Of all desserts out there, nothing quite hits the spot like a cookie. And in the U.S. in particular, Americans have had a long-standing affair with the handheld dessert. But why all the hype? Read on to find out five reasons why cookies are awesome: Cookies Hit the Spot...Literally. Overall, the human tongue has four major taste receptors: bitter, sour, salty, and sweet. While the bitter and sour areas are located at the back of our tongues, the sweet area is right at the tip of our tongue. Because of this, the sweet indulgence of cookies never fails to satisfy. They're the Perfect Portable Treat Have you ever tried to take a piece of cake or a scoop of ice cream with you to lunch or in your pocket? If you have, it was likely a complete and utter disaster. Cookies are the ultimate portable snack that fit in just about any space, meaning you can take them any place. And because they have a longer shelf life, they're able to be shipped easily. That's why cookie delivery companies are making so much money! They're Incredible Versatile Can you name every cookie flavor out there? Chances are you wouldn't be able to. That's because the variety of cookie flavors out there are almost infinite. And that means there's something out there for everyone. Are you a fan of the classics? Then have the chocolate chip cookie, which incidentally recently celebrated its 78th birthday. If you have a hankering for cinnamon, try a snickerdoodle, a sugar cookie coated in cinnamon and sugar. From texture to flavor, there's something out there for everyone. They Remind Us of Home No matter who you are, chances are the smell of fresh baked cookies evokes memories from your childhood. Cookies are enjoyed in 92% of all households and exist in iterations across practically all cultures. Some culturally rooted traditions even involve cookies. Since the 1930s, for example, Children across Canada and the U.S. have been leaving out chocolate chip cookies and Christmas cookies for Santa Claus.