Wednesday Oct 16th, 2019
I had an appointment today i Scarborough and I found myself in the general vicinity of the Dad's Cookies factory on Progress. I knew I was close when I opened my car door and the smell of fresh cookies hit my like an oatmeal-chocolate-chip covered brick wall.
I knew I had to make a stop on my way home so I drove a few minutes out of my way.
We used to go there when I was a kid - mostly because my dad always had an issue paying full price for anything and there were often big bags of slightly irregular or even broken cookies for a few dollars. If we were really lucky, he'd bring them home with him after work.
I've been down there a few times in the last few years but I usually went to the Peek Freans outlet in East York because it was a little closer to where I used to live and work.
I pulled into the driveway and for some reason the big sign was gone. My heart skipped a beat. There was a notice on the door - oh no, my nightmare is about to come true.
The Dad's Cookie Factory outlet store was no more.
When I eventually came to, I read the small print on the notice that said the East York Peak Freans outlet was still open and had much more of a selection and better parking. There's something nostalgic about the O.G. Dad's outlet at Brimley and Progress. Bermondsey and O'Connor is about 15 minutes south-west but doesn't have the same magic.
The companies merged a number of years ago under the Mondelez brand. They always had a bit of a product overlap but you were always guaranteed fresh, broken and crumbly chocolate chip oatmeal cookies when you went right to the source. Peek Freans always had mint Oreo's - another weakness of mine.
Everyone OK? Good. Back to work.
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