Saturday, February 18, 2012

For A Healthy Snack, WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Chocolate Cookies Sure Make You Work To Get Into Them!

The Good: Very healthy, Tastes good.
The Bad: Not the most extraordinary flavor.
The Basics: WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies Chocolate cookies are the health-conscious way to enjoy an Oreo-style sandwich cookie.

It has been a long time since I bought store-bought cookies. Since getting married, my wife more often than not bakes cookies when we have them. But beyond that, with our new diet plan/healthy lifestyle, I tend not to think of eating cookies because they are generally unhealthy for me (way too much sodium!). So, when my wife and I were clipping coupons and we came across WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies, we looked them up on our dieting and health site (Calorie Count!) and discovered that some in the line actually were remarkably healthy. One of them, the Chocolate cookies that resemble Oreo sandwich cookies, were actually exceptionally healthy. So, we clipped the coupon and went to the store to buy them!

This long opening is actually intended to bring up a few things. First, it is obvious that WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies Chocolate flavored cookies are trying to compete with brand named Oreo sandwich cookies. Second, at $4.99 for only thirty-nine cookies, I am not complaining about the price. I’m not complaining about the price because WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Chocolate Cookies were priced competitively with other cookies. Cookies in general have gotten expensive in the years since I last bought them! So, expense is not much of a factor for me when considering WhoNu? Chocolate cookies because they are priced within the market standard for a box of cookies. Moreover, with a coupon, these cookies were actually less expensive for us than Nabisco’s Oreo’s!


WhoNu? is a new company that is creating healthy alternatives to traditional cookies. By replicating the look and feel of favorites like chocolate chip cookies and Oreo-style sandwich cookies, WhoNu? is starting to make it easy to replace old favorites with new, healthy options. The WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies Chocolate cookies are the replacements for Oreo’s and it wasn’t until my wife and I picked these up that I realized I have never been much of a fan of Oreos. Go figure. I think I just found other cookies I liked a lot more.

Each 11 gram WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookie is two black disks approximately 1 7/8” in diameter, connected by a thin layer of white icing that holds the two cookies together. Chocolate Nutrition Rich Cookies come in a 15.2 oz. box with a plastic tray that houses the thirty-nine cookies the box comes with. The box and tray do a decent job of preventing breakage, at least until one begins to eat many or most of these cookies. A serving of WhoNu? Chocolate Nutrition Rich sandwich cookies is three cookies.

Ease Of Preparation

Eating WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies Chocolate cookies is not a real challenge, but getting to the cookies is. WhoNu? wisely created a bag within the box of cookies that is resealable. That resealable pouch surrounds the thin plastic tray that houses the cookies. The seam for the releasable opening is not at the top or side of the tray, though, it is at the middle. This makes it slightly more awkward to get the cookies out of the package. If this is a subtle way to enforce portion control, then bravo WhoNu? If it is not, it’s just annoying.

When you have a cookie out, all you have to do is stick it in your mouth and chew; there is nothing complicated or foreign about eating these cookies.


When one finally breaches the inner plastic wrap, they are treated to the scent that is familiar to cookie lovers the world around. WhoNu? cookies smell identical to Oreo sandwich cookies. They have a slightly chocolate scent with a strangely salty underscent to them.

Just like most cookies – but especially Oreos – WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies have a very dry exterior. Tasting like a toasted form of chocolate (having had so much chocolate in my life, I cannot refer to these cookies as “Chocolate”), the outer cookies are dry/salty with a touch of sweetness to them. The neutral exterior flavor is completely redeemed by the delicious creamy frosting between the two chocolate cookies. These cookies taste remarkably average, but nodding toward the good side of average because of the sugary cream center that is positively delightful.

These cookies leave a very dry aftertaste in the mouth, so they are ideal when accompanied by milk or water.


WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies Chocolate Snack Bars are intended as a sweet snack, not a full meal. Three of these 11 gram cookies represent a single serving and they have a boatload of nutrients in them. Made primarily of sugar, wheat flour and vegetable oils, the ingredient list becomes a mess of preservatives and vitamins near the end, like most prepackaged products. This is not an all-natural food product and these cookies were produced on equipment that forces them to add a disclaimer about milk, soy, wheat, tree nuts and eggs.

WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies's Chocolate cookies have only 150 calories for a three cookie serving, 50 of which are from fat. A full serving represents 8% of one's RDA of saturated fat, though they are cholesterol free. As well, they are fairly low in sodium for a cookie, having only 135 mg per serving. They also have a gram of protein and ten percent of thirteen different vitamins and minerals! As one who is working on getting heart-healthy, I appreciate the 13 grams of dietary fiber per serving. There is also 20 – 30% of the RDA of Vitamins A, C, D, E, and B12, Calcium, and Iron. These are healthier than some (most, actually!) fruit juices on the market.


WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies Chocolate cookies are easy to care for and clean up. Unopened, they have a pretty short shelf life; we purchased a box on the first day of February (2012) and they have an expiration date of April 27, 2012. Kept sealed, I am sure they would have lasted at least that long. As cookies, one need only not shake the box excessively to care for them and wipe away any crumbs after eating them. This is a low-stress food!


WhoNu? Nutrition Rich Cookies Chocolate cookies are good cookies, but they are an even more worthwhile health supplement and that makes them very easy to recommend for the buy!

For other reviews of healthy foods, please check out:
Quaker Chewy S’mores Granola Bar
Slim-Fast 3-2-1 Chocolate Mint Snack Bars
Atkins Advantage Peanut Butter Bars


For other food and drink reviews, please visit my index page on the subject! That is available by clicking here!

© 2012 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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