The pros: Trader Joe's Soft Baked Snickerdoodles are delicious on their own, but it's very clear there is also a targeted audience: people with allergies.
The cons: If you like crisp cookies, then you won't want to pick this up. Box only contains 12 cookies.
The verdict: If you saw the movie Bad Moms, then you know the scene I'm about to reference. It was about the school bake sale. The leader of the PTA had no qualms about giving everyone there a detailed list as to what not to bring to the upcoming bake sale. The list was ingredient specific. If you haven't seen it, then you can check out the first 10 seconds of this clip here.
As laugh out loud funny as that clip was, it isn't a laughing matter for some people. As a teacher in an area where food allergies were virtually unheard of at the beginning of my career, I have seen a tremendous uptick in food based allergies in just over a decade.
On top of food allergies, at my school we have kids who for various reasons can't eat certain foods. Every year we have multi-cultural day right before Thanksgiving. I pass around a list to get a sense of what people are bringing in and what the allergies and can't eat list to make sure we got everyone covered so they can have something.
If the food restrictions or allergies are something that resonates with you then, yes, this would be a reliable choice to bring in. This is vegan. This is gluten-free. This does not have wheat, milk, nuts, eggs, and soy.
But when I picked it up at Trader Joe's, I had my reservations (and that scene from Bad Mom's ran through my mind). I mean how good can it taste with all those things missing?
Well, I almost had to buy three boxes to review this. My husband consumed the first box after coming home from a late shift. I was looking all over my kitchen for the box, only to find it in the trash and emptied of its contents.
The second box I got to photograph and taste. After tasting this, I understood why the box disappeared. If you like soft cookies, these are almost cake like. They have a wonderful cinnamon sugar coating which gives them added texture. I brought the rest of the box to my students who help. They did not read the box. All I had to do was read their reactions. This box met with their approval.
It's one thing to have something available to check off boxes of people's needs. This does far more than that. This just tastes good. The box is small. It contains just 12 cookies. Otherwise, it is $2.99 well spent on something tasty. However, unless you are a crisp cookie fan, then you should pass on this.
Here is the visual run down of what you get if you buy this product:
The box of Trader Joe's Soft Baked Snickerdoodles:
The nutritional information:
How Trader Joe's describes this:
Out of the package you get:
Would I buy this again? Yes, I like Trader Joe's Soft Baked Snickerdoodles. So did my husband and my students. All gave a thumbs up. In each instance the box seemed to be emptied in NASCAR type speed.
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