Sometimes, just for fun, I like to sit around and think of some of life’s greatest mysteries. For example:
- Is there really a Loch Ness Monster?
- How did Stonehenge get there?
- What ever happened to Wishbone?
No, not the salad dressing (LOL salads). I’m talking about the lovable Jack Russell Terrier who had his own show on PBS and ran around pretending to be classic literature characters. I swear, one day my childhood was watching him, and the next day I looked up and he was just gone, a lot like the ice cream in my freezer these days.
But one of the most important questions I’ve asked over the years is: just what the hell is red velvet supposed to taste like, anyway? I had eaten red velvet cake in the past, but could never really describe its flavor. Finally, when Red Velvet Oreos came out for the first time last year, I forced myself to find out. As it turns out, red velvet cake is a chocolate cake with deep notes of cocoa, typically dyed red and topped with cream cheese frosting. The more you know, folks.
With this expert-level red velvet knowledge and two business days before my Amazon order of The Complete Wishbone Series DVD set arrived, I decided to try new Red Velvet Chips Ahoy! cookies. Along with S’mores, they’re a permanent addition to the Chips Ahoy! line. Red Velvet Chips Ahoy! cookies contain a cream cheese flavored filling and have cream cheese flavored chips scattered throughout.
While S’mores Chips Ahoy! were hindered by a base dough that tasted nothing like s’mores, the Red Velvet Chips Ahoy! dough tastes a lot like red velvet cake. There’s a deep cocoa flavor throughout, that same bitter yet slightly sweet chocolate taste that seems so oddly indescribable when you have red velvet for the first time.
The cream cheese flavored chips are sweet and lend some tanginess, but they get lost in the cookie as a whole. They do provide a nice creamy texture to soften the doughy (and somewhat dry) cookie, along with the cream cheese flavored filling. The inner filling is mostly sweet, but a bit of sourness comes through at the end of each bite, providing that unique cream cheese kick.
For no apparent reason, these cookies (unlike other filled Chips Ahoy! flavors) didn’t come with instructions to warm them up. So naturally, I did it anyway. After a few seconds in the microwave, the bitterness of the cocoa mellows a bit and allows the sweet cream cheese filling to shine. I actually prefer these cookies warm, as the overall flavor leans a bit too heavily toward cocoa when eaten plain.
Red Velvet Chips Ahoy! cookies are a pretty good attempt at capturing the red velvet flavor. There’s a strong bitter cocoa taste, but it might actually be too overpowering for the subtler cream cheese elements. Even with those shortcomings, I preferred these to the new S’mores variety, and will definitely be enjoying the rest of the package as I binge-watch old episodes of Wishbone.
|Item:||Nabisco Red Velvet Chips Ahoy! Cookies|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$2.56 at Walmart|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-2 cookies):||140 calories, 60 calories from fat, 6 grams of fat, 3.5 grams of saturated fat, 55 milligrams of sodium, 65 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 13 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.|
|In a Nutshell:||Good bitter cocoa taste, with sweet and tangy cream cheese flavor that comes out even more when microwaved. Dry and somewhat stiff texture when eaten plain. I can finally describe what red velvet tastes like. Finding Wishbone DVDs on Amazon.|
|Overall Score:||7 out of 10|
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