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Sep 30, 2012 09:47 AM

Grocery store cookies

Stole the idea from the "Grocery store ice cream favorites!!" thread...

Am just curious to know what your favorite flavours and brands are.

Always looking to try something new!

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  1. Pretty much the only grocery store cookie I ever buy is the Presidents Choice raspberry and cream (or the lemon one if I can find it). Same idea as the Peek Freans fruit creams that I grew up with, but even better; softer, fresher centre & cream; more substantial & buttery cookie). A sandwich cookie with vanilla cream filling and a centre of raspberry (or lemon) jelly. I hadn't seen them in a while but now they seem to be back, with new recyclable packaging that seems to result in a lot of broken cookies & crumbs.

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    1. re: stak

      I think I know what you're talking about! Grew up with them too...

      1. re: stak

        The Peek Freans lower-fat fruit creams are pretty good too. I think the line is called Lifestyle? They have a cranberry-something crunch that's good too.

        Metro-brand Irrestibles all-butter chocolate chip-pecan are great , but deadly.

      2. I love the McVitties digestives and Tim Tams.

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        1. re: hungryann

          Are you from the UK? ;) I've never seen McVitties digestives here, where do you buy them?

          1. re: LoveGossipGirl

            I find themin Asian markets mostly but I believe some Loblaws carry them also at times.

            1. re: LoveGossipGirl

              You can get them on the West Island at the Panier and s well there is a British store called Bramble house in Valois which has all kinds of cookies like this. I purchased a deluxe box of cookies here at Christmas...too good but bad for waistline.

            2. re: hungryann

              McVities are the only store-bought biscuits I buy. I've always got a package in the cookie tin. I see them at most large grocery stores.

                1. re: hungryann

                  You can get Hobnobs at Clarence & Cripps in Hudson, Bramble House in Pointe Claire, and I might have seen them in the British sweets section at Hogg Hardware in Westmount. Probably best to call any of these places before trekking out to make sure they have them in stock.

            3. The Nativa Organics line of bagged cookies from Pharmaprix of all places. Faves: ginger snaps & honey graham bears. Hubby also likes the animal-cracker variety. Small and not too sweet.

              1. Has anyone seen the cinnamon swirl cookies (I forget which brand they are) around? I have looked in 4 grocery stores and can't find them. Have they been discontinued?

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                1. re: hungryann

                  Coffee break! I haven't seen them in ages, come to think of it.

                    1. re: hungryann

                      Internet sleuthing reveals they were discontinued in 2010 by Mr. Christie (Kraft Foods). Dare has a similar cookie but it's also hard to find.

                2. The President's Choice Black label Raspberry and Cream cookies. These aren't the ones mentioned in the first reply, they're not sandwich cookies at all, more like thin, shortbread-y things with raspberry pieces. They're gorgeous and taste strongly and authentically of actual raspberries. I have gone through an entire package of these, by myself, at one sitting. :/

                  Would love to hear a good rec for grocery store oatmeal cookies (no raisins!).

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                  1. re: montrealeater

                    I'm so disenchanted with President's Choice these days. What started off as a higher-quality original brand has become an overpriced average product, IMO. In many cases, inferior even.

                    Dad's oatmeal cookies still do it for me, but it may be a nostalgic, back-to-highschool thing.

                    1. re: C70

                      I started a thread awhile back about PC products as I was (and still sort of am) attempting to try as many PC things as I can. No reason other than me being fond of useless projects. Lately there have been a few really, really bad products, tho, and the Black Label line wasn't as good as I was expecting (apart from those biscuits and a couple of other things). They (PC) really fail at sweets/desserts, imo.

                      As for cookies, I'll eat Dad's in a pinch but I'm really looking for something maybe more on the chewy side of things.

                      1. re: montrealeater

                        One amazing PC item, their fish in a beer batter and fish is from Scotland.Their cookies are not great.

                        1. re: montrealeater

                          Doesn't anyone here go on a Decadent cookie binge once in a while? I definitely do. As far as chocolate chip cookies go, I find them great when compared to other supermarket/packaged options. I find that PC has some really good products, some bad ones and some average ones. It can be a good alternative when you want to find cheaper versions of big brand products. I am still blown away by the range of products they have

                          1. re: artstate

                            Agreed. If I have a choice between Chips Ahoy and PC Decadent, I'll go for PC any day.

                            1. re: chefjeannine

                              Ha, opposite here. I like that Chips Ahoy are saltier, the Decadent is just pure sweet.

                              I will say one thing about PC, they do have great customer service if you contact them. I bought a frozen pizza once, the instructions were to cook directly on the rack, and the whole middle fell to the bottom of the oven. I mentioned it on PC's fb page and was sent a $10 gift card.

                              1. re: C70

                                You're right, that's the difference between them. I like Rainbow Chips Ahoy or Triple Chocolate Chips Ahoy better than PC. But the regular chips ahoy are blah

                          2. re: montrealeater

                            See my above recommended chewy cookies found in grocery stores' baked goods section!!

                          3. re: C70

                            I love Dad's. The classic oatmeal, nothing chewy or with raisins/etc.

                          4. re: montrealeater

                            Good oatmeal cookies can be found in the grocery store's baked goods section (ie "Fresh")... Metro usually. Sometimes IGA and provigo. I also like Provigo's own baked "hermit cookies" and "icebox cookies" (shortbread with walnuts and dried fruit)