This morning I stopped by Starbucks to get my (full of gelatin :X) yogurt parfait, and asked for a cookie too. They didn’t have cookies out with their morning pastries, but they had it in a box waiting to be put out into the glass cases for lunch and later.
I was afraid that this cookie was going to be a tiny bit stale because I was keeping it in the bag during the day. The bag informed me that Starbucks had started using simpler recipes and has taken out their artificial trans fats, artificial flavors, artificial dyes and high fructose corn syrup. Going the more “natural” route. Well, let’s see how that was going to affect my ginormo cookie:
I’ll confess that I was intimidated by this cookies (and all the calories it must have) so I broke it in half and gave half away. I mean, look at it! I couldn’t even hold it up correctly because it is so huge. Then I … wished I didn’t give half away. This cookie is delicious! You can’t really see any chocolate chips from the top, but trust me, there are big chunks of chocolate all around this cookie. I am so rarely satisfied by the cookie:chocolate chip ratio that I am absolutely elated when I’ve found a good one. The cookie was absolutely tastey, and would have been so even with fewer chips (not that I think they should change their recipe or anything). The middle was surprisingly soft and slightly chewy which was surrounded by a small amount of crunch on the circumference. The outside of the cookie was a bit dry but it was still soft enough to break into pieces. Not crumbly, but still a bit messy.
If you remember my blog post from Starbucks’s main competitor The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, my first cookie from there was awful and then it was really good. Even so, I’ll have to stick with Starbucks on this one. Coffee Bean has good hot chocolate.. but at Starbucks, I’ll take my soy chai tea no water with a cookie to go.
Center moistness: a bit dry on the outside, soft on the inside
Crust moistness: slight crunch, I wish it were crunchier to complement the center
Value: $1.50 for one of the biggest cookies I’ve ever eaten, and the cookie was even good — 8
Overall: Good value, great taste, but the cookies are too big. I’d definitely get it again if a friend (or two) and I wanted to share. 8