It’s the first day of summer! What better way to celebrate than with the classic summer treat, s’mores? You could say I’ve “celebrated summer” already a few times this year with s’mores-flavored foods like Oreos. And M&Ms. And ice cream. And cinnamon rolls. And popcorn. Hollywood could make a film based on my journey eating everything “s’mores” over the last few months, and it would be Oscar-worthy.
S’mores Chips Ahoy! are one of two brand new Chips Ahoy! flavors, along with Red Velvet. Although both varieties seem to be a bit late to the bandwagon, S’mores at least makes sense for this time of year. Similar to last year’s Hot Cocoa Chips Ahoy!, these cookies recommend that you “Heat for a treat.” Since I’m always looking for ways to make eating as easy as possible, this cookie gets automatic points for 1) assembling the s’mores ingredients for me, and 2) replacing the back-breaking work of building a campfire with the convenience of a microwave.
S’mores Chips Ahoy! contain marshmallow flavored chips, “choco chips” (which apparently differ from chocolate chips), and a soft chocolate filling. There’s no mention of graham anywhere on the packaging or in the ingredients, and its absence is glaring from the first bite. There’s no detectable graham flavor in these cookies, just a heavy floury taste and an odd sweet spiciness throughout. Sure enough, cinnamon is listed near the end of the ingredients. As much as I love Cinnamon Teddy Grahams, I can’t say I’ve ever had them in s’mores.
The marshmallow chips do provide a bit of creamy sweetness, but tend to get lost in the doughiness of the cookie. There’s a decent chocolate flavor from the filling, but it’s mostly sugary and doesn’t provide the strong milk chocolate taste often found in s’mores. There’s also an odd texture to this cookie when eaten cold–after you chew through the dough, your teeth meet a soft-yet-grainy filling that’s kind of unpleasant. Maybe that’s why they recommend warming these up.
After about 12 seconds in the microwave (a few more seconds than recommended, to fully melt the filling), S’mores Chips Ahoy! take on a slightly more enjoyable texture. The chocolate taste becomes slightly more apparent, but the flavor of the dough–in all of its cinnamon goodness–comes out even stronger, too.
These are fine for Chips Ahoy! cookies…they just don’t taste like s’mores. However, if you’re a real chocolate chip cookie addict, they are a decent change from the usual. Just make sure you’ve got a microwave handy.
|Item:||Nabisco S’mores Chips Ahoy! Cookies|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$2.56 at Walmart|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cookies):||140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 70 milligrams of sodium, 55 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 13 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||S’mores-mania hits Chips Ahoy! Filling provides some chocolate flavor and improves when warm, but no graham flavor at all. Driving to the grocery store now to stock up on Cinnamon Teddy Grahams.|
|Overall Score:||6.5 out of 10|
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