FHS Cookies-The Whole Story Behind the Whole Grain

Hello FHS. It’s a new school year and a new chance to talk about one of our favorite subjects: cookies. Last year, we wrote an article titled “FHS Cookies- Future Changes?”, and needless to say, that prediction came true.

First, let’s start off with some feedback from FHS students on the new cookie’s taste.  Some common comments are: bad, terrible, bland, tastes like oatmeal and dog food, too floury tasting, and too hard.  However, some students don’t think they’re that bad.  If someone hadn’t tasted an old FHS cookie, they might think the new cookies are really good.

But if the old cookies were so good, why were they changed?

The new NSLP (National School Lunch Program Standards), implemented in July 2014, states that all grains offered must be “whole grain rich,” or in other words, they must contain at least 50% whole grain. The new cookies meets that standard, and are also only 100 calories per cookie (This means that all grains, including pizza crust, Rice Krispy Treats, pop tarts, pasta, and so on, need to meet the whole grain requirement.  Because of this, the cooks had to find whole grain alternatives to all the old snacks items, or drop the items all-together). What may be surprising, however, is that our new cookies are actually the same brand as the old ones (Otis Spunkmeyer), just the whole grain version.

Also, besides students’ issues with the new cookies, the lunch ladies have had some difficulty with them as well.  Since the dough is darker before being cooked, the cookies are more difficult to bake; it’s hard to tell when the cookies are done, and they get harder faster.  So, they will most likely improve as the cooks adjust to preparing them.  However, it looks like they are here to stay.

What do you think about the new cookies?  Be sure to tell us in the comments!

 

**A big thanks to FHS Lunch Lady Robin for the information.

 

Some Interesting Links:

An enlightening video published by the USDA titled “USDA Healthy Meal Standards are Proving Popular”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TArHCS_GbhE

If you are interested in purchasing the old cookies:

http://www.spunkmeyer.com/Home/Homepage/

If you are interested in reading more about the new school lunch program standards:

http://www.fns.usda.gov/nslp/national-school-lunch-program-nslp

 

 

 

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