It is no longer a staple in many people’s homes in the Hudson Valley and some fear it may be gone forever.
There are some foods that you grew up with and that have become a part of your life. No matter your age, taste one and you’ll instantly move to a simpler time when a bite of your favorite dessert could make all your problems go away.
In our family, there are certain food traditions that have been passed down through generations. We still make recipes for my son, allowing him to enjoy the foods my grandparents enjoyed when they were kids. These culinary connections through time preserve our family’s memories and are a way to remember those who came before us.
One such recipe that has been in our family for generations is cake icing. In our family, we call it “Biscuit Cake” and it is made by whipping fresh cream and placing it between a certain cookie. Layer the biscuits and cream frosting with more whipped cream and refrigerate for a day until the biscuits absorb the moisture of the cream and become a cake.
Since the 1920s, families have been using the famous Nabisco chocolate chips as the main ingredient in their ice box cakes. These delicate and dark chocolate cookies have a completely unique taste and texture and are the key to creating an original ‘cookie’.
Unfortunately, over time, these cookies have not been treated kindly. Changes in manufacturing over the past few years have made customers complain that the cookies they loved aren’t the same anymore. Inconsistent quality control has resulted in cookies being thinner than usual which crumble to dust before being turned into a cake. Some areas have reported that cookies have suddenly disappeared from the shelves.
I can report that here in the Hudson Valley, the cookies are completely gone. After hoping to make the cake for my son this month, I visited five different supermarkets and couldn’t find a single box of the famous chocolate chips. Not only that, but the shelves where they are usually stored no longer have a price, which made me wonder if they were permanently off.
Facebook is full of complaints from customers across the country who are also wondering why they can’t find this key ingredient anymore. Amazon seems to be offering the boxes, but at very high prices taking advantage of the lack of inventory.
Nabisco’s parent company hasn’t responded to our questions about whether or not the cookie has actually been turned off, but we’ll make sure to keep you informed if we hear more. Meanwhile, I’ve resorted to exchanging chips for Goya’s Maria Cookies. These biscuits are thicker and have a cocoa flavor. Although it’s not the same, it’s the best we can do right now.
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