Mrs. Field’s New Cookie Is A Giant Dream Come True (Photo)


By Cooking Panda

Derailing your shopping plans — and often, your diet — to pick up a handful of cookies from the Mrs. Fields stands at the mall is a uniquely satisfying experience. But if, like most of us, you usually find yourself polishing off each cookie in two bites, you might be happy to hear that you can now get a huge cookie that’s sure to satiate you.

Called the Mega Cookie, the 5.5-ounce chocolate chip creation, which debuted on Nov.1, is approximately three times bigger than the classic version, according to a press release published by QSR.

“The Mega Cookie is dramatically different from our other classic treats — it’s big, bold, and incredibly decadent,” Mrs. Fields CEO Dustin Lyman said, reports QSR. “It’s our 40th Anniversary and we’re celebrating the milestone with a super-sized cookie experience just in time for the holidays.”

If you are shamelessly hungry or want to share with friends, you can get a free Mega Cookie when you purchase three of them for about $3.99 each. Pretty sweet!

At 4 inches wide and 1 1/4 inches tall, The Mega Cookie is undeniably thick and reportedly has a soft exterior not unlike a brownie, which the tasters over at Delish confirmed.

Even so, they also noted that “it might be a little crunchy for your liking overall,” should you prefer your cookies on the gooey side, “though that could change when you buy it fresh from a Mrs. Fields’ oven,” they added.

The cookie also is packed with semi-sweet chocolate chips, giving it that much extra ooziness. If you catch yourself eyeing the giant cookie cakes every time you walk by, this is the (much more dignified) cookie for you.

Hurry and get it while you can. QSR notes that the super-sized cookie isn’t likely to stick around past the new year.

Sources: QSR, Delish / Featured Image: Kimberly Vardeman/Flickr / Embedded Images: Madison Flager/Delish

Tags: chocolate chip cookie, giant cookie, huge Mrs. Fields cookie, Mega Cookie, Mrs. Fields
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4 Ways To Get Free Stuff On Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (Plus 4 Recipes)


By Cooking Panda

August 4 is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, and I couldn’t be happier about it!

Did you know that the classic American dessert was invented by complete accident? According to All About Chocolate Chip Cookies, in the 1930s, a hero of a woman named Ruth Graves Wakefield was baking cookies for a tourist lodge that she owned called the Toll House Inn (sound familiar?) and she substituted a Nestle chocolate bar for baking chocolate when she ran out of the stuff. 

Thinking the chips would melt into the dough and create a chocolate cookie, she was in for quite a surprise — a supremely delicious one — when she saw that that wasn’t the case.

You know the rest of the story: Years later, the accidental creation remains America’s favorite cookie, and life without them sounds like a bleak existence indeed.

So August 4 goes out to the extra-special cookie, and guess what? You can even get some free stuff out of it. Here are the best nationwide deals for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, according to KTRK:

1. BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Sign up for Premier Rewards with the company and you’ll get a voucher for a free Pizookie, also known as a giant hot-out-of-the-oven cookie topped with ice cream.

2. Corner Bakery Cafe: From August 4-6, make any purchase and you’ll get a free cookie in return.

3. DoubleTree by Hilton: Wander on into any participating location (no reservation needed!) and snag yourself a free cookie! No strings attached — only on August 4.

4. Nestle Toll House Cafe: These cafes are also giving out free cookies on August 4! All you need to do is show up and the free treat is all yours.

Are you more in the mood to whip something up at home to celebrate this great holiday? Here are some delicious ways to pay tribute to Mrs. Wakefield!

1. Original Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies

There’s a reason this cookie recipe has survived for so long — there’s nothing like a classic!

2. Chocolate Chip Cookie Milkshake

I’m not sure that “leftover chocolate chip cookies” is really a thing, but if you have some that accidentally get a little stale, this is a great way to give them new life.

3. CopyCat BJ’s Pizookie

A big pan full of gooey, warm, crumbly cookie with a few heaping scoops of melting ice cream on top. Does it get any better?

4. Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

If you love soft cookies, this cake version will blow you away. It’s supremely soft and pillowy for a cookie but delightfully dense and a bit chewy for a cake. Plus, you get to put chocolate frosting on top — a definite bonus.

Source: KTRK / Featured Image: Neil Conway/Flickr

Tags: chocolate chip cookie, cookie recipe, food holiday, free food, National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day
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The New Choco Chip Oreo Marries Two Of Nabisco’s Iconic Cookies (Video)


By Cooking Panda

Among many other things, 2016 will surely go down in history as the Year Of The Oreo.

First, the brand’s Wonder Vault debuted a cinnamon bun flavor in January; and after rolling out a seeming never-ending cavalcade of tasty iterations, the Wonder Vault has now launched Oreo’s latest darling: The “Choco Chip” Oreo (video below).

Unlike the Oreo-Ception (aka the cookies and cream-flavored Oreo), this new cookie-flavored cookie truly combines the best of two iconic Nabisco brands: Oreos and Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies.

Described by TIME as “a first-ever dual-flavored wafer — golden and chocolate — with chocolate chip creme inside,” the flavor will be available starting the week of July 11 for a limited time (a spokeswoman tells Eater that this means usually six to eight weeks).

Check out the sweet promotional video for the new flavor below:

Sources: Oreo Cookie/YouTube, Eater / Photo credits: Nabisco via TIME, Nathan Congleton/TODAY

Tags: chips ahoy, chocolate chip cookie, nabisco, oreo
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Enjoy The Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie At Pizza Hut This Summer!


By Cooking Panda

For those days when there’s no time for a bonfire with cookies and s’mores, Pizza Hut has come up with the next best thing.

Starting on May 23 for a limited time, Pizza Hut is offering the Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie at participating locations.This dessert consists of the Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie topped with mini marshmallows, pieces of graham crackers and Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, according to Brand Eating.

“The new Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie builds on our history of innovative, delicious desserts, and brings familiar flavors together into one quality dessert that everyone will gather around the table – or campfire – to enjoy,” said Jared Drinkwater, Pizza Hut vice president of marketing, as reported by Street Insider.

The Hershey Company has partnered with Pizza Hut to offer other exclusive desserts, such as the Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie and Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie.

“Hershey’s chocolate is synonymous with s’mores and summer, making this new dessert, from Pizza Hut, a perfect twist on the summer classic,” said Herb Ring, foodservice director at The Hershey Company. “The new Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie … puts an innovative twist on the classic summer s’mores dessert.”

The Toasted S’mores Cookie will be offered for $6.99 separately and as part of the Pizza Hut $5 Flavor Menu. Several menu items, including a medium one-topping pizza, eight bone-out WingStreet Wings, Tuscani Pasta, stuffed garlic knots, a double order of breadsticks or flavor sticks, four 20-oz. beverages, Ultimate Hershey’s Chocolate Chip Cookie, Hershey’s Triple Chocolate Brownie, and Hershey’s Toasted S’mores Cookie are each available for $5 when customers purchase at least two.

Sources: Street Insider, Brand Eating / Photo credit: Brand Eating

Tags: chocolate chip cookie, desserts, Hershey's, pizza hut, Toasted S’Mores Cookie
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