Taste One for the Team is TakePart's periodic foray into the world of fast-food stunt meals and gimmick nutrition. We taste these crimes against food so you, our innocent readers, won't have to. This week, we leave the fast-food behind for a cookie that means business...
TakePart HQ figured that you, our dear readers, had probably seen this cocoa-loaded debauchery as often as we had, and were just as susceptible to its temptations. We're always looking out for you. That's why we were compelled to sample the goods—to let you know whether indulgence is worth the calorie count. It's our duty.
These babies are very simple really: Jenny, the brains behind the Picky Palate, concocted these improvised explosive digestibles (IEDs) while her mom was visiting over the holidays.
Just whip up some homemade cookie dough, scoop it on either side of an Oreo cookie, wrap it all around to seal in the Oreo, and bake. Et voila! A delicious Oreo is enveloped in a steaming chocolate-chip snuggie!
The Taste One for the Team series is meant to encourage healthy eating. We should mention the nutritional info for this IED: in our very unscientific analysis, just one of these bombs will knock you back with 420 calories, about 19g of fat and 25g of sugar.
Not exactly a light snack. So, is the rush worth the damage?
First: Don't think we're going to bash this. It's a frickin' chocolate chip cookie STUFFED WITH AN OREO!! Our diabetic hats are off to Jenny and her mom for creating this sugar bomb. The first bite, five minutes out of the oven, was like a gooey, chocolatey ball of childhood. You feel like a kid again.
To a person, everyone at TakePart HQ bit into bliss. Two dozen cookies flew off the plate faster than... well, faster than a plate of Oreo-stuffed chocolate-chip cookies.
About 10 minutes after consumption, half a dozen of us were complaining of sugar overload. Stomachs were aching, vision was blurry. A general feeling of "what-did-I-just-eat?" sank in. Maybe we've all become slaves to the health food gods, and cut out too much sugar from our diets. It was a seriously stomach-upsetting adventure.
Our suggestion: Cut up each cookie into about four bits each. Serve them as snack bites at a party. An entire cookie is way too much for one (sane) adult to handle. But no way on God's sucrose-oozing Earth do we tell you not to indulge... The rush is just too good.