The words “BUTTER KEKS” appear on the back of the cookie. This provides a clue about the origins of the cookie. Kek is a German derivative of the English word “cake”. A little Wikipedia research tells us the story behind the name. This is an ALDI’s house brand version of the Leibniz-Keks. If you count the teeth around the edge of the cookie, you’ll notice it doesn’t add up to the magic number 52, which is what the original Leibniz-Kek has. Incidentally, the original is named after the mathematician Leibniz. I guess mathematicians can have a sweet tooth?
Putting aside the interesting history, these are some fine cookies. It’s got to be the chocolate that does it. The cookie comes in two variations, with either a milk chocolate or a dark chocolate covering. Either one is a winner. The cookie is made in Germany. As a European chocolate, it is not as sweet as a typical American chocolate. To my taste buds the milk chocolate isn’t much “lighter” than the dark chocolate. However the milk chocolate has a softer melt in the mouth texture, making it feel almost luxurious. The dark chocolate isn’t much behind the milk chocolate in the silky feel department. The major difference is a little more intense cocoa taste after a few seconds in the mouth. Either one should be slowly eaten to get the full effect of the texture and flavor.
The most amazing thing is that one cookie has the ability to be almost totally satisfying. There’s no need to eat half the package and then wonder what’s next. At 70 calories per satisfaction (cookie) this is an affordable calorie treat.
The other really nice thing about this product is the picture imprinted in the chocolate covering of each cookie. I’m sure there’s a machine that does this at almost no additional manufacturing cost, but what the … , it makes the cookie look as good as it tastes. Nice touch.
Calories 70/cookie Price $1.49