Two ounces of heaven. For free.
“$1.29 for a cookie?? I don’t think so.”
This was my kind and generous response to my 3yo daughter, Audrey. I was trying to come up with rational reasons why she couldn’t have the scrumptious-looking cherry-fig-newton-on-steroids on display, cunningly kept kids’-eye-level in the checkout line at Sprouts.*
My first, and very valid reason, was that there was no way it could be gluten-free, a must for both her and me, since we have celiac disease.** The check-out guy helpfully offered, “I think it is gluten-free.”
“No way,” I countered, grabbing a package for a closer inspection. Sure enough. Both the labeling on the front, and the ingredient list on the back proclaimed its safety. Hmph. “Still. I’m not paying $1.29 for a 2 oz cookie. Especially not right before lunch.”
Tears glimmered on the rims of Audrey’s eyes, though, surprisingly, no hint of tantrum was to be seen! Based on that rare display of self-control alone, I was considering relenting my hardball stance. As I paused, the check-out guy looked at Audrey’s downcast face. Then he looked at me. “My treat!” he said sprightly, and tossed it in the bag.
Audrey, who would respond with a sunny, “Of course!” if a king granted his dominion to her, and I, stunned, both thanked him. We opened the package on the way to the car.
I must admit, my expectations for gluten-free baked goods are pretty low. Quite low. However, as just the scent of this cherry-filled goodie wafted upwards, my expectations began to lift. But, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, refined sugar-free, all natural, high in fiber… How good could it be?? I nibbled a corner.
Oh, my word.
So that’s how they can charge $1.29 for one cookie!!! It’s FABULOUS. Sweet and gooey on the inside, loaded with real fruit, real, honest-to-goodness cherry taste, and with a baked outside shell of the appropriate soft-cookie texture. It was so good.
Audrey appropriately savored each nibble, and mostly resisted my pleas for her to share with me. Whoever came up with the saying, “As easy as taking candy from a baby!” must not have actually ever tried to take sweets from a little one.
I have since purchased three or four of them, my new guilty pleasure from Sprouts. “Guilty pleasure” because I’m such a tightwad that $1.29 is still expensive for ONE cookie, even a heavenly one. But, I guess that the check-out guy made a pretty good investment, because he created a repeat customer who was so wowed by the cookie that she’s now blogging about it so the world (small sliver that reads this blog, that is) can share in her joy.
Go, get yourself an expensive cookie. 😉
Cherry Fruit Filling [Fruit Juice Concentrate (Peach, Pear, Pineapple, Apple), Cherries, Apple Powder, Tapioca Starch, Inulin, Natural Flavors, Water, Pectin, Locust Bean Gum, Citric Acid, Red Cabbage Extract, Red Beet Juice Concentrate and Annatto for color], Fruitrim® (Fruit Juices, Natural Grain Dextrins), Gluten-Free Oats, Gluten-Free Flour Blend (Potato Starch, Brown Rice Flour, Stone Ground Sorghum Flour, Tapioca Flour), Safflower Oil, Inulin (dietary fiber), Water, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Sea Salt, Cinnamon, Baking Soda, Ginger.
*I’m trying to set the record for most hyphens in one sentence.
**Well, we actually only suspect she has celiac disease, but that’s another story entirely. Chances are good, with both her mom and an older brother who has it, and she has all the symptoms. However, she’s never been tested, as I’ve never allowed her to get sick enough as required to participate in a “gluten challenge” in order to get a definitive diagnosis.