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September 10th, 2005

Soft Cookie Taste

There’s no excuse for the lateness of today’s Ping. But I’ll still blame President Bush.

As Pingers may know, I like cookies. A lot. Cookies are a delightful treat, and Oreos are – of course – wonderful. But there are times when I get the hankering for a soft cookie, and I don’t feel like making my own.

In those times of crisis, I usually have to resort to store-bought cookies. I’m not sure if you noticed it, but soft cookies from the store tend to have a certain… odd… flavor about them. I am fearing that it’s just the chemicals used to keep the cookies soft. But it freaks me out a little bit. There’s also a certain way these cookies break apart that feels pretty manufactured. In other words, I’m not sure they’re convincing anyone they’re homemade.

That said, I must heap some praise for what I feel are the best store-bought cookies: Matt’s Chocolate Chip Cookies. They’re made here in Chicago and are the real deal. Every package is filled with cookies that actually stick together – in other words, just as if you made them and packaged them. Matt’s are the only cookies I’ve had that don’t exhibit the weird chemical soft cookie taste. They’re darned good.

As a conclusion, I just had a weird thought pop into my head: what if there was a Soft Oreo? Eesch.

Posted in Food and Beverage

FROM: snaily
DATE: Saturday September 10, 2005 -- 4:52:37 pm
There's no excuse for the lateness of today's Ping. But I'll still blame President Bush.
Yep, Bush is evil. can u believe what his mother said about hurricane Katrina? "These people were so underprivileged anyway, that this whole thing is working out pretty well for them." how politically incorrect!!!
Anyway, about the ping, my mom makes the BEST chocolate chip cookies. theyre moist and warm and squishy and yum!!!!! i hate when theyre hard and yucky. who would want to ruin a good cookie?????

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Saturday September 10, 2005 -- 8:29:52 pm
I've had soft Oreos before! Just leave the bag open overnight.

You're right: Eesch

But, thankfully, all is not lost. To crisp them up again, dehumidify them by placing them in the fridge.

P.S. All you ever wanted to know about why soft cookies harden over time by some guy named Dr. Ted Labuza, who seems to have taken his appreciation for soft cookies fresh from the oven to new extremes of study.

The above site really is pretty amazing, and I wonder if anyone knows that it's easily found on the internet with a simple Google search. Someone spent tons of dough (Doh!) [Oh, yeah! the rare double bad pun!] to find this research. The guy has actually X-ray microscoped fresh cookies in order to study the structure of the sugar, or something. It's really unbelievable, and, frankly, a little scary.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Saturday September 10, 2005 -- 8:31:38 pm

Try that again:

All you ever wanted to know about why soft cookies harden over time

FROM: Jaxie
DATE: Tuesday September 13, 2005 -- 7:11:17 pm
My absolute favorite store bought soft cookie has to be "Grandma's Soft Cookies" Came in a little white package with 6 little cookies in it. There was just something about the taste of them. MMMM! Now I want some cookies....

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