Saturday 18 November 2017

Taste test chocolate chip cookies

Katy McGuinness

Chocolate chip cookies are a good choice at this time of year, because chocolate digestives are just too melty. Our testers tried seven different varieties, and didn't look too closely at the ingredients because, let's face it, no one eats chocolate chip cookies thinking that they are good for them.

Kilbeggan Irish Oat Cookies Chocolate Chip, 200g, €3.99, 9/10

Buttery and lovely, these melt-in-the-mouth cookies are made by hand in Co Westmeath and free from hydrogenated fat and other nasties. If you're only going to eat one biscuit a day, make it one of these.

Against The Grain Chocolate Chip and Hazelnut Cookies, 150g, €6.70, 8/10

These organic cookies are wheat, dairy and gluten-free, and the most expensive that we tested - far too expensive for the office, but lovely as a treat at home for anyone with dietary restrictions. Even suitable for vegans.

Fox's Chunkie Cookies, 180g, €2.40, 7/10

Generously proportioned cookies - there are only eight in the packet - these are jammed with big chunks of chocolate and have a hand-crafted look to them. Good for impressing the neighbours, but extravagant for a gang.

SuperValu Chocolate Chip Cookies, 225g, €1.29, 6/10

Nice crunch and texture, and a good price. You don't get a huge number of cookies per packet though.

Centra Chocolate Chip Cookies, 225g, €1.45, 6/10

Good chunky cookies with plenty of chocolate, and it's hard to argue with the price unless you have a lot of people to keep sweet.

Spar American Style Chocolate Chip Cookies, 150g, €1.55, 5/10

Nice crumbly texture, and generous with the chocolate, although not many in a packet.

Marks & Spencer Chocolate Chip Cookies, 400g, €2.50, 4/10

This jumbo double pack of small cookies is good value and contains lots of biscuits, so good for the office. Nothing to get excited about, but perfectly adequate.

Irish Independent

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