Monday, November 15, 2010

PRODUCT REVIEW: Immaculate Bakery

I am on a seemingly endless quest to find foods that are made with food, as opposed to some substance that has been turned into another substance via the wonders of science. This means no hydrogenated oils. No artificial sweeteners. In their place I want eggs, butter, sugar, and other things that can be bought in bulk in the baking aisle.

Sadly, this eliminates nearly ALL pre-made baked goods. Pepperidge Farm, while remembering many things, have forgotten how to make cookies without hydrogenated oils. Pillsbury, among others, are a veritable chem lab in a cookie. While I recognize that most of these ingredients are totally harmless and have been true wonders of the chemical age, they taste inferior. Butter tastes better than hydrogenated oils. Sugar tastes better than HFCS.

So it was with great interest that I tried Immaculate Bakery products. I'm covering all of their items in this review since they are pretty consistent across their line. I first tried their chocolate chip cookies. They are without doubt the best pre-made chocolate chip cookie dough on the market. As are the sugar cookies, the biscuits, and scones. They are moist, sweet, flavorful, and taste as close to home-made products as anything I've tried from the freezer.

As far as taste and especially texture goes, their cookies are leaps and bounds ahead of the competition, as are their joyously simple ingredient lists. Everything about them is better. Their crescent rolls are better, but not to the degree of the cookies, and their cinnamon buns make Pillsbury buns taste cloying in comparison.

If you are going to buy pre-made cookies, biscuits, or scones, Immaculate Bakery is your best choice.



Anonymous said...

You slam other cookies for using hydrogenated oils instead of butter. But Immaculate uses palm oil instead of butter which is a hydrogenated oil.

Aaron Martin-Colby said...


Palm oil is non-hydrogenated. It is naturally solid at room temperature.

It thus has a very similar fat structure to butter.

I am also not as forgiving of palm oil as I was when I wrote this. Like so many things that American craves, countries in south-east Asia are destroying themselves in a quest to grow palm fruit from which to extract the oils, and are doing fun things like slaughtering orangutans who get in the way.