If you want to win me over, all you have to do is bake me some homemade chocolate chip cookies. I cannot recall a time in my life I have ever turned down a fresh, warm, chocolate chip cookie. Keeping this in mind, I realize that any packaged cookie especially one made with healthy ingredients, will inevitably not taste as good as homemade, but I have tried to keep an open mind and give them a fair chance anyway.
When I spotted Kashi TLC Oatmeal Dark Chocolate Cookies in my campus convenience store, I was very excited. I had high expectations because of Kashi's great reputation in the healthy food market. I was very pleased with these cookies. They were definitely sweet enough to kill a chocolate craving, but they had a heartier, healthier taste that I enjoyed. Don't expect these cookies to taste like full-fat homemade cookies, but if you're looking for a tasty packaged cookie, these fit the bill. They are both soft and chewy, the way an oatmeal cookie should be.
Now to the cons. I wished they had come in individual packages instead of a whole package, because it makes it more difficult to eat these "on the go." I was also somewhat disheartened by the calorie count, since these cookies are not very large.
One 30 gram cookie provides 130 calories, 5 grams of total fat (8% of the RDA), 1.5 grams of which are saturated, 2 grams of protein and 21 grams of total carbohydrate which includes 3 grams of fiber (12% of the RDA) and only 8 grams of sugar. There is a decent amount of fiber and protein in each cookie for them being so small, but it would be difficult for me, as a cookie lover, to eat just one. I did not, however, wolf down these cookies the way I would with homemade ones, due to their chewy, denser texture.
A pack of 8 cookies cost about $3.00, which seems quite expensive for anything other than an occasional treat - or maybe the price is the built-in portion control. The ingredients list is stellar, but if you're on a diet - 130 calories from 1 cookie is just too much - but at least at least these cookies are 30 calories less than Quaker Breakfast Cookies.