I went back to my office and googled Andean; it seems they offer three types of quinoa pasta and five flavors of quinoa cookies. I had snagged chocolate chip (score!) and cocoa orange (skeptical), but the other varieties available are orange essence (too fruity for me), raisins & spice (crumbled on pumpkin pie?), and coconut (yum!).
Although the website lists ingredients, there was no mention of the word vegan (although gluten-free is prominently displayed) that I could find. I emailed the company and received a response from the owner practically immediately, confirming that all of the products are vegan. A+ for customer service, A+ for being vegan,
** update: Nabisco Chocolate Snaps from the eighties! Anyhoo, the cocoa orange was suprisingly yummy.
Next up was the chocolate chip. I am a big fan of chocolate chip cookies, yet I rarely find one that I like. This cookie was good! Not only was it full of plenty of chips, but the little quinoas were like tiny crispies; much better than I could have imagined and definitely my favorite of the two tasty varieties. I think that this is what is referred to in the ingredients as "quinoa pop grains". Pop, crunch, crispy: whatever; they added a delicious crunch to the otherwise sufficiently yummy cookie.
The texture of both of these cookies was crunchy, but not dry; I wouldn't have guessed they were gluten-free. Overall this was a nice find and I wanted to give the company a little shout-out on my tiny blog. Good looking out for the vegans!