Friday, August 25, 2006


MADE IN L.A. - Bart's Cookies

MADE IN L.A. It's my journey into the heart of darkness, I mean, uh, sunshine!


As I have mentioned time and time again, I am on a quest to find products for sale in the market that are made right here in glorious Los Angeles, California, home of the Hollywood Sign, Grauman’s Chinese Theater, and of course, Bart’s Bus.

Bart’s Bus?

Sure. Why not.

You see, Bart is a man on a mission to change the world, and stoke the masses by giving them a spectacular treat, and while doing all that he rests his head at night in a big, pink bus. I know because he put a picture of it in his cookie box. But now that I am aware of it, I do wonder if I haven't seen it parked around town.

His mission is not to be a bus-dweller, (I hope) but to bring the world the greatest chocolate chip cookie eating experience ever. Ever. From the minute you purchase these far-out little morsels, you will be on a trip like no other. They are like a rocket ship straight to a fantasy land of crumbly-sweet happiness.

And you think I am being hyperbolic? Ha. Just try reading the fun/wacky packaging and tell me you don’t see what I mean. He quotes movies, tells the story of his life (abbreviated) and imparts positive wisdom. It's fantastically entertaining. Pretty good stuff, and that's before you get to the inside!

My first box of these tiny bits of joy was purchased at the Whole Foods at 3rd and Fairfax for $8.00 – which I agree, seems like an outrageous sum, that is until you realize you arent just buying a snack, you are buying a dream. This man's dream. And yes, they are cookies, but that is not something to be taken lightly!

The large cardboard box contains two shiny mylar bags of one-bite-sized cookies. The instructions (yes peaches, these treats come with instructions) say that like a fine wine, they must breathe before you eat them…and we did. And they did. And it was good. Oh heavens, was it ever good. And just for you, my sweet reader, we also tried some right out of the bag (sans breathing) and you know what? There was a difference. The ones we let sit for a bit had softened a bit and the chocolate was a touch, oozy-er (in the best possible way)

Each cookie is just slightly smaller than a quarter. Yet, that tiny bite is absolutly packed with dark and melting chocolate chips, golden sweet cookie that crumbles like no other, the rich taste of fresh butter and a tiny hint of salt to balance it all out. They are addictive as can be, and yet, easy to savor, one small bite at a time.

Using only natural ingredients, some serious passion, and a healthy dose of whimsy, Bert has indeed created a cookie to end all cookies. Available with or without nuts, I suggest you get some soon. They are not just made in L.A., they are the best of L.A. for sure. Peace, love and cookies.


The first chocolate chip cookies were invented in 1937 by Ruth Graves Wakefield (1905-1977), of Whitman, Massachusetts, who ran the Toll House Restaurant.

American chocolate manufacturers use about 1.5 billion pounds of milk -- only surpassed by the cheese and ice cream industries


Wow...never knew Toll house cookies originated in MA!
Rats, I'm dieting this next week. Oh, but wait. I can buy them as "gifts" for others. Yeah, that's the ticket. Gifts.
Bart need to start a cookie church. These are insanely delightful little bliss nuggets.
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