Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Today is another post on "Things That Make You Go Mmmm"...
and CHOMP! cookies are on this list!
With all the cookie baking I do, I am not often satisfied by a store-bought cookie. I was able to sample one of each of the flavors of CHOMP! cookies, and I was very impressed by several of these flavors (and wished I had more)!!
These cookies have the coolest names, there are:
1. Toff-e-Licious Chip (pictured)
2. Trippin' Chip
3. Blitzin' Almond Butter
4. Nutty Oatmeal Rayzen
5. Almond Coco Nutz
6. Lemon CocoMon
My favorite cookies were the first three - Toff-e-Licious Chip, followed closely by Trippin' Chip and the Blitzin' Almond Butter. I favored these three because the taste and texture were spot on. The Toff-e-Licious Chip had bitty pieces of 'toffee' in the batter. Not hard, crunchy bits, but tender 'caramely' pieces. I LOVED this flavor, it was moist but a little crisp on the outside, held together nicely, and the chunks of chocolate combined with the caramel... well, it had my number!!
The Trippin' Chip was also delicious, with a classic chocolate chip cookie taste, and similar texture to the Toff-e-Licious but without the toffee bits. The Blitzin' Almond Butter had a lovely delicate buttery/nutty taste, and also a wonderful tender, soft texture that didn't crumble apart.
The Nutty Oatmeal Rayzen had a delightful flavor and our girls loved this one, but for me the texture wasn't quite as good as the first three, it was just a little more dry and crumbly. The Almond Coco Nutz and Lemon CocoMon were okay, but for me nowhere as good as the first three, and again a little more crumbly.
It's hard for any commercial cookie to stand up to home-baked. Nothing is quite as good. But, if you want to get reeeaal close - without the baking - pick yourself up a Toff-e-Licious Chip CHOMP! cookie (goodness, this one is yummy!!!!), and the Trippin' Chip and Blitzin' Almond Butter for another day.
What's also impressive about these cookies is that all are vegan, AND made with organic ingredients, AND have no wheat and no refined sugar. YES, all in one cookie.
One note: The ingredients on the website for each cookie appear to be slightly different than the ingredients on the packaging I received. The cookies I sampled do not list Earth Balance, for instance, though the fat component in the ingredient list I have looks similar to what is in the Earth Balance spread. I will have to check this out and let you know. Oh, and just so you know, I'm not receiving anything from CHOMP! other than the cookie samples I tried. I haven't seen these cookies in our area in Canada, but I imagine they are widely available in the US.
Be sure to check out the CHOMP! website, it's pretty cool with videos of different folks talking about the cookies on the information and product pages.