profit, and it now has a second outlet in downtown Tanjong Pagar. But it is also housed in an HDB shophouse, so rent is still cheaper than the neighboring commercial buildings. With prices ranging from S$1.00 to S$1.20, the muffins are a real bargain.
What I like about Chocolat N’ Spice’s muffins is that they are incredibly moist, soft, fragrant, and not too sweet. There are nearly ten kinds of muffins available, with the bestseller being the chocolate chip muffin. There’s something about the crusty chocolate rice top and molten chocolate chips inside that’s absolutely addictive. My other favs are the blueberry and banana walnut muffins.
Although they also sell other pastries like brownies, most customers come for its irresistible muffins which literally fly off the shelves. Queues are the norm, and are especially long at lunchtime with the office crowds out in full force.
I have given up trying to get my muffins on weekdays. Since I live near Tanjong Pagar, I go to the town outlet on Saturdays before 9 am. Advantage: I get to pick from the full range of freshly baked, fluffy hot muffins. Yums!
Chocolat N’ Spice
Blk 1 Tanjong Pagar Road
#01-18 Tanjong Pagar Plaza
Tel: (65) 9276 2110
Mon to Fri: 8.30 am to 5 pm
Sat: 8.30 am to 3 pm
Closed: Sundays & public holidays
Also available at:
Blk 320 Shunfu Road
#02-12 Shunfu Mart
Tel: (65) 9383 0413