With this post, we conclude Gluten-Free Week:
I made my peace with the regular Joe-Joe's, after accepting that, despite appearances, they were not Oreos.
I cannot make peace with these. They are awful.
I tried. Lord knows I tried. Nina had one; I ate HALF A BOX, spread out over about six different evening snacks. I thought--hoped, even--that I could learn to like them on their own terms, without expecting them to be more. In this I failed.
The vanilla center seems unchanged from the regular version. All of the evil is in the chocolate wafers, which taste like rice cakes into which somebody has tossed a little Hershey's cocoa powder.
I haven't yet decided whether I will take the other half back to the store for a refund, or if I'd be too embarrassed to ask for a refund after eating half of a package. If the latter, I'll just throw them away.
Update: I went for the refund. That makes about 10 items that I have returned to the store for being inedible--which might sound like a lot, but remember that I have now purchased and tried about 600 different TJ's products, so it's not an unacceptable failure rate. These were, however, bad enough to be banished to my Bottom Ten list.
Will I buy it again?
I will not eat them on a train.
I will not eat them on a plane.
I will not eat them with my bros.
I will not eat them with my hos.
I will not buy another one.
I will not have them! They're no fun!
Shortbread--or a nice Fig Newton.
No more Joe-Joe's without gluten.
Chocolate colored sawdust discs filled with grainy white cream. Yeah, that's the ticket.