These chocolate chip cookies are free of wheat, dairy, peanuts, tree nuts, egg, soy, fish, shellfish, casein, potato, sesame and sulfites. That's a pretty long list of "things that are not in this cookie." And having tried them, it leads me to conclude that no single cookie can both satisfy all allergen needs AND be worth eating.
These do have a place in the world. But they are not very good.
I can see how a company would want it to. Why make separate cookie lines, with separate production facilities and separate recipes, for every possible allergen? Why not make one cookie that has none of those things?
Alas, this dream of a cookie that can be "all things to all people" is but a pipe dream.
Granted, there are some people who have multiple allergies. And there are families with mixed allergies. Maybe dad is allergic to dairy, while one of the kids has a nut allergy. It can make things challenging.
These cookies would also probably be okay to bring to school. I don't have kids, but I am given to understand that food allergies are this era's major child-rearing issue, and woe betide the parent who brings an offending food to a school function.
So these do have a place in the world, is what I am saying.
But they are not very good. I am also saying that. Not good at all.
I am always leery of the "soft baked cookie" routine. For some reason, soft cookies just tend to be worse than crispy ones. I don't know why. Maybe something about the soft cookie helps camouflage failings that would otherwise be more obvious in crispy cookies. Who knows.
These cookies are not so much "soft" as "foamy." They have a texture that put me in mind of a foam mattress insert crossed with a Fig Newton. The Fig Newton impression is only strengthened by the figgy taste, courtesy of the date paste which is the third ingredient listed. (That's a lot of date paste, if you ask me.)
They have a brownish color which is more "sullen" than "cookie dough." Perhaps it is meant to indicate that the cookies have been baked and thus toasted golden brown. It is unconvincing.
The flavor is classic Health Food Store Cookie. The best thing I can say is that the vanilla notes are evident. And the chocolate chips do taste reasonably chocolatey. They have a way of making you thirsty that I find disturbing; it's not so much that they make you thirsty as that they leave you with a cottony mouth.
But hey, these cookies mean well. And like I said, they do have a place. I wish them all the best. But I'm throwing out the rest of the box.