As a kid, a lot of things which I waited for so (im)patiently turned out to be disappointments. I offer you the case of Reebok Lights—which I waited and waited and waited for, only to learn, mere months after purchase, that they were bad for the environment because they couldn't be recycled. Or that's what someone told me, which was enough for me to refuse to wear them. Don't let your kids watch FernGully, folks, or you'll spend half your free time finding them sneakers made out of recycled bottle caps.
But you know what didn't disappoint? Chips Ahoy Soft and Chewy cookies. When they came out my sister and I were thrilled. Finally there was a soft, bendy cookie that we could buy at the store and gorge ourselves on at home. It took us a few days but then we learned the ultimate trick: put them in the microwave until the chocolate gets all warm and melty. I'd eat them in threes, piping hot, washed down by a glass of Lactaid.
I hadn't actually thought about CASC in many years when I came upon their latest iteration in the cookie aisle: New Chewy Chips Ahoy With Reese's Peanut Butter Cups. Well I like Chewy Chips Ahoy and I like Reese's Peanut Butter Cups—obviously have to give these a try.
After last month's Oreo debacle, my hopes weren't particularly high. Things weren't helped when I opened the package and saw the cookies.
Huh. The cookies are kind of small. When did that happen? I swear I remember them being bigger.
I picked one up. Still pliant, still a little too "golden", still shedding the faint, fruity smell of bad chocolate. I took a bite. Oh, the memories. The outer cookie was exactly as I remembered it—unique tasting sure, but I don't need real vanilla to like a cookie. Also, the added peanut butter actually works to mask the off flavors of the dough.
There are pieces of real Reese's peanut butter cups, though they're outnumbered by both chocolate and peanut butter chips. I found my cookies were well balanced between chocolate and peanut butter flavors, though they could use a bump in add-ins overall. Most importantly, for a cookie that's packed with candy (America!), it's not too sweet. I could easily eat my old 3x portion size. And, bonus, I've since upgraded to milk.
Have you tried these new Chips Ahoy cookies? What did you think?About the author: Carrie Vasios is the editor of Serious Eats: Sweets. She likes to peruse her large collection of cookbooks while eating jam from the jar. You can follow her on Twitter @carrievasios