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[Photographs: Carrie Vasios]

You have to hand it to Pepperidge Farm. With a regular roster of at least 34 cookies, they still manage to introduce new items for the holidays. That includes these Limited Edition Peppermint Milano Slices, which we picked up to try, having made it a personal mandate to try every kind of PF product for all of eternity.

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Milano Slices are the smørrebrød of the Milano world. They only have 1 side of cookie and an exposed topping. Here, the bottom cookie is topped with a thin layer of chocolate and what the bag calls "peppermint chips" though I think "crushed candy cane pieces" is a more accurate description.

Despite their holiday specific nature, these are some of my favorite Milanos to date. They're light, with a bright mint flavor which actually gives you a cool whisper of menthol. The chocolate is dark and just a little bitter, the peppermint chips crunchy but not hard or unpleasant. The cookie is the weakest part, but that's because it's a standard Milano cookie. It's simply the vehicle for the toppings, and that makes me glad there's only one.

So I know people sometimes people say, "These are good enough to serve to guests," but the truth is that I never serve guests packaged cookies (unless they're friends who have stumbled home with me from a bar). But these Milano Slices are elegant and delicious. And they kind of make me wish I did.

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