We like to measure the desirability of a given food by the likelihood of us eating it in the middle of the night. If this likelihood were to be quantified on a graduating scale, most energy foodstuffs would rate a solid zero. As in, there's zero probability of us getting out of bed, pouring a glass of milk, and indulging in a lump of tar, raw oats, and desiccated kale. Skratch Labs' Cookie Mix, on the other hand, is a different story. Because it produces cookies. And our midnight snack-o-meter operates on a scale of zero to cookies, with cookies being the highest mark.
Nighttime indulgences aside, though, Skratch's Cookie Mix is also the ideal consumable for when you're on the warpath, even when compared to the bricks, tars, and goops that we've become accustomed to. Aside from the zero-to-cookies scale, we claim this for three reasons. First, it's insanely easy to turn into cookies. Just mix in softened butter, one egg, and any additional ingredients you'd like. Then bake. Ta-da: portable energy.
Second, the cookies have a similar nutritional footprint to other energy consumables, but at a two-to-one ratio. So instead of one chewy lump of matter, you can enjoy two cookies. The most obvious difference on the nutrition sheet is that the cookies provide just one gram of protein per serving. We like this because digesting protein is difficult and energy intensive. Skratch's cookies let you save protein consumption for the recovery snack. They also have more moisture, which means they're easier to ingest and digest and they don't require half a water bottle to choke down.
Finally, we can pronounce every ingredient on the list. Like with the Exercise Hydration Mix, Skratch has once again used "simple" as the key metric for deciding what goes into the Cookie Mix. This means that there aren't any indigestibles or ground-up yoga mats for your GI system to struggle with in the middle of a hard effort. When you're depending on your body to process hundreds or even thousands of calories quickly and efficiently, give it what it knows.
- 13.9-ounce mix makes approximately 18 cookies
- Add an egg and stick of butter, as well as chocolate, fruit, and nut extras
- Moist enough to carry in a cycling jersey pocket