New Non-Savory Goldfish Flavors: Vanilla, Cinnamon, and S'mores

"One characteristic of these cookies is their diminutive size, and therefore their tendency to rapidly disappear until you realize you've just consumed about two cups of tiny graham fish."

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Three of the new Goldfish flavors. [Photograph: Robyn Lee]

My mom and I thought it would be a normal trip to the supermarket, as we wandered the aisles seeking out our usual sustenance. But then. We stumbled upon Goldfish Grahams, the newest addition to Pepperidge Farm's Goldfish cracker line. I knew I had to grab a few bags of this stuff for the office.

The grahams come in five different varieties: Vanilla, Chocolate, Cinnamon, Honey, and S'mores. We tried the Vanilla, Cinnamon, and S'mores Adventures (the official name) to see what a savory cracker brand could offer in the way of tasty, fish-shaped cookies.

Vanilla

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Tasty vanilla grahams. [Photograph: Serious Eats]

The Vanilla was pretty straightforward. It reminded tasters of a Nilla Wafer, the classic vanilla-flavored, meant-to-be-dipped cookie. To me, it tasted like an unflavored cookie base—not really like vanilla, but enjoyable enough.

Cinnamon

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Speckled with cinnamon.

The Cinnamon was a bigger hit. It had a pretty solid spice kick, but didn't linger or coat the mouth too much. Plus, cinnamon isn't a flavor too often seen in cookies, so this was a nice change of pace.

S'mores

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A happy family of grahams and marshmallows.

Then, the one I was most excited about: the S'mores Adventures flavor. This one packs in honey and chocolate graham fishies, as well as little marshmallow fishies to complete the S'mores triumvirate. The cookies on their own were okay—the honey was nice, slightly sweeter than the vanilla; the chocolate tasted pretty fake, but I wasn't expecting any particular burst of chocolate ecstasy from this tiny cookie. The marshmallows tasted exactly like those hearts, stars, and horseshoes from the Lucky Charms box.

Of course, given the "S'mores" claim, I figured one was expected to eat the three flavors together. This is by far the worst way to consume the cookies. I'd just go for the one or two-at-a-time approach, rather than trying to make yourself believe you're eating a warm, melty camping treat when in fact you're just eating a poor substitute.

One characteristic of these cookies is their diminutive size, and therefore their tendency to rapidly disappear until you realize you've just consumed about two cups of tiny graham fish. Their closest flavor cousin is, of course, the classic Teddy Grahams. I don't know if Pepperidge Farm is trying to directly take on Nabisco, but in my opinion the bears are far in the lead, flavor-wise.

Have any of you come across these new flavors? What did you think?

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