On the way to an annual camping trip with a group of hard partying pals, I stumbled upon a new kind of Chips Ahoy and just knew that they would do nothing but enhance my trip. So I tossed the package of Chips Ahoy Sweet n' Salty Salted Caramel Chunk cookies in my waterproof dry bag and headed out into the wilderness!
|Nothing says camping like a bag of cookies!|
|18 cookies per package...NOT ENOUGH.|
So how were they? They were actually damn good. I always get worried with Chewy Chips Ahoy that they are just going to be that weird chewy cookie with a sweet flavor that you can't really discern as being anything in particular. But these are great. You can definitely taste the caramel flavor, and then after a few more chews the saltiness bleeds into it and makes for a great Sweet n' Salty medley.
Then I got an idea. I have cookies in my hand, and a campfire in front of me...Years ago on the fourth of July I cooked an entire bag of Chips Ahoy peanut butter cup cookies over a fire, one by one with my little brother and it was amazing. HOW WOULD THESE MEASURE UP?
The answer? INCREDIBLE. Heated up with the bottom slightly crispy, they were out of this world. I think this is something we need to make a usual thing for camping. Who's with me?
|Yes that is a Dos Equis cowboy hat. Be jealous.|
After taking all my pictures and eating a half dozen of these warmed over the fire, I handed them out and the group of angry bearded mountain men around me all agreed that these cookies were indeed a hit. Some of them even warmed theirs by the fire at my recommendation.
I give the Chips Ahoy Sweet N' Salty Salted Caramel Chunk cookies a B+! Would have been more if the cookies were bigger and there were more in the bag!
Review by RICH
There are moments in time where a company really steps it up and gives people what they want when it comes to fat food. KFC's Double Down. Oreo's Mega Stuf. These are creations that give hope to us all that food companies are actually listening to the fat guys and stoners who shout out MORE STUF! A SANDWICH WITHOUT BREAD! Someday, we'll get our All Marshmallow breakfast cereal, but until then, we keep our eyes peeled for any snack the history books will remember as true game changers. The new Chips Ahoy Brownie Filled cookies looked to be one of these.
... although they actually looked pretty boring
Like Rich, I was excited about these cookies, but assumed Chips Ahoy would give us what we've come to expect from them- good cookies that are too small and kind of "just whatever" in the grand scheme of things to really freak out about.
But upon first bite, I was pretty impressed:
These are exactly what they advertise they are- cookies with brownies in them.
But in order to do the actual review, I needed to step it up. I decided to bring mine along to the same camping trip, but was met with an empty container on a picnic table when I went to eat the rest of the bag. Thanks, jerks.
So I took my second bag (always have a second bag) to the beach the next time we went swimming,
and ate some underwater.
Ok, so this probably wasn't the smartest way to eat cookies, but when Rich cooks his over the fire in a cowboy hat, you gotta step up and do what you can to out-ridiculous him in your half of the review.
Bottom line, these cookies are awesome. In someone else's hands (maybe these guys), they'd probably be better, but for a company who has really only made one cookie I've been blown away by, they really stepped it up with these ones. On first bite, they just taste like a standard Chips Ahoy cookie, and I even started to wonder if the inside wasn't actually brownie, but just a chocolate Chips Ahoy cookie inside- it was very similar in chewiness and texture. But by the end of the cookie, it really felt like I was eating a brownie. They didn't really merge as one thing like I thought they would, but rather acted like a shape- shifting cookie, transforming from a cookie to a brownie mid consumption with Michael Bay dubstep sounds.
While enjoying the bag on a makeshift frisbee table, we suddenly acquired a guest:
I risked the Duck Itch to hook my new buddy up. We probably gave away half the bag to this one duck just because of how awesome it was that she was getting a few feet away just to eat some cookies.
Hey Duck, I get it. We understand each other.
She made me really question how much I like ducks when she wouldn't eat out of the frisbee (ducks aren't down with the B? yeesh...), but she demolished some crumbs I left on a buoy.
and she just kept coming back for more.
After we split the cookies between us and the duck, we headed out and started to go home, laughing at how awesome it was that this duck just hung out with us for that long. And sure enough, after a few minutes of packing away everything, look who had walked the several hundred feet to the parking lot:
"hey guys... you got any more of those cookies??"
So unless you really want a pet duck (it might be pretty cool...), I'd recommend eating these somewhere else. And don't eat them underwater- really enjoy them, and think about how awesome it is that we live in a world where cookie companies are jamming brownies inside of cookies. I'll give these an A- and I'll keep making wishes to the Food Gods that Chips Ahoy starts making bigger cookies.
Oh, one more thing- if you eat these near water, watch out for this guy. He looks nice, but all he wants is to eat your cookies:
-review by Mike