“I Tried Tate’s Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies and Here’s What I Thought”
Tate's Bake Shop recently released its very first vegan cookie. Having recently moved right next door to the original store location, I had to try it for myself. When I entered the store, the dairy and egg-free filled confections quickly caught my eye and noted that a light brown packaging has replaced the brand's traditional dark green bags. I bought myself a bag of vegan chocolate chip cookies and a cup of coffee – because they really do have the best coffee in town.
Full disclosure: The minute I got home I opened the bag and ate the entire first sleeve of cookies in a matter of minutes, chomping on the crisp, thin, sweet, wafer-like cookies one after another. Note to self: When you eat that fast, you can't really savor the taste. All I really knew at that moment was how good they tasted and how addictive they felt, so I took a breath and decided to save the second sleeve for a more intentional eating experience, to be mindful of the fact this was supposed to be a review, not a craving crusher. Here are my exact thoughts of Tate's vegan cookies, which are amazing, and one caveat worth noting.
The Taste of Tate's Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
These cookies are addictive. If you have a sweet tooth like me, it's game over. Each cookie is extremely thin and crispy, exactly what you've learned to expect from Tate's. If you have never had the brand's offerings (and you're missing out if that's the case), they're similar in crispiness to a Chips Ahoy but much lighter, flatter, and larger, almost like a sweet cracker. As for the vegan ones, they taste almost identical to the original classic versions.
Even Tilly the adorable Chiweenie (Chihuahua-Dachshund) wanted to try these vegan treats.
The Texture of Tate's Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies
When I took the first bite, the cookie crumbled and I experienced the sweet, buttery taste we all love in a cookie. The chocolate chips are delicious; they're bigger in size than I expected and taste as rich as the regular chocolate chips. Even though it's been a while since I've had a regular Tate's chocolate chip cookie, I wouldn't be able to taste the difference between those and the vegan version.
I would totally purchase these again. In fact, my mom who's visiting me for the long weekend wants to stock up, as she also loved the vegan version. I would recommend dipping these in a cup of coffee or eating them sandwiched between a scoop of dairy-free ice cream when I'm feeling fancy. If you already love Tate's cookies, you'll love these and if you are Tate's virgin but have a sweet tooth, these are sure to be your newest favorite treat.
One Caveat of Tate's Vegan Cookies
For the most part, these cookies are made with decent ingredients and include vitamin A, molasses, malted barley, and pea protein.
The nutritional values in one cookie:
- 80 calories
- 8 grams of carbs
- 2 grams of saturated fat
- less than 1 gram of fiber
- less than 1 gram of protein
I felt like these values were not that bad for a dessert.
However, the one caveat is that the cookies contain palm oil, an ingredient to look out for because it's high in unhealthy saturated fat, and people who care about the impact their food choices have on the planet also avoid palm oil because the $40 billion palm oil industry is wiping out rainforests.
Bottom Line: Tate's vegan chocolate chip cookies are incredibly tasty
If you love Tate's original cookies, you're sure to love these, and maybe even a little more than the classics. I couldn't even tell the difference between these and the classic cookies. They're not as unhealthy as you might think, however, they do contain palm oil which is high in saturated fat.
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