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[Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

About a year ago, we let you know about the first of a new line of Milano cookies: the Milano Melts. Pepperidge Farm has recently expanded the line to include a Mint Chocolate Crème cookie and, being fans enough of the original, we picked up a box to find out how the new addition tastes.

First, a disclaimer: I always felt that Milano cookies were the most overrated of the cookie bunch. I would ask my mother to buy them just so I could make a trade at lunchtime. I'd get double the number of other cookies for just two Milanos. It's not that I disliked the taste, it's that I felt there wasn't enough of it. I'd take one bite, then two, waiting for the vanilla and chocolate flavors to ramp up to a level that they never actually reached.

So it was with pleasure that after all these years I can finally point to a Milano cookie that tastes enough like, well, cookie, to please this cookie monster. The outside is still a little bland but there is more of it—the plumper cookie feels more substantial and the pudgy oval shape is somehow more reminiscent of homemade.

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The inside, which Drinks editor Maggie identified as "somewhere between ganache and cake frosting in texture" is packed with flavor. It tastes like a melted After Eight; pleasingly, crisply menthol. The mint lifts the ho-hum chocolate into a more flavorful realm.

My biggest complaint? I don't love how the cookie crumbles apart and the inside goops out when you take a bite. Getting a big chocolate-mint slick on my shirt isn't what I want from my supposedly elegant Milano eating experience. But the flavor is there, and of all the Milanos, these are the only ones I wouldn't trade away.

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