Otis Spunkmeyer: Only for Everyone
Great tasting, and no funky stuff!
Right now you’re probably wondering about the name OTIS SPUNKMEYER. Its an odd name, but so much fun to say! Before we go any further, I have say that Otis Spunkmeyer is not a real person BUT Otis Spunkmeyer IS a whole bunch of deliciousness in a box!
Otis Spunkmeyer Timeline: A brief history
- In 1977, Ken Rawlings opened the first Otis Spunkmeyer Cookie store in Oakland, California
- In 1979, Otis Spunkmeyer signs the lease for their first cookie dough manufacturing plant in San Leandro, California
- In 1983, Otis Spunkmeyer transitions to wholesale and sells its cookies in 20 different store throughout California
- In 1990, Otis Spunkmeyer introduces retail frozen cookie dough sold in grocery stores
- Also in 1990, Otis Spunkmeyer Muffins are introduced with the acquisition of the Sweet Happenings Muffin Company
- In 1992, Otis Spunkmeyer goes international with expansion into England and Mexico
- In 1997, Bagels are introduced
- 1998, Danishes and Brownies are introduced
- 2005 sees the acquisition of Chippery, and ALL Otis Spunkmeyer cookie & muffin recipes switch to 0 grams trans fat
- In 2006, Otis Spunkmeyer Delicious Essentials reduced fat cookies & muffins are introduced. This same year, they are acquired by a global specialty bakery company now known as ARYZTA AG.
- In 2009, Otis Spunkmeyer R&D Center of Excellence opened
- 2015 sees Otis Spunkmeyer selling their cookies, cakes and muffins directly to consumers in stores throughout North America
What makes Otis Spunkmeyer stand out in a crowd? Its their simple recipes that don’t include any of the bad stuff. You are not going to find artificial flavours, colours, or high fructose corn syrup in any of their baked goods. Instead, you’ll find real ingredients and you’ll be able to taste the difference!
The Chocolate Chunk cookies are soft, and taste homemade. Its hard to believe that they came out of a box, they are really really good.
Both the Iced Lemon Loaf Cakes and the Cinnamon Crumb Loaf Cakes also taste homemade. They are not dry like a lot of packaged muffins I have tried in the past. Instead, both loaf cakes were moist, with a really nice understated flavour. Neither the lemon nor the cinnamon were overwhelming, but the loaf cakes are not bland either. They have the perfect balance of flavours, and taste like they could have made earlier in the day in your own kitchen.
My 9 year old is what I like to call a creative snacker. If he can mix it together, he does. He adds chocolate or chocolate bar pieces to his peanut butter toast, he will mix 4 different types of cereal together and add marshmallows and chocolate chips, he will dip his vegetables into fruit juice, and fruit into iced tea, and he eats his cookies with a fork! He says the fork makes it easier to dip his cookies into the milk. Something else he does? He will top his ice cream with all sorts of crazy!
The other night, we had a movie night, and you can’t have a movie night if you don’t have the right snacks! We often just have fresh air-popped popcorn, but since Thomas is such a creative snacker, regular popcorn isn’t always up to his level of snacking.
When we were deciding on movie snacks, I just kind of pooled everything together on the counter to try to spark Thomas’ imagination. We had ice cream, chocolate chips, marshmallows, bananas, whipped cream, Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate chunk cookies, Otis Spunkmeyer Iced Lemon Loaf Cake and Otis Spunkmeyer Cinnamon Crumb Loaf Cake. I thought he would just take a few things to top his ice cream with, but I was wrong. He used everything.
Thomas created his very own “Epic Banana Cookie Sundae Bowl” using everything I set on the counter for him.
He started with a scoop each of vanilla and chocolate ice cream.
He then added one sliced banana (to make it “healthy” he said). He also added chocolate chips at this stage but he was too fast for me and I didn’t get a picture of that.
Next he use sliced pieces of the Otis Spunkmeyer loaf cakes and placed them around his bowl.
Then he crumbled up one of the Otis Spunkmeyer Chocolate Chunk Cookies over everything.
A handful of mini marshmallows were sprinkled on top.
And of course, no Epic Banana Cookie Sundae Bowl can be complete without a scoop of whipped cream.
This was a very large Sundae Bowl, but he was positive he could eat it all by himself. He wasn’t “in the mood” for pictures, so this is all he would allow me to take. Thomas can be quite the character when he wants to be!
In the end, this was way too much for him to eat on his own, so he shared it with his Dad while we watched a movie. Both of them said they couldn’t tell that these were packaged muffins and cookies, and that they tasted homemade (so 4 thumbs up)!
The Otis Spunkmeyer cookies and loafs also make the perfect accompaniment for school lunches. I like how they are perfectly portioned for snacking, and they add the perfect finish for the boy’s lunches, and I like that they are not full of all the bad stuff of other packaged lunch time treats.
***Please note, Otis Spunkmeyer products are made in a bakery that also processes tree nuts (cashews, coconuts, macadamia nuts, peanuts, pecans, and walnuts). ***
I really like that not only do the Otis Spunkmeyer baked goods taste like they are homemade, they are not full of all the funky stuff that I can’t pronounce, its just good wholesome ingredients that I can feel good about feeding to my children!
In Canada, Otis Spunkmeyer products are currently only available throughout Ontario grocery stores including No Frills, FreshCo, Sobeys and Food Basics and convenience stores including Shell and Winks.
Otis Spunkmeyer products are priced between $3.99 and $4.69 a box.
If you would like to learn more about Otis Spunkmeyer, you can visit them online or check them out on social media!
The Prize: 5 boxes of assorted Otis Spunkmeyer baked goods (ARV $20)
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Eligibility: Ontario residents only
End Date: February 27, 2017
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Andrea resides in Calgary, Alberta, and is the mom to five boys between the ages of 6-22. Running mainly on coffee and sarcasm, in her spare time she enjoys listening to Canadian Rock, watching Calgary Flames hockey, reading YA Dystopian novels, binge watching 90s television on Netflix, and entering contests.
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