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Apr 22, 2008 01:42 PM

'50s raisin sandwich cookie?

My mom is on a quest to find the name of a cookie she remembers from her childhood in the NY area. It was a thin, chewy, square sandwich cookie with a raisin filling. The cookie, itself, was light-colored and plain, no icing. She says she hasn't seen it in many years, and no one else can remember this cookie. She seems to remember the box being rectangular, but that's about it for the packaging. I thought that perhaps someone around here might know what she is talking about? We'd all be very grateful to put this topic to rest :) Thanks!

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  1. Do you think they're raising biscuits? I used to really like these, but they don't make them anymore.

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    1. re: Humbucker

      vvvindaloo, check out The Vermont Country Store for all stuff forgotten:

      1. re: Humbucker

        This looks a lot like what she described. Thanks, Humbucker, I will ask her!

        1. re: Humbucker

          OMG -- I used to love them! I found something that looked similar at an Asian market, but alas it wasn't the same.

        2. Thanks to Humbucker (who gave me a name to search and set me on the right path) and Dolores (who sent me to the right image and reminded me of where I can now secretly procure them), my mother has identified her cookie as the Garibaldi Raisin Biscuit by Crawford (which was most likely made by Sunshine when she knew them). After hearing about all of the phone calls my technologically-challenged (read: completely computer illiterate) mom made to no avail, I feel particularly gratified for having solved this mystery :)

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          1. re: vvvindaloo

            I loved those too! Back then they weren't packaged individually, of course. But they were perforated so that you could divide a single bar into parts. Jeepers, I don't really even like raisins anymore. I wonder if I'd like the cookies.

            1. re: Nyleve

              Right- she didn't recognize the Sushine packaging nor the Garibaldi packaging, but the cookie looked right to her. She remembers them in a box.

              1. re: vvvindaloo

                I haven't thought of these in years. I absolutely adored them when I was a kid! Thanks for the memory :-)

          2. By the way, I believe the name of that Sunshine product was "Golden Fruit" (Cookies or Biscuits). Three flat rectangular "cookies," each with three square sections. The British version now available (at least it was about one-and-a-half years ago) from the Vermont Country Store is pretty close but a little softer than the original. Definitely worth a try for old time sake.

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              1. re: mgreenstein

                YES! those cookies are (were) nice: golden fruit by sunshine. perforated. in plastic, iirc. maybe cardboard a while back. i ate them at my grandmother's home.

                here's another discussion that also gives alternative suppliers for the garibaldi
       the forum also gives some recipes for the cookie!
                -- a british expat's supply store in boston,

                btw, ot, but anyone recall these spanish bar cakes? seems same era:

                1. re: alkapal


                  shows a picture of the package. I think I remember Nabisco making them in the 50's, then later Sunshine and after that Keebler. Apparently no one does now.

                  1. re: JohnAE

                    dang. i loved those cookies. my "nanny" (grandmother) would give me very milky coffee with the cookies for a little treat. i can still picture sitting at the table near that little kitchen...

                      1. re: alkapal

                        just noticed that vermont country store is offering delivery for christmas with no special charge -- at least for the food items i've been eyeing there! it says no extra charge for delivery by tomorrow if you order today!

                      2. re: JohnAE

                        The Golden Fruit photo shows something that looks like a Pop-Tart. Not quite what we're talking about here. The raisin crackers were perfectly flat, not rounded at the edges. And there were big holes in the crust, similar to Swiss cheese, that exposed the filling.

                  2. FYI - The Garibaldi Raisin Biscuit will NOT (imho) satisfy your yen for a Sunshine Golden Fruit original. We ordered from Vermont Country Store, paid their high price and shipping, and were quite disappointed. ymmv

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                    1. re: grampart

                      sorry to hear that, grampart. i am sure they won't be the same, but am still considering giving them a shot. i guess some things are best left in one's memory, huh?

                      1. re: vvvindaloo

                        I think the difference lies in the fact that Garibaldi Biscuits use currants instead of raisins and their biscuit has a tad more crunch. They're not bad, mind you....just different. Give them a shot. Who knows, you might like them better.

                    2. There's something that's roughly equivalent and very good available in the UK now -- the company is GO AHEAD, and they come in a "sultana" (i.e., raisin) and an "orange and sultana" varieties. I found this discussion, honestly, looking for a source in the US for these cookies. Guess I'll just have to beg my mother-in-law to ship me some! They aren't identical to the Sunshines, but they're excellent.