Hello readers/disciples of the #foodlyfe! (not actually a real thing) I’m currently on a spring break trip with my family. The 11 of us are packed into this round-shaped house in a neighborhood next to Sugar Mountain, NC. It’s very rustic and wintery up here and we had a great time tubing this morning!
All this activity, however, has left me exhausted. Even though I have a queue of 4 posts with recipes and photos yet to be edited, I’m going to further postpone them and use this review instead. And most of you college kids are going to be on spring break anyway, so here’s a fluffy review to tide the blog over until everyone has access to a kitchen/motivation to cook instead of going to Waffle House.
Review: Chips Ahoy Root Beer Float Cookies
One evening Christian brought home a bright blue pack of Chip Ahoy cookies from the grocery store. Upon further inspection they turned out to be Root Beer Float-flavored. Not root beer, but Root Beer Float. I have no idea why the distinction, because the cookies taste EXACTLY like root beer. And it’s not good. I’ll divide this into Appearance, Smell, Texture, and Taste. Let’s take a closer look.
Upon opening the package, I found that the cookies were smaller than I had expected. However, they look pretty similar to the picture on the package, albeit with fewer white chocolate chips. They look pretty appetizing. So far, so good.
The cookies smell faintly of root beer. It’s not a subtle smell, just a weak one. No discernable buttery/chocolatey/ cookie smell at all, just faint root beer.
So this is where it starts to get wonky. It is “Chewy” Chips Ahoy, and those don’t have the best texture to begin with. But the texture of this particular cookie is like play dough. There’s no resistance to the cookie at all; you take a bite and it collapses into a kind of doughy, gummy mush. Let me put this in perspective: I spit it out. That’s a big thing for the human garbage disposal.
The low number of points earned in this category make “Taste” second to last to only “Texture”. I expected maybe the white chocolate chips to taste like root beer float (as in root beer+ ice cream) or maybe the chocolate chips (since they were the color of root beer). But no, the whole cookie tasted POWERFULLY of root beer. As in when I bit into the cookie, I was overwhelmed with a chemical-tasting, sickly sweet root beer flavor instead of anything the buttery, chocolately taste of a cookie. The only solace from the root beer flavor was the white chocolate and chocolate chips, which were thankfully not root beer-flavored. But the chips were few and far between, and were also too sweet. I have no idea where the “float” of the phrase “root beer float” came into play, by the way.
If you are a root beer fanatic, maybe you’d like this cookie. But if you are a lover of fine root beers (does that exist?) or have any cookie-related integrity, DO NOT BUY THIS COOKIE. It’s basically a crumbly, doughy, root beer-flavored disc. You have been warned.