Reviewer’s Note: Samples of the products discussed here were provided to me for reviewing purposes at no cost.
The limited-edition Seasonal Favorites line of Lance cookie sandwiches includes three flavors: Chocolate Nekot® Cookies with Mint Filling, Nekot® Cookies with Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling, and Sprinkled Sugar Cookies with Sweet Creme Filling. I recently received samples of each of these additions to the snack company’s tasty lineup of cracker sandwiches and cookies.
Whenever I eat or drink something that includes mint among its ingredients, I tend to feel like I’m getting away with something. Not least among the reasons for this is that Mrs. FlavorfulWorld dislikes the taste and even the aroma of mint to the point of immediately removing herself from its presence. When I tasted the Chocolate Nekot® Cookies with Mint Filling, that feeling of getting away with something secret and pleasant returned at once. The sweetness of the chocolate cookies is subtle, complemented by the cooling creaminess of the mint filling.
The Nekot® Cookies with Pumpkin Cheesecake Filling blend the taste of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon with pronounced pumpkin flavor. Lance’s use of real ingredients in its products was best appreciated in this cookie. In a season where so many foods and beverages are unabashed about shoehorning artificial pumpkin flavoring into an ever-swelling legion of products that never needed it, this cookie sandwich actually tastes like pumpkin and cream cheese and pie spices.
Of these three products, the Sprinkled Sugar Cookies with Sweet Creme Filling were the biggest revelation. It’s not news that our palates change as we age; mine certainly has undergone several evolutions since childhood. Foods that child-me used to enjoy no longer taste as good as they once did, and adult-me likes to eat and drink things that my younger self wouldn’t have touched with a 10-foot pole. Having said that, this cookie surprised me by tasting as rich and natural and genuine as I remember cookies tasting when I was a child. Crunchy and flecked with festive red and green sprinkles, it’s the most visually appealing of the three cookie sandwiches as well.
All of these products are crunchy, with sweetness levels that are appropriate but not excessive, and serve layered flavors that play nicely together. Made without preservatives, trans fats, or high-fructose corn syrup, the Seasonal Favorites line shows why Lance has enjoyed such long-standing success, baking cookies and cracker products in a growing variety for over 100 years.