The Chocolate Cult: Nutritional Cookies?

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Nutritional Cookies?

I was walking through my local Kroger last week, they moved all of the aisles around it was so annoying.  I spied two boxes of cookies on the top shelf that I had never seen before.  These "WhoNu? nutrition rich cookies" -- have any of you seen these?

They were on sale, I had a coupon it turned out, I forgot about that, so I bought a box of each.  There are two varieties: Chocolate sandwich cookie and a chocolate chip cookie.

The chocolate sandwich varieties look like the average round chocolate cookie with white stuff in the middle though they had a sort of fruity scent.  Three cookies make a serving and on the back of the box and the front, it claims this contains a lot of good things by comparing them to food you eat like oatmeal or spinach.  A serving has 160 calories made of 2g saturated fat, 140mg sodium, 3g fiber, 14g sugars, but only 1g protein.  It list 20 minerals and vitamins so 16 more than the average cookie even bothers to list.  Most of these are in the 10% range of daily needs with a few in the 25-30% range such as Vitamins A, C, B12, D, E, and Calcium.  But how do they taste?  They taste like crunchy cocoa cookies with just a bit of the white stuff -- maybe half the amount of other cookies of this same form.  There is an aftertaste which is mostly cocoa with a hint of over sweetness but in general these were much better than other versions of this same cookie type made healthier.

Next I looked at the crispy chocolate chip variety.  Let me state right now that I prefer my chocolate chip cookies to be soft, occasionally chewy even.  These had a slightly more fruity scent but I could still smell the chocolate.  They are about the same diameter as the previous cookie so a bit on the smaller side for boxed chocolate chip cookies.  The amount of vitamins and minerals in three of these is identical to the earlier cookie but there are some differences in other basic nutritional facts.  These have 150 calories of 2g saturated fat, 100mg sodium, 3g fiber, 9g sugars, and 2g protein.  Eating this is also compared to eating everyday foods like blueberries and tomato juice though I hope these still taste like chocolate.  The chocolate chips do taste like darker chocolate but the cookie part is very fruity sweet in taste. I didn't like it nearly as much as the chocolate sandwich cookies.  These also had an aftertaste that wasn't great, overly sweet, and it built up by the end of one serving. These won't be hard to resist for me at least.

I remember when "healthy" cookie came out in grocery stores.  They were terrible!  They tasted like prunes and were either too hard or too moist.  I remember we fed ours to squirrels in Riverside Park in Manhattan -- those critters will eat anything and follow you around for more.  These WhoNu? cookies are better than those but the chocolate chips ones need more work to make cookies that can seriously compete against other store brands.


Myka Iyer said...

The first looked like a copy oreo :) 'Me too' product!

The Chocolate Priestess said...

That was my thought as well, Myka, though I didn't want to mention a trade marked brand directly unless I'm reviewing something from them.

Thanks for reading and commenting!

Anonymous said...

It should be more like...WhoNu you can't make an oreo healthy! I'm sorry, maybe its me, but if I want a cookie that looks like an oreo- then I'll buy oreos.

Thanks for sharing! I have not seen this brand in my local grocery shop thank God. :)

I hope you are having a wonderful summer...took a small break from blogging. But I'm glad to be back! Happy Tuesday, Priestess!


The Chocolate Priestess said...

Thanks for reading and posting, Tammy -- that's part of my name as well! I keep seeing "healthy" and "healthier" but if it can't hold it's own in terms of chocolate then it's no good for me.

cakewhiz said...

i haven't seen these cookies around yet but i am not too fond of "healthy" cookies. i would much rather eat regular cookies but in moderation.

btw, that squirrel story was very funny... it made me laugh! hahah

The Chocolate Priestess said...

Thanks for reading and commenting, cakewhiz.

I should tell you all about the combat squirrel we met one summer.

briarrose said...

Interesting product. I haven't seen these before.

Christine's Pantry said...

Have not seen these cookies in my local store. Thanks for another great post.

The Chocolate Priestess said...

Christine and briarrose, you know me. I seem to have a good eye for these chocolate things and if I can get a jump on it and help you all learn about something new to avoid or check out, I'm happy to do so.

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