Friday, April 28, 2006

April - NJ Vegan Cookie Review

The Vegan Cookie review will be part of Vegan Freak Radio, Episode #36. Take a listen!

I did a little roving this time! I traveled to New Jersey to meet some Vegan Freaks, have a pot luck and review some cookies.

I love everyone I met and I am so sad I don't live closer. One day I will make it back to another one of their potlucks!

Here are the judges!

Clockwise, starting in lower right corner: Patrick (veganjedi), Me (nell), Amanda (aj_veggiegirl), Elise (veganwitch), John, Jenna (tofupunk), Chad (cosmo), Sheryl (sherbs), Mike, Stephanie (steffapeppa). Not pictured is Liam, he crashed from his sugar high before we got to take a group picture.

Here is the food!
Before we had the review we ate dinner, just like our momma's taught us. It was a Mediterranean theme, there was Tabbouleh, Felafel's, Tomato & Cucumber salad, Kale Salad, Roasted potatoes, Baba Ghanoush and Hummus. It was glorious. are the cookies!
Everyone at the party brought a cookie or three for the review. We ended up having 14 different options. Talk about OD'ing on sugar.

Liam helped me fix up the products. He did very good and didn't sneak a single piece!

The testing begins.
Cookies make vegans happy!

Best Cookie Overall
Alternative Baking Company - Double Chocolate Decadence

Best Chocolate Chip Cookie
Liz Lovely - Cowgirl

Best Peanut Butter Cookie
Alternative Baking Company - Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Boston Cookies
Peanut Butter
Rating: 7.1

Good, but not super peanut buttery
Soft, full bodied
Too sweet for peanut butter
Not too sweet, great flavor
Soft, yummy, peanut-buttery

Alternative Baking Company
Double Chocolate Decadence
Rating: 9.1

Yummy, creamy
Somewhat rich, but not too rich, perhaps my favorite vegan cookie ever
Love it! Love it! Love it!

Alternative Baking Company
Colossal Chocolate Chip
Rating: 8.2

Chips are rockin’
Like toll house for Vegans!

Oatmeal Raisin
Rating: 7.0

Tastes healthy, but good
Yum, but not that yum.
Homemade comfort!
Nice big raisins
A little dry but still good

Boston Cookies
Mocha Chocolate Chip
Rating: 7.6

Fabulous, full, my favorite

Alternative Baking Company
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip
Rating: 7.7

Good, but still not enough peanut butter
Its pretty darn good

Liz Lovely
Cowgirl Cookies
Rating: 8.3

I can die happy!
My fantasy, melt in the mouth
OMFG! 10,000,000
Different texture, sort of melts instead of chewy.
Can taste the sugar – weird but excellent

Cookie Bars
Fudgy Wadgy
Rating: 6.1

Again with the health, so-so
Light sweet flavor
Bar-like. It really is fudgy though.
More brownie like.
Tastes like it has a weight watchers thing going on.

Cookie Bars
Chocolate Chippy
Rating: 6.2

diet-like, but still tasty
rather dry
not bad if you don’t compare it to all the others

Cookie Bars
Lively Lemon
Rating: 6.8

Really good
A little crunch and lemony, good!
I heart it
A little crunchy, too lemon-y

Enjoy Life
Rating: N/A - The package was open and most judges didn't try them (including myself).

Eh, ok

Newman's Own
Fig Newmans
Rating: 6.3

YUM! I love figs!
Figgin Gross.
Better than Fig Newtons by a long shot!
Okay, I would rather have chocolate
Good for what it is. FIG

Newman's Own
Rating: 8.2

YUM! I love figs!
Figgin Gross.
Better than Fig Newtons by a long shot!
Okay, I would rather have chocolate
Good for what it is. FIG

Health Valley
Cookie Cremes
Rating: 8.7

Really comforting taste.
Nice and vanilla-yee!
Wow – surprisingly good and buttery and vanilla-yum.
Very light tasting, I could eat a w hole bunch.

And last but not least....Simple Treats sent me a box of snacks but I didn't receive them before my trip to New Jersey. So I tested those products all on my own! Well, I did send some to Bob & Jenna and a few of my other Vegan Freak friends, but I made sure to get one of each for myself. Simple Treats is a great brand. The cookies, brownies and bars are very filling and tasty.

Simple Treats
Jam Dots

The fruit center is delicious.

Simple Treats
Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie

The cookie was slightly crumbly from being tossed around but I scarfed down every little piece.

Simple Treats
Chocolate Chip Blondies

This has always been my favorite Simple Treat product. I've tried to make them myself but it never comes out as good at theres.

Simple Treats
Double Chocolate Fudge Brownie

The brownie was so soft!


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