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    Take Your BBQ Up a Notch!

    Memorial Day. A day of remembrance, pride and support for our troops both old and new. It is a day for United States families to take a breath from work to enjoy and appreciate their families and friends. This day also tends to be the first BBQ of the season for people all over the country. Celebrating our troops, the upcoming summer and being surrounded by loved ones….what could be better?!

    While we can’t help you much when it comes to the barbecuing side of things, we can absolutely help when it comes to our specialty, DESSERT! If you’re looking to wow your guests, we promise you cannot go wrong with Cravory Cookies. Here are a few of our favorite ways to incorporate the cookies into a BBQ:

    COOKIE BAR
    Duh! Cookie bars have been increasing in popularity and it’s no surprise why. From easy setup (all you need are fun plates and platters!) to a variety of flavors, your guests will surely go home full and happy. We usually recommend offering 3-6 different flavors to give your guests enough variety. Throwing in a savory cookie, like our Rosemary Balsamic Cookie, is a wonderful way to please your more adventurous friends and family or those who prefer something less sweet.
       
    When setting up your cookie bar, make to sure have a variety of plates and platters. Different sized plates add variety to the look and adding in height (cake stands, platters on risers) gives your cookie bar a professional and complete look. Adding a few succulents, flowers and American flags will pull the entire look together. Make sure you don’t forget the finishing touch of flavor signs! A fun way to display the cookie flavors is on small chalkboard easels...the best part? You can reuse them time and time again!
       
      
    MAKE YOUR OWN ICE CREAM SANDWICH BAR
    Yep, it’s exactly like it sounds -- cookies, ice cream, happy bellies. This dessert idea is easier than you would imagine; all you need are cookies, ice cream and a cooler! Display your cookies on plates and platters (re: cookie bar) and have a cooler full of ice with a few ice cream options inside. Once the guests have their cookie selections, they will put a scoop of ice cream on one cookie, put the other cookie on top, squish the creation down and ta-da you have an ice cream sandwich! This is an easy way to add a fun and creative aspect to your backyard BBQ that will please adults and children alike!
      

    (photo: Hammond's Ice Cream)

    Happy Memorial Day from Cravory Cookies

    Stop in one of our shops for smaller orders or contact andrea@thecravory.com for any bulk orders.
     
    Point Loma
    3960 W. Point Loma Blvd.,
    San Diego, CA 92110
    Bressi Ranch
    2675 Gateway Road
    Carlsbad, CA 92009

    The Life of a Cravory Cookie Taster

    Do you ever have that dream where you’re in a room surrounded by 40+ different flavors of delicious, sweet Cravory Cookies and encouraged to try every single one? Yeah, us too. And not only is it a recurring dream for us, it’s also a recurring reality! Over the past nine years, Cravory Cookies has created over 4,000 different cookie flavors and we continue to add to our recipe box every single month.

    The process of introducing 6 brand new cookies every month is an exciting task requiring time, creativity and a surplus of delicious ingredients. Our chefs lead the charge spending weeks preparing for each quarterly tasting. While brainstorming, they make sure to take into account any and all upcoming holidays, from Valentine's Day to National Peanut Butter Day. These holidays are great sources of flavor inspiration and a wonderful way to make the cookies of the month seamlessly fit into our Cravers’ lives.

    In additional to holidays, it’s even more important to use flavors that are in season! While a pumpkin themed cookie may fly off the shelf during October, it’s not exactly what people naturally crave in the middle of a 90 degree heat spell during July. Using the freshest ingredients is an important part of this process, which means knowing what fruits are in season, what people are naturally craving and how best to appeal to our fans!

    Once our chefs have created the flavors, they round up all of the necessary ingredients and spend days mixing doughs in preparation for the big tasting. Once every quarter, the entire Cravory team gathers in the kitchen to sample each and every new creation. At first glance it looks a tad overwhelming, 40 flavors? All in a row?! We move through the flavors together, discussing the consistency, flavor and whether or not we think our Cravers will approve. Once our bellies are on the verge of exploding and we can’t even look at another cookie (at least for a few hours!), we assign the new cookie flavors to specific months. After the cookies are organized into months, we choose the names, take an onslaught of photos and patiently wait until it’s time to debut them!

    It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

    An Ode to Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Chocolate chips. The tiny morsels of chocolate we all love to love! You find them in your pancakes, muffins, brownies and most of all, your cookies! It’s hard to imagine a time without chocolate chips cookies, but surprisingly enough, it wasn’t too long ago this delicious creation didn’t exist.

    Legend tells us Ruth Wakefield, the owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, was preparing a batch of her favorite cookies, Butter Drop Do, for her arriving inn guests and discovered she was out of baker’s chocolate. Not wanting to waste the cookie dough she had already mixed together, Ruth chopped up pieces of a Nestle chocolate bar and added the chocolate to her dough. When she pulled the cookies out of the oven, much to her surprise, the chocolate had not melted like her baker’s chocolate, it simply softened in the oven and continued to hold it’s shape. After the first bite, she knew she was on to something. Ruth named these creations “Toll House Crunch Cookies,” and they’re popularity quickly rose around the nation.

    The rising popularity of Ruth’s cookies simultaneously increased the popularity of the Nestle chocolate bars. Nestle caught wind of Ruth’s delectable creation and with the most enviable deal in history, Ruth joined forces with the chocolate powerhouse: Nestle printed the Toll House Cookie recipe on all of it’s packaging and in return, Ruth was given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate. Yes, please.

    Nestle began selling their chocolate bars with a chopping tool included, to encourage their customers to make this popular dessert. In 1941, for the first time ever, they began selling chocolate in the form of morsels (chips) and they never looked back. Nowadays you can find chocolate chips just about anywhere and not only in the original semi-sweet variety. These sweet chips are now available in milk chocolate, white chocolate, butterscotch, peanut butter and many more flavors!

    Thank you Ruth and thank you chocolate chips for giving us the classic, delicious and timeless cookie we all love so much!

    Cookie Spotlight: Coconut Cream Pie

    Things are finally heating up after a chilly winter and spring, and nothing screams warmer weather than the flavor of coconut! This tropical flavor is one we love to play around with here at Cravory Cookies; one of our first and most popular flavors is the Almond Joyous cookie, which is the perfect cookie compliment to the fan favorite candy bar. This month we decided to bring coconut into the mix with our new Coconut Cream Pie cookie. This cookie is a Cravory twist on the classic dessert. We enhance the coconut flavors with pecans, white chocolate chips and best of all, a toasted marshmallow topping!

    We start this delicious creation with our coconut dough. This dough is soft, flavorful and the perfect “crust” for this take on an old favorite. With the coconut flavor set, it was time to add some flare to this Coconut Cream Pie cookie! We hand chop pecans and mix them into the dough to give the cookie the perfect amount of crunch and nutty flavor. Next come the white chocolate chips, which add the right amount of creamy sweetness. The final step in creating the Coconut Cream Pie cookie is sprinkling mini marshmallows on stop and toasting them by hand. Our chefs use a culinary blowtorch to give the marshmallow the perfect shade of toasted brown! From the flavor right down to the texture, the Coconut Cream Pie is already shaping up to be one of the most popular May cookies of the month.

    If you’re ready to start summer a bit early, make sure you grab yourself a Coconut Cream Pie cookie before it disappears on June 1st!

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    Since 1984, one week during the month of May has been dedicated towards teachers as National Teacher Appreciation week. The National PTA began this tradition as a way to honor the men and women who dedicate their lives to educating the minds of our children. The theme for this year’s National Teacher Appreciation week is “Teachers Deliver” and we couldn’t agree more!

    We can’t help but think the best way to honor the “Teachers Deliver” theme is to make sure teachers are delivered COOKIES! Apples may have run the show for decades, but cookies are moving in as the sweetest gift to give the teacher in your life. We guarantee dropping off a dozen cookies as a thank you, is never a bad idea. Whether you are local in San Diego and able to pop into one of our two storefront locations or you want to order online and have them delivered directly to the school, Cravory Cookies has you covered. If you’re looking for the most coveted “thank you”, give them the gift that keeps on giving -- our Cookies of the Month Subscription! Select an ongoing, 3, 6 or 12 month option and the recipient will receive our brand new Cookies of the Month delivered right to their door.

    Teachers deliver, so why shouldn’t we! Celebrate the teacher in your life this May 8th-12th.

    #ThankATeacher

     

    Cravory Cookies Store Locations

    Point Loma: 3960 W. Point Loma Blvd., San Diego, CA 92110

    Carlsbad: 2765 Gateway Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009