pourtoi Handmade Chocolate Cookies

Pourtoi Handmade Chocolate Cookies

You know you’re having a good day when a very heavy box containing ten chocolate cookies are delivered to you. The problem is that I’m too damn distracted by them to actually type anything more … OK, now I’ve finished the first one I’ll continue. My biggest downfall isn’t actually chocolate, its biscuits and more precisely: cookies. I’ve been addicted to them for at least three decades. Even though I’ve recently learned self-restraint, I must still have consumed more than my weight in cookies several times over since the first passed my lips.

Now these pourtoi Cookies resonated with me firstly because they’re gluten free and I feel that I don’t react too well to food with a high gluten content – it seems to slow me down a great deal. So having some cookies that aren’t only gluten free, but also dairy free, lactose free and suitable for both vegetarians and those looking for Kosher food it can only be a good thing.

Most of the time when I see food where the labelling states that they’re free from many things then I often think they’re also free of flavour – but not these. It seems that often I’m addicted to cookies because of the intense balance of sugar and salt – I just can’t seem to resist it, so trying these cookies the absence of that noticeable salt flavour was surprisingly pleasant.

If you’re like me then one cookie will never be enough. I can never have only one biscuit of any kind – regardless of how intense they are. So it’s great to have a cookie that didn’t give me an over-indulgent feel, even though they’re very substantial at 9cm in diameter.

Part of me wishes there were large chunks of un-melted dark chocolate in them, but that sort of defeats the object – they’re supposed to be light, and that’s certainly what they achieve.

There’s also a sense of the crispy baked edges that I just love. The orange chocolate has a sweet, but not intoxicating flavour which is very pleasant and with a texture which is much moister in the centre than the outside and gives a cool mouth feel as you bite off a large chunk. The slight acidity did get a touch much after a while – but I just had devoured the previous double choc chip cookie before.

The raisin choc chip cookie had a texture that departed from the very completely crumbly towards a mixture of the brittle to the chewy. The raisins also gave every other bite a shot of acidity which was I found delightful. Whilst the lemon choc chip cookie also had a soft flavour with just a little kick at the end with a similar texture to the others.

I certainly don’t recommend devouring four of these in one go as I tried. Take your time, share them around and enjoy.

There’s also a sense of the crispy edges to baking that I just love. The orange chocolate has a sweet, but not intoxicating flavour which is very pleasant and a texture which is much more moist in the centre than the outside and gives a cool mouth feel as you bite off a large chunk. The slight acidity did get a touch much after a while – but I just had devoured the previous double choc chip cookie before.

The raisin choc chip cookie had a texture that departed from the very completely crumbly towards a mixture of the brittle to the chewy. The raisins also gave every other bite a shot of acidity which was I found delightful. Whilst the lemon choc chip cookie also had a soft flavour with just a little kick at the end with a similar texture to the others.

I certainly don’t recommend devouring four of these in one go as I tried. Take your time, share them around and enjoy. And there’ sno suprising that the double choc chip cookie won a Great Taste Awards 1 star in 2010, the orange a 2 star, the raisin a 1 star in 2010 and the winner of the Free From Foods Sweet Biscuits award in 2011 and the lemon won a 1 star in the Great Taste Awards this year.

Update: I gave them to take the rest into her work and the text I had was “Those cookies were amazing, I and everyone else loved them!

Where To Buy These Chocolate Cookies
  • Pourtoi – soon – £1.50 each at 80g

Rating:
  • Taste: 75% – given that they’re free of so many of those “nasties” they taste surprisingly delicious.
  • Texture: 70% – part of me wanted them to more gooey in the centre, but then they’d be almost like brownies!.
  • Appearance: 80% – the retail packaging looks great and I’m sure they’ll fly off the shelves
  • Nutritional Information: 85% – obviously the nutritional information plays a large part with these cookies
  • Price: 78% – a very good price
  • Overall: 77.6% – well worth trying even if you don’t have dietary requirements

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  • Pourtoi sent me these cookies to review.

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  • They do look good!

  • Well, I agreed that chocolate is cookie make any one feel crazy, I love have this one at any cost; this is more than Yummy for me.

  • Claire

    THEY ARE NOT DAIRY FREE THEY CONTAIN EGG IN FOR FUCK SAKES!