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Supermarket Sweets: New HannahMax Chocolate Chip Cookie Chips

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I know—Chocolate Chip Cookie Chips. I saw the name and thought. No. No no no. I like cookies. I like chips. But together? These are probably going to be awesomely bad.

Still, I opened the pouch and tried one. And they were awesome—but awesomely good. The quarter dollar-sized cookies are extremely thin and crunchy. Their texture reminds me of mini versions of Tate's cookies, and, flavor-wise, also of Brent & Sams. They have the same brown-sugar forward flavor and pieces of pleasantly bitter chocolate. With a recognizable hint of vanilla and a slightly nutty flavor, they taste, if not homemade, then like excellent gourmet chocolate chip cookies.

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Tastes like a cookie, eats like a...cookie

The founder of HannahMax, Joanne Adirim, began the company in 1993 with the goal of creating desserts without artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, trans fats, or GMOs. They recently expanded their dessert line to include snacks such as these "cookie chips", which also come in original, cinnamon sugar, and sea salted peanut butter.

The bag proclaims that these treats "Taste like a cookie, eat like a chip!" At 120 calories for 5 cookies, I guess you could say that you can eat them like chips. But I'm not eating them with dip or snacking on them with a beer. And as tasty as they are, I can't see myself sitting in front of the TV with an open bag, munching away, without thinking, dude, you're inhaling a bag of cookies—stop.

Chip-like or not, these mini chocolate chip cookies are way better than the other packaged varieties you'll find at the supermarket. I'd give the other flavors a try.

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