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Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

Kristen Olson

Contributed by: Kristen Olson
Betty Crocker Food Editor

Hi Food Lovers! Kristen Here.

Are you ready for the best food EVER? As a member on the expert panel for the first ever Munchies Awards, I know I am!

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

What Are the Munchies?
 
The Munchies: People’s Choice Food Awards recognize the most amazing tastes, faces and places in the world of food. The nominees are chosen by a panel of culinary celebs (including yours truly) and led by James Beard Award-winning TV personality and chef Andrew Zimmern.

 

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

 

With a Little Help From Our Friends

The Munchies ballot was created by some of your favorite food people: TV stars, bloggers, cookbook authors, restaurateurs, and beyond. Our mission: to bring you the best of the best, from household names to under-the-radar finds.  We selected 5 nominees in 20 categories. Now it’s up to YOU to decide who’s worthy of The Munchies awards!

Let Your Taste Be Heard

Now’s your chance! Share your opinions on 20 mouthwatering categories: world-class chefs, food trucks and everything in between. Vote for your faves once a day through April 30th (even recast your whole ballot with just a click!) and spread the word to create a landslide of love for your picks.

One Good Meal Deserves Another

While celebrating food, we’re also fighting hunger. On behalf of our expert panel and all our voters, we’re donating $15,000 to Feeding America, the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief charity.

Taste in Action

We’ve been having so much fun finalizing the ballot. But the best part about being on the panel is that I get to experience some of the best foods in the country!

One of my favorite things in the world is a warm cookie, so I insisted that we test all of the cookies that were nominated and have them go head to head in the Betty Crocker kitchens. (My job is so awesome!)

 

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

 

The cookies arrived tied with bows, wrapped in pretty boxes and decorated with adornments. We lined them all up to judge them for ourselves…

Munchies Category: Best Cookie

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

Nominee:  Chocolate Sable, Miette, San Francisco, CA
A complex, chocolaty shortbread style cookie that melts in your mouth, a chocolate lovers dream.

 

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

Nominee:  Coconut Macaroon, Salty Tart Bakery, Minneapolis, MN
Crunchy toasted coconut on the outside with chewy creamy coconut inside, even coconut haters can’t pass this one up.

 

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

Nominee:  Compost Cookie®, Momofuku Milk Bar, New York, NY
A mix of delectable leftovers; pretzels, potato chips, coffee, oats, butterscotch, chocolate chips and coffee grounds pair so well in this chewy cookie.

 

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

Nominee:  Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie, Levain Bakery, New York, NY
A giant extra-rich dark chocolate and peanut butter cookie with a crunchy outside and fudgy inside.

 

Behind the Scenes: The Munchies

Nominee:  Macaroons, Kee’s Chocolates, New York, NY
Playful colors, fun flavors, crunchy outside and chewy inside, just what you’re looking for in a Macaroon.

We know which one we fell head over heels for, but what about you? Comment below, then cast your vote!


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iamhere said: Posted: 4/23/2012 4:17 PM
Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip Cookie looks divine!!!! The one with coffee in it I wouldn't like because I don't drink coffee. Th macaroons would be great! The colored ones probably would be okay, but I'm not sure about eating blue cookies.
 
Shane_Robbins said: Posted: 4/20/2012 11:38 AM
IS it wrong if I want to eat all of them?
 
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