How the chocolate chip cookie crumbles

November 1, 2011 2:58:21 PM PDT
If you're going to indulge in a sweet treat, you want it to be tasty.

But most of the 18 store-bought and fast-food chocolate-chip cookies our trained tasters tried, including top seller Nabisco Chips Ahoy, were just OK, and many were dry and gritty.

A clear exception was Tate's Bake Shop, with big butter and chocolate flavors and smooth chocolate chips. Tasters rated it Excellent - like a really good homemade cookie. It's sold at Whole Foods, Balducci's, Bristol Farms, and Central Market.

Per cookie, Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts have far more calories than the rest, but their cookies are about three times as big. Weight Watchers, the cookie with the least fat and fewest calories, was lowest-rated of all. It was soft and chewy but felt chalky in the mouth and had small, gritty chips and a strange, nonfood off-taste.

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