Have you ever eaten a spoonful of raw cookie dough? Few people can honestly say the haven’t at some point in their lives. For many, the more realistic question would be: How many entire batches of cookie dough have you consumed during your lifetime? Despite the now well-known warnings against this mother-child bonding ritual, depression eraser and American rite of passage, the tradition lives on in homes and hearts across the nation.
The immediate hazards of eating unbaked cookie dough lie in the raw eggs it contains. They’re considered a prominent source of salmonella contamination, a bacteria known for causing serious illness and potentially even death. Though cases, where salmonella is contracted through eating raw cookie dough or cake batter, are rare, the risk still exists.
In truth, the more common dangers are those developing over time and barely ever considered. No one expects cookies to be health food in any form, but some of the nutrition facts may be a bit startling. In a single spoonful of chocolate chip cookie dough, you’ll find about 125 calories, almost 6 grams of fat and 7 milligrams of cholesterol. You’d have to do some serious digging to find any information on the amount of sugar in a typical blob of dough.
Enter Hampton Creek, a company, dedicated to creating healthier versions of many of the foods you and your family, friends and neighbors love. To put matters into perspective a bit, their take on chocolate chip cookies contains 100 calories per ounce, 5 grams of fat and no cholesterol. Each portion contains 8 grams of sugars, but there’s little comparison available in that regard.
Some of you may have heard of sorghum, yet this particular item tends to leave members of the younger generation scratching their heads. To the inexperienced eye, it could easily be confused with corn while growing in the field, but it requires fewer resources to be successfully and sustainably farmed. Comparing its taste to synthetic maple syrup wouldn’t even come close to doing it justice, and it’s found in Hampton Creek’s cookie dough.
All this testifies to Hampton Creek’s excellent reputation for delivering unexpected alternatives to the standard grocery store rations. Perhaps more importantly to most, their dough doesn’t contain raw eggs or any other harmful products, so it’s meant to be eaten right out of the container. Of course, you could still cook it if you want, but there’s really no need.