December 22, 2014

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Elyria Schools receives national inquiries for pink cookies

A tray of pink cookies are seen at Elyria Schools. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

A tray of pink cookies are seen at Elyria Schools. CHRONICLE FILE PHOTO

ELYRIA — The now-infamous pink cookie is gone from Elyria school cafeterias, but cookie connoisseurs near and far do not want to see the treat disappear.

Since news hit that Elyria Schools had to let the cookie crumble under the pressure of new federal guidelines for school lunches and snacks, the district has been inundated with requests for the confection.

It’s not just Elyrians who want the treat.

“How can I order eight dozen of your infamous pink cookies for a party?” a woman named Blake Lee inquired through the district’s public Facebook page. “They look delicious and would be a conversation piece. I’m located in San Diego, CA.”

Amy Higgins, district spokeswoman, said the district has received at least 100 calls and emails from Illinois, Hawaii, Minnesota, New York, Montana and Canada from people who want to taste or have something to say about the district’s signature sour cream sugar cookie.

“The calls range from those wishing to order cookies to those wanting to modify the recipe to a more ‘healthful’ version in their home kitchens to those who think we should simply ignore the federal regulations and keep serving them,” Higgins said.

The cookie has reached the national spotlight.

“The pink cookie story received national media attention and was picked up by stations and news outlets from across the country, including national columns, programs like Todd Starnes of Fox News,” Higgins said. “The pink cookie was going to be one topic of conversation on Fox & Friends last Monday, but the segment was dismissed due to the earthquake in California.”

Scott Teaman, food services director with Sodexo Inc., the district’s contracted food provider, previously said there were no plans to modify the recipe — full of butter, sugar, Crisco vegetable shortening and sour cream — because doing so would disrupt the integrity of the cookie.

But with such interest, there is no telling whether that will hold true.

“Lots of people suggested reducing the size to subsequently reduce the calories,” Higgins said. “We continue to investigate our options for serving the cookie.”

In the meantime, the district is gearing up to take orders.

Higgins said the cookies are not available for purchase until after Labor Day as the Food Services Department doesn’t have all the ingredients on hand to make them. When baking begins, the district will take orders during the week and make the cookies available for Friday pickups.

District officials have yet to decide whether to ship orders outside the immediate area.

“We’ve had requests to ship the cookies to other states, but we are not yet sure how to do so,” Higgins said. “The cost to the buyer would have to include shipping with the price of the cookies if we were to do so.”

The cookies cost $8 a dozen.

Contact Lisa Roberson at 329-7121 or lroberson@chroniclet.com. Follow her on Twitter @LisaRobersonCT.