October 8th: The Original Cookie Dough Bites Chocolate Chip

Kcal 190 Fat 9.0g Fat(sats) 5.0g Carbs 26.0g (per 40.0g serving)

I am a massive fan of Ben & Jerrie's Cookie Dough ice cream, so when sent these by CandyPirate I was hopeful they would deliver a similar experience. I hear these 'Cookie Dough Bites' are similar to Hershey's Milk Duds, in that they are a very popular choice of snack to consume at the cinema in the US. The on pack description described the product as 'bite sized cookie dough pieces in creamy milk chocolate', as far as I am concerned cookie dough is a really underutilized flavour variant. The only cookie dough themed bar/product I have tried before was the Kit Kat Chunky Cookie Dough ... which was extremely disappointing - I was hoping for far more from these.

The pack I received from CandyPirate contained two 40.0g servings (well it totalled 88.0g as my pack had 10% extra free!). I did eat these over two sittings, neither of which were really that fulfilling, though the sweetness of the product went some way to abiding my afternoon munchies. The packaging was ok in it's appearance, the decorative colour scheme was nothing spectacular but fair. The bites themselves were stored in an inner plastic packet ... in an ideal world this would have been foil just to keep an extra freshness to the product. The bites were quite randomly sized, this was more dependent on the amount of the cookie dough in each, as the chocolate layer remained relatively the same thickness throughout. The product lacked a real definitive smell, there was a sweet chocolaty scent as I opened the plastic packet, it just wasn't the strongest or the most forthcoming ... a mild aroma is a better than a bad one I guess!?

The outer milk chocolate instantly brought comparisons to Reese's milk chocolate to mind when tasting the product ... as dedicated readers will know this isn't a necessarily good thing. The milk chocolate had a grainy texture, of course this wasn't helped by the expected rough texture of the cookie dough, but the chocolate was noticeably clumpy and stodgy in it's melt. Though the texture was poor the taste wasn't altogether that bad, it was mostly devoid of flavour, though it did add a milky note to the overall taste. The chocolate was pretty disappointing, but in contrast the cookie dough was spot on. It had a deliciously raw, doughy taste that had small crunchy notes of brown sugar; despite lacking the promised chocolate chip element it was very well executed. The taste didn't last all that long in the mouth and these were incredibly addictive, I can see how it could be very easy to polish off a box of these in next to no time.

Overall these are a product that will definitely cure a cookie dough craving, but are still far from being anything spectacular. The chocolate was obviously not the main focus of the product, and this was all to apparent; lacking flavour and with a poor texture it was certainly nothing to get excited about. Thankfully the cookie dough was extremely well executed, bursting with all the sweet, doughy flavours you would come to expect from such a product ... and doing them rather well at that. Cookie dough fans will no doubt love these, but if your not fussed by the flavour there is little else here for you.

7.2 out of 10