Monday 19 March 2018

Shopping Around: Chocolate chip cookies

This week, we tasted own-brand chocolate chip cookies, not the luxury kind but the everyday variety. We didn't dwell on the ingredient list but did take into account the nutritional values, which make for scary reading if you're sticking to a healthy diet! We also scored on taste and price.

Tesco Chocolate Chip Cookies

€0.61 (€3.05/kg)

Verdict: Admittedly, these were second dearest of the four. But the chocolate chips tasted nice, as did the biscuits on the whole. Also, of the nutritional values provided, these were lowest in calories in what is a high-calorie product, at 485 per 100g. They also came lowest for fat content (20.7g per 100g) but were second highest for sugar content at 32.5g per 100g.

Score: 7 / 10

Aldi Everyday Essentials Choc Chip Cookies, 400g

€0.62 (€1.55/kg)

Verdict: These were the cheapest by far, even compared to Lidl's cookies, given that you get two packs inside the outer wrapper. The great price meant a good score. They have the lowest amount of sugar, listed at 27.5g per 100g. But to be honest, these were not our favourite to taste, the chocolate not being as nice as some of the others. The fat content was joint highest at 23.4g per 100g and the calorie count was highest at 499 per 100g.

Score: 6 / 10M&S Simply Chocolate Chip Cookies, 200g

€0.95 (€4.75/kg)

Verdict: These were the dearest by far but they tasted good, if sugary (although all the cookies were). Sugar content is highest at 37.8g per 100g, the calorie count second highest at 495 calories per 100g and the fat content joint highest, along with Aldi's cookies.

Score: 5.5 / 10Lidl Tower Gate Chocolate Chip Cookies, 200g

€0.49 (€2.45/kg)

Verdict: Second best on price, these were fine to taste and not dissimilar from most of the others. But the nutritional values weren't listed at all, so we couldn't compare or score on that.

Score: 5 / 10

Irish Independent

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