I’m not sure about you, but I’m a huge fan of cookies. Except, not those store bought cardboard-tasting cookies. Those aren’t welcome in my house at all. I like homemade cookies.
Except, there is one problem. I can’t bake.
Cookie It Up! offered to send me some of their boxed cookies to test. I had never heard of the company before but I did know that these cookies were sold at my local Metro grocery store. Yay, store bought cookies.
WELL, let me tell you…
Their gluten free (I’m also not a fan of “weird”) cookies were gone within an hour. I ate them all! I just couldn’t stop. They’re made with wholesome real ingredients that I have in my own kitchen! They’re handmade and then boxed.
I’m not even going to hide the fact I looked around for some of their cookies at each of the grocery stores I went to on the weekend, because I wanted more.
The salted caramel crunch came in second place of favorite cookie. It’s delicious!
Paige Sillcox took an entrepreneurial approach to finding a summer job between her spring and fall sessions at York University in 1983. From her love of cookies came the belief that cookies could be better than what was commercially available, so she launched Cookie It Up when she was only 21 years old.
Equipped with two of her grandmother’s most memorable cookie recipes and a supply of wholesome ingredients, Paige began baking cookies in her mother’s kitchen in King City, Ontario.
The demand for high quality (and delectable) cookies was quickly proven. Paige’s cookies were loved by all who tried them, from family and friends to the tellers at local banks Paige personally sold to in her travels. So Cookie It Up soon moved into rented space at a local bakery and hired employees to keep up with the flourishing demand.
The growing Cookie It Up team worked through each night, baking cookies from 8 pm to 4 am to be sold as fresh as could be the following day. The cookies were packaged in simple, classic white paper bags with hand-written labels.
Paige’s modest goal was to sell 800 bags of cookies that summer, but by the time summer was over, she was selling cookies at a rate of 800 bags per week! And so Cookie It Up became Paige’s full-time venture and she opened a dedicated Cookie It Up facility in Aurora, Ontario.
Thirty years later, Paige handed the reins to fellow Aurora resident, Shane Smith, who has operated the business with his family since that time. And it is clear that Paige’s original vision and steadfast commitment to quality and taste has endured. All Cookie It Up creations continue to be handmade in small batches with wholesome, natural ingredients and no preservatives. Cookie It Up still works with premium local suppliers to make the most delicious cookies possible.
* All cookies are prepared and packaged by hand
* Ingredients are wholesome and natural
* No preservatives, artificial colours or artificial flavours are used
* Facility is peanut free, tree nut free and kosher
* Business partners include Porter Airlines, Indigo/Chapters, Sobeys, Metro, Longo’s, Farm Boy, Whole Foods Market
* Currently offer 10 selections including 2 gluten-free flavours
I’m so glad to have been able to try out these amazing cookies, and will recommend them to everyone I know!
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