Watch out, folks. It looks like the Keebler Elves are trying to start a turf war with the Girl Scouts and the Cheesecake Factory…
It’s been a busy summer for Ernie and his gang. Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge Stripes hit shelves a couple of months ago, and Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge Stripes are rolling out now. Both were graciously sent to me directly from the Hollow Tree, which I’m pretty sure is the Elves’ way of thanking me for that Snackie Award they received earlier this year. They even included a tiny letter addressed to yours truly.
But after feuding with the Elves for much of last year, I had to stop and think for a few minutes. Is Ernie taking back his Cinnamon Roll Fudge Stripe peace offering? Do these Fudge Stripes actually contain poison? Will my demise come at the hands of a group of cookie mascots?
Totally kidding. I ripped these packages open faster than you can say “microscopic mail laced with anthrax.”
First up is Strawberry Cheesecake. Let’s just acknowledge right now that Keebler is trying to do a lot with this one. When I think about strawberry cheesecake (which is most of the time), I think of a crumbly graham cracker crust, a soft, sweet and tangy cream cheese filling, and a tart strawberry topping. Can one Fudge Stripe cookie really achieve all of that? Ernie’s got a tall order on his hands, and that’s even before considering the fact that he’s an elderly dwarf.
It’s like the old saying goes: “Shoot for the moon, because even if you miss you’ll still end up with an edible cookie.” The frosting is the leading flavor here, and although it gets a bit cloying, it’s fairly true to a sweet and tangy cream cheese flavor. The crunchy shortbread cookie is a fine stand-in for cheesecake crust, but the little flavor it carries is just “artificial berry,” not “strawberry.” Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge Stripes are an okay summer cookie, but they’re far from my favorite Limited Batch Fudge Stripe.
Dark Chocolate Mint
Dark Chocolate Mint is a refreshing dose of simplicity compared to the most recent Fudge Stripes flavors (Strawberry Cheesecake and Lemon Cream Pie) before it. There’s only two components here: 1) dark chocolate, and 2) mint. There’s no way those little gnomes can mess this up!
I’m pleased to report that those little gnomes did not mess this up. The frosting that envelops each cookie is a cool, sweet mint, and definitely an improvement over the underwhelming mint flavor in Peppermint Fudge Stripes. The dark chocolate cookie isn’t quite “bitter” in the true dark chocolate sense, but brings a nice cocoa flavor, similar to a chocolate Oreo cookie. My only gripe is that the frosting’s flavor seemed a bit too heavy for the more understated cookie–Thin Mints have a better balance in that respect, in my opinion. Slight edge to the Girl Scouts, but a solid effort from the Elves on this one.
Keebler’s latest Limited Batch flavors are a mixed bag. Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge Stripes are just so-so, but Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge Stripes are a winner in my book. Thin Mints still rule supreme, but nothing’s stopping Ernie and his gang from trying to top one of the Girl Scouts’ other cookies. If I were a betting man, I’d say that Peanut Butter Patties/Tagalongs will be next in Ernie’s crosshairs.
Chocolate-coated Peanut Butter Fudge Stripes, anyone?
Disclaimer: Keebler generously sent me Strawberry Cheesecake Fudge Stripes and Dark Chocolate Mint Fudge Stripes to try. This did not affect my review in any way.
|How Much It Cost and Where I Bought It:||Sent to me–thanks, Keebler!|
|Just the (Nutrition) Facts:
Serving size—2 cookies
|Strawberry Cheesecake: 140 calories, 7 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 75 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, 10 grams of total sugars (including 9 grams of added sugars), less than 1 gram of protein.
Dark Chocolate Mint: 140 calories, 6 grams of fat, 4 grams of saturated fat, 120 milligrams of sodium, 20 grams of carbohydrates, less than 1 gram of dietary fiber, 11 grams of total sugars (including 11 grams added sugars), 1 gram of protein.
|In a Nutshell:||Strawberry Cheesecake follows through on the cream cheese component, but strawberry is a total miss. Even though Dark Chocolate Mint doesn’t quite reach full complexity of “dark chocolate,” it still gives Thin Mints a run for their money. Ernie Keebler is my new pen pal.|
|Overall Score:||Strawberry Cheesecake: 6.5 out of 10
Dark Chocolate Mint: 8 out of 10