I was in Walmart a few days ago and tucked away in the cookie aisle I found Pepperidge Farm’s pumpkin spice Milano and pumpkin cheesecake cookies. Obviously, I had to have them. They’ve become standard for the fall season over the years, but man, it’s so nice to see retailers embracing the season as early as the first week of August.
Okay. Obviously, nostalgia is playing a huge part in me saying this (especially when Panera Bread’s pumpkin cookies exist), but the cookies pictured below are my favorite Halloween-themed cookies of all time:
Sun Valley Halloween Buttery Flavored Cookie Snacks! Wait, “Buttery Flavored Cookie Snacks”? That’s just a fancy way of saying “shortbread”, right? Continue Reading
Pepperidge Farm’s Goldfish is a brand that’s mostly known for their line of snack crackers but they’ve been releasing cookies and graham cracker versions for quite awhile now as well. While browsing the aisles at Target, I saw things like vanilla cupcake and strawberry cheesecake but what a really grabbed my eye was Goldfish hot cocoa grahams over in the holiday aisle. I think Goldfish has had chocolate grahams for awhile and probably the hot cocoa version as well but this was the first time I’ve ever noticed it.
While parts of me may wish the hot cocoa grahams were awful just so I could say they are hot caca, they’re actually really good! Maybe a bit rich for me to eat on any consistent basis but they are an excellent choice to devour once a year during Christmas and wintertime. Imagine chocolate Teddy Grahams combined with the little dehydrated mini-marshmallows that you find in hot cocoa packets and that’s Goldfish Hot Cocoa Grahams.
On a secondary note, I decided to try Goldfish French Toast Grahams that I found in the regular grocery aisle. I wasn’t expecting much from them as I typically do not care for artificial maple/pancake syrup flavoring, but it seemed like a such a novelty I had to try them. They’re okay, but yeah, I still don’t care for the smell or taste of fake syrup.
I waited weeks before I could finally buy and bake this Zombie Dance Party Cookie Kit by In the Mix (which apparently is a gourmet line of cooking kits from a company called Brand Castle). Despite having it sitting in our stockroom at Walgreens, it wasn’t listed in our system when I initially tried to buy it and the system wasn’t letting our managers manually add it in. When it finally did drop into our system (about two weeks later), it wasn’t ringing up with a price! That was easily solved though: $5.99.
Much to my dismay when browsing Target the other day, I found this for $4.99:
The Zombie Dance Party Sugar Cookie Baking Kit! I didn’t think the Zombie Dance Party Cookie Kit was a Walgreens exclusive but I didn’t think I’d ever see it in different packaging with a slightly different name (and no mention of In the Mix; it looks like Target is trying to claim it as their own). I think the packaging found at Walgreens is much better. The Target version is a bit more straightforward and basic while the Walgreens version uses a better font, has a dance floor, a starry night and doesn’t shy away from the word “zombie”. It also includes an additional zombie on the cover.
I went to the Brand Castle/In the Mix website and there’s no mention of any zombie cookie kits. They have a cupcake kit listed though:
I was walking through Target’s Hallween aisles today and came across this:
Look, I love bacon as much as anyone. The maple variety especially so. But have we gone too far? We already “pumpkin spice all the things”, do we need to “bacon all the things” as well? I don’t want bacon gum, I don’t want bacon mints, I don’t want bacon soda and I don’t want bacon cookies! The frosting is the worst part. Can you imagine how awful that must taste?
Maybe a few years ago I would’ve been tempted to try this but not anymore. People know me for trying all kinds of weird, seasonal gimmick-y food items and I’m sure there will be sites and blogs rushing to post how awesome Betty Crocker’s maple bacon cookies are and how they now have a stockpile of the cookie mix and frosting in their pantry, but I won’t be one of them. Sometimes we come to a line in the sand that we’re not willing to cross. Maple bacon cookies & frosting is that line for me. This one just seems so wrong, folks.