This new cookie is a chip off the old block.
For the first time in 25 years, the cult-favorite sweet spot Levain Bakery has added a new cookie: a two-chip chocolate chip confection, which debuted Tuesday to raucous reaction.
The bakery, which started on the Upper West Side in 1995, is best known for its famous fist-sized gobs of gooeyness, which have, until now, come in four signature flavors: Chocolate Chip Walnut, Dark Chocolate Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip.
Since opening, co-founders Pam Weekes and Connie McDonald have built a fiendish following, eventually adding locations in Harlem, the Hamptons and three more throughout Manhattan. Now, at its newest NoHo location, the beloved cookie queens debuted their newest offering: the “two chip,” which is similar to their Chocolate Chip Walnut cookie, minus the nuts.
“It’s been a very long time in the making. People have been asking almost since day one why we didn’t make a chocolate chip cookie without walnuts,” Weekes tells The Post. “We’re chocolate chip walnut-cookie people. We’d never done one without [nuts], but we finally caved and spent a lot of time trying to come up with this new cookie that’s really delicious.”
Conspiracy theories online abounded about the ingredients, with one of the cookie shop’s Instagram followers guessing a combination of milk and dark chocolate.
“I love that Levain has a conspiracy theory surrounding it, it’s very flattering,” McDonald says, finally coughing up the details. “It’s a combination of semi-sweet and dark chocolate.”
Lucky taste-testers included the stores’ team of 150 throughout the six locations: “Everyone has something to say, as you can imagine,” says McDonald, adding “I think we’ve lost track” of how many cookies they’ve tested to perfect the recipe.
But keen followers knew something big was about to hit the cookie lineup. On Sunday, Levain teased a new family member on Instagram. “The cookie stack is about to get a little taller…”
Though the Levain grand dames, who are surprisingly health conscious, wouldn’t reveal the calorie count, experts approximate that each six-ounce sugar bomb clocks in between 538 and 606 calories, which is more than a Big Mac.
“We’re very flattered that people like them enough to try to knock them off,” McDonald says. The gals’ advice: “They are very large cookies. And one of the reasons we made them large . . . is to be shared.”
“It’s to experience with friends and family,” adds Weekes.
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