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For the past two-and-a-half years I've been working in a specialty sweets shop that masquerades as a grocery/deli.  Inevitably, I started trying the cookies and chocolates we carry--and we carry a lot of different kinds of cookies & chocolates, imported & local & megabrands alike.  Here are some of the most memorable:


CADBURY CREME EGG COOKIES(/Biscuits)

Photo credit: Amazon.

I just want to start out by saying that I love Cadbury Creme Eggs.  I love the classic foil-wrapped ones, I love the mini ones sold in tiny egg cartons, I love the stale ones you occasionally find in the back of your cabinet that have gone completely solid...  So I wanted to try these cookies because even if the cookie part is crap, there's still some familiar fondant icing inside, right?

Nope.  It's gross and goopy with a texture like melted marshmallow, and on its own tastes weirdly like matcha green tea powder.

The chocolate-covered cookie part is pretty good, though--the texture reminds me of Milka ChocoLilaStix, and they do not skimp on the chocolate.  So there's that, at least.

RATING: ♡♡♡♡ chocolate & cookie good, filling awful, overall bluhhh.


OREO MEGA STUF Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Photo credit: Amazon.

I got this thinking it was a repackaged version of the legendary Triple Stuf.  It's really not--more like Double Stuf with, like, half a millimeter or so more Stuf.  Double Stuf Extra.  Double Plus Stuf.

(Incidentally: I also tried the peanut butter Oreo and the lemon Oreo--both were...okay, but not great. I prefer the mint flavor--it's automatically double-stuf, and tastes better frozen!)

RATING: ♥♥♥♡♡ eh. there's nothing really *wrong* with it, I'm just pissed they made such a big deal out of a barely noticeable difference.


Chewy CHIPS AHOY! OREO CREME FILLED Soft Cookies

Photo credit: FirstWeFeast.com.

These are terrible.  Maybe I would like them more if I was a big fan of the chewy Chips Ahoy?  Maybe they'd be better with the crunchy style, I dunno.  Either way, these are awful and even my neighbor wouldn't eat them (and he eats everything).

(The creme filling isn't as extensive as the package shows--it's concentrated in the middle of the cookie.)

RATING: ♡♡♡♡♡ inedible.


CHIPS AHOY! MADE WITH REESE'S

Photo credit: USFoodz.co.uk.

These are actually pretty good--could use a little more Reese's, but overall a good buy.  (Made with the crunchy style of Chips Ahoy.)

RATING: ♥♥♥♡♡ pretty okay; needs more reeses.


On to fancier things!

MANNER VIENNA LEMON CREAM FILLED WAFERS

Photo credit: Amazon.

These things are fucking amazing and have absolutely ruined me for any other kind of lemon wafer.  They're just.  Fantastic!  Sweet and tart and creamy and crispy and basically perfection in the form of a wafer cookie.

(The vanilla flavor is kind of a fancy 'French' or 'bourbon' vanilla flavor; the hazelnut & chocolate are pretty typical wafer cookies.  It's the lemon flavor that really stands out.)

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥ :D :D :D


Pocky's Friend PÉJOY Chocolate Cream Filled Biscuit Sticks

Photo credit: WorldMarket.com.

I don't know what they think they're doing with the name (is it supposed to be French? do I pronounce it peh-joy? pey-joy? pey-zhwah-y???...I've been calling them "inside-out Pocky" instead), but these are pretty good.  The filling is soft like in those fancy cookie straw things, but the cookie part is just regular Pocky biscuit.  It's a good combo.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥ p good, no complaints.


CARR'S GINGER LEMON CREMES

Photo credit: Soap.com.

These are super tasty, even if they skimp on the lemon creme.  Whenever I'm tempted by lemon-flavored Oreos or Newman's Own Ginger-O's, I get these instead, because they're so much better!

RATING: ♥♥♥♥ good; needs more lemon creme filling.


OHMIGOD! PUCKER UP Lemon Flavored Cookies

Photo credit: Ohmigod! Cookies.

These things are fantastic even a month stale.  Like most of this brand's other cookies, they're soft and cakey with a delicately crisp sugar crust; unlike the other cookies, they've got this wonderfully complex lemon flavor that reminds me of Polcari's homemade lemon ice*.  Not very tart, but sweet and tasty.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥ :3


OHMIGOD! OVER THE RAINBOW Cookies/Cakes

Photo credit: Ohmigod! Cookies.

This is moist tricolor almond cake layered with raspberry jelly, and then topped with chocolate frosting and sprinkles because why the hell not.  It's really really good, though unlike the lemon cookies, the rainbow cake does not age well!  Eat it before the expiration date or don't eat it at all.

RATING: ♥♥♥♥ very good, though I still prefer the lemon cookies.


BISOUSWEET DOUGHNUT MUFFINS

Photo credit: Bisousweet Confections.

These aren't cookies, but they are incredible.  (The 'muffin' aspect makes it easier to excuse eating half the box in one go.)  The regular flavor is a little heavy on the nutmeg, and the maple apple flavor is pretty forgettable, but the pumpkin spice flavor is nicely molassesy (even if you can't taste any actual pumpkin).

RATING: ♥♥♥♥ can't stop won't stop eating these


LINDT GRANDEUR 34% HAZELNUTS Milk Chocolate Bar

Photo credit: Chocablog.com.

This is potentially the best chocolate hazelnut bar available in the US--and yes, I am aware that for some people those are fighting words.  One of my customers practically had a religious experience with one of these after an exhausting flight home, and he and I were supremely disappointed when my employer's supplier stopped carrying this variety.

For a semifancy chocolate brand, the name is surprisingly straightforward--it's 34% hazelnuts by weight, including both whole hazelnuts and little caramelized hazelnut pieces.  Delicious.

(Also available in dark chocolate.)

RATING: ♥♥♥♥♥ :333
* Every summer, Polcari's Coffee (on Salem Street in Boston's North End) breaks out hand-cranked lemon ice.  When I was little, it was intensely lemony--sour & sweet & flavorful.  Several years ago they changed the recipe to a milder version--still lemony, but less flavorful, and nowhere near as tart.  The last time I tried it (last summer), it seemed like the recipe had changed again--the cup I had was bland and flavorless.  :(  I understand the first change--the super-lemony version was intense and authentic and awesome, but definitely not for everyone, and the North End is a rapidly gentrifying tourist neighborhood--but if they really changed it again I'm disappointed.  Oh well.  I'll always have the memories, right?

re:viennawafers

Date: 2016-02-27 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kohikari.livejournal.com
http://www.worldofsnacks.com/blog/manner-lemon-cream-filled-wafers

These folks were similarly impressed.

http://www.amazon.com/Manner-Lemon-Cream-Filled-Wafers/product-reviews/B004727UBO/

p much everyone on Amazon was wowed by the flavor--it's the tanginess that makes it really stand out.
Edited Date: 2016-02-27 06:06 am (UTC)

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