Anyone who grew up in India knows that the phrase ‘I am a Complan boy’ relates to the nutritional drink mix popularized in the last few decades back home; we spent a large part of our childhoods drinking steaming hot mugs of Complan as part of our breakfasts before we headed to school in the morning. The highly successful ad, featuring a growing boy helping his mom by reaching up for some hard-to-get-to kitchen shelves, with the proud mom admiring the height of the boy, had a whole generation of India kids wanting to be Complan boys and Complan girls. (I’m 6 feet tall, considered tall for a regular Indian, so i’m probably one of the few that Complan did work on :p).
I always loved the taste of Complan even when eaten just as a powder; the original flavor, slightly malty and with with a subtle vanilla flavor. It was even chalky at times, dissolving into a sweet paste that coated the arch of the mouth. They introduced new flavors like Chocolate and Mango, but the original was always the best. Ofcourse, my mom would always chide me for just eating the powder, insisting that I drink it with milk.
I forgot about Complan for a while till I stumbled upon Complan cookies in our local Indian grocery store a few weeks ago. Could it be? The sweet taste of Complan sandwiched between a biscuit (the Indian kind, not the Paula Deen southern kind)? It seemed too good to be true, especially when I spied not just the natural Complan flavor but an orange flavor too. I just had to give them a try!
How did they taste? Meh. Like any other cream-filled biscuit, with the iconic Complan taste barely coming through at all. This seemed like one of those attempts at cross-marketing by the conglomerate that owned the Complan brand- “Hmm, we have a popular beverage mix, and we also make cream cookies – why not just slap the Complan name on the cream cookies and call them a healthy snack?”! Don’t get me wrong – cream cookies by themselves are fine. Just not Complan worthy, I thought. But now I was left with a couple of packets to get rid of – so I got creative and decided to dip them in Chocolate Sauce and freeze them. Yummy! The cold, half-chocolate-dipped frozen cookies were a delicious mid-afternoon weekend dessert, with the Vanilla and Orange flavors complementing the chocolate. I even convinced myself that maybe I’ll get a nice energy boost from the Complan in the cookies You can try this with any cream cookie ofcourse; bonus points if you pick up the Indian variety at your local ethnic grocer.
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