Thursday, March 5, 2015

Bring on the Heat: Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies

If I could do things differently, I would take the opportunity to eat more cookies. I love cookies, in fact I am in love with cookies, but they have always played second fiddle to my love for ice cream. My Mother always told me that in life, you can’t have everything and it’s because of this that I have slighted cookies on so many nights in my life. Some cookies are so dependable that even hearing the name of them, you know exactly what you’re going to get. Chips Ahoy, Tagalongs, Milanos – there’s really no guess work. I like this because already you know “if it’s worth it?”

Over the past several years, I have gotten a real kick out of Lay’s “Do Us A Flavor” Campaign, where they ask snackers to propose new flavors for distribution and you should know that this girl loves democracy. Following suit, Pepperidge Farm asked consumers to do the same for Milano cookie flavors. It’s my understanding that chili beat out green tea as the winner of this particular competition.

Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Chocolate Chili Milano Cookies had my interest long before I could get my hands on them. I like it hot. There’s rarely an occasion where you’ll hearing me say that I can’t handle the heat and while I have never in my life purchased a bag of Milano cookies, I do heavily associate these with long flights and vacations. For some reason, airlines seem to really push these cookies and I always enjoy eating them when I get the chance. To spare you from the weeks of seeking that I had to endure, these cookies are currently available for a limited time at Target.

Smelling the bag, my nose detected a bit of a peppery flavor, reminiscent of cinnamon. Looking at the cookie itself, you can see the center is two toned and I was truly very excited for these. Biting into this cookie, it tasted good and quite similar to a regular Milano but the chili was so faint that it’s hard to believe that these cookies are being marketed as such. Checking out the ingredients, there are no chilis listed whatsoever. In fact, there is no cinnamon, no cayenne, nothing. This helps to explain the lack of the pepper flavor, but what gives? 

These cookies are frauds. They were tasty, but not hot. Don’t buy these unless you want your heart broken. I’m happy to have tried them, they have the potential to take the traditional cookie and make it into something mind blowing. Do us a “flavor” Pepperidge Farm and please add the featured ingredient next time.

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