I've made a few batches of blueberry muffins and the first batch turned out perfectly. After that batch, I tried to substitute honey for sugar (just testing things out), but the blueberries didn't melt and they didn't have much flavor so I decided to go back to the original recipe. For some reason though, my blueberries still won't melt and it honestly ruins the muffin for me. For more clarification, when I say the blueberries won't melt I mean that they feel like they're ready to burst but they're completely intact (like they haven't "exploded" and the skin is unbroken). I'm really at a loss here on what to do or why this randomly started happening; I assumed it was related to the honey, but the latest batches have no honey in them.

Would really appreciate some help if anyone has a clue! :(

EDIT: I bought a huge bag of the frozen blueberries at Costco so I have had the same bag of frozen blueberries for all my muffins. I appreciate all of the responses, but considering I'm already using frozen I'm still confused. I'll try some more blueberry muffins tomorrow; maybe it was just a fluke.

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    What is your source for blueberries?
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 8:29
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    And did the blueberries come from different batches? If you use fresh ones, the skin on some batches may just be thicker, even if the source happens to be "the same supermarket again" ^^.
    – Layna
    Commented Jan 19, 2015 at 8:32

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Honey versus sugar has nothing to do with your berries bursting or not.

Assuming you are in the northern hemisphere you are getting out of season fruit as it is winter. Your blueberries are either greenhouse grown or have travelled halfway around the world from somewhere warm enough to grown them. Out of season blueberries tend to have less flavor and have thicker skins because they are not ripe. They cannot be ripe when picked because they will rot before they make the trip from wherever they are grown, so they are picked while still underripe.

I would suggest buying frozen instead. Frozen berries are picked when ripe and then frozen right away, so usually taste better than fresh ones you get in the middle of winter. Freezing also weakens the skins, so they burst more reliably. Frozen are also much cheaper. In fact that's what I would suggest doing to fresh ones to make their skins burst when baked - freeze then thaw them, so you may as well save some cash and get a better tasting result by buying them frozen in the first place.

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