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What is your favorite store bought cookie ?

emglow101 Apr 17, 2014 08:59 PM

My favorite has to be the LU brand Petit Ecolier. I am enjoying the 70% cacao at the moment and also like the milk chocolate. And yours ? This box is history.

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    Jerseygirl111 RE: emglow101 Apr 17, 2014 09:04 PM

    Tie. Oreo and Milano.

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      ricepad RE: emglow101 Apr 17, 2014 09:21 PM

      Pepperidge Farms Mint Milanos. I don't dare buy them because I'd eat the entire bag in about 5 minutes.

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        magiesmom RE: ricepad Apr 19, 2014 05:21 AM

        Me too.
        I have a friend who buys them and I drop by for a cuppa and she always gives me some.

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        nothingswrong RE: emglow101 Apr 17, 2014 11:11 PM

        I just bought a box of the Petit Ecoliers. Like you, I'm enjoying the 70% more now as an adult; as a kid I loved the milk chocolate. I find now that it's too rich.

        I also love Pepperidge Farm Chessmen and Brussels.

        Also a Belgian (I believe?) cookie, thin like a wafer, rectangular, with sliced almonds in it. It's a buttery brown sugar type cookie. Addictive as hell and perfect with espresso.

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          mcsheridan RE: nothingswrong Apr 18, 2014 06:05 AM

          I find those milk chocolate Petit Ecolier cookies extremely dangerous for one reason - you can nestle 8 mini-marshmallows inside the chocolate tile, briefly microwave, and have the most perfect adult S'more.

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            nothingswrong RE: mcsheridan Apr 18, 2014 09:57 AM

            I can't believe this has never occurred to me. I'm going to try this soon, thanks!

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              iL Divo RE: mcsheridan Apr 18, 2014 11:31 AM

              you're evil to even suggest-cuse me Foodland is right next door

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                mcsheridan RE: iL Divo Apr 18, 2014 11:51 AM

                I am *nothing* if not evil. Muhahaha!

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                  iL Divo RE: mcsheridan Apr 19, 2014 01:25 PM


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                mcsheridan RE: mcsheridan Apr 28, 2014 02:26 PM

                WHAT was I Thinking? It's not the microwave...

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                alkapal RE: nothingswrong Apr 19, 2014 12:46 AM

                we must be twins! i agree with you on your choices. shortbread i prefer walker's but had chessmen tonight.

                the last cookie is like the windmill/speuloos/biscoff kind of flavor. you mean the jules destrooper almond thins. addictive indeed - esp. dunked in good stong coffee or in milk. http://www.destrooper.be/en/the-biscu...

                i also love nutter butter peanut butter cookies.

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                  nothingswrong RE: alkapal Apr 19, 2014 10:52 AM

                  Yes, Destrooper! I went and looked at the box after posting but forgot to update the name. They are SO good, definitely one of my favorite cookies.

                  Nutter Butters were a favorite when I was younger. I recently picked up a package of the mini ones from the liquor store for a snack and they are one of the only treats from childhood that still taste 100% the same to my adult taste buds. Really tasty.

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                    Ttrockwood RE: alkapal Apr 19, 2014 02:02 PM

                    Oooooh.... Biscoff!!

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                  Kalivs RE: emglow101 Apr 17, 2014 11:16 PM

                  Pims...reminds me of Jaffa cakes

                  1. mcsheridan RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 06:03 AM

                    Tate's Bake Shops's Chocolate Chip Cookies - thin, crunchy, buttery.

                    Stop & Shop' store brand Simply Gourmet, sells the exact same cookie. Must be made by same bakery. Similar price, though.

                    Both brands occasionally go on sale; best time to buy more than one bag. :)

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                      Alfred G RE: mcsheridan Apr 18, 2014 09:51 AM

                      +1 for Tate's. There's nothing like them.

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                        Janet from Richmond RE: Alfred G Apr 21, 2014 05:45 AM

                        Another vote for Tate's

                    2. Kate is always hungry RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 09:27 AM

                      Ovenbaked's fudge mint cookies. They are dark chocolate squares, similar in size to most chocolate covered grahams. There's a thin layer of white mint and coated with dark chocolate. I put them in the freezer before eating like I would a Girl Scout Thin Mint. The price is $1.00 at the dollar store.

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                        pedalfaster RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 09:42 AM

                        Walker's Shortbread.

                        For those times when I am too busy or simply to lazy to make my own.

                        I also buy a couple of boxes of Girl Scout Thin Mints every year and keep them in the freezer. Great for late night snack-attacks. I tell myself I am doing a good thing by supporting my local Girl Scouts...and of course those calories never count!

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                          Enigma3 RE: pedalfaster Apr 18, 2014 10:03 AM

                          Second Walker's shortbread.

                        2. grampart RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 09:48 AM

                          Hands down favorite, but have had difficulty finding them "lately".

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                            ttoommyy RE: grampart Apr 18, 2014 11:20 AM

                            I remember those! I have not seen Burry's cookies in NJ where I live for years. I used to love their Fudgetown cookies!

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                              rudysmom RE: ttoommyy Apr 19, 2014 08:36 AM

                              Fudgetown! a childhood fave. i used to poke out the middles with my pinky and eat them last.

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                                ttoommyy RE: rudysmom Apr 19, 2014 01:53 PM


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                                  Jpan99 RE: rudysmom Apr 21, 2014 07:54 AM

                                  I did the same thing! Poke the middle with your pinky! :-)

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                                    ttoommyy RE: Jpan99 Apr 21, 2014 09:34 AM

                                    Funny little store about Burry's cookies while growing up...
                                    My father was a truck driver and for some reason, he had Burry's cookies on his route even though he did not work directly for them. Like many things he delivered, he brought home a lot of stuff that "fell off the truck." (I never had to buy a notebook, pens or pencils for all 12 years of grammar/high school). ;)
                                    Anyway, my brother and I were diehard Nabisco fans (Oreos, Chips Ahoy and Lorna Doone) and would not touch the Burry's! (except for the Fudgetown, of course). So my parents always wound up giving away sleeves and sleeves of the Burry's to family and friends.
                                    Yes, my brother and I were spoiled. :)

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                                wonderwoman RE: grampart Apr 19, 2014 02:00 PM

                                haven't thought about gauchos in decades. thanks for reminding me about a rare non-chocolate childhood favorite.

                                my current non-chocolate favorite is trader joe's belgian butter waffle cookie. cannot keep them in the house!

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                                  alkapal RE: wonderwoman Apr 20, 2014 08:00 AM

                                  those waffle cookies are superb indeed. i think they (maybe) are the ones made by the belgian firm "destrooper" -- who also do the butter almond thins.

                                  does trader joe's have butter almond thins, too, i wonder?

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                                    Steve Green RE: alkapal Apr 20, 2014 08:45 AM

                                    Yes, they do.

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                                      alkapal RE: Steve Green Apr 21, 2014 05:35 AM

                                      ooooh, good! thanks. butter cookies are my faves. those belgians have it going on, too.

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                                JudiAU RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 11:22 AM

                                Petit Ecolier in dark chocolate. Thin Mints once every few years. A box of Walker's shortbread every three years.

                                1. iL Divo RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 11:28 AM

                                  not sure still even made but:
                                  Lorne Doones
                                  Flicky Flakes
                                  Mothers iced AnimalCookies
                                  Fig Newtons

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                                    Ttrockwood RE: iL Divo Apr 18, 2014 04:16 PM

                                    Yes, i see lorna dunes at cvs in manhattan.
                                    Mother's cookies are only west coast :/
                                    I lovelovelove the mother's "taffy" sandwich cookies, so maybe its a good thing they're on the opposite coast!

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                                      iL Divo RE: Ttrockwood Apr 19, 2014 01:45 PM

                                      no fair TRock cuz now I gotta look for those taffy thingies, thanks from SRock :)

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                                        Ttrockwood RE: iL Divo Apr 19, 2014 02:09 PM

                                        It may take some hunting! Even on the west coast some groceries don't carry mother's cookies or have the taffy flavor....the peanut butter gauchos are also damned good.

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                                      ttoommyy RE: iL Divo Apr 18, 2014 04:18 PM

                                      I bought some Lorna Doone recently to make a crust for cheesecake. Mmmmmmm... Used to be one of my favorite cookies as a kid.

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                                        alkapal RE: ttoommyy Apr 19, 2014 12:49 AM

                                        not like they used to be nowadays, though. aftertaste, iirc.

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                                          ttoommyy RE: alkapal Apr 19, 2014 04:25 AM

                                          Really though, what is? I used to love Oreos as well, but had one recently and it was definitelty different. I realize tastes change as we get older, but even the texture of the Oreo was different.

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                                            alkapal RE: ttoommyy Apr 19, 2014 05:42 AM

                                            i was thinking how the nutter butter PB cookie is pretty darn similar to what it was when it first came out -- at least it tastes that way to me. pecan sandies, OTOH, are completely debased nowadays.

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                                              nothingswrong RE: alkapal Apr 19, 2014 10:53 AM

                                              Lol I just wrote that about NBs in reply above!

                                              Another cookie that tastes NOTHING like I remember it: Chips Ahoy. Blech.

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                                                alkapal RE: nothingswrong Apr 19, 2014 11:45 AM

                                                agree on the chips ahoy. plastic-y now….weird aftertaste.

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                                          iL Divo RE: ttoommyy Apr 19, 2014 01:50 PM

                                          have not bought LD for years
                                          I'll admit because I own the market on butter (just ask my husband) for making his favorite SS. and yes I crumb leftovers too/freeze them for later use.

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                                        jarona RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 01:37 PM

                                        Oreos. Oreos with a cold glass of milk = heaven
                                        Second, those windmill cookies.

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                                          vkod3 RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 02:20 PM

                                          I'm not sure if it's my favorite per se, but try the Mulino Bianco line. Originally from Italy (by Barilla) it's pretty easy to find in the US too. They've got this unique aroma I just can't put my finger on. Better than Pepperidge Farm in my opinion.

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                                            Taralli RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 03:19 PM

                                            Nabisco Pinwheels!

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                                              JoeBabbitt RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 03:33 PM

                                              Oreos. Not double stuff, pink stuff, banana stuff, etc. etc. etc. Regular original Oreos.

                                              & maybe Vienna Fingers.


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                                                alkapal RE: JoeBabbitt Apr 19, 2014 12:50 AM

                                                i'd forgotten about vienna fingers.

                                              2. Veggo RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 04:52 PM

                                                An occasional Pepperidge Farm White Chocolate Macadamia Nut cookie.

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                                                  jbsiegel RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 06:02 PM

                                                  Oreo, Nutter Butter, Milano

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                                                    autumm RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 06:15 PM

                                                    Not really Store bought, but Girl Scout Thin mints. Or Tagalongs/peanut butter patties.

                                                    1. ipsedixit RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                      Ritz Peanut Butter Cracker Sandwiches

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                                                        alkapal RE: ipsedixit Apr 19, 2014 12:51 AM

                                                        darn good

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                                                        randyjl RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 08:08 PM

                                                        I had forgotten about Vienna Fingers. Got to get some!

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                                                          Querencia RE: emglow101 Apr 18, 2014 11:54 PM

                                                          1) Anna's Ginger Thins 2) Peppridge Farm Milanos, Double Chocolate 3) Orange Jaffa Cakes

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                                                            grumpyspatient RE: emglow101 Apr 19, 2014 06:25 AM

                                                            Nabisco Mint Sandwich cookies and the Archway Hermit.

                                                            neither are as good as they use to be!

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                                                              ttoommyy RE: grumpyspatient Apr 19, 2014 01:54 PM

                                                              Loved the Nabico mint sandwich cookies too!

                                                            2. alkapal RE: emglow101 Apr 19, 2014 06:31 AM

                                                              growing up, my faves also included little debbie oatmeal creme pies. i get sentimental walking past them in the grocery store.

                                                              a couple of years ago, my sister had some in her cupboard for the grandkids, and i tried one. just a mere shadow of its former self. <sigh>

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                                                                Chefpaulo RE: emglow101 Apr 19, 2014 06:37 AM

                                                                As a kid, I'd have to say Archway Molasses, Pecan Sandies and the sorely-missed Brown Edge Wafers. Today, I bake my own.

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                                                                  alkapal RE: Chefpaulo Apr 19, 2014 06:37 AM

                                                                  oooh, do you have a good pecan sandies recipe?

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                                                                    Chefpaulo RE: alkapal Apr 19, 2014 06:47 AM

                                                                    Ahh, sorry, no. I didn't mean it that way. They were just my faves 40 years ago. "My own" meant my recipes: oatmeal lace, gingerbread spice, almond crescents, bourbon balls and a half-dozen others. Baking is my "therapy" but I honestly can't remember the last commercial bakery cookies I bought.

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                                                                      alkapal RE: Chefpaulo Apr 19, 2014 10:22 AM

                                                                      alrighty then! i wasn't sure, anyhow. ;-).

                                                                      oatmeal lace and almond crescents sound like my taste. my aunt pauline used to make some lovely almond crescents. like an almond shortcake shaped in a crescent, baked until done but not browned, then rolled in powdered sugar when done. so delicious because the buttery taste shone through and there were not real sweet.

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                                                                        Chefpaulo RE: alkapal Apr 19, 2014 12:56 PM

                                                                        Those are the ones, with a tsp of cinnamon blended in with the 10x sugar finish. But a lot of technique is involved.
                                                                        Will be happy to share if you backchannel.

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                                                                          alkapal RE: Chefpaulo Apr 20, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                                          you know, i take it back -- my aunt pauline's crescents used pecans -- much more available in the south! SHE called them sand tarts, but now i know they are not what everyone ELSE calls sand tarts. her cookie crescents were as thick as a finger, but sand tarts are very thin. gosh, i can taste one now from memory. she'd keep them in a tin lined with wax paper, or a tupperware container.

                                                                          i don't know how to backchannel you, but i have a chowalkapal email address on my profile page. thanks.

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                                                                            Chefpaulo RE: alkapal Apr 21, 2014 05:40 AM

                                                                            Just sent you my "famous four" cookie recipes for the few tins that are "expected" at work every Holiday season. This year, they all wanted the recipes as well, so here you go.

                                                                            Your aunt's sand tart recipe made with pecans was likely the Keebler R&D inspiration for Pecan Sandies (well, maybe not specifically hers, but a regional facsimile.) I haven't made them but I found the card in my grandmother's recipe box. Will send upon request.

                                                                            P.S. I share your penchant for the fresh grapefruit juice and vodka which has been my Thermos-by-the-pool choice since the 70s. I add 2 shots of Cointreau. Try it!

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                                                                              alkapal RE: Chefpaulo Apr 21, 2014 05:42 AM

                                                                              chefpaulo, oh thank you very much. and that grapefruit drink idea -- bravo!

                                                                2. Uncle Bob RE: emglow101 Apr 19, 2014 10:33 AM

                                                                  Keebler Pecan Sandies
                                                                  Nabisco Original Oreo
                                                                  You aren't tootin, I like Fig Newton's

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                                                                    DonShirer RE: Uncle Bob Apr 22, 2014 03:17 PM

                                                                    Keeblers Cashew Sandies are pretty good, too!

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                                                                    jbsiegel RE: emglow101 Apr 19, 2014 01:17 PM

                                                                    I also always loved sugar wafers. I seem to remember somebody made chocolate filled ones at some point?

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                                                                      Nayners RE: emglow101 Apr 19, 2014 03:52 PM

                                                                      Oreo double stuff.....period!

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                                                                        bobbert RE: Nayners Apr 20, 2014 04:52 AM

                                                                        I'm a big fan of the double stuffed... anything. Oreo's and EL Fudge. Actually, double stuffed is not good enough for me. I usually pull the cookie off one side of two cookies and make a quadruple stuff out of them.

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                                                                          Pwmfan RE: bobbert Apr 21, 2014 06:24 AM

                                                                          Mega stuff Oreos are hard to find but really good!

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                                                                        itsmejessica RE: emglow101 Apr 19, 2014 06:11 PM

                                                                        I haven't had these in a couple years but they were so good last time I had them.
                                                                        Keebler butter cookies, the pecan sandies also so good.
                                                                        As a kid I loved these cookies that were in the shape of windmills. They were so crunchy and I think they had sliced almonds in them.

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                                                                          emglow101 RE: itsmejessica Apr 19, 2014 09:29 PM

                                                                          The windmill cookies. Are they still available ? One of my favorites that I have forgotten.

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                                                                            itsmejessica RE: emglow101 Apr 20, 2014 06:03 AM

                                                                            I had forgotten them too. This thread made me think of them.
                                                                            I just looked on line and Archer and Lil' dutch maid both make them.
                                                                            I haven't seen them in years wasn't really looking, I'll look around next I get groceries.
                                                                            Loved them as a kid.

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                                                                              alkapal RE: emglow101 Apr 20, 2014 08:03 AM

                                                                              windmills are still around, but not as almondy as before.

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                                                                                AmyH RE: emglow101 Apr 22, 2014 08:37 AM

                                                                                Trader Joe's has an excellent almond windmill cookie.

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                                                                                  RUK RE: AmyH Apr 23, 2014 06:21 AM

                                                                                  Oh yes! Picked some up yesterday, along with the Macadamia Laceys Cookies recommended here!

                                                                            2. Steve Green RE: emglow101 Apr 20, 2014 05:08 AM

                                                                              I rarely buy cookies anymore, since it's too dangerous for me to have a box lying around. That said, my favorites, already mentioned upthread, are the Jules Destrooper Almond Thins, and Walker's Shortbread.

                                                                              Honorable mention goes to the wafer-style Nutter Butter--not sure if they're still around, but I'm talking about the break-apart rectangular wafers, not the peanut-shaped sandwich cookies.

                                                                              As for those no longer available:
                                                                              --The late, great Hydrox (Oreo is a poor imitation)
                                                                              --Golden Fruit Biscuits

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                                                                                alkapal RE: Steve Green Apr 20, 2014 08:04 AM

                                                                                ooooh, golden fruit biscuits --- so lovely!!!!

                                                                                here is a recipe to get the nostalgia going: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/blog/2...

                                                                                described by the king arthur flour people as a more "robust" version."

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                                                                                  vttp926 RE: Steve Green Apr 20, 2014 11:49 AM

                                                                                  They still make the wafer style Nutter Butter. I think that is my mom favorite store bought cookie.

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                                                                                  haiku. RE: emglow101 Apr 20, 2014 11:56 AM

                                                                                  Fox's Dark Chocolate Chunk Cookies. An import, so can't always get it and it's not the cheapest. But I absolutely adore them.

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                                                                                    latindancer RE: emglow101 Apr 20, 2014 10:08 PM

                                                                                    Trader Joe's Maple cookies.

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                                                                                      ohmyyum RE: latindancer Apr 21, 2014 07:44 AM

                                                                                      Those are like crack.

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                                                                                      Tripper RE: emglow101 Apr 21, 2014 05:54 AM

                                                                                      Almond Thins from Trader Joes

                                                                                      1. RUK RE: emglow101 Apr 21, 2014 05:56 AM

                                                                                        Probably Trader Joe's Lace cookies, impossible to resist!

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                                                                                          Pwmfan RE: RUK Apr 21, 2014 06:37 AM

                                                                                          I love the milk chocolate macadamia lace cookies from TJs but they are so rich they're more like a toffee candy.

                                                                                        2. Jpan99 RE: emglow101 Apr 21, 2014 07:56 AM

                                                                                          Pepperidge Farm Brussels

                                                                                          The ones I miss the most are Brown Edge Wafers. Gosh, I wish they would make those again.

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                                                                                            BangorDin RE: emglow101 Apr 21, 2014 02:28 PM

                                                                                            I think they're called Devil's Food Cakes -- ?
                                                                                            They are squarish, have a thin marshmallow layer as well as soft cake and a choco coating.

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                                                                                              grampart RE: BangorDin Apr 21, 2014 03:05 PM

                                                                                              They've been around much longer than SnackWells.

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                                                                                                iL Divo RE: grampart Apr 21, 2014 07:50 PM

                                                                                                gram, oh yum

                                                                                            2. Firegoat RE: emglow101 Apr 21, 2014 02:46 PM

                                                                                              Pepperidge Farm Pirouette chocolate hazelnut rolled wafers.

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                                                                                                alkapal RE: Firegoat Apr 22, 2014 05:18 AM

                                                                                                i've never had a pirouette that didn't taste stale.

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                                                                                                  Firegoat RE: alkapal Apr 22, 2014 10:04 AM

                                                                                                  Well that sucks, I've always had good luck with them being all foil wrapped and in tin cans and stuff.

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                                                                                                    Chefpaulo RE: alkapal Apr 22, 2014 12:52 PM

                                                                                                    Pirouettes should have been on my original list as well. I have not seen the vanilla ones in ages but Carr's now offers Golden Rolls which look identical. They might be worth a try.

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                                                                                                  falerin RE: emglow101 Apr 22, 2014 08:02 AM

                                                                                                  My favorite store bought cookie is probably Voortman Iced Almonettes. I am rather fond of their amaretto-like flavor. They are a shortbread like cookie. In fact I also like pretty much any shortbread now but that is a new thing. I used to find shortbread far too dry and I have sensory issues with dry textures.


                                                                                                  I like pretty much all LU cookies myself Petit Ecolier as you mention is delicious, I like LU PIMS as well (which are essentially Jaffa Cakes as another poster noted).

                                                                                                  +1 for Most anything Peppridge Farm. Most are delightful and I am particularly fond of the various Milanos.

                                                                                                  Finally I rather like Biscotti of any form, again in spite of being dry, but largely I eat those with liquid.

                                                                                                  Lets not even get into Girl Scout cookies. If those are included in "store bought" things get more complex by a mile. Some I love absolutely (thin mints) others I fairly detest.

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                                                                                                    jbsiegel RE: emglow101 Apr 22, 2014 08:24 AM

                                                                                                    Animal Crackers are pretty good too...

                                                                                                    1. AmyH RE: emglow101 Apr 22, 2014 08:40 AM

                                                                                                      Dare chocolate fudge sandwich cookies! Such great chocolate flavor. LThe maple ones are great, too, but I really love the chocolate fudge.

                                                                                                      I also really like Trader Joe's belgian butter waffle cookies with a shmear of nutella on top. And Newman's Own hermits.

                                                                                                      1. grampart RE: emglow101 Apr 22, 2014 08:57 AM

                                                                                                        Possibly the best dunking cookie ever. The humble chocolate wafer. I've been eating them since they came in metal cylinders.

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                                                                                                          grumpyspatient RE: grampart Apr 22, 2014 11:15 AM

                                                                                                          my husband makes the ice box cake every memorial day and I get the cookies are broken. Win-win for everyone!

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                                                                                                            grampart RE: grumpyspatient Apr 22, 2014 11:31 AM

                                                                                                            I could never get past the sogginess of the cookie in the ice box cake. Better to eat the creamy goop spread over a single crisp wafer.

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                                                                                                            wonderwoman RE: grampart Apr 22, 2014 03:33 PM

                                                                                                            love them, out of the box or in an ice-box cake. i vaguely remember the metal can.

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                                                                                                              grampart RE: wonderwoman Apr 22, 2014 03:36 PM

                                                                                                              The tin.

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                                                                                                                wonderwoman RE: grampart Apr 22, 2014 04:40 PM

                                                                                                                still available online:)


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                                                                                                              iL Divo RE: grampart Apr 22, 2014 06:52 PM

                                                                                                              oh my gosh, let's all make a zebra.......
                                                                                                              loved those

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                                                                                                              mwk RE: emglow101 Apr 22, 2014 12:55 PM

                                                                                                              Classic Fig Newtons, hands down. I can't be left near an open box of them.

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                                                                                                                alkapal RE: mwk Apr 22, 2014 06:57 PM

                                                                                                                you've seen the brilliant brian regan's comedy routine on fig newtons and food labels? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBko_...

                                                                                                              2. Delucacheesemonger RE: emglow101 Apr 22, 2014 01:13 PM

                                                                                                                Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux

                                                                                                                l must be a lot older than most as Fig Newtons, Pecan Sandies, and Nutter Butters are all inedible to me now. Tried all three for the first time in a long time and nope, nope, nope.

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                                                                                                                  chloebell RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 22, 2014 03:38 PM

                                                                                                                  Keebler made divine Almond Crescents until they decided not to make them anymore (tears are still flowing).

                                                                                                                  Love pecan sandies & ginger thins. I rarely buy them b/c I'll eat them all!!!!!!

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                                                                                                                    Delucacheesemonger RE: Delucacheesemonger Apr 23, 2014 01:00 AM

                                                                                                                    Forgot Sweetzel's Spice Wafers as a good one

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                                                                                                                    laliz RE: emglow101 Apr 23, 2014 09:53 AM

                                                                                                                    Petit Ecolier ~~ dark chocolate
                                                                                                                    those stroopwaffle thingies
                                                                                                                    Trader Joe's Thin almond cookies

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                                                                                                                      Pwmfan RE: emglow101 Apr 23, 2014 10:21 AM

                                                                                                                      For all of the Petit Ecolier fans out there: have you tried the Aldis version of these? They are very similar, with good quality chocolate and thin biscuit. And the price can't be beat!

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                                                                                                                        falerin RE: Pwmfan Apr 23, 2014 10:30 AM

                                                                                                                        Aldi's has many very good high end products. Their strudel during times it is available is to die for. In the US Aldi is considered a discount chain and so people may turn their nose up at the Aldi brands but in Europe where Aldi is based they are anything but and their products reflect that quality by and large.

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                                                                                                                          laliz RE: Pwmfan Apr 23, 2014 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                          No Aldis in Southern California

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                                                                                                                          randyjl RE: emglow101 Apr 23, 2014 11:05 AM

                                                                                                                          Yes, Hydrox beat Oreos to shame! Also Keebler used to make a chocolate filled chocolate sandwich cookie. When in high school, that was my only reason for going grocery shopping!

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                                                                                                                            grampart RE: randyjl Apr 23, 2014 11:44 AM

                                                                                                                            "Yes, Hydrox beat Oreos to shame! "

                                                                                                                            Hardly. If that were true Hydrox would still be on the supermarket shelf. Oreos Rule!

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                                                                                                                              Steve Green RE: grampart Apr 23, 2014 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                              The best isn't always the most successful -- there are other factors, such as marketing. Beta vs VHS, for example.

                                                                                                                              I knew a few people who preferred Oreos, but the great majority of my discerning friends in the 70's liked Hydrox better. FWIW,

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                                                                                                                                Chefpaulo RE: Steve Green Apr 23, 2014 05:08 PM

                                                                                                                                However....VHS beat out Beta because of Sony corporate greed and refusal to release rights whereas JVC sold format licenses to all comers. I don't equate the demise of Hydrox for the same reasons although I agree they were the better cookie, and Beta was the simpler, more reliable format.

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                                                                                                                                  falerin RE: Steve Green Apr 24, 2014 05:04 AM

                                                                                                                                  Better is, like many adverbs, generally a statement of opinion, rather than objective fact. The Format Wars of various things Betamax vs VHS, KFlex vs X2, PS2 vs XBOX are an interesting study because in most cases what won has little to do with technical superiority. As Chefpaulo notes below, Sony's behavior was huge in causing Betamax to lose the taped video format wars. A fight they retrod latter with Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD and this time ostensibly won. A pyrrhic victory, to be sure, since streaming video has since blown both away.

                                                                                                                                  Affordability is a big part of the "better" tag for most. If I can have 200 of something I like well enough, that is. to most peoples eyes, better than only 10 of something I like a margin more. Had this not been the case the 3DO gaming systems, which for most are either a memory or completely unknown entirely, would have succeeded.

                                                                                                                                  With food though you come up with an enitrely different set of metrics though. While people will spend considerable money on "Gourmet" Food they like, that requires generally the food be marketed as gourmet, and that the consumer know they like it. With Mass Market food, however, more than cost being the key determinant: market saturation, advertising, and, ultimately, brand recognition and loyalty will drive consumers to select a product they like less over one they like more, so long as prices are within tolerance.

                                                                                                                                  Furthemore, tastes are driven by the masses as a whole and not by subsets with more rarefied or sophisticated tastes. Which leads to some rather unfortunate things.

                                                                                                                                  This will even happen in subsets of markets.

                                                                                                                                  For example, and this is a small one, I am very fond of Canada Dry's Green Tea Ginger Ale (this is by no means a gourmet beverage, but it is fairly distinct in its market). The beverage sold very well for years in South Central PA, and then suddenly vanished without a trace. Apparently, an individual bottler of the Dr. Pepper Snapple Group (since they bottle under license and not at company owned plants) decided that their profit in my area was insufficient and they wanted that product space for something else. They thus stopped bottling it in this area, killing the product. (Luckily bottlers in surrounding market areas Maryland, Eastern New Jersey, New York have made different decisions and I can still at this point obtain the beverage I want but I have to drive at least 45 minutes for the privilege. This is not something I will do often since the beverage while liked is hardly liquid gold. Therefore, I am restricted to getting it to when I already want to go to those market areas for some reason and actually remember to look for and purchase it.

                                                                                                                                  Unfortunately, this generally means that superior products that do not have a successful launch or that are branded poorly ill often disappear from the market entirely while the least common denominator dominates.

                                                                                                                                  This model has to do with the industry more than anything. In markets where taste variability dominates, you find much more niche products rotating frequently and producing flavors and concepts you will never see in the US.

                                                                                                                                  Perhaps most famous of these is the Japanese Snack Food and Beverage market. You can get some really odd variations of ostensibly American Product Lines, in Japan (and sometimes in asian import stores).

                                                                                                                                  The gourmet food movement in the US has started to move us in this direction but I do not think that Frito Lay will soon be marketing Shrimp Mayo Doritios in US Markets.


                                                                                                                                  I too prefer Hydrox to Oreo generally. Oreo are too sweet. Fortunately we may soon have our way again (Leaf brands plans to resurrect them):


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                                                                                                                                    alkapal RE: falerin Apr 25, 2014 05:43 AM

                                                                                                                                    very interesting write-up. you are very knowledgeable.

                                                                                                                                    and…when could i hope for some shrimp mayo doritos?

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                                                                                                                                    Steve Green RE: Steve Green Apr 24, 2014 05:34 AM

                                                                                                                                    Good news about the revival -- I hope Leaf Brands pulls it off. The closest-to-Hydrox of the current bunch of clones, are the 365 sandwich cookies -- Whole Foods house brand.

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                                                                                                                                      ttoommyy RE: Steve Green Apr 24, 2014 10:55 AM

                                                                                                                                      Growing up in the 70s where I lived, Hydrox were for the "white trash" families that couldn't afford Oreos. :)

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                                                                                                                                        grampart RE: ttoommyy Apr 24, 2014 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                        Like off-brand colas?

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                                                                                                                                          ttoommyy RE: grampart Apr 24, 2014 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                          Exactly! In my neighborhood that would have been RC Cola or Shasta. Throw in some K-Tel records and it's a white trash party!

                                                                                                                                          It's funny, we were pretty white trash ourselves, but we did like our better name-brand foods.

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                                                                                                                                            grampart RE: ttoommyy Apr 24, 2014 11:39 AM

                                                                                                                                            "Throw in some K-Tel records and it's a white trash party!"

                                                                                                                                            I'll bring a case of Iron City!

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                                                                                                                                              falerin RE: ttoommyy Apr 24, 2014 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                                              Heh. Shasta tends to be vile. For a long time I preferred RC to Coke or Pepsi, though. I especially liked Cherry RC. I have since come to know that the reason I liked RC better was Cane Sugar versus High Fructose Corn Syrup, They may taste similar or identical but the mouth feel is TOTALLY different. Unfortunately, RC uses corn syrup most places now and as far as I know and cherry has been discontinued. Fortunately, Pepsi makes Throwback.

                                                                                                                                              As to white trash becoming main stream. Faygo Root Beer was considered the best Root Beer in America by a major food magazine (Bon Appetit) Gamera and Juggalos everywhere rejoiced. True Story.


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                                                                                                                                                ttoommyy RE: falerin Apr 25, 2014 05:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                When I was growing up, all soda was made with cane sugar. I stll preferred Coke and Pepsi over RC, but probably because it was not "cool" to have it. It was actually embarassing in my 'hood if someone's mother served it. lol

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                                                                                                                                    SilverMoth RE: emglow101 Apr 23, 2014 08:57 PM

                                                                                                                                    Right now, Trader Joe's gluten free chocolate chip cookies.

                                                                                                                                    1. Teague RE: emglow101 Apr 24, 2014 12:37 AM

                                                                                                                                      I'm a big fan of Nabisco's Gingersnap cookies. Very crunchy, big molasses flavor, and pretty gingery. I'm also fond of Voortman Windmills.

                                                                                                                                      1. coney with everything RE: emglow101 Apr 24, 2014 04:59 AM

                                                                                                                                        When I was a Girl Scout, Burry was the baker for the cookies we sold, are these maybe analogous to the peanut butter GS cookies?

                                                                                                                                        1. coney with everything RE: emglow101 Apr 24, 2014 05:06 AM

                                                                                                                                          Petit Ecoliers or the TJ equivalent

                                                                                                                                          Most TJ cookies

                                                                                                                                          Most Private Selection cookies @ Kroger

                                                                                                                                          Peek Freans when I can find them. Haven't seen them in the States lately, might have to go to Canada just for cookies!

                                                                                                                                          1. Monica RE: emglow101 Apr 24, 2014 11:09 AM

                                                                                                                                            McVities chocolate covered biscuits...well, i guess they are not exactly cookies but they are so so good.
                                                                                                                                            another vote for Biscoff and Milano
                                                                                                                                            Those thin wafer rods filled with chocolate are pretty good too.

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                                                                                                                                              falerin RE: Monica Apr 24, 2014 12:18 PM

                                                                                                                                              Wafer Rods = Pirouettes or Pirrolines. Biscoff are pretty good too though my favorite for of Biscoff is definitely the Cookie Butter. Biscoff spread is a weird as ever concept but I love every minute of it.

                                                                                                                                            2. Monica RE: emglow101 Apr 24, 2014 12:24 PM

                                                                                                                                              I LOVE Biscoff but I hate Biscoff cookie spread...strange concept yes and I hate it. haha. when I first had it on bread, it was strange to put carb on carb...

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                                                                                                                                                falerin RE: Monica Apr 24, 2014 12:31 PM

                                                                                                                                                Different strokes for different folks eh? I have seen some considerable variability in the speculoos (cookie butters) out there and come to think of it Biscoff is not my preferred brand. I do not like the crunchy kind at all.

                                                                                                                                                All of it is unhealthy though. Carbs blended in vegetable shortening is not bound to be a good diet food. Especially since vegetable shortening is by nature hydrogenated.

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