Let’s play a game of Two Truths and a Lie. I’ll go first. Okay, umm…I have a borderline unhealthy crush on Kristen Bell, the physical demands of keeping up a junk food blog have shaved approximately 10-15 years off my life, and Chips Ahoy! cookies are my absolute favorite cookies in the whole wide world!
Give up? I was lying about Kristen Bell, of course. (Totally kidding, I am hopelessly in love with her–Kristen, if you’re reading this, and I know you are, add me back on Snapchat please.) I was actually lying when I said Chips Ahoy! are my absolute favorite cookies in the whole wide world. Just the opposite. They’re probably the second-most “meh” cookie on shelves besides Fig Newtons. Sure, they’ve got a tasty Reese’s variety, but that’s because it’s Reese’s. Only one word comes to mind when I think of plain Chips Ahoy! cookies: ugh.
In an attempt to be less “ugh,” Chips Ahoy! cookies have gotten slimmer, sexier, and sugarier. My spellcheck is telling me that’s a word, so let’s just go with it. Along with the chocolate chip flavored Original Thins, Nabisco is rolling out Cinnamon Sugar Thins, too. Will this new flavor and the new look be enough to overcome the usual Chips Ahoy! “ugh” factor? Let’s find out.
Welp, these Original Thins taste exactly like plain Chips Ahoy! cookies. Then again, I’m not sure what I was expecting. They’re floury and really buttery, with a heavy semi-sweet chocolate chip flavor. My gripe with Chips Ahoy! cookies is that they always taste too processed somehow, as though something in the dough or the chocolate chips is just a bit too artificial. Unfortunately, the same goes for these Thins. Ugh.
Where Original Thins benefit compared to plain Chips Ahoy! cookies is their texture. They’re light, crispy, and very snackable. My spellcheck is telling me that’s not a word, but I don’t give a ?. The brittle snap of these cookies makes them much more enjoyable than their thick, crumbly counterpart. I’m still not wild about the taste, but I definitely prefer the lightness of these Thins to the regular cookies.
As the true newcomer, I had some lofty expectations for Cinnamon Sugar Thins. The good news is that these aren’t nearly as “ugh” worthy as plain Chips Ahoy! cookies. The dough is sweet and buttery, much like a sugar cookie. There’s a decent amount of cinnamon from the first bite and it carries through as you chew. The chips provide a generic sort of creamy sweetness, just enough to be noticed but not unpleasant in any way. All of these factors combine to create a flavor close to a snickerdoodle cookie. Not bad at all.
The “snickerdoodle” taste combined with the light, crispy texture of Cinnamon Sugar Thins creates a fairly delicious cookie that would pair perfectly with a cup of coffee. I do think Nabisco could have done more with them, like upping the cinnamon factor or peppering each cookie with large sugar crystals, but these aren’t bad by any measure. They’re certainly not “ugh.”
Congratulations, Nabisco! You managed to make your Original flavor slightly less “ugh,” and debuted a new flavor that’s not “ugh” at all. Now, when can we expect to see Chips Ahoy! Reese’s Thins on shelves?
|Item:||Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Original and Cinnamon Sugar Thins|
|Price and Place of Purchase:||$1.98 each at Walmart|
|Nutrition Facts (serving size-4 cookies):||Original: 150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 50 milligrams of sodium, 30 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 12 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.
Cinnamon Sugar: 150 calories, 60 calories from fat, 7 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 60 milligrams of sodium, 20 milligrams of potassium, 21 grams of carbohydrates, 12 grams of sugar, 1 gram of protein.
|In a Nutshell:||Original Thins have same “ugh” Chips Ahoy! taste, but crispy texture helps. Cinnamon Sugar Thins taste like a crunchy snickerdoodle cookie, but won’t necessarily blow you away. Reese’s Thins are the cookies this world deserves.|
|Overall Score:||Original: 6.5 out of 10
Cinnamon Sugar: 7.5 out of 10
Our friends at Junk Banter also reviewed Nabisco Chips Ahoy! Original and Cinnamon Sugar Thins. Check it out!
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