Is it Edible?
At the ripe age of 10 years old, I dreamed of winning bake-offs and bathing in the glory of a perfect cake batter. Cupcake Wars and Master Chef were merely mild obstacles to becoming the next Julia Child of dessert. However, with experience came the realization that I need more than a whisk and recipe to succeed. In a last-ditch attempt, I decided to perfect the most basic baked good: the chocolate chip cookie. With over 17,000 reviews and 4.5 stars, Allrecipes provided me with the “Best Chocolate Chip Cookies.” Students of East were asked to taste the cookies to determine if my skills were truly substandard and awful.
As any avid watcher of baking shows will know, the presentation is half of the review. If a product looks disgusting, it probably tastes disgusting as well. Multiple Sophomores of East were asked to be as critical as they want on appearance and commented:
“It smells edible at least.” - Camille Haynes.
“It looks burnt.” - Fiona Holland.
“I haven’t seen a cookie that’s this ugly.” - Sophie Stearman.
“Looks terrible.” - Leah Goodman.
“The cookie is a little wrinkly, it looks dry, and the chocolate chips look like moles. If we were rating it out of 10, I would rate it a -5.” - Tatum Blakesley.
These cookies were pretty unsightly, I will admit. Whether it was the too soft butter, old oven, or horrible common sense, we’ll never know. However, once everyone tasted them, a consensus was made: best cookies ever. Sophie Stearman even admitted that the cookie was “the best thing I've had in my entire life.” A perfect combination of chewy, crispy, and hearty.
So next time you’re forced to take a nibble of a horrific-looking baked good, give the baker a pat on the back. Most of us aren’t headed for The Great British Bake Off, but that doesn’t mean the cookie is poison. Let’s face it, who can resist a warm cookie, even if it’s ugly?