A friend from Vashon called this week to lament the absence of Mother’s Circus Animal Cookies from his grocer’s shelf. He regularly gave them out as a treat to his high school students. And now there are no more.
I missed the Associated Press story three weeks ago, but here’s what it said:
"An Oakland (Calif.) cookie company has closed its doors for good.
“After operating in Oakland for 92 years, Mother’s Cookies shut down when its parent company filed for bankruptcy protection Monday.
“Plant officials told workers Friday that operations would cease and cookies would no longer be made at the plant.
"In filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware, company officials cited rising prices for raw materials and fuel.
"The closure comes after Mother’s had shifted its baking and distribution operations to plants in Ohio and Canada in 2006."
After speaking with my friend, I went searching, thinking maybe there might be some of the pink and white, frosted, sprinkled delicacies left on Tacoma shelves.
There were none that I could find.
I know this isn’t as big of a disaster as the Great Twinkie Famine of 2000, and it probably affects more people than the quiet disappearance several years ago of one of my own personal favorite canned comfort foods, Franco-American Macaroni & Cheese, but still, I suspect there are people out there wondering what’s going on with all those empty shelves.
And if you’re really in need, at least one online auction site has Mother’s Circus Cookies for sale as we speak.