Monday, October 12, 2009

Cookies ‘n’ Creme Showdown

Cookies 'n' CremeAt the Walgreen’s I noticed a new set of bars far down on the bottom shelf in the candy aisle. They’re simply called 3 for $1 Buck (which seems redundant, three for one dollar buck bar?). They’re Proudly manufactured in the USA by R.M. Palmer. I picked out one of each and today I thought I’d do a head to head comparison between one of them, called Cookies ‘n’ Creme.

Of course the best known Cookies ‘n’ Creme bar is made by Hershey’s. It was introduced in 1994 and for a long time was made with real cocoa butter so it was a white chocolate product. Now it’s made with a white confection so a good item to do a match up with the Palmer version.

Each bar is a white confection (a mix of vegetable oils, milk & sugar) studded with chocolate cookie bits ... the whole effect is like Oreos in ice cream at room temperature.

Hershey's & R.M. Palmer Cookies 'n' Creme

Ingredients for Hershey’s Cookies ‘n’ Creme (1.55 ounce)

Ingredients: sugar, vegetable oil, (cocoa butter, palm shea, sunflower and/or safflower oil), non fat milk, enriched wheat flour (flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), corn syrup solids, milk fat, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soy bean and/or cottonseed oil), cocoa pressed with alkali, contains 2% or less of whey, high fructose corn syrup, soy lecithin, sodium bicarbonate, salt, natural & artificial flavoring, caramel color

Ingredients for R.M. Palmer 3 for $1 Buck Bar Cookies ‘n’ Creme (1.45 ounce)

Sugar, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (palm kernel and/or palm), cookies (made with bleached wheat flour, sugar, cocoa processed with alkali, palm oil, corn syrup, corn flour, soy lecithin, baking soda, salt, natural and artificial flavors), whole milk, skim milk, soy lecithin, vanillin.

Hershey's & R.M. Palmer Cookies 'n' Creme

The Hershey’s bar is formatted just like the regular Hershey’s Milk Chocolate. 12 rectangles make it easy to snap & share. The ingredients aren’t quite as good as the pure white chocolate they used to use, but this is still a distinctive bar of decent quality.

It smells quite a bit like ice cream. The melt is rather smooth and cloyingly sweet. The cookie bits are jam packed in there, you can see from the flipside view that they’re little cookie pellets so there aren’t a lot of little crumbs, just real crunch & toasty chocolate flavor. It has a good bit of salt to it (110mg) so it helps the vanilla and chocolate flavors pop.

The Palmer version is a nice long, domed format. It’s a little lighter in color compared to the Hershey’s version. Even though it weights a tenth of an ounce less it has the same number of calories (220) and one more gram of fat (12 g).

It’s immediately sweet, but has a good, cool melt on the tongue. I didn’t get as much in the way of milky flavors from it but a fun fake vanilla that reminded me of taffy. There really weren’t that many cookie bits, which was disappointing, especially since I figured those were the cheapest ingredient in the whole thing.

Overall it was far too sweet, even statistically I can tell: Hershey’s has 19 g of sugars & Palmer has 24 g ... and remember, Palmer’s is smaller.

There’s really no comparison, the Hershey’s is a well rounded white confection with a dark chocolate cookie crunch. The Palmer is just a cheap sweet and fatty imitation. If the Palmer price tag is too much of a temptation, wait until the Hershey’s come on sale.

They’re both Kosher and both made in the USA.

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  4. Toblerone Single Peaks
  5. Lotte Crunky
  6. Palmer Milk Chocolate Balls
  7. Green and Black’s White Chocolate
Name: Cookies 'n' Creme
    RATING:
  • 10 SUPERB
  • 9 YUMMY
  • 8 TASTY
  • 7 WORTH IT
  • 6 TEMPTING
  • 5 PLEASANT
  • 4 BENIGN
  • 3 UNAPPEALING
  • 2 APPALLING
  • 1 INEDIBLE
Brand: Hershey's & R.M. Palmer
Place Purchased: Walgreen's (Echo Park)
Price: $.69 & $.33
Size: 1.55 ounces & 1.45 ounces
Calories per ounce: 142 & 152
Categories: White Chocolate, Cookie, United States, Hershey's, R. M. Palmer, Kosher

POSTED BY Cybele AT 11:15 am Tracker Pixel for Entry    

Comments
  1. You are a brave woman to try one of those buck bars!  I saw them at CVS for the first time recently, and just reading the description on the wrapper made me shudder!

    Comment by Jane on 10/12/09 at 12:18 pm #
  2. My teeth hurt now.

    Comment by KateC on 10/12/09 at 12:28 pm #
  3. Geez, the amount of cookie pieces in the bars are like night and day.  The 3 for $1 don’t have HFCS, so I guess that’s a plus.

    Comment by Marvo on 10/12/09 at 1:48 pm #
  4. Nothing Palmer makes is good.

    I can remember years of getting their nasty awful Easter or Christmas chocolates and throwing them away rather than try and eat them. Even as a kid they were inedible to me.

    Comment by galateadia on 10/12/09 at 5:47 pm #
  5. Great review, Cybele!  I had to try that Palmer peanut butter $1.00 bar - I haven’t even seen these smaller ones!  Maybe Palmer will be the official fat and sugar supplier of the recession.  Bad bars for only $.33

    Comment by Denise Ryan on 10/14/09 at 4:41 pm #
  6. Hersheys all the way!!!

    Comment by Adrienne on 9/08/11 at 6:13 pm #

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