When it comes to a typical college kid's diet loaded with processed, fried, and greasy food, mine is a bit abnormal as my mini fridge is disproportionately used for storage of fresh fruit and veggies.
Not one to miss all the fun however, I couldn't resist the temptation of Annie's Homegrown new gluten-free bunny cookies while on a Target shopping run. The brightly colored packages were just begging to be bought, and the extra incentive of a "buy four get one free" sale soon had me loading my basket with a good mix of their snickerdoodle and cocoa/vanilla flavors.
Perfect for kids young and old (and us adults too!), these fun-shaped cookies proved to be a perfect investment, as they successfully pulled me through several study sessions and snow days alike.
I'll start with the basics. These cookies are rice flour and corn flour based and are sweetened with cane sugar, organic tapioca syrup, and other flavors. Both varieties of cookies are gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free, artificial flavor/color/preservative-free, and non-GMO. It should be noted that both do contain soy in the form of soy lectin and soy flour, so those with sensitivities should steer clear.
Starting first with the snickerdoodle bunnies, I knew I was in for a treat from my first whiff of the super cinnamon-y scent wafting out of the bag. Almost fooling me into thinking they were fresh from the oven, I eagerly took my first bite and melted into a delicious flavor of sweet, cinnamon goodness.The cookies' consistency was slightly soft, yet crunchy and very reminiscent of animal crackers. I love how Annie's let the spice shine through without making them super sweet, a slippery slope with snickerdoodles. I paired them with almond butter for breakfast for one sitting and vanilla ice cream for dessert in another, and found them to be practically perfect any time of day!
If the snickerdoodles impressed me, the cocoa/vanilla ones stole the show! I loved the duality of the cocoa and vanilla bunnies which provided variety with every bite. Immediately, the cocoa bunnies reminded me of Oreo cookies (minus the filling) and put me in my chocolate-loving happy place. The vanilla bunnies had a nice, authentic vanilla taste that reminded me of creamy vanilla ice cream. Though similarly textured, I thought these were a little more crunchy, which I liked. Downright addictive, I had a hard time putting away my bag of cookies after eating a handful.
Without a doubt, Annie's won me over with these bunny cookies. It's great to finally have a go-to dorm snack that's sweet, satisfying, and shelf stable. I eagerly anticipate expansion of their gluten-free line and plan on being the first to try out any new bunny cookie flavors!
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Disclaimer: This review is current to the original publication date. Updates will be noted. Ingredients and manufacturing processes can change without notice. Each product should be reviewed for individual nutritional needs. Feel free to to contact me with any questions or comments.