Cookies, Cookies, And Cookies

One usually associates an airport with heading out for or returning from a business or pleasure trip, dropping someone off, or picking someone up. Obviously all those things apply to me too but there is also another reason why I like going to the airport. The duty free shop. Actually the whole island is a duty free shop because we don’t have to pay the 21% IVA (value added tax) that breaks everyone else’s wallet around the country. You’ll find various self-proclaimed “free shops” all over the cities, but sometimes that doesn’t necessarily mean the prices will reflect that aspect.

The reason why I like this particular duty free at the airport is simply because they sell some of my favorite cookies that I guess are not currently sold in any other store around town. That in itself may not be a bad thing. You see, only one commercial flight arrives/departs per day and only around that time is the duty free open. The current arrival/departure time window is about 1 a.m to 3 a.m. Quite a ridiculous time for driving to the airport to buy cookies unless of course you have another reason to head that way-see above. Anyway, it is quite a treat to have an excuse to make a trip to the airport in order to purchase these delicious snacks to nourish my sometime sweet tooth cravings. Otherwise, I’d need to start a serious weight loss regimen or diet plan.

So just which cookies am I talking about? Those from Sugar & Spice of course. These are, hands down, the best store-bought packaged gourmet cookies that I’ve ever had here in Argentina and from what little memory I have, better than many I’ve had back in the U.S. I’m not much of a bakery shopper but for those few bakeries that I do frequent, these even blow their supposedly fresh cookies out of the water. And unlike Sugar & Spice, they don’t even do chocolate chip, just some type of sugar cookies that crumble into dust upon the first bite. Now just so you know, Sugar & Spice cookies are NOT loaded with trans fat to give them that chewy freshness in order to appear as homemade cookies like other brands out there. No, these are crispy, crunchy, and have a fantastic natural flavor. Also, they don’t skimp on added ingredients like nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate.

cookies

Biscotti

When I first bit into one of these I thought a visit to the dentist might be in order. Ok, that was a bit of an exaggeration but I did need to apply quite a few extra PSI to the action of my jaw compared to other biscottis out there. But then I remembered that these are made for dipping into liquids. A quick cup of coffee was brewed and the dunking process began. I’m very cautious when submerging any kind of bread item into coffee due to the dissolving effect. But lemme tell ya, these biscotti held up and there was still plenty of crunch leftover.

Chocolate Chip & Chocolate Cookies With White Chocolate Crunch

Typically when packaged cookies contain chocolate chunks those huge pieces of cocoa goodness end up being either dry and powdery or super dense. The chunks in these cookies melt in your mouth like taking a bite into a freshly opened chocolate bar. Out of all the cookies Sugar & Spice sells, these are my favorite.

Cantucci

The owner, Frank, has a good write up on his blog about Cantucci and Biscotti. Cantucci is somewhat similar to biscotti, yet the former is somewhat smaller and much softer. While there are three different types of cantucci offered, I have only been able to try the chocolate & hazelnut blend. Delicious with a deep buttery flavor.

Fudge Brownie

I have yet to see these stocked in the duty free but hopefully I can give them a try one day.

Sugar & Spice also offers a line of savory items with flavors such as pizza, parmesan, and a few others but I have yet to try them.

If you are ever in Buenos Aires, where they are much easier to find in various gourmet/specialty shops and cafes, give them a try.

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10 Comment(s)

  1. Hi Asado,

    I can attest to your last comment. I had no idea that you wrote this. I stayed home today feeling a bit under the weather and started looking up my favorite blogs when I ran into this one.

    Thank you so much for the kind words. I am printing this out and sharing it with my employees. They love to hear this kind of stuff because they are very proud of the work that they do. They themselves know that they are producing something unique here.

    Now I know that if I ever find myself going south I will make sure and take some brownies for you.

    Saludos,
    Frank E. Almeida
    http://www.sugarandspice.com.ar

    Frank | Jun 6, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thanks for popping in Frank!

    >feeling a bit under the weather

    Same here. I think I caught what everyone else I know had a couple weeks ago. My seclusion didn’t work it seems. Nasty cold that is really leaving me with not wanting to do anything but rest.

    Asado Arg | Jun 8, 2007 | Reply

  3. I absolutely love this site and would like to thank you for making it available to me and all the other foodapilles out there

    Albert Chitwood | Jun 23, 2007 | Reply

  4. Thanks Albert!

    Asado Arg | Jun 26, 2007 | Reply

  5. MARC,

    ME WITH YOU ON COOKIES. FRANK WROTE GOOD STORY ON CREATION OF ME FAVORITE TOLLHOUSE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES.

    NOW YOU CAN GET OUR FAVORITE COOKIES IN LA ANONIMA. YOU HAVE TO ASK FRANK
    FOR LIST OF STORES SO YOU HAVE COOKIES ALL THE TIME LIKE ME.

    COOKIE MONSTER | Jul 25, 2007 | Reply

  6. Excellent news my blue-haired friend! You had line breaks in your links, comment spammer, but I fixed them. ;)

    I’m actually heading to the big La Anonima today. They are the only store that has a couple specialty islands in this city. Should be right next to the bottles of tabasco that I go through on a weekly basis.

    Asado Arg | Jul 25, 2007 | Reply

  7. Marc,

    Word got to me that you did not find the cookies at the store. According to my contact they should be in the RIO GRANDE 4 sucursal 38 store. You might want to ask them if they are that store since they did not send me actual street addresses.

    The other ones in Tierra del Fuego are sucursales 38, 141, and 75 all in Ushuaia.

    Maybe I should post about La Anonima and list all the stores. I just wanted to give them some time to get them out there but they have had them for about 3 weeks now. In fact, they placed a second order already.

    Let me know if you don´t find them.

    Saludos,
    Frank

    Frank Almeida | Jul 26, 2007 | Reply

  8. Hi Marc,

    I just received an e-mail from the buyer at La Anonima who in turn chased this down to the regional manager who verified that the cookies should be there. He stated that they were received on the 20th of July at the Rio Grande location 074. (sorry for all the mix-ups with the store codes).

    Just in case you talk to the stores down there the ones that have the products are store numbers 74, 38, 75 & 141.

    Hope this helps.

    Frank Almeida | Jul 30, 2007 | Reply

  9. Hey Frank,

    Good stuff and glad to hear he chased down the regional manager! Need cookies! I guess I’ll have to go aisle to aisle then(I’m one of those shoppers with tunnel-vision so maybe I missed some special stand) Or maybe everyone bought them up? I’ll check again this week. Thanks again

    Asado Arg | Jul 30, 2007 | Reply

  10. No problem Marc, glad to be of help. Just let me know if you still don´t see them.

    Frank Almeida | Aug 1, 2007 | Reply

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