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.
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.
In the early 80s, you could not escape Star Wars. 1983’s Return of the Jedi set off one of the first major marketing bonanzas for a movie and Star Wars merchandise was all over the place, well into the mid-80s (I had the bedsheets to prove it).
And of course, any movie worth the reel it’s printed on deserves it’s own line of cookies! Pepperidge Farm released Star Wars Cookies in 1983, giving us three wonderful flavors: vanilla, chocolate and peanut butter.