Faux Flavors

As I continue in my Quarter Year, I am finding that my palate has begun to like more and more food items.  And, while that is a good thing, I also find that it is disliking many things.  Back maybe 5 years ago, I had this killer addiction to Totinos Pizza Rolls.  The last time I had them, a few months back, I almost threw up.  This is not good food at all yet, back in the day, I would easier pound down 40 in a seating.  Also back in the day, I used to love Cheryl’s Sugar Cookies.  On rare occasions when my gparents would mail them to us, I’d eat as many as I could.  However, now as I have matured so much, these are nothing more than Faux Flavors.

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For Halloween, we received a box full of cookies.  I was excited as it had been quite some time since I last had one.  I opted to try a new variety…Buttercream Frosted Peanut Butter Candy Cookie.  The base of the cookie appeared to be peanut butter with a chocolate frosting and a few Reeses Pieces on top.  As I broke off my first piece of the cookie and tried it, the taste of fake sugar & artificial flavors hit me like a ton of bricks.  That was seriously all I could taste.  The Peanut Butter Cookie tasted like artificially flavored/created peanut butter…there was nothing nutty or sweet about this at all.  And, on top of that, the consistency of the cookie was really odd.  Similar to the consistency of Play-Doh.

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Now, the chocolate buttercream frosting, was even more sugary tasting.  But, not sugary in a good way.  I love good, rich, pure chocolate frosting.  It is great and compliments many items quite well.  The chocolate buttercream frosting used at Cheryl’s, is nothing compared to this.  It’s like comparing the food at Shula’s to Dollar Store Milk…there is simply no comparison.  Every bit of the frosting had such an artificial taste to it, that there was really nothing else left.  While I do love Reeses Pieces, the few that were on this cookie added no value at all.  At least those tasted like they should.

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I don’t know if I just got a bad cookie or, if my expanding palate has left Cheryl’s in the dust.  Whatever it may be, this cookie was just not good at all.  Now, I did try a piece of the regular sugar cookie and it was better but still, not nearly as good as I remember.  I had really high hopes for this cookie – as I do with anything that combines chocolate & peanut butter.  Sadly, this cookie left me in the dust…left me searching for me…left me with nothing else but a mouth full of Faux Flavors.

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