Review: New Mrs. Fields Nibblers (Milk Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Fudge, Peanut Butter Cup) & Social Polling: Seat Etiquette During Happy Hour?

Junk Food Nation, need your mob-like opinion about this recent social question I had.  A couple of weeks ago, some co-workers and I went to Happy Hour.  It was a fairly crowded establishment, but I arrived early enough to get a hightop table with four high chairs.  I knew we had six total, so I managed to grab another high chair from another group that wasn’t using their fourth.  Our sixth had not arrived yet, so for a while, just having five chairs wasn’t a problem.

After a half hour, the place was packed – all the hightop tables with their set of four chairs were full, and the bar was also full.  Our sixth member arrived, so I looked around to see where I could snag a sixth chair.  One four-chair hightop was only being occupied by two people (guy and girl), and I went over politely to ask whether I could grab one of their two spare chairs. “Of course!” the girl said, “We’re not using them.”

Then, out of nowhere, a guy from the bar area appears, and interjects, “Um, we’ve been eyeing this table for a while, and we’re gonna take it when these two are finished, and we want all four chairs.” I was a little taken aback.  The eyes of the guy and girl who were presently occupying the table darted back and forth between me and this other dude.  They clearly hadn’t previously consulted with whoever this rando dude was, but they also weren’t going to get involved.  I SHOULD’VE said, “Well, guess what? YA AIN’T AT THE TABLE NOW, ARE YOU?  SO PISS OFF!” and ran away with the sixth chair.  But, instead, my polite-gentleman-not-a-dick side kicked in, and I said, “Oh, ok. No problem, man.”

As I walked off, I heard the girl meekly call after me, “…Sorry….” I didn’t find another chair.

But back to my mini-confrontation: What are YOUR thoughts, Junk Food Nation?  Who had, so to speak, right of way here? Or right-of-chair?  I felt, looking back, that the occupants of the table could do whatever they damn well pleased with their extra chairs, and it was totally rude for this guy to jump in.  Then again, it IS kind of a jerk move to collect all the extra chairs from other tables around one table during a busy happy hour.  I dunno.  Tell me how you would’ve handled the situation in the comments below.  Was I right or wrong? Was was the proper etiquette?

Onto today’s junk food. A while back, the Mrs. Fields cookie company contacted me to try out their new line of products: New Mrs. Fields Nibblers!

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers: Polka dot

The package arrive as seen above, wrapped in tissue paper and tied with a bow.  Peel back the paper, and…

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers: BAM!

…inside were three boxes of New Mrs. Fields Nibblers cookies, and…hmmm, what is that at the bottom?

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers: The contents

Apparently it was a little mini milk bottle, some napkins and straws!  Cute idea – but I’m pretty sure that bottle can only hold, like, 6 oz of milk.  If I’m eating milk and cookies, I need at least 60 oz of milk.

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers: THANKS MRS. FIELD!

Still, my inner (and outer) fat kid was thrilled to try all of these New Mrs. Fields Nibblers cookies.  Hug them, I did, Hug them real tight.  These ain’t going nowhere.  MY PRECIOUSSS.

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers: The Money Shots

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers are Mrs. Fields attempt to get into the grocery game, instead of just the novelty cookie game.  Here’s the standard language:

“Soft-baked and snack size, Nibblers® Cookies have been a favorite since their debut in the early 1980s. Now for the first time, you can find Nibblers® Bite-Sized Cookies at Kroger grocery stores nationwide.

“Nibblers® Cookies come in Milk Chocolate Chip, Peanut Butter, and Double Chocolate Fudge flavors, all fudge-dipped for an irresistible new twist. Their size makes them perfect for shareable moments, or if you crave just a taste and not a full-size cookie (that said, it’s pretty hard to eat just one).”

Well, ok then. Let’s eat and review!

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Nibblers: The Money Shot

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Nibblers: 120 cal per

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Nibblers: Milk chocolate chips

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Nibblers: Fudge dipped!

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Nibblers: Front and back

These New Mrs. Fields Milk Chocolate Chip Nibblers were decent.  A small, soft baked style cookie, these reminded me a lot of Chips Ahoy.  While the softness of the cookie reminded me how much oil is probably in these, the chocolate chips and especially the entire layer of fudge dip on the bottom of these cookies helped me forget.  I could eat five-six of these in less than a minute with no problem.  Nothing mind-blowing – just a good, soft, chocolate-y cookie.

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Double Chocolate Fudge Nibblers: The Money Shot

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Double Chocolate Fudge Nibblers: 120 per serving

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Double Chocolate Fudge Nibblers: semi sweet chips

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Double Chocolate Fudge Nibblers: White chips!

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Double Chocolate Fudge Nibblers: Front/Back

These New Mrs. Fields Double Chocolate Fudge Nibblers were also pretty solid – they contained both semisweet chocolate chips and “white drops” – basically a sugary milky confection.  Like the Milk Chocolate Chip variety, these were plenty soft.  They were more chocolaty than the Milk Chocolate variety, for obvious reasons, but if I was just thinking quickly there wasn’t a HUGE difference in taste because the added cocoa in the dough made up for the less sweet chocolate chips.  More chocolaty, for sure, but it’s really just a matter of degrees.  The white drops were the true difference for me, as the added creaminess from the white confection helped hype the chocolaty overtones of this cookie. Ok, I’ve just convinced myself, while writing – these were more chocolaty than the previous ones.  Happy?

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Peanut Butter Cup Nibblers: The Money Shot

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Peanut Butter Cup Nibblers: 120 cal per serving

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Peanut Butter Cup Nibblers: PB Chips!

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Peanut Butter Cup Nibblers: Cool look

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Peanut Butter Cup Nibblers: Front/Back

I was most excited about these New Mrs. Fields Peanut Butter Cup Nibblers – I mean, peanut butter cookies and fudge?  Sounds like a match made in heaven!

When I ate a few of these, I REALLY liked them, but not as much as I thought I would.  It’s a solid soft-baked peanut butter cookie, with good peanut butter taste.  The Fudge and the PB cookie pair really well together, and form a wonderful blend of flavors, as you’d expect.

So why the “not as much as I thought?”  NEEDS MORE PEANUT BUTTER CHIPS. Maybe it’s just this batch, but I only got 2-3 chips per cookie.  For me, I NEED those extra chips to help get that PB/Choco blend.  The cookie itself has a nice PB flavor, but its the chips that would really push it over the edge.  Ah well.  Still, I liked these.

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers

New Mrs. Fields Nibblers: Paper straws??

Overall, I liked these New Mrs. Fields Nibblers a lot – just another solid addition for those who love soft-baked cookies, and want something fudge dipped too.  As you can tell from my descriptions, there wasn’t anything super new here that surprised me – just a solidly executed soft-baked box cookie.  I can get behind that.

The chocolate had some oil in it, so be prepared to have your fingers coated with chocolate as soon as you grab any of the cookies.  They are nice and small, so these would be easy to eat a box at a time.  If feel like if you’re a Chips Ahoy fan, you’ll enjoy these.  Thanks again, Mrs. Fields!

PURCHASED AT: Find out more about the release here.  According to the website, they are available at Kroger.

COST: Unsure. I’m a bad information provider today.

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Sincerely,

Junk Food Guy

Discuss - 17 Comments

  1. Jessica says:

    If I had time to collect my thoughts and respond rationally, I would’ve said, “hey, no big, just come collect it when the table opens up for you” and then took the chair anyway. In reality, I would’ve reacted like you did and then complained about it ALL NIGHT until the other people at my table told me to give it a rest.

  2. Dr. Stanley Goodspeed says:

    When will someone really create something everyone needs and introduce a triple fudge product?

    Also, you should have gone all Bobby Knight on that guy and thrown the chair at him. Chairity starts at the bar…

  3. MP says:

    I would have said, “but we need this chair for our 6th whom has arrived,” but inside I would had been saying, “tough ****, *******. Go find your own 4th chair. First come, first serve. Now go away.”
    So your 6th ended up standing? The guy was clearly a jerk – he only cared about himself & his friends. This is why I hate going to bars.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @MP: I gave the 6th my seat and stood, since I felt like a slight failure for not obtaining a 6th seat – in the end it really wasn’t a big deal. But the situation did bug me, and I wondered if I just let someone get one over on me.

  4. Brit says:

    You should have smite-ted that prick down with your attorney skills! If that failed you, because in your pictures you look pretty jacked (muscular), could have taught him some manners…

    …j/k I know that wouldn’t look good if you smacked him around, but emotionally it would make for a satisfying end to the incident. ;P

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Brit: Thanks, Brit! I wish I could’ve just broken the chair in half with my hands and yelled, “THERE! YOU SEE? NOW WE BOTH CAN’T HAVE IT!”

  5. Mike N. says:

    Something about you going to happy hour after work in D.C. makes me picture the scene where Rob Lowe is ‘playing’ the sax in St. Elmo’s Fire…

    And peanut butter cup nibblers look awesome…

  6. MJ says:

    I would have said “Oh, I didn’t know your name was written on this chair and table. Oh look, it’s not.” And then I would have walked away with the chair. He doesn’t own that shit, I would’ve taken it.

    He was a total jerk off, and props to you for being such a gentleman. 🙂

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @MJ: LOL – thanks. It definitely was one of those situations where his jerk-ness took me by surprise, and my normal mode is “oh yeah, no worries dude.” But yes – if I did it again, I should’ve just stared him down and walked away with the chair slowly, staring the entire way.

  7. Amber says:

    I have BRF (bitch resting face) so people already think I’m mean but I would look at the guy like he was crazy and tell him he can’t call dibs on something that’s not his and that he can come ask me for the chair when he claims the table, thank the couple, and went on about my business.

  8. Geren says:

    Sorry for the late post, and adding an unelated comment, but I am passionate about good cookies. I admit to trying the chocolate chip versions, being a lifelong Mrs. Fields fan. Again, I experienced “anticipointment” with these cheap imitations of real Mrs. Fields cookies. My nearest storefront is an hour away, but mailorder is always a good, consistent, quality option for the real deal. Every 6 months or so, I pick up a prepacked Mrs. Fields cookie, hoping for something closer to the real product, and am disappointed with the dry, non-buttery, Oily fake chocolate taste. I’ve even tried to heat the cookies to regain the texture. I feel the same about these nibblers, including being turned off by the “fudge” coating. Just my two sense, and my first world problem. Thank for a great site and podcast.

  9. Geren says:

    Much appreciated, Eric. Take care.

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