Trader Joe's Charmingly Chewy Review


Our top pick among the soft-baked samples, these little cookies impressed the tasting panel with a pleasing texture and fresh, addicting flavor. Their quality and all-natural ingredients earn them a lot of fans.

By the conclusion of Cheapism's chocolate chip cookie taste test, the panelists had polished off these cookies and were eager to go out and buy more. Trader Joe's Charmingly Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies (starting at $2.50 for a 9-ounce box) were the clear favorite among soft-baked chocolate chip cookies. They offer a rare combination of "natural" ingredients and a low price.

The nearly bite-size treats garnered raves from our reviewers for freshness, chocolaty taste, and moist texture. A few tasters suggested that a critical ingredient such as salt might be missing, but most others considered the flavor remarkably complete. A chef echoes the panelists' praise on her blog, describing a soft texture that straddles cookie and cake consistency in a delightful way.

An online round-up by Complex counts these relatively new cookies among iconic American brands deemed "The 25 Greatest Snack Cookies of All Time" and suggests a quick nuking in the microwave for a real treat. Additionally, The Huffington Post ranks them third overall among 17 store-bought chocolate chip cookies in a taste test.

Unlike the other products we sampled, Trader Joe's Charmingly Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies are made with "natural" ingredients, including vanilla, canola oil, and natural sweeteners (sugar, grape juice, date past, and cane juice syrup). The ingredients list does not specify the type of chocolate chips used, but most of our panel found them "appealing." There are 18 cookies in the 9-ounce package, and each two-cookie serving contains 130 calories.

Gina Martinez

Gina Martinez is a freelance writer who teaches college-level composition and literature courses and has an M.A. in English. She lives on the cheap in New York City with her majestic lapdog.

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