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Treat to Try: The Cookie Sampler Box from Uncle Giant

Miriam Bowers Abbott Miriam Bowers Abbott Treat to Try: The Cookie Sampler Box from Uncle GiantPhoto by Miriam Bowers Abbott.
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Before we get to the cookies, let’s just say this: Uncle Giant’s got game. Serious game. It’s sometimes difficult to get near its products at Farmers’ Markets, because the proprietors are surrounded with an unending supply of customers, fully engaged in animated conversations about its wares.

In addition to the team’s interpersonal skills, the products are super-cute too. Case in point: the cookie sampler box. It’s like some sort of rebel Pepperidge Farm assortment, complete with a custom card that describes each cookie inside. The card has a little bite mark stamped out of its corner.

Each cookie in the adventure box is deliciously different and just a shade exotic. A couple of early favorites: The Denny Bites and the Tokel. The Denny Bites are lovable for some obvious reasons, and also for some not-so-obvious reasons. The obvious reasons: the bites are essentially shiny, crackle-topped, chocolate brownies, each crowned with a cashew, in a cupcake shape. Anything brownie is just obviously going to be good. But inside? A chocolate landscape that features dried cranberries soaked in rum. It’s sort of like a fruit cake for chocolate addicts. Or chocolate for fruitcake addicts.

As for the Tokel, those cookies are a more humble offering: little pale rounds. They don’t look like anything special, but the tiny short bread cookies hit with a curious crunch and an accent that’s kin to Cheerios. Those sorts of touches make it a pleasant conversation piece.

On another day, other cookies in the assortment could easily be favorites too. There’s a Crispeline, a dainty sandwich cookie with a layer of “yema” filling (the internet says that yema is a condensed-milk based confection). Nerkaron cookies have a wholesome appeal; spheres with walnuts, honey and apricot jam. And La Patricia offer straight-up pieces of fudge.

You can buy Uncle Giant’s products individually too, but the assortment package is pretty fun. The bakery makes appearances at the Canal Market District (Newark) on Tuesdays and Fridays, the Easton Farmers’ Market on Thursdays, and the Clintonville Farmers’ Market on Saturdays.

For more information, visit unclegiant.com.

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