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Posted by Michael Stern on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 1:25 PM

Back when I courted an addiction to sugar wafers, Biscos, made by Nabisco, were the only ones I knew. I ate them by the row, stack, and box. But either they grew coarse or my palate evolved; and when the price per box topped $4, I knew I needed to go on a quest for the best sugar wafer on earth.

I became fond of Keeblers, available in chocolate and strawberry as well as vanilla, and available in single-snack, 10-cookie packages in vending machines and at gas stations everywhere; but they didn't scratch the itch.


Somewhere in the Midwest, I found Voortman minis – stale right out of the box!


I ate Uncle Al's (like Keebler's, made in Canada) and Gonzos, which left a horrible oily film on the roof of my mouth, and even tried pink ones that I found in the north of England.

Nothing provided the ecstasy I remembered from my early sugar wafer days. Then, after a Cuban sandwich in a favorite local lunch spot, Amigo's, I spotted Goya wafers on the shelf. One bite confirmed that my memories of cookie bliss were not merely euphoric recall. Several comparison tests later, I can say without doubt that Goya Vanilla Wafers are the benchmark: elegant and lightweight, layered with deliriously sweet vanilla-flavored creme (not cream), and impossible to stop eating. The back of the package lists all kinds of other flavors, including mango, guava, pineapple, and dulce de leche, but I will stick with vanilla -- my new favorite store-bought cookie.


Sugar wafers are probably my most favorite cookie but I have been unable to find them in Knoxville. Thanks for the review Paul E. Smnith Knoxville, TN
Posted by Sundancer7 on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 7:25 AM

I bought a box of Biscos Sugar Wafers a couple days ago and they....weren't what they used to be, sadly. Thanks for the heads up on the Goya! We have Goya products in pretty much every store here.
Posted by drummagick on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 10:11 AM

Thanks, Paul; and drummagick, it is good to hear some confirmation on my Biscos experience. There are a few such products that I used to adore and now, when I try them after a long dry spell ... I wonder why. (That did NOT QUITE happen to me the other day with Goldenberg's Peanut Chews, which are different than they once were [softer and less stale-tasting], but still pretty damn good!)
Posted by Michael Stern on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 10:24 AM

Oh, and Paul, if you need an emergency shipment, let me know ;-)
Posted by Michael Stern on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 10:26 AM

Goya is a local we get all the goodies. Those cookies are really really good! So good I think there are excellent recipes using them to make some crazy pie shell or candy. I have to think of some because when I search it points me to Nilla wafer recipes.
Posted by CCinNJ on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 7:16 PM

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