Severe no for Trader Joe‘s Chocolate Chunk Cookies. The cookies are dry and the chocolate is not satisfying and tastes cheap. I’m Yankee thrifty, but I’m tempted to throw the rest out! Ingredients look fine (ie, no corn syrup, which I won’t eat anymore), and there’s a bit of honey, which will usually raise the rating, but not this time.
Part of my bitterness is because they used to make a chocolate chunk cookie that was totally great, maybe 8 years ago. It was dense, hard, but not too hard, somewhat grainy, with good quality chocolate. (may have been Guittard’s.) All you needed was a couple to make the starving (or sad) feeling in your gut go away. ( I met a guy standing in line behind me once, buying only these cookies, and he told me he would eat the whole bag in one sitting. Ah, men, and their lucky, lucky metabolism.) A bag in the cupboard always made me feel happy. Grrr at TJ for always always dropping good food. I wrote a lyrical poem about Trader Joe’s in my other blog, here. It’s not very nice.
Also: Kim and Scott’s Gourmet Chocolate Crumb Pretzels are ok, but not good enough. I love most soft pretzels, as a Philly girl might be expected to (although the street pretzels are still WAY the best). I found these on sale at Gelson’s. It is okay if you pretend it’s a chocolate cookie, and it has a fun melty filling that stays liquid when you take it out from the microwave, so the overall texture is fine. But the chocolate flavor isn’t good enough, sort of chalky. And it’s not a pretzel at ALL. (Note: salt does not enhance a cookie. Someone better at baking than I might know why.)
These are okay if you’re hungry for just something sweet. But they cost $6, so not a good deal, and doesn’t satisfy the soft pretzel urge. They have other interesting-sounding varieties, and the Grilled Cheese or the Pizza Pretzel might be worth a try. Might be.