Chocolate chips come in many different flavors, but the basic chocolate chip hasn’t changed all that much over the years. That is exactly why I was so surprised the first time I saw the new Nestle Tollhouse Delightfulls in a batch of chocolate chip cookies. They are chocolate chips that are filled with one of three fillings: caramel, peanut butter or cherry. I picked up a bag of the Milk Chocolate Caramel Delightfulls when I spotted them as I was grocery shopping and brought them home to give them a try. The chips are slightly larger than your average chocolate chip, but not by much, and they are packaged in a smaller bag than regular chocolate chips, though there are enough chips in the bag to make up a batch of standard Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies.
The idea is fantastic and they really executed it well with these chocolate chips. Every chip I sampled had caramel filling in just about the same ratio and the chips help up well to the packaging, so I didn’t find any that were squished and oozing sticky caramel everywhere. The chips taste almost exactly like Rollos, if you’re familiar with that milk chocolate and caramel candy, in that they have a sweet caramel flavor mixed with a sweet milk chocolate flavor. They’re not as creamy as some candy bars and have a firmer texture that is closer to a regular chocolate chip. When baked, the filling stays in place, leaving you with a surprise inside each bite and an infusion of caramel flavor. It’s a fun change of pace from a regular chocolate chip, especially if you’re a caramel lover.