Chips Ahoy Ice Cream Creations is a line of chocolate chip cookies inspired by the ice cream parlour experience. Brought to market in the United States in 2014, they are still being marketed as “New” in Canada in 2016. Three flavours are being sold under the Christie label in Canada, each in a 280 g bag that’s just a little more than half the weight of a bag of classic Chips Ahoy cookies.
My husband came home last night with a festive teal bag containing the Mint Chocolate Chip flavour. The bag is decorated with hearts, pictures of ice cream cones, and words like, “Fun,” “Yum,” “Delicious,” and “Chillin’.” The other two flavours currently marketed here are the Dulce de Leche and Mocha Flavour Chunk cookies. Other flavours sold in the US market include an intriguing Root Beer Float cookie, which I’d very much like to try.
Chips Ahoy Mint Chocolate Chip cookies look a fair bit like homemade slice and bake cookies. They are rather irregularly shaped, and just about 1/4” thick. The diameter of the cookies is about 1-1/2”, which is a little on the small side. The image on the package shows a perfectly round cookie packed with chocolate chips and larger mint chunks, but my cookies had very few visible chocolate chips. Most of the mint chunks were inside the cookie, rather than being visible on top.
Taste and Mouth Feel
The cookies are dry and crumbly, which makes it really easy to break them just taking the out of the package. The mouth feel, while soft, is also rather dry. There is none of the creaminess I would associate with a home baked cookie, and eating just one of them had me reaching for liquid refreshment!
The cookie dough itself is incredibly bland. The cookie doesn’t taste like chocolate, or even very sweet. It does a really great job of reminding you that you’re eating empty calories. The one or two teensy chocolate chips that fell off the cookie when I picked it up, also had little taste. They were also about as dry as the dough. I’ve had no-name chocolate chips that had more flavour and moisture than these.
The mint chunks do stand out from the rest of the cookie, what with being green. They are decent-sized chunks that look like they were sliced into irregular rectangles. They do not look like white chocolate that’s been flavoured and dyed, but rather like some sort of sugary confection.
When I tasted one, it gave the distinct impression that I was eating green, mint-flavoured icing sugar made into little cakes and sliced. It’s minty and sweet, but with a salty after-taste. And again, the creamy rich mouth feel is completely missing. Eating one of these things is sort of like eating a mint-flavoured communion wafer: there’s something that sticks to the roof of your mouth briefly, and there’s a cool burst of mint
The mint is about the only thing I tasted when I put the cookie in my mouth. It’s a decent flavour, just strong enough to stand out but not so much that it’s overwhelming.
Ingredients and Nutrition
Like most commercial cookies, the Chips Ahoy Mint Chocolate Chip cookies are chock full of modified tropical oils and milk ingredients, dextrose, and glucose-fructose (aka high-fructose corn syrup.) There is no actual chocolate in the dough, which helps to explain why the cookie itself is so tasteless.
I was surprised to find that both the chocolate chips and the mint chunks have natural flavouring. Unfortunately, that doesn’t make up for the fact that the flavours are essentially compressed into little balls of oily sugar.
Two Chips Ahoy Mint Chocolate Chip cookies (24 g together) make up a single serving, and together they supply 110 calories – about what the diet-conscious crowd is aiming for when they choose a snack these days. The cookies are made from enriched flour, so the portion does provide 6% of the daily value of iron. It also contains 4.5 g of fat, including 13% of the daily allotted saturated fat. Additionally, you would take in 75 mg of sodium (3%,) 16 g of carbohydrate (5%, of which none is fiber) and 1 g of protein.
Basically, what that says is these lilliputian confections are unlikely to satisfy a sugar craving, let alone to make the snacker feel full. I did find a recipe for a homemade chocolate mint chip cookies, which is made with just a few simple ingredients – including real cocoa in the dough! These home baked cookies also provide a little fiber, to help make you feel full after eating them.
I found the Chips Ahoy Mint Chocolate Chip cookies spectacularly unsatisfying. They had very little in the way of taste, and I was really disappointed that a cocoa-brown cookie didn’t taste even remotely like chocolate.
I only ate one of the two cookies that constitute a portion, as the tastelessness and dryness of the cookie just left me wanting to rehydrate my mouth and find a food that would actually taste good. I could have eaten four very flavourful Christie Triscuit crackers at only 80 calories, and would have felt satisfied because of the full flavour and the fiber content. I also could have made the homemade chocolate mint chip cookies, and eaten a single larger cookie that would have more taste and better mouth feel. Or I could tweak a healthy oatmeal cookie recipe to get a similar taste combination, but with far better nutrient content.
I could also have eaten one cup of cut up mango for the 110 calories – and taken in a whole whack of vitamins and minerals along with the tantalizing tanginess of the fruit. And of course those who’ve been reading the 24 Carrot Diet for a while will know that I could eat more than four medium carrots instead of those two puny cookies (see “How Many Calories are in a Carrot?” for more on carrot nutrition.)
Even compared to other commercially prepared cookies, the Chips Ahoy Mint Chocolate cookies were a real dud. Nothing about them reminded me of ice cream; in fact the texture was pretty much the opposite of anything dairy or made with cream.
I would have to give these cookies 1 star out of 5. They failed in terms of taste and texture, quality of ingredients, and similarity to anything ice cream related. Additionally, the package size was smaller than for a classic Chips Ahoy cookie, which means these cookies were also more expensive.
I would not buy these cookies again, and do not recommend them to my readers.
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This review was written in honour of Chocolate Chip Day, which falls on May 15th in 2016
Mint and chocolate chips (Image: m01229/Flickr/CC BY 2.0)
Mint chocolate chip ice cream (mmconcepcion.wikispaces.com/Wikimedia/CC BY-SA 3.0)
Chocolate mint cookies and packaging (Image: theimpulsivebuy/Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0 )