Review (x2!): New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Carrot Cake Cookies & Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies & ATARI BANKRUPT??? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO
Junk Food Nation, four days ago, my childhood died. Atari, the once video game giant, filed for bankruptcy. The company that brought us Centipede, Asteroids…gone! Damn.
Of course, kids these days (yes, I just said, “Kids these days”) see games like Pong and River Raid, and they laugh… “These graphics suck!” HOW ABOUT YOU SUCK, SPOILED BRATS. I swear, with six year olds playing games on iPads and watching Honey Boo Boo, our society is moving towards Idiocracy faster each day. AND GET OFF MY LAWN, YOU SCOUNDRELS!
No, but seriously, I’m bummed about Atari going bankrupt. It was a company that so many Americans grew up with, and it was a true pioneer that began the video game era as we know it. I remember being a kid, playing Pacman over and over and over again using the single stick and red button joystick. I remember using a paddle with a wheel on it to play endless hours of Centipede and Breakout. THIS WAS SOPHISTICATED TECH, PEOPLE! And now all I need to do to ROCK at Fruit Ninja is the swipe of my finger…sigh.
Adios, Atari. You will be missed.
Today’s junk food: New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Carrot Cake Cookies & Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies!
So I hadn’t been back to my local Walmart in a very long time, and finally had a chance to hop out there this past weekend. I hoped to find some tasty Limited Edition-type goodies, and Walmart didn’t disappoint! They had, on huge display, a SLEW of New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Cookies:
Of course, these New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Carrot Cake Cookies & Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies were not the only flavor there. Pepperidge Farm also had this flavor:
I didn’t purchase these New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Caramel Apple Pie Cookies because I thought they’d taste EXACTLY LIKE the Pepperidge Farm Limited Edition Caramel Apple Pie Soft Dessert Cookies I had last September. YOU CAN’T FOOL ME WITH A NEW BAG, PF! Shamsters.
Anyways, I grabbed the two unfamiliar bags, and booked it out of there. Let’s eat!
I love how the background had a tiny bowl of carrot shavings. MMMM VEGGIES.
These New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Carrot Cake Cookies had the same LOOK as the Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies I had last fall, but when I opened the bag, there was not the same smell of cinnamon and spice that came out.
I took a big bite of one of these New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Carrot Cake Cookies and was pretty pleased…not blown away, but these were very good. The taste of the cookie was like carrot cake, spot on. It had that typically soft feeling, and that nice brown sugary – carrot cake taste. I did not mistake this for pumpkin, and it wasn’t overwhelmed with cinnamon or molasses, etc. This was a very simple caramel-y carrot cake flavor, done right.
Add on top of that the chips and pecans to round out that carrot cake flavor, and these were pretty accurate. The Cream cheese chips were creamy and sweet, and the pecans weren’t big and annoying – they merely supplemented the flavor of the overall cookie. Nice work here.
Next: New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies!
When I opened this bag of New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies, my eyebrows were raised. These smelled pretty good – nice chocolate smell – but where were the chips? And why was there so much dough. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.
I took a big bite of these New Pepperidge Farm Dessert Shop Dark Chocolate Cheesecake Cookies, and unlike the Carrot Cake cookies – I was EXTREMELY disappointed. Here’s what I’ll say – to me these tasted like a very tasty and sweet chocolate chip cookie. As a cookie, they were fine. Absolutely fine. But the bag says Dark Chocolate Cheesecake! I wanted it to the same experience as the Pumpkin Cheesecake cookies, where the chips tasted like the cheesecake and the cookie itself helped add the spice and resembled the cheesecake crust.
The problem? TOO MUCH CRUST. I TOLD you these looked a little doughy, and I was right. There was so much “cookie” in these cookies, that the cheesecake chips and the dark chocolate chunks were entirely overwhelmed. I even did one of those sit with eyes closed and really think to see if I could taste the cheesecake – NOPE. It really just tasted like a really doughy chocolate chip cookie. I can’t even describe the flavor with more detail, because it’s unnecessary! Boo.
Buy the Carrot Cake. Leave the Dark Chocolate Cheesecake.
PURCHASED AT: Walmart
COST: $2.68 each (Walmart has some strange prices).
Junk Food Guy