These are Mr. Christie's Maple Leaf Cookies. They are maple creme-filled taffy cookies. If pancakes and maple syrup were a cookie, this would be it. The minute you open the package, you take in a warm, almost caramel-like maple scent you can almost taste. They are awesome. They were on sale.
As you can see, the white Trader Joe's maple filling looks, well, a little vanilla. It even smells like 'generic sweet.' In contrast, Mr. Chrisitie's filling is like maple syrup, a golden amber color, and also a little creamier.
That is exactly how differently they taste. The family did a side-by-side comparison and Mr. Christie was the clear and unanimous winner. It was both less sweet and more maple-y.
Even something as simple as grocery store cookies have regional specialities that just need to be savored when you are there. And they make the perfect miyage (travel gifts) for your friends back home.
Better yet, when your Canadian friends go home, beg them to bring these back for you. Or go to Safeway in Vancouver.
Eat Well. Be Well.