I don’t think I’ve ever had a good chocolate chip cookie in Europe. Not even a decent one. They just… don’t get it. Somehow, Europeans have not yet discovered the wonder of a baked good that is sturdy enough to hold in your hand, but soft and chewy when you bite into it, with a pleasing dose of chocolate. Sure, they have their own fantastic treats… but still, they’re missing out. Poor Europeans.
Still, I do see some chocolate chip cookies on the market here, so I decided to try some. Just out of curiosity. Just to see where the best chocolate chip cookie attempts in Estonia are to be found (spoiler alert: I think I’ve already decided that the answer is, “In my own kitchen.” But we’ll get to that later).
Subject #1: PiM’s Cookies
The picture on the package is actually quite appealing—the cookie looks wide, with a craggy texture and shiny chocolate chips. And the packaging itself, with its blue-and-white color scheme, feels sort of classic, like the chocolate chip cookie itself. A promising start.
I can only hope that this picture conveys how disappointing the cookies inside are, compared to the image on the package. Instead of being wide and flat, it’s sort of small and dome-shaped. In the picture, it looks like there are plenty of chocolate chips, but they’re pretty small.
The outside is a toasty brown and the inside is white, and the texture is dry and crumbly. In the picture, it looks almost cake-like, but that’s actually just a mass of dry crumbliness. I left the package open for a day, and after the cookies softened up a bit from the humidity in the air, I actually thought they were a bit better. At least texture-wise. Taste-wise, they were still bland, with the chocolate chips barely registering for me. Um… these cookies are not good. Why would anybody buy these? I bought these a while ago, so I can’t remember where they are manufactured, but I can find out (by looking at a package in the store, as I will certainly not be buying them again).