By MARINA SACHT
This month we put the chocolate chip cookie to the test.
Chocolate chip cookie was invented in 1938 by Ruth Graves Wakefield and Sue Brides. Ruth owned the Toll House Inn, in Whitman, Massachusetts so she named it the Toll House cookie. Bits from a Nestlé semi-sweet chocolate bar was added to the first recipe and it was called “Toll House Chocolate Crunch Cookie”.
Our taste judge this month is Dina Stuehler who serves up sweet and savory entrees at Ironworks Creperie.
The cookies were judges on appearance, texture, taste, and dunk-ability.
The nominees were selected by our readers.
Hearthstone Artisan Bakery – $1.16 ea. 2.8 grams. Soft topside, slightly hard bottom; good milk retention; home baked look; choc chip – good size and distribution – soft and chewy
CoCo Café – $.95 cents ea. – 2.6 grams. Thick & buttery, great milk retention – sticks together; large, small Choc chips, evenly cooked.
Country Grocer – .82 cents ea. – 1.6 grams. Soft, doughy, slightly uncooked; minimal milk absorption: great look; lots of small choc chips, not too sweet.
Subway (Ladysmith) – $.63 cents ea. – 1.7 grams. Soft & chewy, slightly under cooked; minimal milk absorption; attractive appearance, lots of medium choc chips – very sweet.
49th Parallel Grocery (English Bay) – $.33 cents ea. 1. gram. Light chewy, slight crispness; average dunk-ability; pleasing appearance, tasty small choc chips, nice flavour, good chew factor.
Old Town Bakery – $.95 cents ea. – 1.1 grams. Crispy, slight gingerbread taste, sweet, firm, good dunk-ability.
Wild Poppy Bistro (Gluten Free) – $.95 cents – 2.2 grams. Thick & chewy; lots of milk retention, crumbly but cooked through, very chocolatey, spicy.
Chemainus Bakery – $1.65 ea. – 2.8 grams. Crumbly, crispy & chewy; generous size; big choc chips, oatmeal taste.
Judge Dina chose the 49th Parallel Grocery Store chocolate chip cookie as her favourite with an all-around good appearance, flavour and cost factor. Chemainus Bakery was a close 2nd with generous size and chocolatey taste but the most costly.
Taste is subjective so we encourage you to get out and do your own taste testing to discover your own favourite chocolate chip cookie.