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Yum-Yum Cookies -- Does Anyone Remember?

There was a cookie made by Sunshine Co. that was my childhood favorite. Called Yum-Yum cookies, it was a wafer covered with caramel, chocolate, and toasted coconut. The closest I have come in adulthood are Girl Scout Samoas, which are good, but not quite the same thing.

Does anyone remember Yum-Yums, or was it all just a wonderful dream?

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  1. It's not a dream. I remember them from the 60s quite fondly. My mother used to buy them frequently and they occasionally turned up in my lunch box.

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    1. re: DiningDiva

      Those are my all time favorite cookies. I sure wish they still made them. Samoas aren't even a close second!

    2. I also remember these. They were like the Girl Scout Samoas but a lot cheaper and a whole bunch more in the box. Now another dream (or not)....remember the cartoon Richie Rich? Richie Rich had a dog and I beleive he gave him dog treats called Yum-Yums....

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      1. re: kristyn

        Oh good...I'm glad someone else remembers these. I liked them better than Samoas, probably something to do with the wafer being crunchy and a bit chewy at the same time.

        And I do remember Richie Rich! But I didn't know he gave his dog Yum-Yums...LOL.

      2. Oh yes- they were addictive. The textures between chewy & crunch! I have not been buying premade cookies cuz the cost is outrageous especially with teenage "hoovers" but I may have to keep my eyes open so my son can experience them.

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        1. re: torty

          I haven't seen them for many, many years. If you do happen to spot them, let me know cuz I'll drive a long ways to get me some Yum-Yum's.

          1. Little Debbie Brand has a German Chocolate cookie that is as close to the original YumYums as I've EVER tasted! and they are cheap!

            1. I remember them as well. They had a wax paper bag inside the box to keep them soft. I have been looking for them for years! I still can remember the texture of the cookie when I would bite into it, soft (but not too soft!), chewy, and the taste of coconut in each bite ...Yum!

              1. No way. I remember those! Mom would get those from Kroger back in Lorain, Ohio. I recall a palm tree(s) on the box. I remember reaching in and grabbing one at least once a day. Toward the end we'd (brother and I) would end up getting the smaller pieces that broke up in the bottom. Occasionally I'll eat something that'll give me just a hint of what the yum yum cookie tasted like. Man, I miss those.

                1. I just left a "suggestion" to Kelloggs Co., (which according to my research, is now the owner of the Sunshine Co. recipes) to begin production of Yum-Yum cookies. Perhaps with enough "noise" from those of us who fondly remember those wonderful cookies we can motivate Kellogg to begin production. That sugggestion/ "Gr-r-reat Ideas" web location is :

                  foodshttp://www2.kelloggs.com/GreatIdeas/default.aspx

                  I sure would love to see these cookies back on the market.

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                  1. re: lulz58

                    these were my all time favorite cookie, they were yes yes and then yum yum, or visa versa. I also called the company but no luck. The samoas are the closest, but this year they are lousy. The real one had like a very chewy honeycomb texture

                    1. re: lulz58

                      Kelloggs/Keeblers has a Coconut Dreams that is quite similiar in look. I will buy some this weekend and let everyone know if they taste like I remember Yum Yums tasting! The taste just brings back so many wonderful memories of my grandparents' house in Western Michigan. I'll be thrilled if I can find a cookie that provides the same taste as the original Yum Yums! They are great straight from the freezer, too!

                      1. re: Susan1961

                        I tried those. They were pretty good in my opinion. What did you think?

                    2. I remember. My aunt always had these cookies. I thought that she had a special store where she bought them. The other day my cousin ,her son, asked her if she remembered them. She did. What a treat to remember!!!

                      1. Yes I remember them Also and your right the closest thing to them is girl scouts Samoas but they are great frozen also . I too look for them al the time and will let anyone no when i do

                        1. I also thought that maybe I was dreaming. My Mom used to buy these to take camping and boating. She also bought the Lemon Coolers. Did some reading on the history of Keebler. They own Sunshine Co., also produce about 60 % of the Girl Scout Cookies. Did they make a deal with the Girl Scout Org. to make the Samoa/ Yum Yum exclusive to the Girl Scouts? Wish they would start making them again.

                          1. Yes I definitely remember them. They too were one of my favorites. Has anyone been able to find them anywhere yet?

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                            1. re: psherfick

                              Wow. I was just talking about these the other day! My family would go on an annual fishing trip up to the Bishop/Mammoth Lakes CA, area back in the late 1960's. We would take our small camping trailer, and a box of Yum-Yums. I don't think we had them any other time of the year. But when we went on our trip, they were always there. One of the greatest memories of my childhood, along with my Hot Wheels (which I still have), my Schwinn Stingray bicycle and Legos (which I don't have), and my love of the astronauts (Neil lives just up the road from me now). I'm glad that others remember this wonderful treat!

                            2. Yes, I remember when I lived in the Philippines in the 80's we used to buy them at the comissary, I LOVED them.Wish I could find them somewhere, they were soooo good!

                              1. Oh to be a kid again.... Yum-Yums, Lemon Coolers, Moonsticks, Quisp. Here's a smile for all of you. If you google images for Sunshine Yum Yum...you can see the old box.

                                1. YUM YUM COOKIES... My daughter came home this morning with a cookie that resembles the Yum Yum and the Girl Scout Samoa cookie. They are called Cocoanut Dreams made by Keebler. They are a little more like the Yum Yum than the Samoa as they are chewier, but I think it's just because they are fresher than the girl scout cookies tend to be. Anyway, they are the closest thing i have found to replace my childhood favorite Yum Yums.
                                  I yearn for the Yum Yum cookie!!!

                                  1. OMG! I loved these things. Samosas are too sweet and rich, in comparison.

                                    Just call me the Yum Yum Gal. ;-)

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                                    1. re: Beckyleach

                                      Samoas, that is. <g> I happen to find sweet samosas a little weird.

                                      1. re: Beckyleach

                                        You can be the Yum Yum Gal but I want to be the Yum Yums Girl :D

                                        1. re: Beckyleach

                                          I don't care who the yum yum gal is lol, I just want them back

                                        2. Yes I remember.

                                          KEEBLER COCONUT DREAMS are the exactly the same. They are NEW. I seen them for the first time two hours ago. Half we finished the box.

                                          OMG..........

                                          1. where did they go my favorite cookie

                                            1. My paternal grandparents always kept some in their freezer for when we would drive over after church on Sunday. I found out later that I was the only grandchild [out of 51] that got to eat them, they were special just for our visits & for my grandpa. We lived the furthest away - from 2 hrs at the closest to across the country at the most!

                                              I really wish I could find them again. I found them once about 20 years ago and then have never been able to find them again! Help...where are they?

                                              1. Here's a link to a photo of the box: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasonlie...

                                                On March 25, 2012, Kellogg's responded to my email inquiry:

                                                "Thank you for contacting us regarding Sunshine® Yum Yums.

                                                "Unfortunately, stores only want to stock the fastest moving products. If the stores start to discontinue an item, we find that we cannot produce the smaller volumes the business demands. It is always difficult for us to make the decision to discontinue a product, as we know it is always someone’s favorite. At this time, there are no plans to reintroduce it.

                                                "We know that it will be hard to find a replacement, but we are always developing new products so we are sure that you will soon find another favorite! You should try Keebler® Country Style Oatmeal cookies with Raisins."

                                                I don't think Keebler® Country Style Oatmeal cookies with Raisins will satisfy my hankering for Yum Yums.

                                                1. I remember Sunshine Yum Yums. We used to buy them all of the time when I was a kid. It seemed as they fell off the side of the earth, About 30 years ago I found them at a little store, now it seems like they are gone for good. Then we found the Samoas by Girl Scout. Well good news.... Kebbler is now making them!! I do not knoww hat Keebler is calling them but they are the same exact as the Samoas. Look for them in your local grocery store...

                                                  1. Gosh I do miss these cookies, still keep looking maybe they would turn up again, no luck. These and fudgetowns, and hydroz, and of course the 2 vanilla wafer with marshmallow in the middle

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                                                    1. re: ileencuccaro

                                                      As I understand it, from posts here in this forum, "KEEBLER COCONUT DREAMS are the exactly the same." Check 'em out and see what you think. I tried them and they're very good.

                                                      1. re: lulz58

                                                        I don't agree, I remember the cookie being softer, more moist. Not hard crunchy. Softer ,moist not mushy. Above all totally Awesome! There is not an authentic copy. It is a YumYum or it is not! Please make the real ones again!

                                                        1. re: Phyllis3654

                                                          yes they were chewy,, that's why I loved them also,,,,

                                                          1. re: Phyllis3654

                                                            Totally agreed Phyllis, they were also called yes yes cookies. The interior was like a soft honeycomb texture

                                                          2. re: lulz58

                                                            I have tried them. The yum Yums were thicker with a softer cookie.

                                                            1. re: lulz58

                                                              I don't think Keebler Coconut Dreams are there ,either. There are no true substitutes for real YUM YUMS by Sunshine ? There is no other !

                                                          3. I remember them! I've never been into 'sweets' but those were addictive. Watch out if I ever see them on the self again!

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                                                            1. YES ! I would so love to have these again ! Yum Yums were awesome ! Girl Scout cookies are not even close. They have the caramel & coconut but the cookie texture isn't close. What I wouldn't do for a real Yum Yum ! Glad other people remember! They were the best !

                                                              1. I wonder if the manufacturer put some type of ingredient in the cookie that made them easy to become addicted to? I think I ate a whole package of them once in a few minutes.

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                                                                1. re: Puffin3

                                                                  Back in the 70's when I fell in love with YumYums I really don't think they did that. The were just awesomely good !

                                                                2. i do i loved them and wish they still made them they remind me of my momma

                                                                  1. I loved Yum-Yums cookies. They were my favorite. I don't know if they are made any longer but if not someone should remake them.
                                                                    Terrill

                                                                    1. I do! And I've been trying to find them or even the recipe for them. Those were my favorite cookies of all time and then one day, they're GONE!