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  • Loren Nov 26, 2008 08:06 AM

I have been scouring the city looking for a store that sells Archway brand Oatmeal cookies (not iced oatmeal or oatmeal rasin). I need these cookies to recreate a family recipe for Thanksgiving tomorrow.

If you know of a store in Manhattan that sells these, PLEASE let me know.

Thanks.

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  1. I think Duane Reade sells Archway cookies, not sure about just which variety of oatmeal cookies, though. Good luck!

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    1. re: uwsgrazer

      Sadly, they no longer carry Archway. Thanks for the suggestion, though.

      1. re: Loren

        Hi Loren,

        I could have sworn I saw some at the Duane Reade by Rock Center (51st between 5th/6th) yesterday. I thought they had the chocolate ones, at a minimum. I'm not doubting you, but just wonder whether some Duane Reades may still have some inventory left. As a last resort I guess you could try calling different locations, as frustrating as that would be. I also thought Food Emporium carried them in the past, but that could be stale information at this point. Anyway, hope you manage to find them in time!

        1. re: uwsgrazer

          uwsgrazer, i'm at this DR quite a lot. they don't have archway cookies, but they do have similarly packaged store brand cookies, including iced oatmeal ones, which actually taste a lot like archway's.

          1. re: cimui

            i saw these earlier today at duane reade. they are called 'fifth avenue preferred'. i did notice that i wasn't seeing archway around lately. every so often, i'd get a craving for their soft chocolate chip or oatmeal cookies. well, i actually squeezed the cookies of this new brand to confirm that they had the same consistency as the archway cookies. i can't help but wonder if it's the same company with a different name b/c they really do look very similar, packaging and all, and cimui has stated that they taste the same. is it possible that a company would just change their name? not sure how this works or why this would be necessary.

            1. re: nativeNYer

              oh so that's why the package i bought has a big ol' thumbprint on the top cookie! =P
              actually, i think 5th ave. is one of the duane reade store brands.
              archway unfortunately closed its manufacturing facilities as part of its bankruptcy proceedings.

              1. re: nativeNYer

                They're very similar style cookies, I think Duane Reade has changed the packaging and manufacturer about three times in the past ten years and at one point it was Archway, but not it's just an imposter.

                Should work as a substitute for a recipe. Some of the 99cent stores also have cheapie frosted oatmeal cookies that may work in a pinch.

                1. re: sugartoof

                  Yup, they are indeed Archway knock-offs! I can't believe it, the resemblance is there; you really have to focus on the labeling to pick up on the difference. Well, the woman in front of me in the check-out line bought a pack of the soft chocolate cookies so they are selling. I haven't had the cookies in ages. I'll have to do a little taste-test comparison one of these days ....

                  1. re: uwsgrazer

                    The chocolate are pretty good. Not crazy about the chocolate chip though.
                    They kind of remind me of Archway in that way where some of the cookies just hit the spot, while others were like bottom of the barrel junkfood. Duane Reade doesn't have a lemon iced knockoff just yet though. Hopefully nobody has a recipe requiring some of the more oddball flavors Archway was so good for.

                    1. re: sugartoof

                      sugartoof, you're right. I wonder what it is about the Archway chocolate cookies (and select others) that makes them taste so "special". They kind of have a junky taste to them, but not so much as to offend. Maybe it's all that hydrogenated oil. The Stella d'Oro Swiss Fudge cookies are also tasty, kind of in a similar way.

      2. I think CVS sells them, too.

        Im trying to remember if the Gristede's on the UES used to carry them, but I can't remember. Give them a call (86th street location) These are the yummiest oatmeal cookies! Good luck!

        1. They always have a bunch at the Key Food on 4th & A in the East Village -- at the end of the first aisle past the produce and frozen foods on the right (before you get to the frozen turkey). They've got a whole Archway display thingy. I know I have seen the regular oatmeal.

          1. I am sorry to break your heart but Archway is out of business. No more cookies.

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            1. re: LGD

              http://www.topix.com/city/battle-cree...

            2. You may have to wait a little bit until Archways pipeline is filled again. They were going out of business recently and Lance Corp just took them over for 30 million dollars, So shortly Archway will be on the shelves and Pathmark will be first to have them.

              http://mfrtech.com/articles/1608.html
              or http://www.marketwatch.com/news/story...

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              1. re: foodwhisperer

                Good news for strange and cheap regional cookie lovers! (now if they can bring Mother's animal crackers back to life....)

                Why Pathmark though?

                1. re: sugartoof

                  A&P Pathmark and Waldbaum's and Food emporium are all the same chain now.

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    Interesting, but that still doesn't explain why they will get them first

                2. re: foodwhisperer

                  awesome. thanks so much for the update!!!

                  1. re: foodwhisperer

                    Hm. I've been wondering lately what happened, since it seemed they were marginalized over the years. I remember when the local supermarkets were actively promoting them with sales all the time.

                    1. re: foodwhisperer

                      A story in today's cnn
                      http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/12/23/cook...
                      They are starting up the production line.

                      1. re: paperpest

                        I am impressed by the way the new owners have handled things with the former employees. I am looking forward to finding the cookies on the shelves again. I get a craving every one in a while,

                        1. re: paperpest

                          more on Archway cookies ...

                          http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/31/bus...

                          1. re: uwsgrazer

                            i saw them in pathmark yesterday as we had heard.

                            1. re: nativeNYer

                              yes Archway is back under Lance ownership , distributed now by Wise potato chip distributors in the Northeast

                              1. re: nativeNYer

                                Outstanding! The plain oatmeal cookies?? Which Pathmark?

                                1. re: RussianGirl

                                  I saw them at a Pathmark in Nassau County (New Hyde Park) twice but they were on a stand in the front of the store instead of on the shelves. It looked like a temporary thing and they didn't have a wide selection nor did it look like they were replenishing once they sold out. Any other sightings?

                                  1. re: nativeNYer

                                    I found them at Fine Fare. They're almost as good as the original. The packaging is red and not see-through as the original and they're slightly thinner.

                                    1. re: Da Vid

                                      Oooh, I see there is a location right near Patsy's - how convenient!

                                      1. re: RussianGirl

                                        Ok, so I went to the Fine Fare on 118th Street and 1st this weekend and did not see them there. Which one do you frequent??

                                        1. re: RussianGirl

                                          I got mine on Ave C and 4th St.

                                          1. re: Da Vid

                                            Well, then that's where I will have to go! Thanks!