The Ultimate Singapore Chocolate Chip Cookie Comparison 2

The list is up to 10 cookies! Shoutout to theplayfulpeach for suggesting I expand part 1. Before I describe the results, let’s dive right into the stats at a glance:

Green = bestest

Cheapest Individual Chocolate Chip Cookie: Subway (again!)

Note: I excluded the bulk pricing (e.g. 3 cookies for $3.50 = $1.17 per subway cookie) for neatness this time, but also because the bulk pricing doesn’t change the winners in all my categories here. Nonetheless, I’ll share em at the end of this post for ya ref.

Cheapest Chocolate Chip Cookie by mass per dollar: Marks & Spencer!

Biggest Chocolate Chip Cookie by Volume: 12 Cupcakes again!

Heaviest Chocolate Chip Cookie: 12 Cupcakes (maintaining da spot!)

Densest Chocolate Chip Cookie: Jewel (beating Ben’s, now in 2nd place)

What about taste?

With taste being so subjective, I’ve left it out of this comparison – cold data only for the fairest stats. Still, if I had to lend my opinion, I’d break down taste into density and flavour.

If you love cold, dense, chewy cookies like me, I’d recommend the Starbucks cookie and the Jewel cookie – they’re tied for a pretty great bite density.

For flavour, I hate to say it, but Famous Amos takes the cake for my fave amongst the lot. They’re pretty pricey, and chewy cookies are not their main product, but there is surely some mastery in the ingredients they’ve put in that dough. It’s worth mentioning that Folks & Stories’ brown butter and PPP Coffee’s Marou chocolate chips make for interesting flavours too, if you’re looking for something a little different than the average cookie.

While we’re on subjective thingies, I will say that PPP Coffee had some very chio browning on their cookie. Paired with the large size and unique flavour, this is probably the one you’d wanna get a date or something (I swear I am not sponsored). Check this chioness out:

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Hope you found this useful! Lemme know if you think there’s:

  • Anything I can add to this (obsession)
  • Anything I coulda done better
  • Anything I missed out!

You can lemme know in the comments, I’d love the feedback.

Cheers.

Epilogue
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How Much Floor Area Do You Need?

HDB Floorplans

We all face Choice Overload. In Singapore, house options have thousands of sizes and styles and prices – which one do you choose?

On top of the ~80,000 houses available, 1600+ renovators are available. There are hundreds of millions of possibilities.

How to decide sial.

I find it helpful to list your minimum requirements. Specifically, the things you need a house for.

If I lived alone, my house would be for:

  • Reading/Drawing/Tablework
  • Exercise
  • Cooking/Baking
  • Sleeping

For this bare-bones existence, I’d need a…

  • Desk+Chair
  • Empty space
  • Oven
  • Fridge
  • Bed
  • Wardrobe
  • Washroom

And that would look like:

I added a window. I need.

This box is about 12 square meters, or 130 square feet.

So now that I know I need 12sqm, browsing property sites is a little less scary. Looking at typical HDB sizes, even the humblest of flats is enough:

  • 1 Room / Studio: 36 sqm / 388sqft
  • 2 Room HDB: 45sqm / 484sqft
  • 3 Room HDB: 65sqm / 700sqft
  • 4 Room HDB: 95sqm / 1023sqft
  • 5 Room HDB: 115sqm / 1238sqft

What about couples? The budget life is hardly glamorous, but nonetheless the mental exercise of defining your minimum requirements (perhaps with a woke spouse) makes navigating the ocean of buy/rent options a little easier.

Budgetbox v2 is about 16 square meters, or 177 square feet. Amazingly, a 1-room HDB is still larger.

Knowing the minimum size for a liveable room gives us mental building blocks to imagine greater needs – how much space do you need if you wanted:

  • A child’s bedroom? (e.g. 16sqm + 12sqm = 24sqm) (< 1room HDB)
  • A livingroom? (e.g. 16sqm + 8sqm = 24sqm) (< 1room HDB)
  • Housing 3 children? (e.g. 16sqm + 12sqm + 12sqm + 12sqm = 52sqm) ( 2-3 room HDB)
  • etc.

Adding the building blocks is a simple guideline. However, with multiple people, amenities like kitchens, desks and washrooms can be shared for further economy.

You can add literal blocks to get a picture of the minimum floor space needed:

Nice big livingroom.
Kids room < Couples’ room size, of course.
These lucky kids get a room each.

Your mileage may vary – you might need a balcony, or decide you don’t need a big livingroom, or want some separate dining areas etc as a minimum. Nonetheless, here’s a summary of the experiments above for reference:

I personally would like some spoils in the house like a balcony, a garden, a rooftop view etc. But if I can’t find these spoils, at least I know what my minimum requirements are, and whether they’re met. I hope this experiment brings some comfort to your decisions too.

I’d love to hear your feedback! Do you think I:

  • Missed any points out?
  • Should do a clear explanation on any bits?
  • Could go deeper in certain areas?

You can let me know your feedback in the comments, I’d love to hear suggestions to make these mental tools more useful.

Happy house hunting, cheers.