Was the Ben’s Cookies hype really worth it? Did we already have better soft-bake cookies—buttery, crumbly, fudgy and preferably filled with chocolate chunks—lurking out there in Bangkok we just weren’t showing the love? We found out in a blind taste test. 


Ben’s Cookies BK Pick!

Textural perfection: achieved. Moist and chewy, soft and buttery—you couldn’t have ask for a better texture. If only we could swap the sugary chunks of chocolate with those in Eric Kaiser’s cookies, we reckon soft-bake cookie nirvana would be achieved.  
Verdict: Worth the hype.
G/F, Siam Paragon, 991/1 Rama 1 Rd., 02-610-8000. www.fb.com/BensCookiesSiamParagon

Chips Ahoy

Despite the buttery and chewy texture, the overall experience can be summed up in one word: cheap. Cheap chocolate. Cheap butter. Cheap intentions to turn a cherished fresh-baked treat  into an industrially made snack. 
Verdict: Mass—without the appeal.


Super soft and moist to the touch, but when you bite into it, the cookie is actually quite dry and not as buttery as you’d imagine. The biscuit part is already quite sweet and, when paired with sugary chocolate chips, becomes way too much. 
Verdict: Beauty without substance.
2/F, Exchange Tower, 388 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-663-4554. www.fb.com/CHU.BKK

Eric Kayser Runner Up!

This cookie puffs out a strong aroma of chocolate and butter. The bitter punch of dark chocolate comes through first, followed with the subtle sweetness of the cookie. But despite the beautifully golden crust—all caramelized butter and sugar—the cookie is not at all chewy but rather crunchy and crumbly—thou gh we’re not complaining when the whole thing tastes this good.
Verdict: Nothing soft about it.
103 Thonglor Between Soi 3-5, 02-712-9070. www.fb.com/MaisonEricKayserThailand


Enough sweetness to hurt your teeth as well as a nasty, salty aftertaste on the tongue. A couple of bites and we’re done here. 
Verdict: Sugary coma. Not up for negotiation.

Tatawa Yuck!

Remember the saying “you get what you pay for”? These small, round cookies filled with a chocolate pocket are a medley of fake-tasting flavors. Imagine a Fun-O that’s been left out for too long and you’ll be there. 
Verdict: No place for fakers.