4th Annual Santa Cruz Chocolate Festival

Our Booth

On January 23rd, 2011, the sun was shining and  chocolate lovers from Santa Cruz and beyond came together to support the UCSC Women’s Club 4th Annual Chocolate Festival. Pacific Cookie Company made  a public appearance at Cocoanut Grove in support of this chocolate tasting benefit, put on to raise funds for re-entry student scholarships at UCSC. We presented three of our top chocolate sellers: the classic Chocolate Chip, our extra chocolate-y Dr. Midnight, and one of my favorites, Mint Condition.

The event was WILDLY successful, and it was great to see such a spectacular turnout!! We hope you enjoyed our chocolate-y cookies and thank you again for all your support!

Hello, Goodbye

As the year comes to a close, we enter a natural period of transition: the seasons change, the holidays come to an end, and we look forward to a new year. Additionally this year, Pacific Cookie is experiencing a transition in our office. After 3.5 years, I (Emily) am leaving the company to pursue graduate level education in business.

Working in the office of a for-profit business was not something I had ever envisioned myself doing, but my time working inside a small, family-owned company has redefined my ideas about what it means to “do business.” At the Pacific Cookie Company I have been a part of an organization that is at once creative, practical, and most importantly, successful without sacrificing integrity. I’ve witnessed the unique business community in Santa Cruz in which small businesses not only look out for themselves, but also each other. Local companies support local non-profits and Santa Cruz residents make it a part of their lifestyle to “think local first” when shopping for goods and services. This Santa Cruz culture was one of the reasons I moved here, but seeing this community through the lens of a small business employee, I felt for the first time that a career in business could be an accessible and powerful way to be a positive influence in the world.

My experience at Pacific Cookie Company has had a wonderfully positive impact on me and thanks to everything I have learned here, I am now off to graduate school. As I make my exit from the company, we welcome a new Emily (literally, her name is Emily too). Everyone is excited for her to join us and she has already proven herself by surviving the chaotic holiday season with grace. Watch the blog for posts from Emily about all things cookie and her experiences as the newest member of the Pacific Cookie team.

So, hello Emily and goodbye Emily. It’s been grand and I’ll miss you all.

Where do cookies come from?

Have you ever wondered how your cookie order gets from the internet to your door? There is some special magic (and a lot of love) that go into baking, packaging, and shipping your cookie order.

Here’s a little peek:

Our customer service team receives your order, tells our production crew how many cookies to make, and brings packing slips to our packaging crew.

Our business office and wholesale bakery in Santa Cruz, CA.

Larry & Shelly Pearson, the Pacific Cookie Company founders, smile after 30 years in business.

The production crew gets busy mixing, scooping, and baking. On an average day, we produce about 1,000 dozen cookies; at our peak in December 2010 we produced over 2,300 dozen in one day (we had some very tired cookie elves after that!).

Cookies ready for the oven.

When we say handmade, we really mean it: everyone of these cookies were scooped by hand. The snickerdoodles pictured are being rolled in cinnamon and sugar before being baked.

After the cookies are cool to the touch, our packaging crew put them in sleeves, nestle them in decorative shred, and wrap them in the packaging of your choice. Our packaging ladies are masters of bow tying and make sure every gift is packed carefully to arrive looking beautiful.

Putting the finishing touches on a Zen Something Sweet gift box.

Completed package ready to be picked up by FedEx.

Our wonderful FedEx drivers come by every evening to pick up the cookies that were baked and packaged that day. Then they are in the safe hands of FedEx and on their way to the lucky recipient.

Meet our hero, Mint Condition

To celebrate 30 years of baking SUPER cookies, we asked our loyal cookie lovers to show us what it would look like if one cookie rose above the rest and became a SUPER HERO cookie. The creator of the best cookie super hero would win one dozen cookies each month for one year.

Now a hero has emerged… from the mind of Alice Grunstra came Samantha Greene a.k.a. Mint Condition.

 

 

Here’s her story:

What are Mint Condition’s powers?
Icy cold breath and a superhuman ability to keep her cool under pressure.

How did she gain her powers?
After eating a particularly dense and chocolate-y brownie, Samantha Greene brushed her teeth before going to bed. Unbeknownst to her, her tube of toothpaste contained extract from a magical mint plant. The flavors of mint and chocolate combined to make her the super-cool super hero she is today.

What are Mint Condition’s powers?
Icy cold breath and a superhuman ability to keep her cool under pressure.

How did she gain her powers?
After eating a

Does she have a weakness?
A severe allergy to nuts.

Does she have an archenemy?
The crafty Cahootz, whose unpredictable (yet delicious) crunch never fails to keep her on her toes.

Congratulations Alice! Thanks for bringing us a wonderful cookie super hero!

We had many great submissions and also chose four honorable mentions.

Honorable Mentions

Angela Culver, 15
Super Hero: The Name
Super Powers: Can whip whip cream out of his eyes and chocolate chips out of his finger tips. If a kid ever drops a cookies, he’ll be there to pick it up before it falls on the ground. He also creates world peace.
How did he get his powers? He was born with cookie vision and inside of his body is coconut.
Does he have a weakness? The staff at the cookie company. They are just so great.
Does he have an archenemy? Ginger Spicy Body: the person who made cookies with no sugar.
Bryeanna Cheung, 9
Super Hero: Chip
Super Powers: Flying, running very fast
How did he get his powers? His chocolate chips.
Does the hero have a weakness? No.
Does the hero have an archenemy? Yes, Milk.
Sarah Culver, 13
Super Hero: Sugar Mama
Super Powers: Able to love everyone, including the world. Can turn her body into a chocolate chip marshmallow.
How did she get her powers? She was born to the original Sugar Daddy and was so nice she got the one power everyone wanted.
Does she have a weakness? Chocolate covered strawberries. Oh, and hate.
Does she have an archenemy? Sugar-Free Mama.
Katie Walton, 13
Super Hero: Oprah Sugarcoated-frey
Super Powers: She gives all the poor children free cookies and started her own cookbook club and has a successful talk show for all the famous cookies.
How did she get her powers? From being the most flavor-licious cookie that was top-charted since the day she started and she got struck by a shooting star.
Does she have a weakness? She is addicted to buying and giving away loads of cookies until unfortunate souls explode.
Does she have an archenemy? Oprah’s archenemy is Fat Albert because he always tries to eat her.