Monday, April 21, 2014

Blueberry Cobbler Pepperidge Farm Cookies - Walmart: Berlin, NJ

Blueberry Cobbler Pepperidge Farm Cookies - Walmart: Berlin, NJ
Here's another item I picked up during my epic Walmart search for the elusive Fruit Punch Oreos. (Which I eventually found.) I had seen photos of this new flavor posted on a few food blogs, but I was unimpressed by the Pumpkin Cheesecake variety, so I didn't plan on checking out the rest of the dessert line. Although I didn't intend to buy them, I was getting a bit frustrated after going to so many Walmarts and leaving empty handed that I figured I'd buy something to review to make the trip worth it.

Let's hope that these Blueberry Cobbler Cookies come through!
Since this flavor was released in the spring, the falling leaves from my last review have been replaced with pink and purple flowers. Other than the obvious flavor and seasonal swaps in design, nothing else has changed, but that's a good thing. The packaging for Pepperidge Farms has always been consistent and appealing but there is a downside to these bags.

There is literally no protection for these already soft cookies.

As you can see, the first paper cup was full of crumbles. Two of the cookies were in shambles, which doesn't sound too bad, but there are only eight cookies in this bag. (2 paper cups with 4 cookies each.) So, with 2 of the 8 cookies in pieces, that makes 25% of the cookies in this bag unpresentable. No one's going to cry over crumbled cookies, but it isn't ideal. If you're spending a decent amount of money on just 8 cookies, you want all 8 cookies to be somewhat intact.

Whatever trauma these cookies went through, the second paper cup wasn't effected at all.

Visually, these cookies are absolutely gorgeous. The cookie is a beautiful golden color, and there are tons of dried blueberries mixed with a bit of sanding sugar. I feel like these cookies look like a delicious blueberry muffin top, but something seems off about the smell.

While the scent is very sweet, it doesn't make me think of cobbler. I can smell the blueberries and the cookie dough, but there's this lemony hint that seems a bit out of place. Now, if the bag had said this was a blueberry and lemon pound cake, the smell would be spot on, but I have never heard of a cobbler recipe using lemon juice. Admittedly, the smell is good, but it doesn't deliver a "cobbler" experience.

Before I even took a bite I had to obviously pick one of the cookies up, which proved to be a bit difficult to do with one hand. (Since I use my other to control the camera.) The cookies were so soft that they stuck together in the fluted paper cup, and when I did successfully separate it, it began to droop in my hands. Pepperidge Farms does NOT kid around. When they say soft, they mean soft. It's hard to tell in this photo, but the cookie started bending backwards so I had to shift my hand to prevent it from possibly breaking. I'm sure the heat from my photo lights didn't help, but it's no wonder the first two cookies fell to pieces.

After my first bite, I wasn't sure how I felt about this cookie. It was really sweet, and soft, but the flavor definitely wasn't reminiscent of any blueberry cobbler I've ever had.

The flavoring is very similar to the smell. This tastes like a lemon and blueberry pound cake or muffin made into a cookie. Maybe I'm making my blueberry cobbler wrong, but when I make it there is usually cinnamon involved. I always add cinnamon to my streusel topping, so it's a flavor I always relate to cobbler, but there is no hint of cinnamon anywhere in this cookie. As far as recreating blueberry cobbler goes, this is a fail, but the cookie is enjoyable.

These were a fun little treat, and they definitely made my Walmart Trip feel like less of a bust, but I don't think I would buy a second bag. Out of the two dessert cookies I have reviewed, the blueberry cobbler is way better than the pumpkin cheesecake, but neither flavor has me craving more. 
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1 comment:

  1. I agree with you on pumpkin cheesecake flavor... purported flavor doesn't translate via my taste buds... so sad. I have been trying to stock up on blueberry cobbler flavor... they are the standout flavor in limited edition line.