When the owner’s of Chickie Dough dropped me off samples of their product, I was excited. As a lover of all things farmer’s market, I knew who they were but had never tried it. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to make of the product. Being Lebanese, hummus is a staple in almost every meal, so the idea of a hummus/cookie dough hybrid made me a little anxious. After sampling, I was pleasantly surprised. Here are the eight you need to know about Chickie Dough:
- You can find them at 10310 83 Avenue, in the Strathcona Farmer’s Market on Saturday’s from 8 am to 3 pm or contact them via their website.
- The product is made fresh weekly and sold for $6 a container or three for $15.
- It is preservative free and lasts about two weeks in the fridge. It is also gluten free, vegan and dairy free.
- Just because it has chickpeas in it, doesn’t mean it is hummus. While chickpea based, Chickie Dough combines peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla and coconut milk to create a sweet snack that mimics raw cookie dough. Hummus is made with garlic, tahini and lemon and is savory. If I brought Chickie Dough to my Lebanese grandmother and called it hummus, I would be disowned and smacked upside the head.
- It is not cookie dough. It might look like cookie dough, but its not cookie dough.
- Do not bake it. I mean you can try to bake it, but you will not end up with cookies (see above). Because there is no eggs or baking soda, the “dough” will just warm up and you will be left with about half a dozen balls of hot dip, which is not appealing (not that I’m speaking from experience or anything).
- The two main flavours are oatmeal chocolate chip and peanut butter. If I had to choose a favorite, I would probably pick peanut butter but both were quite flavorful. They also have a “Feature of the Moment” which includes flavours such as banana bread (the current feature), coconut lemon, chocolate coffee, chocolate hazelnut, pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and mint chocolate chip.
- It is definitely a snack unlike anything else out there. These ladies have perfected their recipe and managed to create a nearly guilt-free snack that tastes like you’re eating raw cookie dough. And as someone who takes guilty pleasure in eating raw cookie dough, this makes me happy.