Question: Why do Pepperidge Farm Dark Chocolate Milano Cookies have 180 calories, while Pepperidge Farm Double Chocolate Milanos have 140 calories, according to the packages’ Nutrition Facts panels?
Answer: A serving is three Dark Chocolates but just two Double Chocolates.
The FDA’s serving size for cookies is 30 grams (about an ounce). So Pepperidge Farm uses the number of Milanos that comes closest to 30 grams. And each Dark Chocolate weighs 11.3 grams, while each Double—thanks to its bit of extra chocolate—weighs 13.5 grams.
But do people typically eat three Darks but only two Doubles? Unlikely, since both are roughly the same size.
And single-serve On the Go! packs of Milanos have 180 calories because each bag holds three cookies. But why should Pepperidge Farm use a three-cookie serving for its Double Chocolate (or Mint Chocolate, Orange, or Raspberry) Milanos when it can get away with using just two?
Other relevant links:
- Limit these calorie-filled sweets this holiday season. See: Christmas Cookies
- This Double Doozie is filled with artery-clogging trans fat. See: Transwich
- Be wary of labels that might give you license to overeat. See: How to Diet: Can “Low-Calorie” Labels Lead to You Eat More?