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Everyburger Cookies

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One of the nice things about living in a larger city is the abundance of various ethnic markets. I always joke and say that I’ve never met a dessert I didn’t like (but that’s not true) however I have yet to try an Asian confection that I did not care for.

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I was introduced to Everyburger cookies by my partner in snack food and life crimes Richard. He is far more versed in these treats than I, but he knows me pretty well so I take his word for it when he says that I will like something.

When I first picked up the package I couldn’t help but be enamored with all the fun art all over it. Good thing American packaging is usually more subdued or I would buy all of the things, every of the time.

The package contains two individually sealed trays of eight cookies each. The cookies are about the diameter of quarter or so. They have a cookie “bun” with a chocolate patty and what I’m guessing is orange colored vanilla “cheese”. Or secret sauce, or I don’t know. These bite sized cookies are pretty irresistible. The cookie is crunchy with a light sesame flavor to it. Both if the chocolates are flavorful and sweet, delicious! My only qualm is that some “buns” are a little overcooked on the top sometimes. My guess is that they use a bit of an egg wash to get the coloring. But even those are still yummy.

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Texture : 4/5 – this bite sized cookie has great texture. Crunchy outside cookie with a perfect amount of smooth solid chocolate in the middle.

Smell : 4/5 – The cookie has a sweet smell with a slight sesame undertone.

Appearance : 3/5 – These cute cookies make for a really fun snack. Sometimes when they are sandwiched together its done before the chocolate has set all the way so they get a little wonky, but who doesn’t like a messy burger?!

Taste : 5/5 – These cookies are delicious and addicting. I dare you to eat just one package.

March 6, 2013
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Keebler Cookies – Pitter Patter Cookies

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Hey everyone! If you don’t live in the US you may not be familiar with Girl Scout season. I am not convinced that people give up on their fitness resolutions because of lack of commitment, I am convinced they give up because of Girl Scout season.

I don’t know what is so addictive about their cookies, maybe it’s because they are laced with merit badges, dreams, unicorn tears, and sickeningly sweet girls hawking them at every supermarket, big box store, and work place, but I feel like Keebler is trying to get in on this action with the release of their Pitter Patter cookies.

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Pitter Patter cookies are most similar to Do-si-dos but are also sort of reminiscent of a Nutter Butter. There is a crunchy cookie exterior with a nice layering of peanut butter in the middle. Is this cookie the answer to my scout cookie crazing when they are out of season?! Maybe.

The cookie portion by itself is good. It has a hint of peanut butter baked in (at least that’s what it tastes like). It’s quite crunchy and somewhat dense, but not to the point where it’s too much cookie. The peanut butter is decent. It has a nice sweetness to it and a very faint salt undertone which keeps the cookie from turning into one sugary peanut butter brick.

The reason why I said maybe on the scout cookie replacement was because they use a different cookie. Girl Scout cookies use an oatmeal cookie for theirs which not only changes the flavor, but the texture. I’m also slightly confused about Keebler’s naming choice for these. Name aside, these cookies are decent. I really with Keebler would have done something slightly different to sent themselves apart from the other peanut butter sandwich cookies, but overall, I’d buy them again.

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Texture : 3/5 – The crunchy cookie coupled with the moist peanut butter makes for an enjoyable texture that does not leave you feeling like you just but into the driest desert.

Smell : 4/5 – There is no mistaking that these are all business when it comes to peanut butter.

Appearance : 2.5/5 – The basketweave pattern on the outside of the cookie is alright, but there is nothing overly exciting about the cook of these cookies.

Taste : 3/5 – These cookies were pretty middle of the road. I enjoyed the cookie portion and the peanut butter was decent, but I didn’t find them all that memorable. If you like Nutter Butters and Do-si-dos, you will most likely enjoy these.

March 5, 2013
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Mothers Circus Animal Cookies – Fudge and Vanilla

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Mothers Circus Animal cookies were probably one of the first cookies I ever had as a kid. The classic white and pink cookies are my Mother’s favorite (fancy that.) A while back, Mother’s tried trick me into thinking that they came out with new circus animal cookies by putting out the green and white jungle animals. I’m on to you Mothers – all you did was change the color! The Fudge & Vanilla almost slipped by me because I thought they were trying to do some gypsy magic again but this time they in fact changed the favor, not just the color!

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Mothers circus animal cookies are not something I normally buy despite liking them. I can’t usually eat more than a few as I find that if I eat more than a few that I feel like I might combust. Just something about them that makes me feel that way. I was leery about the fudge coating because I was afraid that it would be chocolate flavored instead of chocolate. Trust me there is a difference.

I decided to try the fudge cookies first since I pretty much already know what the vanilla cookies taste like. The inside cookie is still a shortbread, not chocolate, which I could have gone for, but still good. I was really surprised by how delicious the fudge cookies were. I then moved on to the vanilla and found that they tasted even better than the vanilla cookie that I remember as a kid. I don’t know if it is because of the fudge and vanilla cookies being jumbled around in the same bag had something to do with it which may have slightly altered the flavor but these cookies were SO good.

I had to place the bag across the room because I was literally to the point where if I continued to eat them, that I would make myself sick.

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Texture : 4/5 – These cookies have a nice crunch to them and a delicious smooth outside coating. The sprinkles on the outside also add a nice little crunchy element to it as well.

Smell : 4/5 – When opening the bag you are greeted with an extreme sweet smell, but man do they smell delicious!

Appearance : 3/5 – The coloring of these are pretty basic. Some of the animals are hard to tell what they are because of the external coating.

Taste : 5/5 – If had to choose between these and the classic Mother’s circus animal cookies, I would choose these every time. I think the reason why I do not quickly tire of the flavor is because of the chocolate element. I really hope that this is something that they add to their permanent line up as if they plan on going away, I guess I should start stockpiling.

March 2, 2013
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Roshen Chocolate Castle

¡Hola! So the Wal-Mart near my old place has a sizable Russian food section. This is the only one so far that I have seen that has anything different than the standard Asian and Hispanic sections. Most of the stuff is in the original packaging that has not been translated. The only way that I can figure out what some of these foods are by the pictures and the ingredient listing, which I think by law has to be translated into English.

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When I opened the package I was not expecting to see a giant brick of chocolate looking back at me. I thought it might be a couple of smaller sections or a tray of individual bars. I didn’t want to be a complete barbarian and take a bite out of this sheet of chocolate wafer goodness, so my conquest was put on hold while I went to get a knife. No snack should be this complicated. I sliced off a small piece and took a bite. The castle was crunchy and chocolatey. The chocolate had an interesting aftertaste. Did you ever go to a science museum as a kid with a space section and you just had to have a bag of astronaut ice cream? Personally I enjoy astronaut ice cream, but I know many kids did not. The aftertaste was that of chocolate astronaut ice cream.

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Texture: 3.5/5 – I really enjoyed the crunchy layers in this dessert. The chocolate was smooth, but kind of left a greasy film on the roof of my mouth. Yum!

Smell: 4/5 – Chocolate is the primary scent here, overall this dessert smells exceptionally sweet.

Appearance: 3/5 – I was expecting something a little different than what I was greeted with. Unfortunately this is not an item you could just pick up and take to a gathering because it is not individually portioned. Granted it would only take you a couple of minutes to chop up, but I’m all kinds of lazy.

Taste: 3.5/5 – This castle? is good, but nothing overly exciting. Keebler makes something similar that comes in individual wrappers. I enjoyed the crunchy flaky layers, and the chocolate was decent, but I couldn’t get over the greasy texture and the astronaut ice cream element.

January 20, 2013
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Britannia Milk Bikis

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Good evening! Aside from frequenting the usual places to find new treats to try, I enjoy checking out the local ethnic markets. Lucky for me we have quite a few here in Sacramento. I live near an Indian market, and would drive by it almost daily. Finally one evening we decided to venture in and see what they had to offer. The one thing I find the hardest about shopping in authentic markets is that a lot of items are not really easily identified or packaged with English translations. Sometimes this can make for exciting new food discoveries, but sometimes it can be a recipe for disaster.

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I usually try to stick to cookies and candy, as I find them the “safest” as far as extreme flavors are concerned. I picked up these cookies thinking they would be somewhat like a buttery waffle like cookie. They were only 49 cents, which I thought was a total score. I tucked these away and remembered I had them while looking for something sweet.

I opened the package to find 4 dense cookies staring back at me. I expected these to taste similar to an animal cracker, but I was wrong. I took one bite and was surprised to find that these cookies had almost no flavoring. These were the epitome of bland. I’m unsure if these are usually eaten with something else such as jam or peanut butter or something, but good grief they need it. They were not sweet at all, did not have a distinct flavor, and were kind of a black hole of flavor.

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Texture: 3/5 – These cookies are very dense and dry. Maybe that’s why they are diving into milk on the outside.

Smell: 2/5- These have hardly any smell at all.

Appearance: 4/5- I like the waffle shape on the cookie, it appeals to the square lover in me. Other than that, these are pretty mundane.

Taste: 1.5/5 – These are really really bland. It was almost kind of weird that you could bite into this extremely dense cookie and taste hardly anything. These might be good if you had something to dip them in, but I don’t plan on buying them again.

January 3, 2013
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Limited Edition Barnum Animal Crackers

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Happy New Year food friends! I hope everyone had a fun and safe New Year’s last night. Personally we stayed in and thankfully so because people lost their minds in Sacramento last night. Not only was there a car stolen from a local auto mall that caused a major highway to be shut down, we had a couple of other sad incidents including a shooting at a huge party thrown by the city. I hold on to my feelings that people are losing their damn minds. ANYWAYS, on a more positive note, I have a little recap on my personal blog of my last year if you are bored.

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Call it a feat of marketing, but everytime I see a packaging that says new or limited edition I always feel compelled to buy it. I’m a total sucker and apparently marketing companies target customer. I have not had animal crackers in AGES. I think I was probably 10 or so maybe younger. There are a few foods that I remember tasting better than they do. One example would be Rice Crispies. I loved them as a kid and now as an adult I can’t even see how I remotely liked them. Somehow, animal crackers have managed to make their way into this list.

I remember animal crackers tasting slightly buttery with a hint of vanilla. I would never get tired of eating these no frills cookies, but something along the way changed and I was rather disappointed when I tried these again. Not only did they have a lackluster flavor, they tasted slightly stale – and there was nothing limited edition about them! What a let down.

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Texture: 4/5 – These cookies have the slightly crunchy texture, but they were kind of chewy not in a good way.

Smell: 2/5 – They smell slightly vanilla-y.

Appearance: 1/5 – Now this may seem a little harsh, but they didn’t even change any of the animals to “winter” type animals – whatever those are. The only thing that is “limited edition” about these is the dang box.

Taste: 3/5 – These cookies were mediocre, which kid of killed a little of my childhood (not really). The only way I could see myself eating these again in my adult life would be if I were dunking them in hot chocolate or smothered in Nutella.

January 1, 2013
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Grandma’s Special Recipie Cookies – Ginger & White Chocolate Chip

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Hi! How is everyone doing this evening of 12-12-12? I spent the evening at a geocaching event and had an amazing time. Upon returning home, Richard and I decided to hit 7-11 for some Slurpees. At least, that was the intention.

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Once we arrived at 7-11, a Slurpee didn’t sound all that great because it was pouring buckets of rain outside and I was already frigid from wearing shorts and no sweatshirt out. I ended up picking up these cookies, some jelly beans and some really gross gummy worms. Funny 7-11 related food story though, a while back they had a delicious lime-ade flavor that I liked to mix with the cherry. For some reason, the lime flavor is WAY more airy than the other flavors. I grabbed my cup, filled it 3/4 with cherry Slurpree and moved over to the other machine that had the lime-ade flavor. I pulled the handle and it started making some weird noises. I stopped and checked to see if the light was on saying that it was out of order at the moment, but it wasn’t, so I put my cup back under the spout and pulled the handle again. A small amount of the lime-ade flavor finally made its way into my cup before a GIANT air bubble in the line blew the lid off my cup and caused the contents to explode everywhere. The noise was so loud that it startled me and I dropped the cup on the overflow tray, causing the little remaining Slurpee to spill. I had Slurpee all over me and all over the counter and machine, but I couldn’t stop laughing. Hands down, best Slurpee experience ever.

Anyways, on to the cookies. I always forget how indifferent I am when it comes to Grandma’s cookies. They are usually sort of bland and extremely dry, but apparently I go enough time between eating them that I forget this and always find myself slightly disappointed everytime I buy them. Not to mention that I can only ever find them at gas stations and vending machines, which makes me think that they aren’t exactly the best quality. Also color me surprised to find that they are made by Frito-Lay. Hey Frito, stick to chips, thanks!

Upon first glance, the cookie looks spotted with nuts, not white chocolate chips like I had expected. I even checked the package again to make sure that it didn’t say nuts and maybe my thumb was covering it. Nope, white chocolate chips. You can visibly see the cinnamon and nutmeg in this cookie in the dough. Let’s cut to the chance here, MAN O MAN are these dry. When first biting into the cookie you are fooled into thinking that you will be enjoying a nice chewy cookie, but they are so dry. The cookie itself has a decent flavor, heavy on the gingery/spicy side. Like I might have to take a couple of Tums after eating these cookies. The white chocolate chips are lost it the mix and honestly do nothing more than bring a little crunch to the table.

cookie2Texture: 2/5 – If you skipped the whole portion above to get to the number ratings, let’s just recap. THESE ARE REALLY DRY. These would have been better if they were a solid gingerbread cookie instead of trying to make them chewy.

Smell: 4/5 – These smell really good, although when you smell the bag, there is a hint of wax? It smells like a gingerbread candle in there.

Appearance: 3/5 – The white chocolate chips look like nuts in this cookie and for some reason they shaved off the pieces that stuck out to make the cookie flat. How peculiar.

Taste: 3/5 – Overall, these cookies are OK. If you like a spicy gingerbread, these are for you, BIG TIME. Definitely not my go to cookie when it comes to gingerbread and I think Grandma needs to make a few adjustments to her recipe. These cookies contain something called Propylene Glycol Monoesters of fats, which I’m pretty sure it means it contains monster fat. Don’t eat during a full moon.

December 12, 2012
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Little Pepi’s Pizzelle Waffle Cookies – Vanilla & Original Anise Flavor

How’s it going guys? Tonight I am burning the midnight oil and killing some time while waiting for the release of Batman: The Dark Knight Rises. Well, my partner in crime is waiting for the release, I am tagging along for the fun of it. In an effort to kill sometime (which I have a lot of before the clock strikes midnight) we wandered the aisles of The Nugget (which is a fancy pants supermarket here) and looked for things that could be potentially tasty. I enjoy this store because they carry a lot of kind of hard to find items and their bakery and deli are AH-MAZAIN. Of course there are a lot of things that I turn my nose up because I have the culinary taste of a 6 year old child, I can always manage to find something to pick up anywhere I go.

I had never seen these cookies before, and truth be told, Little Pepi’s sounds like a hole in the wall pizza company more than it sounds like a cookie company. I was apprehensive about how these would be without any company from ice cream or frosting or some sort of companion. My favorite morning food is a waffle, and I like cookies, so these couldn’t be too bad, right?

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Admittedly I did not pick these up, Richard did – but I like to assume that I have mutual rights to his property, legal or not 🙂 (Hi Richard, please let me continue to share your food after this post! :P) I had no interest in trying the Anise flavor as I do not care for black licorice, but in the spirit of being brave, I thought I would give it a try. We pulled into our destination for the DVD and had a little mini-feast of cookies in the car, which is why the pictures are not that great. We started with the vanilla flavor – most likely because it would be the more “safe” flavor. The vanilla flavor was pretty good. The cookie itself had kind of a chewy texture to it, despite being crispy for the most part. It tasted like a sweeter version of a waffle cone that you would get at a place like Coldstone. Alone they are pretty tasty, but I imagine that smothered in something like Nutella, or even some whipped cream, would take this over the top.

Then there is the Anise flavor. I made Richard try it first because again, I don’t like black licorice. He gave it a try and assured me that the flavoring was not too strong, so I trusted his judgement and had a small piece. NOPE. NOT GOOD. NO THANK YOU. He is right, the flavor is not super strong, but IT’S STILL THERE. *nothankyouhands*

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Texture: 3/5 – This crispy cookie was somehow chewy, but chewy in a kind of stale way. Normally I would chalk this up to maybe getting a package that had some air in it or wasn’t sealed all the way, but both packages had the same texture. These also don’t expire until the first portion of next year, so I know that’s not the case either.

Smell: 4/5 – These have that rich buttery sweet waffle smell. Mmmm mmm…

Appearance: 4/5 – These are rather big cookies. I would venture to say that they are about almost 4 inches round. They all have a nice golden color and the classic waffle design.

Taste: 3.5/5 – I will only rate the vanilla flavor because the anise flavor was beyond not my cup of tea at all (which I would give a 1/5). Over all these cookies are good, but I would not see myself sitting down to enjoy these without the addition of something else like peanut butter or fruit or something of that nature. They are tasty and would be a great fancy edition to a bowl of ice cream as a yummy garnish.

December 3, 2012
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Newton Fruit Thins – Lemon Crisp

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I have been wanting to try the various flavors of these Newton Fruit Thins, but none of the flavors really stood out to me. Today while at Target, I saw these hiding on the top shelf and decided to give them a whirl.

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I assumed, which is never a good idea, that these would be a soft cookie, much the the outside of a regular Newton. When I opened the package I was surprised to see how small the cookies were and that they were more like wafers than anything. I was also expecting there to be some sort of lemon curd/purée mixed in with the cookie, but for the most part the lemon flavoring was pretty subdued. Preconceived notions aside, these taste pretty decent. The buttery flavor of the cookie mixed with the lemon makes for a rather light flavor.

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Texture: 4/5 – The texture of these cookies reminded me of a mixture of the sociable crackers and Wheat Thins.

Smell: 3/5 – These smelled like a mixture of butter and a slight hint of lemon.

Appearance: 2.5/5 – I was expecting these cookies to be bigger than they were. They were barely the size of the palm of my hand. They are also a weird shade of light brown.

Taste: 3.5/5 – These cookies tasted like a weaker Lemon Oreo. The flavor was a mixture of the super old McDonalds cookies and lemon. These are good but I was expecting a soft and chewy cookie coupled with some lemon jam mixed in. I was also hoping for some tartness from the lemon but that was completely non-existent. These are an OK buy, but they need a little extra something to make these really pop. When I figure out exactly what that something is, I will report back.

November 28, 2012
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Newtons – Triple Berry

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Hello Hello! Sorry today’s review is a bit late – time got away from me while I was watching a marathon of Wipeout on TruTV. There is just something so hilarious about people falling down that sucks you in and steals away hours of your day. I have been at my Mom’s since Thursday and I have eaten more food than I have eaten in probably the last 6 months. SO GOOD. Something about someone else cooking for you makes it taste so much better, even when it is just simple things like toast, or mashed potatoes, or a glass of water.

Because of how much I have been eating, I really wanted to opt for something more “healthy”. I just needed a break from greasy and salty chips, sugary sweet cookies, etc. I picked up these Newtons Triple Berry at Walmart on Black Friday (because that’s what everyone was standing in line for – actually they were standing in front of it for a TV in the dairy department.)

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Did you know that Nabisco dropped the ‘Fig’ in Fig Newtons to attempt to move away from the stigma of sounding overly healthy? It’s true and apparently it sparked a slight outrage. I think I will always call Fig Newtons, Fig Newtons, despite a flavor change, like the Triple Berry ones, much like facial tissue is called Kleenex and adhesive bandages are called Band-Aids. I actually really like Fig Newtons, despite never tasting a fig in any other way.

When I opened the tray of cookies, it smelled exactly like a tray of regular Fig Newtons. I am convinced that the cookie outside dictates the smell more that the internal flavor. I was curious if there were actually 3 berries featured in this cookie or if they were just some sort of amalgam of ambiguous ‘berry’ flavors. The inside jam is a combination of strawberry, blueberry, raspberry, and apple? Hey apple, you’re not a berry. These honestly don’t taste much different than standard Fig Newtons. The berry brings a slight tartness to the puree inside. The puree also tastes vaguely like a less sweet version of the inside of a strawberry Poptart. These actually really good, the only downside is that I found them a bit dry.

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Texture: 3.5/5 – The outside portion of this cookie is really dry. Like Death Valley dry. The only way to get through a couple of these would be if you had a beverage to go with. I also liked that they strained the fruit puree so that there are no seeds from the strawberries in it.

Smell: 3/5 – The berry flavor is the most prevalent smell in this cookie. I personally could not pinpoint what berries were used based solely on smell.

Appearance: 3/5 – Less is more with these – no frills, just cookie and jam innards.

Taste: 4/5 – These were pretty delicious. The most recognizable berry flavor was the strawberry. The raspberry made for a nice little tang and the after note was the blueberry. If you are a fan of Newtons, I would definitely give these a try if you are looking for a change from the norm. I would definitely buy these again.

November 24, 2012
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