We have already taken a look at the double chocolate variety in the Baker’s Treat “Indulgent Brownie” line, so now let’s turn our attention to the one I was most excited for, shall we? And that one would be cookies and cream, which is arguably my favorite flavor combination for sweets. To say that I had pretty high expectations for this one should come as no surprise.
And something else that should come as no surprise to anyone who read that previous review, is that these fall well short of hitting the mark.
Really, it feels almost pointless to review these on their own, because all the critiques of the double chocolate brownies apply here, from their inexplicably teeny size, on down to the Sahara-like dryness that gives them a flavor profile more akin to a diet bar rather than a snack cake. They’re just so…bland that it’s almost an impressive feat in its own right. Sure, there’s some sweetness in there, but it takes the same dull chocolate “brownie” base from the double chocolate one, and just adds some icing and additional cookie flavoring (there don’t appear to be actual cookies in there anywhere).
The main differences between the two varieties is the aforementioned layer of icing drizzled across the top, and chocolate sandwich-style “cream” in the middle. These two additions were responsible for raising my expectations to a degree that the rest is unable to match. And despite the inclusion of the cream, it still has a weird flavor profile that isn’t nearly the blast to the tastebuds one would expect from something that bills itself as being “indulgent”. There are also some slightly crunchy parts that I’m assuming are little bits of cookie (or meant to give the illusion of them), but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was just part of the texture. Either way, it doesn’t add much to the overall experience, which remains lackluster.
These certainly put the “dull” in indulgent.
Overall: 4/10. It’s probably the higher expectations I had for these, considering cookies and cream is one of my favorite flavor combinations for sweets, but these might be even more disappointing than the double chocolate failures. They’re dry, boring, and have an almost scaled-back “diety” flavor that makes these feel like they belong in the Elevation line (Aldi’s brand for health bars and other fitness-themed items). If you’re watching calories, these might be a good option, but if you’re actually looking for the type of junk that typically permeates the Baker’s Treat line – which, let’s be honest here, we all like to partake in at least once in a while – you will be sorely disappointed.