Are we on a cookie binge lately? Remember Reina’s post on Mrs. Fields Cookies? This time, I found a cookie bakery that has its roots in Kuwait. What is most interesting about this is that it only serves cookies, brownies, and molten. And its name? Choowy Goowy. Quirky!
I first saw Goowy Choowy in Instagram. In an instant, their photos got me hooked and I couldn’t wait to try their luscious-looking molten and cookies. It’s really the “molten” that tickled my curiosity. What is molten? In the photos, it looks like a cookie cup oozing with chocolate. Yummmm… I’d like to see it in person! And taste it too, of course.
Last week after buying myself a new abaya at the Alakaria Mall, I asked my father to head straight to the street beside Localizer. Somewhere in that area, tucked between non-prominent buildings is a store that beckons with its colorful jars and a simple greeting of Hello, Riyadh! I entered and was greeted by kabayans (fellow Filipinos)! Don’t you just love it when you discover that shops you enter for the first time are manned by fellow Filipinos (or fellow… whatever your nationality is?). It brings a sense of the homeland to Saudi Arabia, especially the sense of bayanihan: always eager to help. After sharing pleasantries with the staff, I glanced at the wall and marvelled at all the bottles that serve two purposes: one as a decoration and two as container jars for the cookies.
The “molten” is not on display but it’s the first thing the salesman suggested. I snapped up his recommendation and ordered 6 pieces for SR 85. Whoah expensive huh. While waiting for the molten to bake, I looked at the cookie counter. They sell cookies by threes for SR 16 and by jar of 12 for SR 60 to SR 70 depending on the flavor.
It’s not too hard to choose among their flavors; they only have nine and most of them are of chocolates we already know. There’s Chocolate Chip, Milk Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Peanut Butter, White Chocolate Macadamia, Oreo, Dates, Kinder, and Nutella. I picked one of each and chose the box instead of the jar to save SR 5. I also picked one of their boxes filled with brownie bites. SR 20 for five pieces and SR 80 for 24 pieces. It also comes with dips.
The first cookie I tried was the Nuttela, was something like fine sand packed well together with a dollop of nutella in the center. The cookie wasn’t chewy but gritty. I was most interested in the Salted Caramel flavor because it’s one of my favorite flavors in anything (ice cream, macaron, chocolate, ANY THING!) so I was a bit disappointed to find the caramel center a tad too salty. Curiously though, the saltiness went well with the cookie itself. I only managed to try a morsel of the Peanut Butter and the cookie has the same consistency: a bit gritty with portions of it a bit teeny moist.
Most of the cookies have earthquake cracks in them and because they’re a bit dry to begin with, almost all the cookies crumbled when I held them; most of the cookies were reduced to grain before I even bring them to my mouth. I had to tread carefully to save the other cookies and have them stay intact for my family to try.
When we reached our house, my brother uncovered the box of Molten and we peeked. They look like small pies, only a bit flatter in the middle and the chocolatey goodness seeping through the thin top crust is evident just by staring at it. It was still warm in our hands and we proceeded to scoop a portion. The molten is what you’ll get when you use a cookie base instead of cake in a volcano lava cake. It was filled with chocolate that seemed like thinned with water; it’s not fudgy. We drowned in sweetness. One piece is enough for two.
Surprisingly, it’s the Brownie Bites that makes a chocolatey punch. The top was thin, solid and crispy and the base is soft. However it doesn’t have any depth to its taste. It’s just chocolatey and sweet! The chocolate dip it came with is probably the same chocolate they use in the molten. It was thin and runny.
Goowy Choowy is for someone who really has a sweet tooth… that’s rooftop level. Sugar-crazed or the ultimate cookie lover? Go ahead and try this one. Their products are really just too sweet overall. It’s only totally worth visiting because they have staff who are friendly and helpful and a store that’s colorful and happy.
*** It must be noted that I went there near midnight so it’s also possible that the cookies are no longer at their best quality. I’ll drop by at an earlier time next time.
Abdullah Bin Hamdan Street,
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
T: +966-11-812-4989, +966-11-812-5513