Well, it’s happened again: another food recall. This time the recall is with Nestle’s Toll House Cookie Dough. According to FOX News, 69 people in 29 states are sickened with e coli symptoms, all having consumed this cookie dough raw. The FDA confirmed that recent tests found e coli in the dough.
So my question is this: is it really that hard to make your own cookies from scratch? Because when you do, you not only save money but you take control of what you eat. Have you checked out the ingredients of Nestle’s Toll House Cookie Refrigerated Dough lately? When you buy a processed food you get a lot of ingredients you wouldn’t normally choose to eat. Here are the ingredients for Nestle’s refrigerated cookie dough, cut and pasted from their website:
INGREDIENTS: NESTLE TOLL HOUSE MORSELS (SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE [SUGAR, CHOCOLATE, COCOA BUTTER, MILKFAT, SOY LECITHIN, VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, NATURAL FLAVOR]), BLEACHED ENRICHED FLOUR (WHEAT FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMIN MONONITRATE, RIBOFLAVIN, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, MARGARINE (PALM OIL, WATER, SUNFLOWER OIL, HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, SALT, VEGETABLE MONO- AND DIGLYCERIDES, SOY LECITHIN, SODIUM BENZOATE, CITRIC ACID, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, BETA CAROTENE COLOR, VITAMIN A PALMITATE ADDED), WATER, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, MOLASSES, EGGS, EGG YOLKS, BAKING SODA, SALT, CORNSTARCH, SODIUM ALUMINUM PHOSPHATE, VANILLA EXTRACT, VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR
Do you have some mono- and diglycerides in your pantry that you just picked up from the local chemist? What about sodium benzoate? Did your kids make some in their chemistry lab and bring the extra home for dinner? And just what are corn syrup solids? Why do cookies need sodium aluminum phosphate? You know people wear safety goggles when they concoct these types of things in the lab! Do you really want to eat them? And don’t get me started on vanillin – an artificial flavoring derived from wood pulp. Have you been near a pulp mill and smelled the sickening smell it gives off? Well that slurry of smelly waste has been put to good use – flavoring your children’s treats.
“Welcome home from school, Junior! Mommy has a special bowl full of sodium benzoate just for you!”
“Mommy and Daddy are so proud of you for keeping your room clean this week. We’ve saved all the mono- and diglycerides just for you!”
Now compare the above list to this one: butter, sugar, flour, eggs, vanilla, salt, baking soda, and chocolate chips (note: Ghirardelli uses real vanilla in their chocolate chips, but Hershey’s and Nestle use vanillin).
The difference in the two is striking, isn’t it?
It takes a little more time to mix up the ingredients for home made chocolate chip cookies than it does to slice and bake, but my bet is that after considering what is in the slice and bake variety you’ll be much more willing to make the time to bake your own.
Who do you trust to feed your family?