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 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 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.
"There is only one way to do the pink cookie. And to do it any other way would not do it justice," Teaman said.
The pink cookies will not disappear completely. Teaman said district bakers will fire up the ovens for special orders at $5 a dozen.
Critical thinking challenge: Give at least two reasons why the cookie had been a favorite