Cybele Pascal’s New Free-To-Eat Cookies- A review

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What can I say? Well, for starters these babies are certified gluten-free and vegan!  Gluten is not an issue in our house, but the vegan part is particularly appealing.  Of course they are free of the top 8 allergens, and made in a dedicated gluten free, allergy-friendly facility.  They. Are. Honestly. Amazing.   They truly are.  I was perusing the aisles of Whole Foods during my routine weekend shopping trip, and just happened to spot these as I was looking for a safe snack for us to munch on in the car for the 20 minute drive home.  I thought these were going to be crunchy but they’re not.  They are soft, and chewy.  Surprise!

The Package:

I love the packaging.  I know…I know…you may be thinking, “who cares about the packaging?”  Well, I actually do.  Maybe I’m just quirky that way, but the old saying “you eat with your eyes first” reigns true for me.  I mean, when I purchase a prepackaged item, I have to admit, I take particular notice of the package it comes in.  Maybe it’s from having to read labels so much, that I’ve grown accustomed to noticing every little detail of a package.  I don’t know.  But this packaging is very visually appealing.  I love the crisp, clean design, and colors.  The basic white background makes the pictures of the actual cookies just POP out at you, which I love.  Now, I don’t know her personally, but, having seen her website, and books,  I think the package design is very “Cybele”.

The Taste:

We tried the Chocolate Chip, so I can’t speak for the other 2 flavors yet, which are Oatmeal-Raisin, and Chocolate Chunk Brownie.  But, the chocolate chip flavor is great!  Seriously, we couldn’t stop eating them!  My husband, son, and I loved them.  Now, there is that familiar grainy-shortening-like taste that lingers on the tongue for just about 5 seconds after finishing a bite, which I’ve experienced eating other allergen-free products.  I’m not exactly sure what that is.  I think it has something to do with the gluten-free part.  I say that from my personal experiences with eating some gluten-free products.  But, maybe it’s just me.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a deal breaker.  Like I said, it’s only 5 seconds.  Anyway, other than that, I honestly could not tell that these were free of milk and egg.  The chewiness was perfect, and they weren’t crumbly or falling apart, which you can get sometimes with egg-less cookies.  They were just so stinkin’ good.  Needless to say, I bought these on Sunday, and it’s Tuesday and I need to go buy some more already.  Which actually brings me to my next section…

Price Point:

Okay, I’m not a food snob( I’m not overly frugal either about my grocery shopping, but I try to save money where I can). I’ve gotten quite used to having to pay more for allergen-free products.  I’ve accepted that it’s kind of just the fact of the matter.  They are not as readily available as their allergen containing counterparts, and are more expensive.  But, I was a bit disappointed that you only get 1 row of about 12 cookies for a price of around 5 or 6 dollars.  But, like I said, that’s not really unusual in the world of food allergies.  But, still, it’s steep.  Also, the only place I’ve seen them is Whole Foods, now that doesn’t mean they’re not available at other stores…I just have only seen them there.

So, in conclusion…Do I think they’re yummy? Yes.  Do I recommend them?  Yes.  Do I plan on purchasing them again?  Yes.

 

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