Have you ever had a food you love betray you when the manufacturer changed the recipe? Have you ever had an attempt to satisfy a craving turn your mouth into an uncanny valley of flavor?
The writers of Unwholesome Foods grew up with Samoas as one of the most popular Girl Scout Cookies around. When we moved to Boston, we were distrubed to find Caramel Delights. Had rebranding killed our childhood friend forever?
In time we realized that Samoas were still out there. We’d just moved from regions supplied by Little Brownie Bakers to a region supplied by ABC Bakers. Then we had another revelation. New Hampshire is supplied by Little Brownie Bakers, and it’s less than an hour drive away! It was the perfect chance to find out if Samoas are really better than Caramel Delights, or if our love for them came only from nostalgia.
Beth merrily drove off to New Hampshire, only to return disappointed after the cashiers at the grocery store she visited told her the Cookie Locator website had told her the wrong date for the sale at that store. Cookie month was almost over, and the chance at chocolate-coated cookie happiness was fading away. Then a coworker from New Hampshire saved the day, and Cookie Science could begin.