If you thought the Marshmallow Crispy Oreos I reviewed recently were the strangest thing I tried during my brief vacation in the US, you’ve got another thing coming.
That other thing, of course, is the star of today’s review: the brand-new Nabisco Chewy Chips Ahoy! Root Beer Float Ice Cream Creations Cookies. Root beer-flavoured cookies! Root beer flavoured-cookies! Seriously, can you believe such a thing exists? I hadn’t even tried root beer — the drink — until ten days ago in Kansas City, when Amber took me to McCoy’s and their house-brewed root beer was second only to the incomparable magic of their hot pretzel baguettes with caraway sea salt, beer mustard and Merkt’s cheddar fondue.
I could live on those beer pretzels forever. However, could I live on these chewy cookies crammed with root beer- and vanilla-flavoured chips?
The honest truth is: almost.
I’m slightly embarrassed to admit it, but these cookies were rather amazing. I mean, not amazing in the sense that I’d choose them over a Mont Blanc or black sesame ice cream or Point Reyes blue cheese or a really big long squishy cuddle (always choose cuddles over cookies, people), but amazing in the sense that the little blighters really tasted like root beer.
In fact, Nabisco’s new cookies tasted pretty much exactly like a root beer float (in Australian-speak, a root beer spider). The flavour was pure sweet sarsaparilla and creamy vanilla, somehow encapsulated in a chewy packaged cookie (that I’m sure I’d otherwise find quite mediocre).
Nabisco should make a Shirley Temple-flavoured cookie next. Now that’d be a flavour sure to take me back to childhood.