I have a bit of a weakness for biscuits and in my mind you can't beat the freshly baked ones from the supermarket. Ok some could make my own, but sometimes you just have a craving that needs satisfying there and then. Willpower? Not when it comes to the Sainsbury's choc chunk cookies, I don't. They usually cost a pound for 5 big cookies, which is brilliant value as you can pay 50-60p a cookie in some places for a something the same size.
Now the quality of these cookies varies alot which is a big shame because you can end up with a bag that tastes pretty rubbish. Most of the time they are cooked perfectly and taste really fresh and delicious but they really need to work on the presentation. Sometimes the cookies are almost burnt and hard to chew at the edges and other times they are the total opposite and all pale and doughy and waay too soft. I know it sounds like I hate these but actually I love them because nine times out of ten they are perfect.
When these are good, they are crispy at the edge and softer and nice and chewy in the middle. The choc chunks are big and tasty and there are loads of them so you can get a good choc fix when you need one. The cookies are really big, so they satisfy my major sweet tooth and fill me up. Especially if I sneak two.
I would recommend these these cookies but I wouldn't buy them as part of my online shop because I would want to pick out a nice looking bag from the shelf.
My favourite type of biscuit is the American style cookie that is crispy and fim at the edges, and soft in the middle. I prefer these to the totally crunchy kind. So I was delighted to try Sainsbury's large Milk Chocolate Cookies which fit the bill perfectly. My work colleague kindly bought a packet in for us to sample a year or so ago, and we have been buying them as a treat ever since.
The particular ones I am reviewing are those that come in a packet of 5 from the instore bakery. You can buy more expensive Taste The Difference branded ones from the same place, but having tried both, I always buy the standard cheaper option. I think that they actually taste nicer and have a better texture. They cost £1 for a bag of 5 at the moment. If milk chocolate chunks don't take your fancy, there are other varieties available such as oat and raisins, but the exact range does vary from time to time. We like to buy them early in the morning when they are still slightly warm as the flavour seems at it's most delicious then, but it isn't always possible! If you buy them towards the end of a day, they seem to lose some of the nice melting softness from the centre, but they are still good to eat.
The cookies are large, not quite even in shape, and a lovely golden brown colour. You can see plenty of good size chocolate pieces, which is exactly what I want. They are well distributed throughout the biscuits so you are sure to get a piece in every bite. They smell delicious and chocolatey too. It's a smell that fills the bakery when they are being finished off, and it is sure to make you feel hungry even if you were not before. When you take a bite, the dough is sweet and fresh tasting, and the chocolate pieces are smooth and tasty. I expected the chocolate used to be the cheap kind that doesn't really have much flavour but it tastes of proper milk chocolate. The centre is soft, and the edges crunchy which makes for a lovely contrast in textures. I find them quite sweet, and so I wouldn't want to eat more than one, especially considering the fact they are large in the first place. Although I would normally eat them on their own, I followed a tip from my friend and used half a one to make an ice cream sandwich. I have to say that they taste sinfully great like that but as they are sugary enough on their own, I would only want to use them in this way very occasionally.
They come in a paper bag with a plastic window that lets you see the cookies inside. This has sometimes helped me buy the right variety as the bags do look similar. There isn't a full list of ingredients on the packet but there is a note to ask the bakery staff if you wish to know whether they are suitable for those with a particular food allergy. From my point of view I only needed to know whether they are O.K for vegetarians, and having checked this with Sainsbury's, I am assured that they are. Most recently, a vegetarian friendly symbol has been printed on the packs.
I really recommend these cookies. They are great value for money and taste truly chocolatey. It is a shame that you can't often buy them individually, at least not in the Sainsburys local to me. If you can't use all 5 at once then you will find that the best before is unhelpfully short , only a day or two after purchase usually. Once opened, they need to be kept airtight too, as if you don't, they lose their softness first, and then go the other way and turn floppy. Keeping them for more than a day is rarely a problem for my colleagues though!
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Sainsbury's, like Tesco, and most other major supermarkets, does its own bakery range so instead of picking up something like Maryland cookies, you can get something fresh. Of course, no bakery range would be complete without a cookie variety and this range has several variants. There is this one, plain with chocolate chips, a double chocolate chip one and a triple which has white chocolate chunks too and last but not least is the oatmeal and raisin.
I imagine this to be one of the most popular though given that it is the original and many people, though not myself admittedly, find the others too sickly and so this is a good compromise for them.
These have 5 giant cookies in a bag and cost £1. Sometimes you get offers like 2 for £1.50 and so on.
Of course as these are baked fresh, you will often find that variants run out, particularly if you go at the end of the day and often these go the fastest so there are none of these left. Each cookie flavour has its own colour bag - these are purple - so you can tell the bags apart though do watch what the label says as sometimes they put the cookies in the wrong colour bag. There is also a little window to see what you are picking up.
These cookies are well sized, about the size of a hand and golden in colour. Sprinkled throughout the cookie are milk chocolate chips. These can get a bit melted in hot weather so be careful about where you put it down. Unsurprisingly, these vary in texture on each occasion. Sometimes, these are soft and chewy and can be torn apart but sometimes, they are more baked and brittle and you have to snap bits off and they are more crispy when you bit them. This is a matter of personal preference but I don't mind either way. Only once have I found them burnt which was rather unpleasant.
For £1, these are excellent value and I like them for snacks or to put in a lunch box. The other versions are nice too.
I am having quite a cookie phase at the moment. For me the epitome of a cookie- like the equivalent of a Crufts best in breed for cookies- would be a M&S cookie. I think a good cookie has to be bendy and still soft in the middle and should never snap in half. I avoid biscuit packs of cookies (like Maryland) as these are too hard. But we do not live close to an M&S so I had to hunt for cookies more locally.
When we went to our nearby Sainsburies Local yesterday, I was pleased to see in the Bakery section they had bags of four of the large Milk Chocolate Cookies selling for £1.55. I have gone looking for chocolate chip cookies in this store before and normally they only have 40 packs of white chocolate cookies and no chocolate chip or double chocolate ones.
It always surprises me as the bakery section is laid out to look as if they cook the bread and cookies and cakes in store (but there is never anyone in the bakery part) and I always wondered why they never had any chocolate ones if they could just make them there- I think it is more likely they make them elsewhere and ship them to the store as their stock levels are always poor- except for white chocolate cookies!
The cookies are nice and big. I normally break one in half and have half for breakfast and the other half as a snack later on in the day! They are around 3.5 inches diameter and are a mid brown colour (no burned bits) with large chocolate chunks generously spread around the cookies. I like how there is plenty of chocolate chunks in them. The cookies are described as "soft and chewy" on the paper bag they come in and this is exactly right.
They taste lovely and soft, almost an oaty taste without the rough oats you would get in a flapjack. They are sweet, but it is a lovely sweetness- like cake mixture (which I am also partial to). When you bite into these, you first get the soft chewy oaty cookie taste, then the chocolate chips melt in your mouth, then you get a lovely biscuit aftertaste. They are a bit more cooked than the M&S ones and not as golden so M&S still takes the prize for the best cookies in my eyes but these are not bad. They have a best before date of one day after the date of purchase and if you don't eat them all within one day, they do start to taste a bit soggy/ softer.
These are suitable for vegetarians and there is no nutritional information printed on the bag. This is probably for the better as I remember seeing on a pack of Nestle Chocolate Orange cookies they were around 350 calories each so do not expect these to be low in sugar, calories or fat. They are a luxury food item, to be consumed as a treat.
I've tried many different types of cookies and the main reason I like Sainsbury's milk chocolate ones is the price.
There a five cookies in the bag and they are quite big. They cost £1 for one bag and Sainsbury's quite often do buy one get one free offers on them, so they are good value for money.
Overall, their taste is probably a 3 out of 5.
The chocolate is nice and creamy and there is a good amount in each cookie. The biscuit part, however, is not as great. The main problem is the texture is a bit hit and miss. Depending on the time of day and day you buy them, the cookies can vary wildly. I prefer a softer, chewier cookie, so I enjoy them much more when they are like this. Sometimes they can be very crunchy, almost crispy, though and I'm not as satisfied when eating one.
The biscuit does have quite a nice taste to it, it is sweet, the cookie may be a bit too sweet overall though for someone who isn't in to more sugary food.
Overall, Sainsbury's Large Milk Chocolate Cookies are a nice treat and very good value for money, particularly when the bakers get the texture right! For a more well rounded and better tasting version, I would recommend the more expensive version though.
I am a bit of a cookie fan, I have tried several varieties and these are ones I keep coming back to. I love them!
Now it seems to me that cookie-lovers fall into two main categories - soft or crunchy. I definately fall into the soft section. I don't like my cookies to taste all teeth-breakingly crunchy, I don't even like them to be hard and chewy. A proper cookie should melt in your mouth so you aren't even aware of it being eaten. And this is exactly what these do. There is a slight hardness to the edges of the cookie but in the middle they are so soft there is a danger that bits will fall off and disappear into the cracks between your sofa cushions before ever reaching your mouth.
The sixe of the cookie is about 10cm in diameter, I also find them just the right thickness. There are plenty of milk chocolate chips and these taste chocolatey and are also soft, unlike other varieties where you are in danger of using them to replace your fillings and are completely unaware of the brown lumps actually have a taste.
These cookies retail for £1 for a bag of 5 which I think is very good value. They are also often of offer - buy one get one free. Sainsburys do double chocolate and white chocolate varieties as well, but these are by far the best, the others can be very sickly sweet (and this coming from someone with a very sweet tooth).
The only thing that bugs me about these cookies is the fact that the packet comes with absolutely no information at all; no ingrediants, no calorie count, nothing. So no good if you have food allergies or if you are trying to watch your weight, although I suspect that if you are trying to watch your weight you would probably already know that cookies are not diet food.
Sainsbury's Large Milk Chocolate Cookies
Description: Manufacturer: Sainsbury's / Type: Biscuit.
I have recently been trying to lose the few extra pounds that I gained while overindulging throughout the festive season. My jeans feel snug and so I have thrown away the unhealthy snacks and treats and am filling up on fruit, vegetables and other healthy foods.
Having said that, I think that every now and again, we all need a treat and the other day at work, someone brought these cookies in and we shared them.
The cookies are baked in store and a bag containing five biscuits will cost you £1. It is recommended that these cookies are eaten of the day of purchase.
The cookies are quite large and do look appealing. They are a golden colour with plenty of chocolate chips through them. Unfortunately, these biscuits look better than they actually taste and are a bit of a let down.
The cookies are quite soft and chewy and have a doughy taste which leaves a bit of a weird aftertaste in your mouth. They are very sweet, almost to the point of being sickly and even eating just one was too much for me.
Now don't get me wrong, if you are a fan of very sweet biscuits then you may like these but we all felt that they were disappointing. There are loads of other supermarkets who bake similar cookies to these and generally, I really enjoy them but these just tasted a little artificial and I definitely wouldn't buy them again!
I brought these cookies the other day and I don't know if they're a new thing but I've never noticed them in Sainsburys before.... and I would have done because I'm ALWAYS at the cookie aisle! lol They are baked instore and you get 5 big cookies in a bag for about £1.00.
I was looking forward to eating them big time so when I got home I did myself a mug of hot chocolate and sat down to enjoy a cookie. Enjoy??? These cookies are soooooo boring that there is nothing TO enjoy! The cookies are big and quite thick, they've got a bit of a soft texture but the edges of them are crumbly. I usually like soft cookies but I'm not mad keen on the texture of these because they've got a bit of a stale feel to them.
There are loads of chocolate chips in each cookie and they're a nice size, you can tell they're not massive high quality chocolate but they melt nice in your mouth and give the cookies a lovely chocolatey taste. It's the actual cookie that puts me off because it's got a majorly bland taste and even though there is quite a bit of sugar in them it's not mixed in very well so some bits of the cookie are very sweet and in other bits all you can taste is plain boring biscuit.
I think these are big time boring, I usually love these sorts of cookies from the supermarket and Sainsburys usually do the best ones but these are proper disappointing. They've not got an interesting taste and I didn't even like the texture of them because of them having such a weird soft feel. If you desperately want a Sainsburys instore cookie then I deffo recommed the double choc chip ones because they're lush and a zillion times better than these boring crappy cookies.
Not recommended.. a big time rip off!!!
These cookies are a bit of a disappointment for me.
They cost £1.00 and for that you get a bag of 5 fairly large cookies. There are also white chocolate ant oat and raisin ones available.
The cookie itself looks extremely appetising, it's quite pale in colour, quite thin and you can see the chocolate chunks poking out of the surface.
I think the main reason I dislike these cookies is because I prefer a bit of crunch but these cookies are extremely soft and doughy, I imagine if you like them like that then you will love these particular ones.
I find the taste of these cookies lacking, the chocolate chunks are fine (there are a good few in each cookie), and it's not bad quality chocolate, but the cookie itself doesn't really taste of anything, they are quite sweet and sometimes I find them a bit grainy, as if the sugar hasn't dissolved properly in them.
I don't know whether it's just me or everyone else has found the same with these cookies, but I wouldn't recommend them as they aren't very tasty and extremely stodgy.