The new line of Who Nu? cookies have hit the shelves at grocery stores all over Salt Lake City. The nutritional claims surrounding these cookies seem almost too good to be true: “As much fiber as a bowl of oatmeal, as much calcium as a glass of milk” with no partially hydrogenated oils or trans fats. But how do they taste? After all, the best way to get kids to eat right is to make the food as appetizing as possible, so how do these cookies stack up? I grabbed a few boxes and tested them out on some of the pickiest palates on the planet: my kids.
Chocolate: Of all the cookies options offered, this one seems to be the most popular. Resembling an Oreo, the chocolate cookie doesn’t quite offer the same flavor, but is tasty nonetheless. The wafers are crispier and there is not as much crème in the middle, but even though the flavor is not “spot on”, they still have a distinctive taste all their own that won’t disappoint your sweet tooth. My girls, who love Oreos, didn’t think much of them, but ate them when offered.
Chocolate chip: The soft and chewy chocolate chip cookie was the biggest hit by far. Sweet and soft, the cookies bear no likeness to what you would think a “healthy” cookie would taste like and they were requested time and time again. The crunchy chocolate chip cookies taste very close to their counterpart, Chips Ahoy, but with a much less sugary taste. Chips Ahoy lovers may notice a difference, but the cookies are still delicious enough that others won’t notice a difference.
All of the cookies are made with whole wheat flour and are packed with many different vitamins and nutrients. None of them contain partially hydrogenated oils, food dyes or high fructose corn syrup (with the exception of the chewy chocolate chip which does contain some) and they are relatively low in calories, fat and sugar.
Obviously if you want to keep your treats as natural as possible the best way is to make them yourself, but if you find yourself out of time or ingredients, these cookies are probably the next best thing health-wise. They are tasty enough that you will want to eat them, but you probably won’t overdo it. Plus with all of the nutrition included you can at least feel good that you aren’t filling up with unnecessary calories.
For more information on Who Nu? cookies, check out their website at www.whonucookies.com.
You can find Who Nu? cookies at most major grocery stores and health food stores along the Wasatch Front. Prices are usually just under $3.00 a box, plus you can usually find a coupon in Sunday’s paper.