The Way the Cookie Crumbles
On National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day — which falls on August 4 this year — store-bought cookies can satisfy your craving in less time than it takes to bake a batch of homemade. But which kind to get from that endless grocery aisle? To find out, we bought 16 bags of chocolate chip cookies from well-known brands like Keebler, Pepperidge Farm, and Nabisco, as well as house brands from stores including Walmart, Aldi, and Trader Joe's. Then we assembled a crack team of food fanatics (including a professional baker) to find out which of the cookies was the best, taking into account appearance, chip distribution, texture, mouthfeel, and flavor. Samples were tasted blind, with water to cleanse the palate between rounds. The contenders are ranked from worst to first by consensus.
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