As we grow old, the holidays become nerve-racking, with fatalities at the coming of your peculiar uncle, and Black Friday sales, feasts presents to wrap. But all it takes to bring you back to those innocent years tinged with wonder is a whiff of fresh baked biscuits, prepared for the coming of St. Nick. They have stories to tell, yet—full of homicide, creatures, disorder, and sugar.
10 Racist Mallomars
Nothing could be more politically correct than a sort of s’more with a graham cracker base, a biscuit, especially Nabisco’s Mallomar, topped with marshmallows. They can be just made during the cooler months, about September–May as these treats don’t do especially well in the heat of summer.
In America, small about Mallomars will raise eyebrows. Abroad the nomenclature will swing toward the offensive. In many European nations, including Denmark and France, Mallomar-like biscuits are referred to negro’s kisses”. In Flanders, a region of northern Belgium, they’re usually called negerinnetetten, or “negress’s breasts.”
9 Oreos vs. Hydrox
Oreos are the world’s most popular biscuit, racking up $1.5 billion in sales per year according to Nabisco. With that type of success, one is bound to bring a host of imitators. Possibly the most established of these biscuit counterfeiters was the Hydrox cookie, made by Sunshine, a subsidiary of Kellogg. Except things are truly the other way around—Oreo is truly the ripoff brand.
Hydrox (a word joining the words “hydrogen” and “oxygen”) were introduced in 1908, while Oreos did’t appear until 1912. Compared to Oreos, Hydrox have been called “ and “tangy” less sweet,” with a biscuit absorbent to a dunking in milk. Oreo reigned the market share for decades, until the plug was eventually pulled by Kellogg on Hydrox in 2003. There was an uproar from a small but vocal fan base, and the Hydrox reemerged for its 100th anniversary before fading back into obscurity.
8 Famous Amos
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Unlike Betty Crocker, Famous Amos is one with an improbable success story, and a real man. When he was young, Wally Amos attended the Food Trades Vocational High School in Nyc and learned to cook from his aunt. He took a clerical job with the William Morris Agency, attended school, and afterwards served time in the Air Force. He’d become the bureau’s first African American talent agent. Seeking to distinguish himself from the bunch, he’d send home made chocolate chip cookies to would-be customers.
The biscuits were a success, and . started his first “Famous Amos” storefront in Los Angeles in 1975 with $25,000 loans from vocalists Marvin Gaye and Helen Reddy, he Yummy biscuits were made by Amos, but demonstrated a poor businessman, and was compelled to sell off his brand in 1988 for $3 million. His profession has since rallied, and he now sells a line called “Uncle Wally’s Muffins,” gives inspirational speeches, and even appeared on an episode of The Office.
7 Mrs. Fields And The $250 Cookie Recipe
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Like Famous Amos, Mrs. Fields is another actual man. Debbi Fields started out in the late ’60s as a ball girl for the Oakland Athletics and used the profits of her occupation to bake biscuits. In 1977, their first shop started and met with high-speed success. Around this time, they became the victims of an awful urban legend that had formerly attached itself to other companies. At its most fundamental, the storyline goes that a customer is by eating a biscuit that she asks for the recipe so enamored. The clerk responds the recipe ca’t be given away, but is for sale at “two-fifty.” The customer is pleased to spend $2.50 on the secret, but when the credit card statement comes, it’s for $250.00. Outraged, the customer prints it for all to see.
This legend has been circulating for decades, and had been connected to Woolworth’s, the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, and others. By 1987, the story had taken on this type of life of its own that Fields put a notice in her shops up debunking the narrative. More lately, the narrative was linked to Neiman Marcus. In response, the shop—which had’t formerly sold the bites— posted the recipe on their web site and began offering chocolate chip cookies.
6 Cookie Monster
Surely, no one on earth could be more enamored of biscuits than Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster—the furry. Blue -eyed creature who gobbles the treats with reckless abandon. A tune performed by the character in the 2004 episode of the Sesame Street above indicates the name was given to him in response to his predilections, and that his actual name is really “Sid.”
In response to the growing childhood obesity epidemic, Cookie Monster debuted his tune “A Cookie is a Sometimes Food,” which instructs the virtues of temperance in eating customs the next year. The huge blue creature seldom feasts on real biscuits— chocolate and the oil would stain the Muppet costume—but on
5 The Fortune Cookie Lottery Miracle
The United States Powerball drawing that is March 30, 2005 was. One ticket snagged the $13.8 million jackpot, which was par for the course. Normally, five tickets, but four the $100,000 second prize was won in this case, an astonishing 110 tickets were redeemed. Fraud was initially supposed, but an investigation revealed an even more outrageous reality: The victor made their choices based on the “lucky numbers” they’d gotten from fortune cookies produced by Wonton Food Inc. of Long Island City, New York.
None of Wonton’s workers held tickets—the drawing was just a coincidence. The amounts were: 22, 28, 32, 33, 39, and 40. Met, the lottery commission paid out $19.4 million to the victor. Eerily, the fortune that went along with the lucky numbers was “All the groundwork you’ve done will eventually be paying off.”
4 Animal Crackers
Nabisco’s “Barnum’s Animal Crackers” are among the trapping of youth, iconic for the circus wagon carton with its cord handle—which was initially meant to hang it from a Christmas tree as a decoration—and the vaguely bestial delight of chomping a lion’s head away. Since starts are ’sed by the brand over a century past, there have been 53 distinct creatures in the lineup. Today’s contain zebras, camels, crocodiles, elephants, giraffes, monkeys, horses, lions, seals, tigers, and bears. In 2001, the people was offered an opportunity to weigh in on a brand new creature to add to the roll by Nabisco. They had a selection between the koala, the walrus, the penguin, and oddly enough, the cobra. The koala appeared, and won the popular vote. Ironically enough, Barnum’s Animal Crackers are really vegan.
3 Toll House E. Coli Outbreak
There are few more delightful earthly delights than snitching a bit of biscuit dough while Mother’s back is turned or licking the extra brownie batter off the spoon. The warnings the dough might cause you to get ill and included uncooked eggs apparently rang hollow. Sadly, dough can really make you sick; under the right conditions, it can kill you.
In 2009, prepackaged Nestle Toll House chocolate chip cookie dough discovered to include the bacterium E. coli 0157:H7 sickened 66 individuals in 28 states. Based on the Centers for Disease Control, 25 of those folks were ill enough to need hospitalization, and seven went into kidney failure. Fortunately, no one expired. The subsequent year, salmonella was found by Nestle in their chocolate chips. Fortunately, these were captured before going out to marketplace. Occasionally Mother is right.
2 Unagi Pie
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The Japanese never fail to shock Western palates with their bites that are weird. Shop shelves abound with things like horse and soy sauce Kit Kat bars -flavored ice cream. Unsurprisingly, they’ve also went into the biscuit marketplace. One delicacy from Hamamatsu City in the Shizuoka Prefecture is a treat called “Unagi Pie,” a biscuit made with garlic, fresh butter, and oppressed eel. These biscuits are sold throughout Japan and are popular souvenirs for visitors. One may even see with the Shunkado factory where the pies are made. The tour also includes windows into a gift shop, a theatre, a café to attempt various unagi creations, and the bakery. Some consider unagi is an aphrodisiac, and the label on the biscuits advertises it as “a bite for nights.”
1 Girl Scout Cookies
You might have seen that it’s been knocked on your own door peddling Thin Mints. The tendency has been toward public sales, in front of supermarkets and so on. Sadly, the world isn’t a safe area for little girls with handfuls of cash. They duped by deceitful orders or are frequently robbed.
Possibly the most terrible instance happened in February 1975, when 9-year old Marcia Trinble vanished while delivering biscuits in her Nashville, Tennessee area. Her body was discovered on Easter Sunday over a month later, demonstrating hints of sexual assault. A 15-year old boy named Jeffrey Womack was detained but later released. Many would consider him a suspect until 2007, when the killing was confessed to by an offender in Davidson County, Tennessee. Jerome Barrett’s DNA matched samples -year old was sentenced to 44 years in prison.