Milano cookies are a trademarked dessert manufactured by Pepperidge Farm as part of their series of "European" cookies. Each cookie consists of a thin layer of chocolate sandwiched between two biscuit cookies.
The Milano was created as a result of Pepperidge Farm's original cookie concept, the Naples, which was a single vanilla wafer cookie with dark chocolate filling topping it. The problem this posed was that Naples cookies would end up stuck together when shipped to and sold in warmer climates. The company resolved the problem by sandwiching Naples cookies together, creating the new Milano variety.
The original variety used a filling of dark chocolate. Many additional varieties have since been marketed, such as milk chocolate and double chocolate; other flavors include a layer of mint or sweet orange paste in addition to some form of chocolate.
Milano cookies have primarily been marketed towards adults, as an indulgence food, rather than children. Aside from being a processed food and using processed sugar, Milano cookies are made using partially hydrogenated oils of varying kinds.
In Canada, they are sold under the brand name "Monaco" rather than "Milano".
- Original dark chocolate
- Milk Chocolate
- Double Chocolate (double the dark chocolate in one Milano)
- Lemon (limited edition)
- Black and White (vanilla on one side and chocolate on the other)
- Endless Chocolate (chocolate cookies with the original Milano filling)
- Milano Melts (dark classic crème)
- Chocolate Enrobed (Milano covered in chocolate)
- Milano Slices (half of a Milano, available in Chocolate with almonds, pretzel, toffee, or coconut)
In popular culture
- In the series finale of the hit television sitcom Frasier, Niles brings Frasier a box of Milano cookies. Contrary to conventional wisdom, it was the decision of TV Guide, not Pepperidge Farm, to plug the delectable treat.
- In an episode of Scrubs, the diabetic Christopher Turk is presented with a plate of Milanos by his wife, Carla.
- In an episode ("The Trip") of Seinfeld, George and Jerry comment about Los Angeles Police officers eating Milanos instead of donuts.
- In King of Queens, when Doug is unable to get himself aroused so that he can have sex with Carrie during her ovulation period, she tries to turn him on by telling him to think of Alyssa Milano, which Doug immediately associates with the cookie. At the end of the episode, after their attempt at sex fails, Doug pulls out a package of Milano cookies from the cupboard and becomes aroused once more, prompting him to run off to find Carrie.
- In Will and Grace Season 5 Episode 16, Jack is reunited with his babysitter and they bond over tea and mint milanos to which she replies 'Still with the expensive taste I see!' also in Season 7 Episode 16, Karen explains that she allows herself one mint milano a day as a treat.
- In Chip Chocolate's Single 'Cookie Dance' he refers to Milano's as well as Pepperidge Farm.
- In Episode 2 of Season 2 of Two and a Half Men, called "Enjoy Those Garlic Balls", Alan Harper brings Herb Melnick a tray from the kitchen with the line: "Here you go. Coffee, orange juice and my secret stash of Mint Milanos from the back of the freezer. Just a tip: if you want quality cookies around here, you gotta hide 'em. Judith eats Pepperidge Farm like she's going to the chair."
- Find Articles: Milano expands reach by becoming an everyday reward - advertising supplement - On Cable[dead link]
- http://www.cspinet.org/nah/foodporn/feb2013.html Center for Science in the Public Interest.
- Steinberg, Brian. "Frasier finale: amid nostalgia, a product plug". The Wall Street Journal, May 12, 2004.