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Best packaged non-bakery store bought cookies

FelafelBoy | Apr 6, 2008 11:51 PM

Motivated to start this thread after trying the new line of cookies by Kashi brand.
I bought the "Oatmeal Raisin Flax" due to my perception that this company uses a healthy combination of ingredients, can get my fix of junk food in a healthy package so to speak, and surprise, was able to combine a sale price with a coupon to get the 8.5 oz. box for $1, far discounted from the normal price.

The cookie was of the soft kind, full of fiber, moderately sweet, and satisfying. There were 8 cookies in the box, and consisted of the Kashi seven whole grain and sesame mix, standard for most, if not all of its grain products, raisins, expeller pressed canola oil, honey, evaporated cane juice crystals, brwon rice syrup, flax seeds, walnuts, oat fiber, and a few other ingredients. When I read those ingredients, I knew that there was some salvation in consuming this product vs. what I normally consume in other brands of cookies. 4 grams of fiber, 8 grams of sugar, 2 grams of protein, 130 calories per cookie. Not too bad for junk food.

I found that eating the cookie by itself was on the dry side. Eating a bit of ice cream afterwards helped. The next day, I ate them (yes, more than one) with coffee and it was a huge improvement. Both the coffee tasted better because of the cookie and vice versa. I'd also recommend eating these things with ice cream or apple sauce due to their dryness.

I used to like Archway Cookies, especially the Lemon soft cookies that were more cake like, and had a huge splattering of a frosting on each cookie. When I had them years ago, I remember they were made with partially hydrogenated fats, as are most cookies, although, they now say no transfats, but I think that just indicates a one serving sized portion.

To get the crispness and storage life, most of these manufacturers use the partially hydrogenated oils. Many of them use palm oil now, too. Interesting that in the packaging of the Kashi cookies, there was an actual small "freshness bag!!". Since they aren't using ingredients that extend the storage life like the other companies, they had to include something to keep these cookies from going rancid. Packaging only 8 cookies per box allows them to be consumed within a short period of time, too. They are not inexpensive, but the price does reflect higher quality ingredients. When they are not on sale, I think the cost would be close to 40 to 50 cents per cookie, and these cookies are not large. I think most people would consume at least two per snatch.

I used to like Keebler's Vienna Fingers, for its combination of dryness and corn flour taste combined with the inner filling. I've stopped eating Stella D'Oro's "Lady Stella Mix" or whatever it's called, for a few reasons - I don't trust that it's ingredients are that healthy, the overly sweet taste of the cookies, and most importantly, I have difficulty eating "portion sizes." I wish I could just have one or two cookies with a cup of coffee or tea, but it doesn't work that way for me - I normally clear out a portion of the container of the cookies, the amount of which would be best kept confidential.

What boxed cookie do you like, that you would consider the healthiest and yet desirable, and which the tastiest, and the worst for you?! (I'd probably rate these Kashi cookies in the first respect, and I think it is the Keebler brand of those shortbread fudge cookies with the chocolate stripes crossing over ridged shortbread crisp cookies in the latter.)

I did not want to include bakery bought cookies in this category for obvious reasons. It's harder for boxed, prepackaged cookies to compete with their freshness and taste.

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