Chocolate Banana Chips Ahoy - (I honestly forgot where I got these...)
It's not Thursday anymore, but this is a throwback post anyway. These cookies came out...I don't even know how long ago exactly, but it's been a few months. I love all things banana, so even though I've never been a huge Chips Ahoy fan, I still had to give these a try. (Any hey, those Hot Cocoa ones were pretty darn good. Maybe these will be great too?)
Before I get into the review I wanted to say I'm sorry posts have been sporadic. (Again.) Those stomach issues I've talked about before have flared up, which make me really nauseous, so eating normally has been difficult the past week or so. I've been trying to take it easy and eat low acidity foods to recover before I get another ulcer. Slowly but surely it's getting better, and I'll be back into full junk-foodie mode soon.
The packaging for this flavor in particular is very similar to the rest of the Chips Ahoy line, so there's not too much for me to talk about as far as the packaging is concerned. I like that it's colorful and playful, while still looking rather simple, and the food imagery is great. Just looking at those bananas with chocolate drizzle makes me want a banana split. (Or banana split flavored ice cream, which is my favorite ice cream flavor of all time.)
I opened up the package and the cookies inside look like normal Chips Ahoy, but they have a very obvious banana aroma to them. The scent is a bit stronger than a natural banana, but it's not artificial. Which is impressive. To me, this stuff smells the way banana instant pudding tastes, and I love banana pudding, so my low expectations for this cookie have instantly been replaced with high hopes. Fingers crossed that it tastes as good as it smells! Time to give it a try!
I am literally eating my words. (Okay well not literally-literally, but you guys get what I mean.) I've been hating on Chips Ahoy for YEARS, but the last two limited edition flavors they've released were fantastic, and definitely not something I could easily recreate at home. What can I say, I'm impressed, and I take back (some) of the bad things I've said about you over the years. You're not (always) processed and artificial tasting. Sometimes you're downright delicious.
The cookie itself is crunchy and crisp, with just the right amount of crumble. It has a vanilla-cookie base, similar to their classic crunchy chocolate chip formula, but this tastes more Nilla-wafer-like to me. It's dry and crumbly, but not overly so, and texturally it actually reminds me of the shortbread cookies I used to eat when I worked at Panera. Plus, the chocolate chunks taste like real chocolate! Not that waxy fake stuff, like that brown wax in the Special K chocolate cereal pretending to be things it's not. This is the real deal and it actually melts in your mouth the way real chocolate should. Then when you get to one of the banana flavored chips, it's surprisingly authentic and not artificial tasting. I had really low expectations for this cookie, since I wasn't wowed by any of their ice cream themed flavors that came out a few summers ago, but they really switched up their ingredients
Banana lovers rejoice! This is a deliciously crunchy cookie and I bet it would be amazing crumbled on top of ice cream, or as a base for an ice cream cookie sandwich. (Or, you know, as just a cookie.) I like these even more than my favorite banana-flavored sandwich cookie, the Limited Edition Banana Split Oreo! And they're almost on par with my beloved Meiji Banana cookies. If you like bananas, and your store doesn't restock their shelves very often, you might want to run out and grab a few packages. It took me a while to review these, and I'm kind of sad I waited. I might not be able to find them anymore, which is a bummer.