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  • 121 Pacific Street Apr 5, 2006 09:03 PM
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I just had a "madeleine"-type moment.

I'm 48-years-old and from the NYC metro area. Does anyone remember a commercially-baked cookie, about 1.5-inches across, that would have been common in the 1960s and 1970s at least, and came either in a small box or bag, and was available in chocolate, chocolate chip, ginger snap, lemon, sugar, etc. flavors?

The cookie was small and neither heavy nor dense. (Far, far smaller than Freihoffer's or Linden, for example, and in a much smaller serving in any event.)

The graphic design was 1960s modern, and the serving size was small. Just a few ounces (2-3?). Help! I can see them and taste them, but can't recall their name.

THANK YOU.

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  1. i think they were made by nabisco - i believe i remember a chocolate snap as being one of the flavors.

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    1. re: kennycandy
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      Pacific Street 121

      Right, small little disks. Do you recall the name?

    2. Well, I know that Lemon Coolers are MIA from grocery store shelves...perhaps they all met their demise simultaneously.

      BTW, Archer Farms (avail at Target) and Pepperridge farm make a decent lemon cooler.

      1. Well, I know that Lemon Coolers are MIA from grocery store shelves...perhaps they all met their demise simultaneously.

        BTW, Archer Farms (avail at Target) and Pepperridge farm make a decent lemon cooler.

        1. nabisco website lists them as discontinued and calls them "CHOCOLATE AND CHOCOLATE CHIP SNAPS"

          1. they were definitely called chocolate snaps. i loved them! the last time i saw them was about 15 years ago in south florida.

            1. I most definitely remember them - my grandmother used to buy them all the time for us when we were kids ( I just turned 45). I grew up in a suburb of Boston.

              They were made by Nabisco - I remember a partly red small box, with pictures of the cookies that had animal faces drawn on them - I definitely remember a cat face.

              We had the Chocolate Chip Snaps most often, but I also recall the chocolate, sugar, and possibly other varieties.

              I've thought of these cookies from time to time, and wish that they were still available - I'd love to be able to buy them for my 5 year old!

              Nice to hear that others share my childhood memories!

              1. I don't know if we are talking about the same cookies, but my mom used to buy a cookie that was small and round-about 1 1/2 inches in diameter. They were thin, had a snap when bitten into, and melted in your mouth if you let them sit a moment. They had flavors like: lemon, orange and vanilla. The box was long so the cookies stood on their sides all lined up and we emptied them quickly. Can't remember who made them, but really miss these cookies.

                1. I remember a chocolate chip and a chocoate fitting that descript during the 70's & 80's. They were made by Nabisco and came in a small red box w/ a cat face drawn over the cookie.

                  I've been searching for this item as well. It's been a favorite of mine since childhood.

                  1. chocolate snaps were my favorite cookie. In the late 50'and 1960's when we lived in brooklyn NY my brother and I would flip to choose how would run to the corner store to buy 2 boxes of chocklate snaps. We would empty the box of chocolate snaps into a glass then add milk and eat them with a spoon. what great cookies. I remenber them in a green box app 6inches by 4 inches. the box was changed to a different color in the 1980's. they also sold ginger snaps and vanilla cookies. They all were made by nabisco. I wish that they would sell choclate snaps AG staten Island NY

                    1. Here's Jfood's memory.

                      These little guys were made by Nabisco in their Elizabeth, NJ plant. They came in several flavors, but I do not think the flavors stated above are correct, but i could be wrong. I do not remember sugar. They were called SNAPS

                      If I remember correctly the box was white on the two large planes and different colors on the side four planes. I think the colors on the side were red, blue, green, brown and orange. Each side color represented a different type of cookie inside. I think the brown was chocolate. There was also a cute animal cartoon figure on the white face, i think a tiger was for the chocolate chip. The chocolate had a Chocolate Snap with two hand drawn ears looking like a monkey.

                      My favorite was the chocolate chip. Tummy tells me they sold for about $0.05 per box.

                      Thanks for bringing out a really good and deep memory.

                      1. check this out!

                        http://www.theimaginaryworld.com/choc...

                        http://www.theimaginaryworld.com/milk...

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                        1. re: lamb

                          OMG! Flash back to juice and cookie time in kindergarten! That's wild!

                          1. re: lamb

                            Lamb, thanks for providing the links. Here is the picture of the vanilla snaps:

                            http://theimaginaryworld.com/milkoo63...

                            And here are the ginger snaps:

                            http://theimaginaryworld.com/tic236.jpg

                            And a slightly different ginger snap from Nabisco:

                            http://theimaginaryworld.com/crk04.jpg

                            It is amazing how much nostalgia those images produce.

                            1. re: omotosando

                              WHOA. I had no idea what you folks were talking about until I saw the Vanilla Snaps image - ohmagawd! Major 70's nursery school/kindergarten flashback.

                              Thanks for the memory!

                              1. re: lynnlato

                                Yeah- those Chocolate/Ginger/Vanilla Snaps were great. I can't imagine how many boxes I have consumed. Speaking of nostalgia, though, lately I have been feeling some serious pangs for the big mack daddy of extinct cookies: those made by Burry. In particular I long for the Fudgetowns and Gauchos- now 'those' were cookies!

                                1. re: TongoRad

                                  Oh My, I ate a lot of Fudgetowns!!! Gauchos not as much, I'm a chocolate girl!

                            2. re: lamb

                              The part that blew me away on the pictures when I first saw them was the price, $0.89. I know its been a while since I bought these , nid-1960's but I only paid $0.05. Then again my other favorites, Twinkies, Hoestess Cupcakes, Snowballs, etc. were also $0.05-$0.07.

                              1. re: lamb

                                Thank you sooooo much for providing the name and picture. I just googled "cookes with cat face" and found this crazy great forum! I love that I'm not the only one who loved and miss these cookies! I have a kitten who looks like this cat on the box. His face is a ittle deformed and has rides on his face similar to the ridges on the cookies!

                              2. I often think about the chocolate chip ones! Anybody know of a cookie marketed today with a similar taste????

                                1. Holy moly...I thought I was the only one that loved Chocolate Snaps! I loved that even if you dunked them in milk, there would still be a sliver of crunchiness in the middle...ahhh, sweet childhood memories...between those and Marathon bars (which I now get imported from a British co-worker as Cadbury Curly Wurlys), I'm surprised I'm not a diabetic today.

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                                  1. re: VocalLizzy

                                    Marathon bars - I am so wanting one - really liked them and those marshmallow with chocolate coating on them - I forget the name!

                                    1. re: VocalLizzy

                                      I get Curly Wurly bars at World Market - LOVE 'EM.

                                      Oh, and I am a diabetic. But I'll take an extra dose of insulin for a marathon bar! ;-)

                                    2. OMG! I forgot all about them, but I used to eat them all the time. Thanks for the flashback.

                                      1. I think that you may be referring to Arnold Cookie Pops, a mini-cookie product that was marketed by the Arnold Baking Company in the late '50s and at least through the early '60s. They may have been marketed later than the early '60s, but I can't say for sure.

                                        I do recall that these "cookie pops" were fairly heavily marketed on the late afternoon kid's shows on TV in the late '50s--early '60s, and I know that there several flavors, with lemon and chocolate chip being two that I recall. The product came in small bags--sort of like the latter day Pepperidge Farm cookies, but the bag may have been a bit smaller than the PF bags, if I recall correctly.

                                        1. Was googling around and found this.

                                          Requested Recipe -- Chocolate Snap Cookies
                                          FoodReference.com
                                          Q.
                                          What ever happened to chocolate snap cookies? Are they still made? Where are they sold? Is there a recipe out there for this old time classic?? thank you L.

                                          A.
                                          Nabisco no longer makes them, but several smaller companies make them. Ask if your local supermarket can order them.

                                          Chocolate Snaps (Yield: 72 Servings)
                                          2 c sugar
                                          1 c brown sugar
                                          1 1/2 c butter
                                          2 tsp vanilla
                                          3 eggs
                                          6 oz unsweetened baking chocolate, melted and cooled
                                          4 c flour
                                          2 tsp baking soda
                                          1 tsp salt
                                          sugar for rolling

                                          Cream butter and sugars, add egg, vanilla and chocolate. Mix in dry ingredients and refrigerate overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll dough into balls and roll in sugar. Bake for 10 minutes.

                                          Have not made them but i thought it was an interesting add-on to the thread

                                          1. I miss Pogen's ginger snaps :(

                                            1. Wow, I hadn't even remembered Snaps existed but now I recall the chocolate and chocolate chip versions. The chocolate chip box had a lot of red on it, right? And the cookie itself was a little bumpy with teeny chips, I think. I can't remember the taste at all, though. What a flashback.

                                              I lived in southern VA in the late 60's so I guess these cookies had national distribution.

                                              1. Wow! It's great to see those again.

                                                The website is run by a really cool artist, who does a character named Mr. Toast. He's usually at San Diego Comic Con, if you are into that kind of thing. And I am. :)

                                                http://www.theimaginaryworld.com/page...

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                                                1. re: manraysky

                                                  I recently had chips ahoy 100 calorie cookies and I immediately thought that they tasted just like chocolate chip snaps. They are both made by Nabisco so it makes sense. The snaps were my favorite cookie as a kid , so I ate them quite often and still remember the taste.

                                                2. Hi! I am trying to remember the name of cookie that I ate as child in the late 60's/early 70's. My grandmother used to buy them. My mom cannot remember the name either. They were square, creme filled sandwich cookies. The cookie part was a tanish color and the creme was white. They had a slight coconut flavor. They may have been made by Nabisco but, I am not sure. I still crave them. Even though they are no longer made, I would at least feel better if I could remember the name. Thanks!

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                                                  1. re: vanilla1

                                                    Those sound a LOT like Mother's Taffy cookies, (my favorite) and they are still made.

                                                    1. re: Oh Robin

                                                      Here's a link to buy them online.

                                                      http://www.foodlocker.com/tafsancook....

                                                      1. re: Oh Robin

                                                        Thank you but, that's not the right cookie. The cookies I am thinking of were square and a had fancier design on the cookie.

                                                        1. re: vanilla1

                                                          I can picture and taste exactly the cookies are talking about - the coconut flavor was the giveaway - but unfortunately I don't have a clue what they were called. They sure were yummy though.

                                                          1. re: vanilla1

                                                            Here is a list of discontinued Nabisco cookies. There aren't any pictures, but perhaps a name will jog your memory. There was a square sandwich cookie with a fireplace and kettle on the front - called kettle cookies? Anyway, here is the link:

                                                            http://www.nabiscoworld.com/miscconte...

                                                        2. re: vanilla1

                                                          They were cameo cookies!

                                                        3. Am I the only one who liked the ginger snaps?

                                                          1. Oh, now you have me thinking about Sunshine's Toy cookies! They came in the same kind of box and were so good!

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                                                            1. re: why_itsme

                                                              the major difference was the SNAPS opened at the shortere end and the toy cookies opened on the long end and had a little string on it.

                                                              1. re: jfood

                                                                Very true. Toy cookies opened like animal crackers. :)

                                                                Boy, I can SEE my gram's kitchen and the cabinet where these wonders were kept.

                                                                1. re: why_itsme

                                                                  Me too...my grandmother was loyal to the Sunshine brand so we only go those at her house. I seem to remember a Sunshine chocolate chip cookie that came in a large box...and I could eat the whole box!!

                                                                  At home we had the Snaps but only the chocolate or chocolate chip, never the other flavors. Someone mentioned Lemon Coolers - I remember those too - were they of the same family or a different bird altogether?

                                                                  1. re: 16crab

                                                                    The lemon coolers were of a different bird. I was absolutely addicted to lemon coolers as a child. Oh, the memories! They were definitely in a large box and I seem to recall that the box was green, with pictures of the cookies. Funny how these things are imprinted in our memories.

                                                                    1. re: omotosando

                                                                      Something made me read this thread again and I needed to go find out what the lemon coolers box looked like. Here it is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mankatt/...
                                                                      Actually, this guy's whole photostream is full of retro packaging and is quite fun to peruse!

                                                            2. I'm so glad this was brought up & so thankful for the pictures. It's almost a figment of my imagination at this point. My sister told me that the Newmann's chocolate Alphabet Cookies (most likely bought at a health food store) are very similar. I barely believed her until I tried them. Just wanted to say they are sooo close, you must get them! My sister & I used to eat these from my grandma sitting on a park bench on Ocean Pkwy in Brooklyn when I was a kid in the late 1970's. What memories! I remember buying them once as adult in the early 1990's, I saw them in a green grocer in Greenwich Village & had to get them. I wish they would be brought back, kinda like the 100 calorie packs, they're sooo small.

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                                                              1. re: pumpkin donut

                                                                YES! As I was reading this thread I thought, the Newman's chocolate alphabet cookies (sold at Whole Foods) DO remind me of chocolate snaps! They are very good.

                                                                So cool to see the pics of those old boxes, what a flashback!

                                                              2. You might try Vermont Country Store (online or catalog) because a) they stock a lot of nostalgic vintage candies, cookies, and gum and b) they invite requests. If anybody's making old-time cookies, Vermont Country Store will find them. Their catalog is full of Teaberry Chewing Gum, Walnettos, Sen-Sen, and Uneeda Biscuits.

                                                                1. Fudgetown were my favorite cookies as a child in the 1960's. They were made by the Burry company and then in the 80's sold to Salerno. When Burry became Burry Lu, they made fudgetown cookies under a different name. The Salerno version never tasted the same as they must have changed the ingredients. Fudgetowns haven't been made by any company for years. The Dare Fudge cookies are ok but not the same. I recently ordered FudgeeO's from Canada, hoping, but they weren't the same either. Good cookie though. If anyone ever finds a great replacement please let me know. The Best cookie of all time. I tell my daughter about them all the time. She thinks I'm nuts lol. My husband loved the Gaucho's.

                                                                  1. they were called cocoa snaps . chocolate teddy grahams are a dead ringer for them. THANK GOD they came in a big bag similar to ginger snaps or nilla wafers. i think a supermarket chain also had a generic type.(it might have been like a safeway select or lucky s) (west coast chains) probably the 70's early 80's

                                                                    1. safeway grocery stores used to have all the ones you are talking about. there is not a single commercially made cookie today that can even come close to those wonderful treats, and they only cost a dollar a bag, and the bag i remember wasn't small. the best were the cocoa snaps. they were hard & crunchy. milk never even put a dent in their texture. wish i could find a recipe for them.

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                                                                      1. re: vacat

                                                                        You are so right...Cocoa Snaps...and I want to say they were a Busy Baker brand (Safeway brand). I live in central Texas and we no longer have Safeway stores. I have searched online over the years trying to find these cookies to no avail. I loved the fact they were crunchy and not soft like most cookies today.