Schools favorite cookie banned from cafeteria
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A favorite and locally famous cafeteria treat is off the menu forever in one northeast Ohio school system because of new federal nutritional guidelines.

The government's edict to provide healthier foods and cut fats and cholesterol will put an end to the sale of the traditional Elyria pink cookie. It's a buttery sweet treat with pink icing that has been a favorite of city school kids for four decades.

The cookie was developed by a former district food services director who used her grandmother's recipe. The cookie had gained a cult following and was once named the "Best Cafeteria Cookie" by Cleveland magazine, according to The (Elyria) Chronicle-Telegram.

Scott Teaman, food services director with Sodexo Inc., the district's contracted food provider, said the federal guidelines for school snacks are strict. The pink cookie just can't make the cut, he said.

"We could modify the recipe by changing the size, using whole-grain flour or putting on less icing. But in doing that you are not making the same cookies," Teaman said. "There is only one way to do the pink cookie. And to do it any other way would not do it justice."

The pink cookies will not disappear completely. Teaman said district bakers will fire up the ovens for special orders at $5 a dozen. Orders will be taken during the week and available for pickup on Fridays.

The district west of Cleveland, like school districts around the county, is changing up cafeteria menus. the menus will include more fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains. In addition, there will be fewer calories, less fat and less cholesterol.

Critical thinking challenge: Give at least two reasons why the cookie had been a favorite

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  • hannahsmith
    8/27/2014 - 08:29 a.m.

    The Ohio school system is cutting back sugars and fats. That takes out the 'famous' pink cookie that many students loved. Its always good to try to be more healthy, and people of America need to know that. But they shouldn't cut the cookie out of the menu. One little pink cookie cant do any harm, and students are going to go home and eat whatever they want anyway.

  • Damikus123
    8/27/2014 - 09:00 a.m.

    Having a little sweets at school shal be allowed but there should be certain amount. Banding snacks from school would make students sneak and bring snacks anyway, so why not let the snacks be allowed. although snacks are pushing to band from some schools the goverment's trying to provide healthier snacks for students in the cafeteria.

  • bronemies
    9/02/2014 - 09:01 a.m.

    WOW! I cannot believe it that they banned the pink cookie. If your gonna bannned food at least take in consideration on how people feel about it before you do it. The one thing nagative about htis paragraph is that they're banning a well known dessert , a positive thing about htis paragraph is that they are getting us healthier. I think that changing this rcipe that is a known favorite dessert for 4 decades in wrong but they are just doing what is right.

  • colleenl-Ste
    9/10/2014 - 08:32 p.m.

    I think it's a good thing that the schools are going healthier, but I don't think getting rid of cookie is benefiting the students. If anything, they should start providing salads, fruits and vegetables that actually look appetizing. Half of the fruits at school are soaked in some kind of syrup with ingredients that even the school administrators would not be able to pronounce.

  • DD2001green
    9/17/2014 - 08:41 a.m.

    The pink cookie was probably the best snack they cooked in that caf. I think they should not get rid of it because students love/like the cookies the school caf makes. So why would they take it away from them?

  • Allyj-Lam
    10/22/2014 - 10:52 a.m.

    There is one question I have for the school. If you are making the most money off of this item, then why would you take it off the menu? I get the fact that you want to provide healthier options and that's great but, maybe you could just have it as a special option one or two days a week so it is a healthier menu but you still get the money and the students get what they want.

  • mayal-Ven
    10/24/2014 - 12:42 p.m.

    If that cookie was voted the best cafeteria cookie by a Cleveland magazine, then it should be allowed to stay on the lunch menu. That cookie is clearly a part of the school's history, so they should be allowed to keep it on the menu.

  • trobinson-Cla
    10/31/2014 - 01:17 p.m.

    These cookies shouldn't be banned from school lunch , because they are delicious & its a snack for the kids. Most of the kids like them & I think they aren't unhealthy.

  • thanhn-Koc
    11/05/2014 - 12:00 a.m.

    I can't believe the school directors feel the need to modify the cookie recipe. The students can access junk food anytime they want; doing that will not change the kids obesity problem. The directors should focus on the quality of the foods the school serves instead of fixating on the little, insignificant aspects like the pink cookie.

  • 3KatherineM
    11/10/2014 - 08:48 p.m.

    Sharing and explaining your opinion~
    I think that it is a very good thing that schools are starting to take away junk food. These foods may taste good but they are doing lots of harm to your body. Sugar has been linked to many health problems. Even if you are a child and eating junk food doesn't seem to affect you know later in life when your metabolism isn't as high you will be addicted to junk food and that will take a toll on your lifestyle. Foods like these pink cookies should not be served, because they are teaching kids unhealthy habits. All in all I think that schools should be getting rid of junk food to help the kids consuming them know make healthier choices as an adult.

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