August 1st: Hershey's York Cookies

Kcal 270 Fat 16.0g Fat(sats) 9.0g Carbs 35.0g (per 4 cookies)

Whenever I think of Hershey's I generally straight away think of their more traditional chocolate bar offerings such as their Reese's Peanut Butter Cups, 5th Avenue bar etc! CandyPirate though have recently been sharing with me some of Hershey's more unusual products that they stock - like the Hershey's Brownie and Reese's Brownie etc and today was no different. Forming another part of the Hershey's Cookies range these York Cookies promised 'a chocolate biscuit base with a peppermint fondant filling covered in semi-sweet chocolate' - these sounded like a rival for one of my favourite cookies of all time the Oreo Double Stuffed Mint.

The cookies came in a pack of 4 that weighed in at 56.0g. Despite some slight melting issues (due to be kept in my bag on a hot day!) I thought the presentation was of a pretty good standard and liked the way the usual York brand theme had been incorporated into the cookie product format. To cure the melting issue I stuck these in the fridge which managed to return them to a decent enough state to eat. I thought the cookies looked appetising with the white fondant layer appearing very distinctive when the biscuits were broken in half. This combined with the appetising minty smell that I detected really set my expectations high and at this point I was really expecting these to contend with its Oreo rivals.

I have to say that sticking these in the fridge for an hour or so before consuming was a bit of a master stroke. As mentioned I ate these on a really hot day so the cooled nature of the cookies along with a chilled glass of milk made for an extremely satisfying snack. Despite there being three very distinctive layers (outer chocolate, biscuit and mint fondant) there was never really any chance for eating any of them in isolation from one or other, as there wasn't any chance of breaking the cookies up (ala Oreo cookie) due to the messiness it would have caused. Although there was limited opportunity to do this the taste progressed in three natural steps with the outer semi-sweet chocolate featuring prominently when the cookie was first in the mouth. The flavours were a little understated in terms of cocoa strength but I felt much the same as I did with normal York Peppermint Patties in that the chocolate did its job in terms of providing a chocolaty context that wasn't too sweet. Once the outer chocolate had melted away the biscuit was next to feature in the taste and it brought elements of butter, malt and brown sugar with its crunchy texture. Last but by no means least the peppermint fondant bursted on to the scene with a mixture of fresh tasting sweet mint influences that left a lasting impression in the mouth with its cooling menthol effect. Being the greedy man I am I managed to tuck away four cookies in the one sitting which I think would be a very substantial snack for anyone.

Overall in my estimation these didn't quite overtake the Oreo Double Stuffed Mint as my favourite chocolate mint cookies of all time but they did put a pretty good fight. Being the weirdo I am, I think one of the greatest features of the Oreo biscuit is the way it can be dissected and divided up which on the whole makes it the more fun and interesting out of the two products. In regards to taste though I think that it is a pretty close run thing - I especially liked the way these Hershey's cookies had been dipped in semi-sweet chocolate which established a real chocolate hit from the outset (though not the greatest quality of chocolate ever!). If you are a fan of your mint chocolate cookies I would recommend you try these at some point - these are yet another product to put on your CandyPirate wish list.

8.3 out of 10