Friday, 13 November 2009

Chocolate Chip Cookies

I remembered when I was with the inter-varsity Overseas Christian Fellowship, and the Friday meetings we had in London. Before each meeting began we were free to catch up with one another over nibbles compliments of the fellowship organisers. However, as they were not funded by any university, they appeared to be very conservative with their budget, since they relied on donations from fellowship members. As a result, most of the refreshments were from the Basics range found at the nearby Sainsbury's.

One of the items that appeared regularly were Sainsbury's Basics Cookies with Chocolate Chips. I've been wanting to do a review of this for some time, and now, given a lull in my creativity for Basics recipe ideas and a general lack of enthusiasm for life caused by frustrations with work, I've decided that this will be the perfect opportunity to review this.

I only wish I could say that this was the perfect cookie though. Biscuit tends to be rather dry, and chocolate chip content is appalling. The cookie is rather sweet though, perhaps a little on the cloying side. This would probably make them very suitable for dunking with hot drinks to provide some contrast, such as tea or coffee. They might also be useful for use as a biscuit base for cheesecake.

A few might be wondering why the label does not simply describe the contents as Chocolate Chip Cookies, and I suspect it might be related to Food Standards Agency regulations relevant to its very low chocolate chip content.

Sad to say, the university Christian Union has better taste, opting for the regular and much better Sainsbury's Chocolate Chip Cookies.

DescriptionPrice per UnitNo. of servingsTrade-up PremiumTrade-up Benefits
Cookies with Chocolate Chips
£0.40250g+£0.03 for 200gMore and higher-quality chocolate chips, better biscuit base. Recommended.

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