Welcome to this week’s Try Me Tuesday. As a reminder…each week I will grab a new set of products and test them out. I’ll put the Publix brand up against a national brand product and report back.
I know many times I struggle with what brand to choose. Often a sale or a coupon/sale combination make that an easier decision…but what about those times when you need an item and there is not a sale? Do you grab the house brand or pay more and get the national brand? More importantly, is there really a difference in taste?
This week we tried Publix Iced Oatmeal Cookies.
Publix Iced Oatmeal Cookies, 12 oz, $1.59
Calories – 140
Total Fat – 6g
Sodium – 135mg
Total Carb – 21g
Dietary Fiber – 1g
Sugars – 8g
Ingredients: Wheat Flour, Sugar, Vegetable Shortening (Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Rolled Oats, Raisins, Corn Syrup, Contains 2% of less of: Molasses, Salt, Sodium Bicarbonate, Ammonium Bicarbonate, Cinnamon, Monocalcium Phosphate, Artificial Flavor, Cornstarch, Eggs, Acacia Gum, Calcium Sulfate, Citric Acid, Potassium Tartrate, Silicon Dioxide.
Archway Iced Oatmeal Cookies, 9.25 oz, $3.49
Calories – 140
Total Fat – 4g
Sodium – 95mg
Total Carb – 24g
Dietary Fiber – <1g
Sugars – 14g
Ingredients: Enriched Flour (Bleached and Unbleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Sugar, Oats, Raisin Paste, Vegetable Oil (Contains one or more of the following: Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Palm Oil, Soybean Oil), Glycerin, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Nonfat Milk Powder, Baking Soda, Whole Eggs, Modified Cornstarch, Cinnamon, Salt, Titanium Dioxide (Color), Potassium Sorbate.
- Publix – 0
- Archway – 4
Well, I kinda messed up with this one as I didn’t really pay attention to the boxes. Iced Oatmeal Cookies are one of my husband’s favorite cookie so I wanted to grab something that was up his alley.
When I opened the box, I noticed a HUGE difference. The Archway cookies are 4x the size of the Publix variety AND were soft while the Publix cookies were crunchy. I looked at the boxes a little better and noticed that the Archway cookie clearly says SOFT Iced Oatmeal Cookies.
Oh well, I think it’s still a valid comparison if you want to see which was the better cookie? Maybe? Am I trying to make it work–tee hee?!
Even though I cut them all into the same size cookie bites to try to make them look the same, the clear winner was the Archway. My husband who is the Iced Oatmeal Cookie connoisseur says it tasted more like a true, old fashioned cookie.
When it comes to price, the Publix cookie was much cheaper…even when you factor in the size difference (12 oz vs 9.5 oz). Flavor wise, they both had a very good taste. So while the Publix cookies were tasty, they were very crunchy. So, if you prefer a classic cookie, you will probably want to reach for the Archway cookies.
Have you guys tried both? What did you think?