As a fairly typical woman, I’m sure it comes as no great surprise that I absolutely love cookies. I don’t, however, generally like store-bought cookies. I was happily raised on home baked treats, and the taste of the heavily processed snacks that most grocery stores sell is almost completely unpalatable to me. Unfortunately, with two kids keeping me busy in the house, finding the time to whip up a batch of cookies is almost impossible. Luckily, just as I was lamenting my lack of sweets, I was given the opportunity to review the scrumptious treats made by Late July Organic Snacks.
Late July Organic Snacks was the brainchild of Nicole Bernard Dawes and her father Stephen F. Bernard, the creator of Cape Cod Potato Chips Inc. and Chatham Village Foods Inc. The Bernard family’s companies had always been dedicated to providing the best tasting all natural snacks on the market. When organic ingredients became more readily available, Nicole and her father joined together to create Late July Organic Snacks. The company offers USDA certified organic products including crackers, regular and mini sandwich crackers, organic sandwich cookies and their newest product, mini sandwich cookies.
Late July Organic Snacks’ delectable mini sandwich cookies come in two lip-smacking varieties, Mini Milk Chocolate and Mini White Chocolate. These cookies were a labor of love created by Nicole and her two young sons. The end result is a small and sweet sandwich cookie with a big meaning behind it. The cookies feature images of seven different endangered animals, and 10% of the proceeds are donated to the Jane Goodall Institute. It was obvious that these cookies had a wonderful purpose, and I couldn’t wait to see how they tasted.
The first flavor my family tried was the Mini White Chocolate Sandwich Cookies. With mouth-watering white chocolate between mini whole grain chocolate cookies, these treats sounded completely sumptuous. I shared them between my husband, my son Zackary and myself eagerly.
As good as these cookies sounded, they tasted even better. My son adored the prints of endangered animals on the cookies, and refused to eat them until he had studied them and told me which animal each of his cookies featured. I couldn’t help but smile as I watched him proudly announce, “Monkey!” and then pop a cookie into his mouth. (It was a chimpanzee, to be specific, but I figure he was close enough.)
I was smiling even more when I saw that a standard serving of ten cookies contains 8g of whole grain and ten percent of the recommended daily calcium intake. Knowing that the treat my son was enjoying so much contained only wholesome organic ingredients made me feel so much better about giving him a snack. In fact, he enjoyed these cookies so much that I saved the rest of the box for him to take for his playschool snack. While he had often come home with half-eaten snacks previously, he never failed to finish his Late July cookies.
The Mini Milk Chocolate Sandwich Cookies were just as delicious, with milk chocolate sandwiched between bite-sized vanilla cookies. Because I have a deep love of white chocolate, I would say overall that the white chocolate cookies were my favorite, but both varieties were absolutely delicious. They are also a great choice for children since they contain no trans fat, no hydrogenated oils, no high fructose corn syrup and no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives.
The taste of these cookies alone was enough to ensure that I will be making them a staple in my kitchen. When I combine that with the healthy benefits, ethicality and support for endangered animals, Late July Mini Sandwich Cookies are an all-around winner. After all, we all deserve to indulge in a few treats now and again. Thanks to Late July Organic Snacks, indulgence is guilt-free and completely satisfying.
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