Friday, April 2, 2010

Which Is A Better Cookie?

I came across two different cookies in our kitchen: One is advertised as a whole grain cookie “sure to make your students, and their parents, happy.”  The other is a normal cookie sold by a major food company. 

Cookie #1

Cookie #2

Can you figure out which is which based on the two ingredient lists?  How do you feel about each of the ingredient lists and which cookie would you pick?  Please leave comments!  I’ll have a “reveal” post tomorrow.  


  1. LOL!! Not much of a difference other than an attempt to make you feel like you're doing something good by eating the whole grain cookie.

  2. I'm going to guess that cookie #2 is the "healthy" one since it actually has oats and not just whole wheat flour. Also, vegetable oil instead of partially hydrogenated shortening.

    But who knows?

  3. Cookie #1 looks like something from the USDA Commodity foods while Cookie #2 looks like the major food company.

    Logic says Cookie #2 is the whole grain cookie but I am guessing cookie #1.

    I vote for homemade cookies.

    Mrs. S

  4. Did you know that TBHQ is basically butane, as in lighter fluid?

    So I would probably choose Cookie #1, even if it's not the "healthy" choice.

    -Mrs. R, North Carolina

  5. I think it's the first one because I can see eggs and milk and other words i reconnize. In the second one, what's TBHQ?

  6. They put butane in a cookie?!?! what?

  7. I'd guess the "healthy" cookie is Cookie #1 because they used both whole wheat flour and white flour, a tactic used by companies that want to advertise a sweet as "healthy." Of course, it also has trans fats! The second cookie has oats as its first ingredient, but would still need flour - sure enough it has it, but only white flour. Less likely that this cookie is being advertised as "healthy." They'd put some whole wheat flour in there, or describe the white flour as "unbleached enriched wheat flour" instead.

    If I had to choose between these two, I'd choose #2, but I try to avoid TBHQ, so I'd like just look in our cabinet and...lo and behold, my wonderful DH makes a fresh batch of homemade chocolate chip cookies each week. No trans fats or TBHQ involved. Or HFCS. Or tons of ingredients I can't pronounce!