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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pass the Pail

Pass the Pail

There is no fair food more beloved and more debated than the Sweet Martha cookie.

I've eaten more than my "fair" share at the fairgrounds this year, and I feel proud of it. To me, food is about an experience, a place, a memory. And when it comes to Sweet Martha's cookies, the smell, the gooey chips, and the too-sweet dough just equals "State Fair" to me.

I toured the back room this week, trying to find out if there were local ingredients in the cookie. Here's what I found out: the chips are from a Milwaukee company, the shortening is from Missouri, and "The Mix" is from Minneapolis-based Gregory's Foods. That's all they knew.

When I contacted Gregory's, they told me the sugar used to make their from-scratch mix is local. Most of the white flour is from Minnesota, but some of the wheat flour is from elsewhere.

Does that do anything for you, Sweet Martha haters? How about you, hard-core foodies who complain that the cookies are gross by the time you get them home; that they're too sweet and lack any depth of flavor. I'd love your thoughts in the comments.

As for me, I say: who cares? They're perfect. Pass me the pail.

Check out Sweet Martha's on Facebook at facebook.com/sweetmarthas, Twitter @sweetmarthas, and their website at sweetmarthas.com. Then, swing by the iconic blue-and-yellow cookie house at the State Fair this weekend, grab a bucket, and see for yourself why so many people are sweet on Sweet Martha's (1791 Dan Patch Ave., on the corner of Dan Patch Ave. and Nelson St.).

Posted on Thursday, September 1, 2011 in Permalink

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Sep 1, 2011 05:45 pm
 Posted by  Emmysue

It's nice that Martha sources some ingredients locally, but I still don't like her cookies for all the reasons you mentioned. Also, I was curious to know where the butter comes from. Your silence on that subject speaks volumes to me - the cookies must not be made with butter at all. A chocolate chip cookie made with no butter? Do not want!!!

Sep 7, 2011 03:53 pm
 Posted by  Chris

I couldn't agree with you more, Jason! A trip to the State Fair wouldn't be quite right without either a cone or, more ideally, a pail of Sweet Martha's warm and gooey chocolate chip cookies. Apparently A LOT of people agree with us, or Sweet Martha's wouldn't make $2.4 million a year!

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