Thursday, November 20, 2014

Lance Pumpkin Cheesecake Nekot Cookie Sandwiches

I know Christmas commercials have already started airing, and you're all chomping at the bit for Black Friday, but it's still Fall, dammit! And that means pumpkin related foods are still fair game. With that in mind, I present to you, Lance's Pumpkin Cheesecake Nekot Cookie Sandwiches.





I am no stranger to Lance's offerings. Their Captain's Wafers with cream cheese and chives kept me sated on more than one fishing trip, and I still have a weakness for their Toastchee Peanut Butter cracker sandwiches. The sandwich cookies though, have never really been my favorites. I'm not sure if it was their lack of icing compared to Oreo cookies, or the way they never really seemed to soften up in milk. I swear, you could soak the damn things in a glass of milk, and they'd still come out crunchy as concrete. When it came to vending machine cookies, I was always willing to spend the extra money to get the pack of Chips Ahoy over the Van-O-Lunch. Thankfully, the Nekot cookies don't share the "O-Lunch" varieties invincibility against milk and other cookie appropriate beverages.


While the Nekots are a bit softer than Lance's other cookies, they still have a nice crunch. They also react nicely with milk, easily soaking it up, but not so easily that you lose half the cookie in your cup. There isn't much that aggravates me more than having that mushy cookie sludge at the bottom of my glass. Normally, the Nekot Cookie Sandwiches are filled with Peanut Butter or Chocolate cream. Or is it creme? Either way, it tends to be spread a bit thinner than on other brands' cookie sandwiches.



I didn't even realize Lance offered limited edition or seasonal varieties until I saw my coworker bring in a pack a few weeks ago. I guess she picked up on my interest in her cookies, because she brought me a pack last week. And now I'm just realizing that last sentence really seems like it's dripping with innuendo. I'll have to get my editor to take care of that. I always pictured the Lance company as an old curmudgeon, stuck in their ways, and yelling at kids to get off their lawns. That's why it shocked me to see that they were taking part in the pumpkin snack frenzy.

Upon opening the package, I was hit with a wave of pumpkin spice, which was surprising given how little cream (creme?) is actually in the sandwiches. Cheesecake is a hard thing to pull off in a cookie sandwich, even by the best companies. A lot of times, the flavor or the texture is off, and most of the time they don't get anything right. I'm happy to report Lance actually managed to get the flavor of pumpkin cheesecake. Kind of. That initial bite is full of pumpkin spice and sweetness, followed by the bitterness you'd expect from cheesecake. After the creme (cream?) started getting warm and melting, that's when things got weird. That's when I started tasting some saltiness, and I started having thoughts of the cream cheese and chives on the Captain's Wafers. It gave me the impression that Lance used their normal cheese and just tossed some food coloring and spices in there.

I'm sure you noticed I didn't really mention the cookies. There's really no need to in this case, since the cookies' only goal is to make sure the cream (creme?) makes it to your mouth without making a mess. They're actually rather bland and tasteless, which actually works out, since it really allows the Pumpkin Cheesecake filling to take the lead with no interference. Think of them as the linemen, guarding a quarterback throwing a pass full of flavor at your mouth. That's likely the strangest analogy I'll make for the rest of the year.

So, the next time you've got a hankerin' for some late night cookie and pumpkin cheesecake sandwiches, hit up your local convenience store and buy a pack or two. Then, you too can experience a touchdown of flavor.

Okay, that's the last of the sports analogies, I promise.




11 comments:

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    1. Absolutely John. You could have the Cranberry English Muffins for breakfast, then grab these for a snack.

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  2. Even though, I've never had this flavor, Nekot wafers hold a special place in my heart. Especially when it comes to the holiday season. I would put several packs of these goodies in my Grandma's stocking every year. The PEANUT BUTTER was her favorite. Cheers!

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    1. That's awesome man! I can't blame her, the peanut butter variety has always been my favorite.

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  3. These look yummy! I've never tried these before, but I love pumpkin anything, so I need to try these.

    I hate how Thanksgiving gets completely skipped over, so thank you for still posting fall features. :)

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    1. It always seems like Thanksgiving get overlooked because of Black Friday (and now Thursday). I don't buy into that whole deal. Forget the sales, November is all about turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie.

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    1. I'm surprised they aren't. It's the one snack I half expect to be available everywhere.

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  5. Would you prefer I do not comment on your blog anymore?

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    1. That's up to you Matthew. I don't mind as long as you don't make any racist comments.

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  6. I have already prepared a controversial thursday post on this issue since being accused of spreading the hate...

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