I first heard the news from another Circus Animal cookie enthusiast – my daughter’s best friend. “Deb, I have some really horrible news to tell you,” she started, almost scaring me. “Circus Animal cookies are being discontinued and they are not even on the shelves at the Safeway!” You see, Cat knows that in my house, if someone comes in bearing a package of these morsels, nearly all is forgiven or someone will be getting their way. Now, apparently that leverage is gone. It sounds pretty silly, but I was really very saddened by this news. It’s a little piece of childhood/adulthood, crumbled to pieces.
To confirm for myself about the demise of this 92 year old cookie legacy, Mother’s Cookies and their sister company, Archway, of course I went online and sure enough, they appear to be filing for bankruptcy reorganization protection under Chapter 11. Workers have been reported as saying they think there is (the new buzzword for all companies that go down) corporate greed or a hope to break the union, but what really hasn’t been clear is any plans for either getting this company back up and running, or if there will be another player to come into the picture and add some much-needed capital so their doors can reopen; they apparently have liabilities of more than $500 million, not exactly chump change.
To soften the blow of this cookie eulogy, some clever folks at Cloth Moth have come up with a great “memorial shirt.” And yes, I have ordered mine. They’re pretty cute and I imagine when I wear it, people that know this news will join me in a moment of quiet cookie mourning. Also, the moment I found out, I went to the store and bought up what was left of the Circus Animal cookies (4 pathetic bags) and have treated them like gold all weekend.
Do you have a Mother’s Cookies or Archway favorite of your own? Share your story. I don’t want to feel ridiculous about a cookie all by myself.