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Feb 14, 2002 05:58 AM

What's your favorite box cookie

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G' morning all..what's your favorite cookie in a box that you can buy at the grocery store.

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  1. Mallomars
    Milanos (the normal ones, not orange, chocolate or mint or whatever)

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    1. re: magnolia
      Caitlin Wheeler

      Exactly what I was going to say, Magnolia!

      Also, Petit Ecolier -- petit beurres with a big hunk of dark chocolate on top.

      1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

        Definitely Petit Ecolier - the dark chocolate ones.

        1. re: Cathy Elton

          I used to love Petit Ecoliers, but for some reason the last few times I bought them - either in France or in the US - the chocolate tasted stale and "cardboardy". Once it was so old it peeled right off, so I brought them back to the Food Emporium. But that's well over a year ago, and I didn't really do a scientific test (i.e. tried only two or three shops in NYC and only one in France). Not sure if it's me or if they chnaged the 'formula'...

          1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

            Funny, I thought of almost exactly the same ones! Now that Sunshine quit making Hydrox cookies, I guess Oreos make an acceptable substitute (*sigh*)...

            I would add Stauffer's chocolate animal crackers, which I'm munching as I type. Not as rich as the above, but they have a good cocoa flavor.

            1. re: C. Fox

              Oh, and every so often I get a craving for iced oatmeal cookies. And Scooter Pies, the poor man's Mallomar. Mallomars are better but about 4x the price.

              1. re: C. Fox

                I could never find anyone other than me who preferred Hydrox to Oreos. I salute you!

                1. re: susan blair

                  We were sort of a secret society...I knew one or two others, no more...but one of my oldest friendships was originally forged over Hydrox cookies (and homemade mac & cheese)!

                  1. re: C. Fox

                    Speaking of Hydrox, and I used to love them, there was a zine out a few years back that tracked kitch/Americana/bizarre packaged foods called Beer Frame.

                    I can't remember the zealot who wrote it, but it was a great read. He wrote an essay lamenting the demise of Hydrox in the face of the Oreo monopoly. If anyone is interested in searching out this zine, I'd be more than happy to dig out my back issues for contact info.


                      1. re: Jill-O

                        Hey, cool! Thanks.

                2. re: C. Fox

                  Oh how I love Hdrox cookies! They were back on the market for a while last year, and I did my part to try and keepin them coming... but I failed. My mother has still been able to find them in Connecticut, but in Rochester NY they are again missing from store shelves.

                3. re: Caitlin Wheeler
                  Caitlin McGrath

                  And guess what? They're now selling *extra dark* Petit Ecoliers! Lu, I think.

                  On an Air France flight a couple of years ago, the snack included Petit Ecoliers and a cup of tangy fromage blac. I dunked the cookies. Mmm.

                4. re: magnolia

                  Another vote for original Milanos. The perfect balance of cookie and chocolate. The mint are good too, but as Dobie Gray sings, "...the original is still the greatest!"

                  Question: Does Pep Farm still make Lidos? They were good too, but nothing more than the poor man's Milano.

                  Also, let us (those of us close enough to Baltimore, anyway) not forget Berger Cookies!

                5. Pep. Farm Chessmen
                  Windmill Cookies (the spiced ones with sliced almonds)

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                  1. re: kim shook
                    Caitlin McGrath

                    Nabisco gingersnaps, Anna's ginger thins, and Anna's orange thins. (And the Anna's are vegan, BTW.)

                    1. re: Caitlin McGrath
                      Lynne Hodgman

                      Anna's used to be my favorite, too, but can no longer find them in KC. So the much more caloric Carr's lemon ginger have replaced them...Anna's are wonderful dipped in a hot drink, and the orange especially in ginger peach tea!

                  2. Keebler's Pecan Sandies. Keebler's Pecan Sandies. Keebler's Pecan Sandies. :o)

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                    1. re: Cats

                      I grew up on those, also Vienna Fingers and Social Tea Biscuits. But now I find them all (if I can find them at all) WAAAAAAAAAAAY too salty. Chacun a son gout. Now, it's Pepperidge farm and Bahlsen, and good old Gingersnaps (any brand, even the cheapest).

                      1. re: Cats

                        Agree, agree, agree!

                        Now to slightly diverge:

                        Favorite store bought cookie utilization:

                        A scoop of vanilla ice cream sandwiched between two Mother's Chocolate Chip Oatmeal cookies. NOW THATS AN ICE CREAM SANDWICH!

                      2. I second the Pepperidge Farm. They're all good. I like Milanos. Brussels not as easy to come by but also very good.

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                        1. re: RachelMolly

                          I also prefer the Brussels to the Milanos.

                          Have you tried the new Raspberry Milanos? Not bad, but a little artificial raspberry flavoring goes a long way.

                        2. (Girl Scout) thin mints.

                          Freihoffer's chocolate chips. Available in the Hudson Valley. I haven't had them in years, as I no longer live there, but have fond memories of "importing" them to college after visiting home.

                          Pepperidge Farms sausalito.

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                          1. re: Lori D

                            Yeah, Thin Mints! I would've voted for them too, if Richie hadn't specified grocery-store availability.

                            1. re: C. Fox

                              I just got my thin mints today from my connection here at work. I usually buy a bunch, give lots away to friends as gifts (they're like gold if you don't have an in with any scouts) and freeze the rest, which lasts about a week.

                              1. re: Liana

                                I kinda OD'd on that the last couple of years...found a box in the back of my freezer just a few weeks this year I'm laying low with just two boxes of TMs and one of some new flavor or other.

                                1. re: Liana

                                  the thin mints are good, but not as good as the ones the campfire girls used to sell (although they would barely qualify as a cookie)

                                  I have to admit, painful as it is, that I do like the Mint Oreos. Sigh, 30 years in purgatory I'm sure.

                                  This weekend I went to a picnic and the store brand "fresh" cookies (oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip) got left out in the sun. They ended up actually tasting like they were fresh out of the oven, warm and soft and gooey.