It's the word "mallomar" that really prompts my tongue for a special treat. A few weeks ago, I had no idea what this cookie was, but I knew I wanted to try one because it sounds amazing.
I'm no Latin major, but to me this suggested a cookie with marshmallows. And hopefully chocolate. I did some unofficial research (Wikipedia) and learned that:
* These are a seasonal treat, as the marshmallow aspect melts in warm weather making the dessert tricky to store.
* A large percentage of Mallomars are sold in NYC.
I began a hunt for these cookies at our local grocery stores and came up empty. I could find things that had chocolate, marshmallows and a cookie base but nothing that went by the name Mallomar. There is nothing sexy about the name Pinwheels, which seemed to be the closest thing I could find locally.
Since moving to a new neighborhood, we have a new local grocery store that is one hundred fifty flavors of awesome. Don't get me started on the samples they had yesterday, but suffice to say I've never known a chunk of meat to melt like butter. And that is when my tongue exploded. Anyway, this store has something called Whippets, which are seemingly a Canadian take on the Mallomar with a name appealing enough for me to take them for a test drive. Verdict: Pretty freakin' good.
On Thursday night we went to our local strip mall for a pedestrian dinner for two. Afterward, I considered the dessert menu and I couldn't really find anything that was super exciting. Chuck reminded me that we had Whippets at home, so when the server came back and asked if we wanted to order anything I said "Nah. We're just going to go home and have some Whippets."
Of course to our young server, this meant something different than "Canada's take on a special cookie." This means getting all crunk from huffing off cans of Whip Cream, and then making homemade tattoos of anarchy signs with a ball point pen. Just like you've seen on Nightline and Intervention.
"Oh. Okay. Whoa," the server said.
"No, no, not that," I said. "They're cookies!"
"I was gonna say," he said. "You were being pretty casual about it. I was kinda like 'I can't believe you're telling me this.'"