The exact number of cookies you should eat in your lifetime to be an ‘expert’ – and what makes the perfect treat revealed

THERE is an exact number of cookies that must be eaten in a lifetime to be considered an expert, but at the very least people can identify what makes their favorite cookie the perfect treat.

Some respondents have eaten so many cookies in their lifetime that they claim to be “cookie experts” (41%), estimating that a person would need to eat around 319 cookies in their lifetime to be considered one.

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To be considered a “cookie expert” you need to eat about 319 cookies in your lifetimeCredit: Getty
62% of Americans agree it's hard to beat the taste of a classic chocolate chip cookie

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62% of Americans agree it’s hard to beat the taste of a classic chocolate chip cookieCredit: Getty

Four in 10 Americans also said they were confident enough in their baking skills to give up their job to become a baker, according to a new study.

The survey of 2,000 Americans looked at people’s love of cookies and found that 82% of respondents enjoy baking their own cookies – and half enjoy the sweet snack so much they bake their own at least once a month.

Of those who bake homemade cookies, 64% believe they could bake the “perfect” cookie.

Even then, they didn’t master it the first time – results revealed that it takes the average respondent five tries before they can whip up the perfect cookie.

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Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Crumbl Cookies for National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, the survey delved into this topic, exploring the question of what makes a cookie “perfect”.

Chocolate chips were a clear winner: 62% agree that it’s hard to beat the taste of a classic chocolate chip cookie.

It reigns as respondents’ favorite cookie flavor (35%), and nostalgia may play a part in why it tops the list of cookie flavors.

Almost half of respondents said they often ate chocolate chip cookies as children (46%).

And what makes the perfect chocolate chip cookie? Although preferences may vary, the results showed that there is nothing quite like a freshly baked soft and chewy cookie made with brown sugar.

Respondents shared that a delicious cookie can be more complex than it looks, citing must-have ingredients like vanilla extract (31%) or cinnamon (22%).

Many also opt for more unusual ingredients that add depth of flavor like browned butter (19%) or citrus zest (13%).

While many may be breaking out their cookie sheets to make their favorite National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day classic, others are ready to let their taste buds take them elsewhere.

They cited more unique cookie flavors like peanut butter (28%) or brownie/double chocolate (25%) among their favorites.

And if you think not everyone likes oatmeal raisins, think again.

According to the results, it is the fourth most popular cookie, just ahead of shortbread (23% each).

Although respondents know what they like, most are interested in trying more unique cookie flavors (59%).

When asked to come up with their own flavor, Americans got creative with ideas like “a cookie that tastes like birthday cake,” “cranberry orange creme” or ” chocolate covered strawberry cheesecake cookies”.

Sawyer Hemsley, COO and co-founder of Crumbl Cookies said:

“National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day is a day of nostalgia for many, as people all over the world probably grew up baking chocolate chip cookies with their families – that was one of the main reasons for launching Crumble at the start.”

“While we love our chocolate chip cookies, it can be fun to explore exciting new flavor profiles that are unexpected for cookies – things like caramel popcorn, lava cake, or even bread. corn,” she said.

Whether they’re celebrating good times with loved ones (29%) or just walking past a bakery, people (23%) enjoy snacking on a good cookie.

Almost a fifth of respondents also said sweets are a solid afternoon pick-me-up (19%), and most believe they can turn around a bad day (61%).

On average, people still eat 21 cookies a month as adults, although a quarter say they eat more (24%).

“The absolute best part about cookies is the fact that they’re meant to be shared with the people we love!” said Jason McGowan, CEO and co-founder of Crumbl Cookies.

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“Our mission is to bring friends and family together around the best cookies in the world, because we believe cookies can be used to celebrate, connect, comfort, or even just satisfy a sweet tooth with a friend.”

He continued, “Between the sharing and the delicious elements of a cookie, we think there’s no better snack!”

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