Product: Dr. Lucy’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies – $5.59+
So, if you recall, the other day I did a not-so-favorable review on Dr. Lucy’s Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies. I called them salty…and definitely found them to be more savory than sweet. I wasn’t impressed. In fact, my roommate and I figured that the only way we could get rid of that “beany, salty” flavor was to slap a piece of chocolate in between two cookies, add a little Marshmallow Fluff, toast it with the kitchen torch, and eat it like you would a S’more.
Don’t judge. You do what you can when you refuse to waste money and throw something away. The sugar cookies…were just not my thing.
As you can imagine, tonight when I was to bust open the remaining box of Dr. Lucy’s cookies that I got on sale at the store, I wasn’t feeling too good about it. At least I knew the texture to expect. Crunchy, crispy is how these cookies are described on the Web site and there is no better description for them. These cookies are about the size of a Chips Ahoy cookie. So, they are what I would consider a normal size cookie.
I’ll start with the background and work my way into what I made of this new flavor.
First of all, a serving of Dr. Lucy’s Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies is 3 cookies. Those three cookies will only set you back 130 calories and 5 grams of fat. A serving also contains 12 grams of sugar and 2 grams of protein. Not bad for three cookies, eh? Aside from that, the flour mix that is used is one that is composed of bean flours. I concluded that the addition of garbanzo and fava flours is what gave the sugar cookies that odd taste after taking a bite. I was nervous, then, that these would have the same problem.
Also of note, these cookies are vegan, gluten-free, and contain no peanuts, tree nuts, milk or eggs.
So, the moment of
truth arrived. Dessert time. And I popped these cookies out of the box and handed three to my roommate before heading off to retrieve my own. She took the first bite and I had to inquire if it was any good. She said that it tasted like the sugar cookies, but with chocolate. It was pretty good.
Oh, I dread those words coming from her. Sometimes ‘pretty good’ means it’s okay…sometimes it means ‘I don’t like it, but I’m not going to say that to you.’ And deciding what she means when she says something is ‘pretty good’ is nigh on impossible. I released a sigh and made a comment about how I was hoping it would taste better than the sugar cookies. I picked up my cookies and went to settle in and attempt to enjoy my dessert.
One bite…and I knew that by ‘pretty good’ she meant that these cookies were…okay. In fact…they were rather close to actually being just good. I mean, I’m not big on crunchy cookies, but this one is actually suited to it. I actually found that the vegan chocolate chips added a nice hint of sweetness to the cookie base, which is exactly what the sugar cookies were lacking, and why my roomie and I doctored ours up with things to make them sweeter and take away from that odd taste that the sugar cookies had. With the chocolate chip cookies…I don’t get that at all. Thank goodness for chocolate! It saved the day once more…and made me feel a lot better about my dessert.
Apparently, the Dr. Lucy Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies have taken top honors when compared to major gluten-free brands in an independent taste test. And a lot of that sweetness comes from their use of dark chocolate chips. I love, love, LOVE dark chocolate.
So, I guess I was going into this tasting with the wrong mindset, because after one bite, I was actually quite satisfied with these chocolate chip cookies. Dr. Lucy’s might have missed the mark with their sugar cookies, but the gluten-free chocolate chip ones are actually…pretty good. And that’s definitely a step in the right direction.
Maybe I will give more flavors a shot…