Back to Nature Chocolate Chunk Cookies “Big chips!” exclaimed one six-year-old tester. Loaded with chocolate chips and chunks, this “not too crunchy, not too chewy” cookie won raves from smaller samplers and, yes, the many parents who insisted on sampling the selection (all in the name of science, of course).
Several kids picked this cookie as their overall favorite, which could be the result of tasty natural flavors, like cane juice and brown-rice syrup―or, you know, it could just be the chocolate chunks.
To buy: $3.50 for a 9.5-ounce box.
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Barbara’s Bakery Blueberry Fig Bars Truth is, most kids don’t exactly line up to sample fig bars when chocolate-chip and cream-filled cookies are on the table, but once tasters got around to this category, they gushed about the berry-infused flavor. “It reminds me of a blueberry bagel,” said one seven-year-old fan.
“It is very flavorful and has a good texture,” said a 14-year-old panelist, who fancied the super-soft, cakelike exterior. Just don’t tell him that red cabbage and date paste are among the healthy ingredients.
To buy: $4.50 for a 12-ounce package.
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365 All Natural Sandwich Cremes Even the most fickle eaters loved these, because they didn’t have to choose between chocolate and vanilla. “Cool, they put two cookies together!” said one seven-year-old.
A nine-year-old panelist praised the texture of the wafers because they seemed “softer” than other super-crunchy sandwich cookies. And the black-and-white combo received bonus points for having a filling that’s smooth and rich without being too fatty (5 grams for 2 cookies).
To buy: $2.50 for a 20-ounce box.
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Eco-Planet Organic Cinnamon Cookies With a total of just nine organic ingredients (baking soda and sea salt among them), not only are these sun-, windmill-, earth-, and hybrid car–shaped cookies tasty, but they will also teach your little consumer something about social responsibility (the company donates 1 percent of its sales to environmental causes).
“It tastes a little like a cracker and a little like a cookie. It’s just right,” said a seven-year-old volunteer. “I like the car shape because it is different,” said a five-year-old tester.
To buy: $1.20 for a 1.5-ounce box.
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Snikiddy Organic Cherry Oaties Most kids mistook the cherries for raisins but loved these bite-size bits all the same. “The cookie is not too hard and there is some cinnamon in there,” said one nine-year-old with a seemingly refined palate.
These delicious whole-grain treats are made with all-organic ingredients, and they get high marks for the packaging, too. Available in single-serving 110-calorie snack packs and larger resealable bags for sharing.
To buy: $4.50 for five one-ounce packs; $4 for a 5-ounce pack.