Review: New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy! & HOT CAR! *grimace*

Junk Food Nation, one of the worst things about the DC Metro, or about any subway system in the nation, I imagine, is the hot car. What’s a hot car?  Simply put, it’s a subway car that has either no A/C, broken A/C, or A/C that is not turned on for some reason.  A hot car is typically warmer inside the car itself than the train platform.  This is true in NYC, and this is DEFINITELY true in DC, where the train platforms are typically air conditioned.

Today, I got on a hot car, and it felt like a sauna. No, it felt like a sauna, built inside of a greenhouse, housed inside of a toaster oven, located in the core of the Earth.  It. Was. Awful.  I grimaced immediately, and then started to sweat. It was attractive.

I should have heeded the warning signs that the car I was about to step on was a hot box of human body heat. (1) As soon as the train pulled into the station, people STREAMED off…and immediately got onto subway cars in front or behind the one I was about to step on, (2) the people who remained on the car were fanning themselves with anything and everything that had, and (3) there appeared to be residents on Tatooine chillin’ in the back.

Still, I toughed the sauna-like atmosphere out by discovering a new pastime – watching people’s faces as they get onto the hot car at subsequent stops.  It was amazing to see how similar everyone’s reactions were when first feeling the lick of hot steaming air against their faces. Everyone IMMEDIATELY frowned, grimaced, and gave a low, “Ohhhhh….” WITHOUT FAIL. EVERYONE.  It wasn’t really schadenfreude, since I was suffering too – but it made me smile.  The only different reaction was when a bunch of tourist kids got on at one point with their tourist parents, and one boy started yelling, “HOLY SH*T MOM HOLY SH*T!” before getting shushed loudly by their father.  It was awesome.

Have you ever experienced a hot car? Tell me in the comments below.

Today’s junk food: New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: The Money Shot

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy! were bought the same time I got the Oreo Creme Filled ones.  People love birthday cake flavored things, don’t they?  These looked especially festive…

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: Colorful!

I mean, look at these New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!… colored chips? Specks of color in the frosting inside? Multicolored letters? It’s a party and we’re all invited!  (Wait, there’s no guac at this party? Lame.)

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: Oh I will

“Lift for cookie joy!” Okie dokie…

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: CRAMMED

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: 75 cal per cookie

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: SUGAR

Let’s be clear – there is nothing about these New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy! that is healthy. Just the way I like them.  I mean, who wants to eat healthy on their birthday?

Sidenote: Someone needs to take several packages of these cookies, arrange them into a birthday cake-shape, frost THAT concoction with birthday frosting, and add the candles, etc.  Very meta.

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: Not so colorful

These New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy! smelled like normal Chips Ahoy still – no extreme frosting smell at all – and they looked SORT of like regular Chips Ahoy as well.  The colored chips from the package? They were there, but not in the festive sprinkling the packaging depicted.

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: Color flecks

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!

New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!: Thin layer of frosting

I bit into one of these New Birthday Frosting Filled Chewy Chips Ahoy!, and I was, indeed, filled with cookie joy.  While I was pretty lukewarm on the Oreo Crème ones, I must say – I really liked these Birthday Frosting filled cookies.  While the layer of frosting inside was just as thin as the Oreo Crème filled cookies, the main difference was the flavor. The cream here gave off, IMO, a very very distinct frosting flavor. Sugary, vanilla-y, and on point – the flavor of cake frosting was well represented.

Combined with the standard Chips Ahoy cookie, these tasted like cookies frosted in cake frosting.  And that is exactly how I wanted them to taste – chocolatey, chewy, with that added bit of extra sugary frosting flavor.  Really really good.  Buy these if you like frosting flavor – you will enjoy them.

PURCHASED AT: Walmart

COST: $1.98

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Junk Food Guy

Discuss - 18 Comments

  1. steve says:

    The streets of DC in July are one big hot car, the only way to catch a breeze is to stand right on the curb and wait for a Metro Bus to come flying past you. Who builds a town in a swamp anyway.

  2. Sarah says:

    I am very familiar with the hot car….except in Chile, they are all the HOT CAR. No A/C in Chile….not on trains, buses, apartments or public places. There is one train in the entire metro system with air, it is brand new. Getting that train is probably one in a million odds. Getting on a metro during rush hour is a pure hell……but Chileans are very clean people so at least it smells nice!

  3. Linny says:

    My car doesn’t have a properly functioning A/C (it never gets cold enough to properly cool the car), so I pretty much swelter from May to September. Totally feel your pain.

    These cookies look pretty darn good to me. I adore frosting, so I might have to pick these up.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Linny: Where do you live again?

      Hot automobiles also bother me because the old school metal seat buckles used to burn the hell out my legs.

  4. Cake is merely a frosting delivery system as far as I’m concerned. But these were lame, although half of a ‘that’s lame!’ less lame than the Oreo Creme ones since there was indeed a hint of sweet vanilla frosting to them. I will admit, though, that your packages both seemed to have more filling than those that I bought. I had barely discernible white lines of filling “CRAMMED” into my supersoft, super artificial Chewy Chips Ahoys. I ate a couple of each and then let my officemates devour the rest of the bags the next day.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Dana: Hmmm consistency issues has always been a bit of a problem with Chewy Chips Ahoy, I feel. I agree – I like the birthday frosting ones more than the oreo creme ones.

  5. Elisa says:

    Like the earlier poster, I got the same surprise when I first went to Paris on summer study aboard in July 2004. No A/C in the entire Metro system or its trains! Not cool.

  6. I heart birthday cake but these just didn’t do it for me. I didn’t get any cake flavor at all just the chocolate chip. I wonder if I got a bad bag or something.

    • junkfoodguy says:

      @Krystle: I feel like if you’re a frosting lover these might be underwhelming, so I don’t think your experience is that surprising

  7. spacepenguin says:

    I sort of took the ‘hot car’ route to look for these cookies; the first 3 stores checked I traveled to via bicycle (fail), then I took a car w/out AC to the store that had them (finally success). Totally worth it for these! I just wish the cookies or the box were larger – one box of chewies is like one serving for me….

  8. Phil Macrackin says:

    These cookies taste like ass. Too sweet. Ass.

  9. Izzy says:

    These tasted strongly of chemicals, overwhelmingly so, and smelled the same to me. Bag went straight into the trash after the first bite lol

    • Sims says:

      I always laugh when people say desserts are too sweet. Pretty stupid. I’m 5’3 and 100 lbs and I still can’t get enough of anything with birthday cake in it. Blue Bunny and Cold Stone’s Bday Cake Ice Cream is also heavenly. Now that Chips Ahoy paired the cake flavor with cookies I think my skinny ass can die happy.

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