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  • 12 Unique and Traditional Fundraising Ideas for Youth and Adult Rugby Teams To Raise More Money

    You're stuck. Your rugby season is coming up, and the team has laid out the costs for jerseys, equipment, tournaments, travel, and other participation fees. To reduce individual out-of-pocket payments, the coach is looking for ways you raise money as a team. You can't think of anything. Certainly, you don't want to just ask people for money without providing some value in return. If you are a parent, you also want your child to learn skills and feel invested by doing something to raise money. What is a good fundraising idea that you can suggest your team use? Here are some unique and traditional fundraising ideas you can use for your youth and adult rugby team to raise more money. (Skip to a section) Youth Rugby Team Fundraising Ideas Adult Rugby Team Fundraising Ideas *For more tips on how to maximize any fundraiser you do, check out our FREE planning guide here: Max My Fundraiser Plan Youth Rugby Team Fundraising Ideas If you have a child who is trying to raise money for their rugby team, or the team has asked you to head their fundraising efforts, check out these ideas below that you could use. Unique Idea #1 - Milk and Cookies Delivery Recently, the cookie delivery industry has exploded across America. Running a milk and cookies delivery fundraiser for your rugby team is a unique way to raise money and capitalize on the popular consumer trend. Like any fundraiser, this idea requires careful planning, organization, and execution. Here are some things to consider to help you run a successful milk and cookie delivery fundraiser for your rugby team. Creating a Cookie Menu When creating a menu, you want to make sure you have good products that people will enjoy and spend higher amounts of money on. Picking up the cheapest cookie box at the store will not cut it. You can get premade high-quality cookie dough that you or your kids can bake, buy ingredients yourself and use a beloved recipe, buy pre-baked cookies to use, or ask for product donations from a local bakery that does not typically deliver in the area. For milk, you can either get gallons from the store and package it in cups with lids or get donations from a local dairy in your area. Whatever your team decides to do, be sure that your cookies are priced appropriately to cover costs and make a profit. Some customers may even tip you at delivery to donate more funds. As long as you have a good menu that customers like, your rugby team will be successful. *Interested in some high-quality premade cookie dough you can bake with - fill out this fundraising form for more details: Classic Cookie Fundraising Form Defining Your Delivery Area When defining the cookie delivery area, you have to consider factors like safety, time, and distance. Are there areas you do not want your kids delivering to due to safety concerns? How much time would it take to get from one customer to the next? Will the distance traveled require any special equipment, like an iced cooler, to make sure the product does not spoil? These are questions you should consider when defining your area. (For reference, most restaurants will only deliver within a five-mile radius if they have personal delivery drivers instead of third-party app contractors.) Determining the Delivery Process The delivery process is crucial to ensure high customer satisfaction during the fundraiser. The process should include some of the team members making the deliveries with parents, setting a time for customers on when they should expect their cookies to be delivered, making sure you have enough vehicles to deliver the products, figuring out how the products will be packaged and presented to the customers, and deciding how much time after baking the cookies, if you are using these instead of buying pre-baked cookies, you will deliver. Once you figure out the logistics, your team will be ready to promote the cookie fundraiser. Designing the milk and cookie delivery is a simple process. Once you do it, your team is ready to execute and raise money. Traditional Idea #1 - Selling Cookie Boxes Selling food products is still a strong fundraiser, especially when your team sells cookie boxes. When considering this fundraiser, you should think about the following elements. Type of Cookies to Sell Before you start selling, your rugby team needs to figure out what cookies you should sell. Many companies have great cookie and cookie dough fundraising products, but you must decide which products will sell the best and cause you the least amount of handling issues. Typically, you should consider the following when looking at different cookie products: Shelf-life Product storage requirements (frozen, room temperature, etc.) Product quality Original shipping destination of the product (ex: if you are in the southeastern United States, should you be getting a product that is shipping from the West Coast?) Product marketability Pre-Selling or Not? Before ordering cookie boxes, many organizations will offer pre-sales to friends, family, and community members. They will typically provide order forms that allow people to choose the number of boxes they want to purchase, the type of cookies they prefer, and any special instructions or requests. Pre-selling allows organizations to gauge interest and collect orders in advance which helps to determine how many cookies to order and how much money they can expect to raise. If your rugby team decides not to do any pre-selling, you will have to have the product on hand to give to customers when they make an order and provide payment. Order Fulfillment Once all pre-sales have been collected, the organization will place an order with the cookie supplier or manufacturer. Depending on the size of the order, the cookies may be shipped directly to the organization or they may be delivered in batches over several weeks. Once you get your shipment, you must determine the easiest and quickest way to get orders to your customers and how your rugby players will be involved. If you are not pre-selling, you will have to order cookies beforehand. Make sure you have a space to hold inventory while the team is out selling. Selling cookie boxes can be an effective way to raise money for your rugby team. As you consider what type of cookies the team sells, whether the team will do pre-sales or not, and how the team will fulfill orders, your fundraiser can be very successful. *If you are interested in selling Classic Cookie's shelf-stable, pre-baked cookie boxes, click here to check out their full catalog of flavors: Soft-Baked Cookies and Crispy Cookies. Unique Idea #2 - Yard Work Yardwork is a great way to make money for your rugby team. Kids do this as an easy way to earn money in the summer, so why not do it as a fundraiser? All you need is some tools, one or a few weekend days set aside to service the yards, and commitments from neighbors, family, and friends for their yards to be worked on. Some of the services you can consider offering include: Lawn Mowing This can include mowing, edging, and trimming the lawn to keep it neat and tidy. Gardening Offer to help with gardening tasks such as weeding, planting, and watering. This service is especially in demand during the spring and summer months. Leaf Removal During the fall months, offer to rake, bag, and dispose of leaves. Snow Removal During the winter months, offer to shovel driveways and sidewalks. You can also use a snowblower to clear larger areas. Tree Trimming & Pruning Offer to remove dead branches, shape trees, and prune bushes and shrubs. Gutter Cleaning This can be a messy and time-consuming task, so many homeowners are willing to pay for someone else to do it for them. Make sure that the team members who help are safe and will not fall due to an accident. Power Washing Offer to clean driveways, sidewalks, and outdoor furniture with a power washer. By offering these yard work services, you can earn money for your rugby team while also helping people in your community with their outdoor maintenance needs. Traditional Idea #2 - Restaurant Give-Back Night Restaurant give-back nights are an easy way to earn money for your rugby team. Most local restaurants are always looking to get new customers in for a meal. If you show them that you are going to promote their restaurant, and they agree to give you a percentage back for every person that you bring in who buys a meal, you have a good fundraiser. To make this fundraiser work, you need to consider the following elements. Promoting the Give-Back Night As you think about the give-back night, you need to decide how to promote the event. Restaurants generally agree to give about 10% per meal on give-back nights and will push to have the fundraiser on a slower night (usually non-weekend days). With that in mind, what do you need to do to ensure that people attend? You can use flyers, social media posts, posters, text message threads, and other means to spread the word. The more people you have come, the higher your chances are in getting a lot of money back. Getting Fundraising Credit For Your Rugby Team Restaurants who agree to do a give-back night will need some sort of proof for their cashier or waitress that the meal purchased will count towards your fundraiser. How will you make sure the people who come to support your team will credit the fundraiser at checkout? Some ways to make sure the restaurant credits meals to your fundraiser include having guests show the fundraiser flyer when they check out, telling the waiting staff their meal is part of the give-back night, or having coupons that guests can give restaurant staff. As long as the process is easy for you, the guests, and the restaurant, you should be good to go. Choosing the Restaurant Choosing the restaurant is critical in making sure you maximize your fundraising opportunity. While engaging with local restaurants is good, you may also consider working with chain restaurants that more people may be familiar with. Here is a list of chain restaurants that have a history of doing fundraising nights with local organizations. Chipotle Panera Bread California Pizza Kitchen Jersey Mike's Subs Chick-fil-A Restaurant give-back nights are an easy way to support your rugby team. As you choose the right eatery, determine how your fundraiser gets credit, and promote the night, you will find this idea can bring in some great cash. Unique Idea #3 - Selling Water Selling water at strategic locations and events is a great way to raise money for your rugby team. Everyone has to drink water to survive, so your potential customer base is limitless! Water bottles have a great profit margin of about 70-80% if you sell the bottles for $1.00. They are very inexpensive to buy and only need something to keep them cold. In order to maximize the money your team raises, you have to sell water when it is hot outside. If you can find places that have limited access to fresh, clean water that will allow you to sell water in warmer weather, your chances of making more money increase. Some of the places to consider selling water include: Sporting Tournaments/Events Selling water at local sporting events is a great way to reach a large audience of potential customers. Consider setting up a booth or stand at local youth sports tournaments, high school or college games, or other community sports events. Make sure to check with event organizers beforehand to obtain any necessary permits or permissions. Community Festivals & Fairs Community festivals and fairs are another excellent location to sell water at. Look for local events that draw large crowds, such as county fairs, music festivals, or outdoor markets. Consider partnering with other local organizations to share booth space and increase visibility. Local Parks & Beaches Selling water at local parks and beaches can also be a profitable opportunity for your rugby team. Look for high-traffic areas where people are likely to be active and in need of hydration. You can either sell water directly from a stand or cooler or consider partnering with local vendors to provide water to their customers. Outside Graduation Ceremonies While people wait in line for outdoor graduation ceremonies, you can sell water to them so they stay hydrated. A basketball team in California did this during a high school graduation and made $500-700 in one night from people waiting to be seated at the football stadium for their child's ceremony. Selling water at strategic locations and events will help raise more money for your rugby team. As you consider selling at sporting events, community festivals, local parks, beaches, and outdoor graduation ceremonies, you can make some good money to cover your team's expenses. Traditional Idea #3 - Local Business Sponsorship Business sponsorship has been a tried-and-true method of raising money for rugby teams for years. Even though it is not flashy or unique, the idea will still work for your team. Businesses will pay your team for the right to have their brand advertised on team assets. These assets can include team jerseys, banners at your rugby field, rugby balls, team backpacks, team social media, or other assets where their brand can be visible. To get started, all you need to do is have your team talk to various local businesses or people they know who own or work for a local business. This should get your foot in the door to bring in some additional cash. Business sponsorships are a tested method that can work well in raising money for your youth rugby team. Adult Rugby Team Fundraising Ideas If you have been put in charge of fundraising for your rugby club, check out these ideas you could use to quickly raise money. Unique Idea #1 - Food Truck Party Having a food truck party is a great way to fundraise for your rugby team. This idea is just like doing a restaurant give-back night except that you are bringing food to the people instead of trying to bring people to the food. Food trucks are always trying to find great spots where they can maximize their nightly profits. If you can convince them to come to a location where you can guarantee sales for a small percentage back to your club, food truck owners would be very happy to cooperate. All you have to do is make sure you get enough people to come and purchase from the truck during the allotted time to ensure you make a good amount of money. Here are some things to consider when you are hosting a food truck party fundraiser for your rugby team. Where Will The Party Be Hosted? To maximize this fundraiser, you need to decide where you should host the food truck party. You have several options where you can have a truck, but you must make sure it is an easy place for your rugby team and supporters to get a meal. A few options include the field where your team plays or practices, a neighborhood where a team member lives, or the parking lot of a team sponsor's business. Each has its advantages and disadvantages, but no matter the location, you need to make sure you have permission from the property owner to host a food truck. How Will You Get People to Come Out and Buy Food? How you will get the most amount of people to come out and get a meal from the truck is crucial to ensure you can get a food truck. No truck will come out if you have 10-20 people show up. For a viable night, most trucks need at least 50 people to make a meal purchase. Just like the restaurant give-back night fundraiser, you need to encourage your team members to invite their friends, family, and other acquaintances to come get a meal. You can make a physical or digital flyer for team members to hand out. If you are hosting the party in a neighborhood, see if the neighborhood has a community social media page or public announcement board that other residents can see to come and support. How Many Trucks Will You Have? Depending on how many guests are coming, you need to determine how many trucks you want to invite. Most parties can be managed with one food truck, but if you have more than 150 people who are going to show up, you might consider inviting multiple trucks. People want to have a good experience supporting your team. If someone has to stand in line for 30 minutes and then wait another 30 minutes for their food, they might skip out on ordering and just socialize with the people there. More trucks eliminate this issue. Space is another big factor. If you have a lot of people planning on coming, do you have the space to have multiple trucks at your location? All-in-all, most fundraising parties like this will be fine with just one food truck. By considering these options, you can set up a successful food truck party that can attract enough people to raise money for your rugby team. Traditional Idea #1 - Car Wash Like local business sponsorships, your rugby team putting together a car wash is a classic fundraising idea that different organizations have used to make money for decades. This tried-and-true fundraising activity is a cheap way to bring in more money for your rugby team. To maximize your efforts, consider the following elements while planning the event. Car Wash Location Location is key for your car wash fundraiser to be successful. If you can find a public place near a busy road, you can attract a lot of general passersby to stop and use your service. If you are not able to do this, your car wash can still be successful, but you will have to sell tickets to many of your family and friends. This can require more work to make sure you get enough money for the fundraiser. Car Wash Supplies After choosing a location, you will need to figure out the required supplies for the car wash. Most of your supplies can come from what team members already own, but you may have to go out to get soap, buckets, and other things to effectively wash and dry vehicles. Organize Your Volunteer Stations You will need to organize your rugby team members into different stations to get cars in and out of your car wash. You will need to divide up who will be washing, who will be checking in cars, who will be taking cash, and who will be drying vehicles. Car washes are an easy and classic fundraising activity that will bring your rugby team more money. As you figure out what location, supplies, and stations for the event, your car wash can bring the team a lot of money. Unique Idea #2 - Holiday Grams Holiday grams are a fun and unique way to raise money for your rugby club. A holiday gram is a gift someone buys to have delivered to a loved one. Usually, these grams come with a special delivery method that customers pay for. These can be effective during certain holiday seasons (Christmas, Valentine's Day, etc.) when people are looking to give unique gifts to loved ones. Holiday grams can be done in a few ways that work best for your team. Consider some of the options below that your rugby club could provide. Make sure that whatever option you choose, you are only making deliveries to safe and reliable geographic areas. Santa Deliveries This holiday gram includes the legendary Santa Claus. Customers will pay for Santa to deliver a small gift to their loved ones in your area. All you will need is a Santa costume and small gifts to fulfill this holiday gram service. If you get multiple Santa costumes, you can have multiple team members making deliveries on the same night to reach more people. Singing Telegrams For this holiday gram, your rugby team will be singing a selection of songs or one song to the gram's recipient. This is a cost-effective option because all you have to do is get your rugby team together to sing songs for people. You need to make sure though that there is some time to practice before you deliver these singing telegrams. Cupid Valentine's Day Delivery This holiday gram is sure to bring some humor to recipients. For this option, you can deliver a box of chocolates, a rose, or any kind of Valentine's Day treat while in a Cupid outfit to gram recipients. This can make for a very memorable holiday gram that recipients will love. All you have to do is get your rugby team dressed and ready to make deliveries. Holiday grams are a fun and cost-effective way to raise more money for your rugby team. As long as you create a safe delivery area and organize your team members, this fundraising event will be very successful. Traditional Idea #2 - Group Nights at Professional Sporting Events Hosting a group night at a professional sporting event is a great fundraiser for your rugby team. This type of fundraiser is simple: work with a professional sports team to buy a bulk amount of tickets at a discounted rate and then sell them to your supporters. This allows your club to keep the remaining profit. Most sports teams have a fundraising option that a ticketing representative can help you explore. Sometimes, ticket reps will just give you a customer discount code instead of buying a bulk pack. At the end of the match, they will look at who has purchased the tickets through the code and give you the profits that were agreed upon. There are countless types of sports teams you can get a group to go and watch. Both major and minor league teams can work with fundraising groups on ticketing. Types of sporting events include football, rugby, basketball, baseball, soccer, and hockey games. You may even find sports like car racing, tennis, volleyball, softball, lacrosse, cricket, and others who would be willing to do a ticket fundraiser with your group. All-in-all, hosting a group night at a sporting event is a fun way to raise money for your club. Unique Idea #3 - Talent Show A talent show can be an exciting fundraiser for your rugby team. While they come together to play rugby, your team's players have other talents and interests outside of the sport. A talent show is a great way to showcase these talents that will engage your supporters and raise money. While planning for a talent show, you must consider the following elements to ensure that it succeeds. Talent Show Venue A venue for your talent show must be figured out first. Depending on your goals and expected crowd, you may be able to host a talent show in someone's backyard, a church stage, a brewery, or a civic amphitheater. As long as you have the proper permits and reservations, you can host a talent show just about anywhere where a crowd can hear and see your performers. When considering a venue, you need to think about the audio-visual capabilities of each venue. Some venues have great audio-visual equipment that is already set up and can be used. Some may require you to bring your own equipment to set up. Be sure to ask the venue managers about their equipment capabilities, so that your show does not suffer from unnecessary surprises. Talent Show Acts After securing a venue, you need to finalize the show's entertainment. Your rugby team's players should be the first source of talent. Even though they are the first people you should sign up, they do not have to be the only ones who participate. Do you have family or friends with unique talents who would be comfortable performing? Are there other members of the community who would be willing to come and share their talents to support the team? Answering these questions can broaden your participant pool. Talent Show Tickets Determining your ticketing is a crucial part of making your talent show successful. For instance, you need to determine whether you will have an entry fee to the show or not. This can work for venues where you can control traffic flow (civic center gyms, theaters, etc.), but will not work in more public venues like a brewery or outdoor amphitheater. Once you determine your entry price, you need to figure out if there is anything else you can add to the tickets that will entice people to come or spend more money. Some of these elements include swag, snacks, dinner, etc. People love food, so including some sort of option with your tickets can entice more people to attend. Food can be included in the ticket or you can have a concessions stand where you sell snacks during the show. Whatever you do, make sure you have the resources to pull it off. Hosting a talent show is a unique and great fundraiser for your rugby team. As you figure out the show's venue, acts, and ticketing, your event will be successful. Traditional Idea #3 - Benefit Dinner Like the other traditional ideas on this list, benefit dinners have been a common fundraising event for many years. People love food and will pay for a meal if it supports your rugby club. Hosting a fundraising dinner requires a few things to make sure it provides good value to customers. What Food Will Be Served? What food will you serve at the fundraising dinner? Your choice of a menu could make or break your event from bringing in good money for your team. How Will Your Food Be Made? How will you and your team make the food to be served at the dinner? Your team can either make the food yourselves from purchased ingredients or have the meal donated by a local restaurant. You can even mix these options with an entree being made by the team and a local restaurant donating appetizers and sides. How Will Your Food Be Served? How will the dinner be served for the fundraiser? Some fundraising dinners have one night where people gather at a venue and are served a meal while others do multiple nights and deliver dinners to customers. Decide what would be the best for your rugby team based on the resources you have. Dinners are a simple way to make money for your rugby team as long as you thoughtfully plan the food that will be served, who will make the food, and how the food will be served. Your Rugby Team Fundraising Can Succeed Whether a youth or adult rugby team, you can succeed in your fundraising efforts through unique and traditional ideas. Youth rugby teams can set up a milk and cookies delivery service, sell cookie boxes, perform yard work, promote a restaurant give-back night, sell water, and form local business partnerships to raise money. Adult rugby teams can host a food truck party, start a car wash, provide a holiday gram service, coordinate a group night at a professional sporting event, put on a talent show, and make a benefit dinner to raise money. Whatever your rugby team decides to do, as long as you plan, have fun, and provide value to supporters, your fundraiser will be a success. Is all this fundraising talk making you hungry? Check out some sweet cookie snacks to curb your hunger: Soft Baked Cookies Do you have a Classic Cookie story you want to share? Email us at contact@classiccookie.com for a chance to have your story featured.

  • What Did the Tough Cookies Podcast Have to Say About Classic Cookie Snacks?

    Craving a podcast that is as delightful as a freshly baked cookie? Tough Cookies is the podcast for you. Friends Cam and Zach take listeners on a delectable audio adventure where they review various new cookie snacks they find. They also insert their takes on various topics at the beginning of the show before their cookie review. Cookies they have reviewed include products from Trader Joe's, Feastables, Nutella, Circus Animals, Pepperidge Farms, and more. In August 2023, the duo tried some of Classic Cookie's soft-baked and crispy cookie snacks for the first time. Check out their thoughts below. Finding Peanut Butter Crispy Mini Cookies- August 2023 Recently, the two friends found Classic Cookie's peanut butter made with Reese's® peanut butter chips crispy mini bags at a local store. They brought the packaged cookie bags back to their studio for a review in Episode 91. In the episode, Cam and Zach discuss how the Wiggles are one of the top earners among Australian entertainers, secrets to teeth, and different airplane hacks. After this discussion, they opened up the crispy peanut butter cookie bag and started to share their thoughts: "Today, we've got crispy and Classic Cookie's delicious and mini peanut butter...made with Reese's®...made with real cane sugar, made with real butter, naturally flavored with pure vanilla extract." "We got them at Gabe's...it's like a Reese's® brand, well it's made with Reese's®." [Takes a crispy mini cookie] "It's cookie classic. It's Classic Cookie brand. I wonder if...if I could like source this to like a...manufactured by Mannon Specialty Foods in Sevierville, TN?!" "HUH?!" "Wait a minute..." "Hold up. Are these good cookies?" "The Reese's® trademark and trade dress...I knew that. Cool, cool, cool, cool, cool. I don't know. I don't know. Let me get up in this." "It's called Classic Cookies?" "It's called Classic Cookie - it's the name of the thing." "Let's see. (Takes another cookie bite) Classic Cookie. Mmmmm - these are pretty good." "Mmm pretty good." "How much is this bag? Let's see - oh! Do you recognize that? I feel like you recognize that." "I mean, I look at 100 cookies a week. I don't, I don't know." "Mmmmm - what did we pay for that?" "Probably like $3." "There's not a sticker on it with a price that says like 'Gabe's'?" "Umm not that I can see. I bet it was on the shelf that it was on." [Takes more cookies out of the bag] "These aren't bad." "These are not bad. These are...pretty good!" "Mmmhmm." "These are like, we haven't done like 'cookies' in a while." "Yeah." "These are like 'COOKIES.'" "These are...it's like a bag of small cookies, very crispy...it's a fine bag. I don't know what else you want." "...We talk about the container situation all the time, and this is a poor one because the ones on the bottom get crumbly dumbly." "And there's no resealability. You just have to eat the whole bag." [Mouth full] "Which is not a problem with these bad boys." "You're not wrong." "These are good." "I do, however, take issue with one thing." "Okay - I think I know what it's going to be. Is it that?" "Uh...two things. Everyone, I just shook a cookie over the trash can and to get all the crumbs off." "If you wanted to salt your dinner you could shake these cookies over them. Not with salt, but with cookie sugar." "Mmmhmm." [Takes another bite] "These are peanut butter cookies with Reese's® peanut butter chips in them." "Are they?" "Mmhmm." "So they are...I'm not against that at all." "I feel like these would benefit from chocolate chips." [Mouth full] "You see, I gotta disagree with you there, buddy. I think that would be a hat on a hat." "They're very Nutter Butter." "Yeah - these know exactly what they are. They're peanut buttery...they're sweet and peanut buttery and delicious and that's that." "Really crumbly." "Yeah they're really crumbly, but...they're not chocolate cookies. They're good cookies that are not chocolate cookies and that is a really great thing for me." "Yeah - I'll give them credit for that." "Yeah. They feel protein...there are probably a lot of protein in these because they're peanut butter and peanut butter has protein. I bet they are good for you." "Let's see." "Serving size?" "I'm going to guess two." "One...once ounce...there are seven servings in a container." "Wait, it gives you the serving size in ounces?" "Yeah. They give it to you in ounces because they know [the cookies] are going to be destroyed. Wait, does it say how many are in the bag I wonder. Per ser...no...huh. Yeah I don't know." "What's the ounceage of the bag?" "Okay - serving size one ounce. Net weight seven ounces. Yeah, there's seven ounces in a bag. But, I don't know how many cookies are in a bag." "There's no way - a seventh of a bag." "Every day, you can have a seventh of this bag for a week. You can make piles." "Now hold up...oh boy...I'm on classiccookie.com." "Ok - what do you got?" "There's a section called Content Creators." "Oooooooo." "'Do you like reviewing or making fun social media content around snacks?'" "Oh yeah we do!" "Check out more details below...Well I guess I'm applying for the New Product Club." [Fills out New Product Club Application with some more banter] "Now that we've finished that, we can give an honest review of these cookies. It's pretty good." "It's pretty good." "They're pretty good cookies." "I may have gone a little strong there with the, 'If these are minis...'" "Yeah - what's a regular one?" "Yeah, I mean these are like the perfect size exactly where I want them to be." [More banter back and forth before giving a final score on the cookies] "Awesome. So a seven?" "I was going to give them an eight." "Nice!" "I was really going to give them an eight. These are good...I would've liked chocolate chips and probably would've bumped it to a nine." "I was going to give them a seven." "I like them." "I like them too though a lot, so maybe a seven and a half?" "You're saying seven, but there's not many cookies left in that bag." "Maybe eight...these are great. These are really good maybe eight. I think eight might be better." "Yeah - I think I'm going to land on an eight." "Eight is true with what my heart and soul says." Listen to the full Tough Cookies podcast episode 91 on any one of these streaming links Apple Podcasts Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Podcast Addict Reviewing Soft-Baked Cookies- August 2023 After enjoying their packaged crispy peanut butter cookies, Zach and Cam received a package of six Classic Cookie soft-baked flavors including, chocolate chip made with Hershey's® mini kisses, peanut butter made with Reese's® peanut butter chips, Cinnabon®, oatmeal crème made with Hershey's® white chips, oatmeal raisin, and macadamia nut made with Hershey's® white chips. They tasted all these packaged cookies and gave an honest review in Episode 92. After talking about a variety of other topics spanning from tacos, grilled cheese, aliens, a $1 sponsor, and other items, the two friends shared their thoughts on the soft baked cookies: "I just want to get this out there up front. [Classic Cookie], you might have given us these cookies, but we're going to be..." "Brutally honest." "Brutally honest." "We're honest guys. Anyway..." [After some more banter back and forth] "We have a box." "We are going to be brutally honest with this review though. I really want to stress..." "We are going to do our normal review style with you." "Listen, listen Classic Cookie - love the brand. If you sent us stinkers, oh boy...we're going to tell people they're stinkers" "So let's talk about the box - this is a cardboard box with UPS Ground on it. "Kind of an odd choice for cookies to come in a UPS box." "...But I like it. It's new and interesting. It's exciting. [Laughs] ...Obviously, the cookies were sent to us in like a UPS-style box. We haven't opened the box yet." "Heck yeah." [Opens box] "...WOAH...Woah." "We got cookies in this bad boy." "Woah." "Okay." "Okay." "...We haven't done this yet." "We haven't opened this yet." "This is new on the show." "We've got...we've got 'soooo sweet and buttery' double chocolate made with Hershey's® eight 3oz jumbo cookies individually wrapped Classic Cookie variety pack." "Woah. Wow" "It says on the box it says, double chocolate made with Hershey's® but on the top it's got a sticker that says 'variety pack' - oh, it's a variety." "Do you think our friend [from Classic Cookie] packed this up for us?" "Probably not." "But, maybe?" "He had the elves do it." "The elves, well, I don't know if they are elves - they could be like woodland nymphs." "Get out of here." "...We've got the Classic Cookie variety pack. Beautiful. Full of cookies. This box does say 'oatmeal raisin' on the front." "Yep." "I've got to say. Soooo, we all know how you feel about oatmeal raisin." "I'm not a fan. I mean like I don't hate oatmeal raisin. There are just better cookies than oatmeal raisin." "There are better cookies, and some people like oatmeal raisin. Listen, I'm not an oatmeal raisin guy. If I wanted fruits in my cookies than I'd get a jaffa cake." "Yeah. Exactly. I'm trying to find who this guy is." [They start pulling out cookies] "...Classic Cookie chocolate chip made with mini Hershey's® kisses. We've got Classic Cookie macadamia nut Hershey's® white chips. Oooo I love a macadamia nut cookie." "Manny the Master Baker. That's his name." "Oh, that's the guy [on the packaging]?" "That's the guy - Manny the Master Baker." "That's not an elf - that's a man." "He's a man." "That's a man. That's Manny the man." "That's how you know." "His name's not Elfy." "There's Manny the man." "The box drawing is a lot clearer than that one like side of a bag that we looked at." "This is a big ol box. Corpo sent us this box." "Yeah - big corpo sent us this." [Pulling out more cookies from the box] "We've got oatmeal crème. We've got oatmeal raisin, your favorite." "I just think there are better cookies." "We've got peanut butter made with Reese's®. We've been through this." "Yeah" "We've been through this. Old news. Woah. Cinnabon®. Baked with Cinnabon® cinnamon and cream cheese chips." "I think they sent us two of all of them." "Ohhhhhhh." "Because you're a person. I'm a person." "We're both people." "And normally, most people don't share their foods like you and I do." "Well, that was a cool trend we did. Then we got sick." "We gotta blast through these cookies." "Well, we can skip the Reese's® ones because we've done that." "That's true - we did those." "Those got like an eight [rating]. They were pretty good." "Those were good." "Yeah. Alright." "Let's start with oatmeal raisin." "Yeah let's start with oatmeal raisin..." "...because I'm sure they'll be okay maybe good, but they're not gonna be...they're not...they're oatmeal raisin cookies I mean..." "It's hard to do the packaging because we've been given these by corpo." "Yeah." "Big corpo sent us this, so...they're soft and chewy which is interesting because...soft and yummy...which is interesting because it's so hard to do that well." "Yeah." "Mmmhmm." "Give it a bite." [Takes a bite out of the cookie] "I think they nailed it. Soft and, soft and yummy?" "Listen, listen we gotta find something to say they're bad." "Why?" "Because people are going to think we're sellouts." "Oh, we're selling out, but here's the thing - they're not salty like most soft and yummy cookies are salty. These are just good." "Yeah, that's a problem is they are not salty." "No that's not a problem. That's a good thing." "I know. I know, but people are going to say we're sellouts." "We're not sellouts." "Do I have to eat this whole cookie?!" "No!" "I had so much." "We're gonna have to eat four cookies!" "I've had so much food." [They grab a new cookie] "This is the oatmeal crème made with Hershey's® premier white chocolate." "Wait, do we gotta, do we do a number between each of these?" "Sure." "Okay." "Well, what was the oatmeal, what do you think, hmmm...I've got a number for oatmeal raisin." "Okay. Ummm. I gotta think. Ok, I got a number...Oatmeal raisin from Classic Cookie. They're Classic Cookie. I love this guy." "Okay." "Is that what we called the episode, the last one? Good." "Yeah." "Good, good, good, good." "That one is a 6.5" "I gave that a 4." "Really?" "I don't like oatmeal raisin. I don't want my cookie to be healthy." "I think that's better than a Chips Ahoy, because the texture is great." "Texture's good, but if I was at a party, and I saw a really good oatmeal raisin and a Chips Ahoy, I still think I'd go Chips Ahoy." "But if I had that and I had a Chips Ahoy, I would go back for that." "Don't try to put, listen." "I'm just saying..." "Don't put shriveled grapes in my cookies. Put cookies in my cookies. I'm going 4. I'm going with my gut. My gut said 4." "Okay." "That's where the cookie is." "I said 6.5...Oatmeal crème." "Oatmeal crème." [Both take a bite out of their cookie] "If we don't give the oatmeal raisin a 4, people aren't going to buy the Reese's® one because it's an 8." "I gave it a 6.5." [Continue to chew] "This one's better." "This one's better." "This one's a lot better." "It's better, but only because it has chocolate where the raisins were." "I, what, hold on - let me see that." "I almost handed you the cookie, but you have one." [Continues to chew] "Yeah, this is better." "Yeah. Alright, I got a number, do you got a number?" "Yep - I got a number." "Alright, what's your number?" "7." "7 for me." "Yeah." "That one's a 7. Good job, Classic Cookie, you got a 7." "Oatmeal, still not convinced oatmeal's the cookie medium of choice, but the cream part of it is pretty good." [Both grab the next cookie] "This one is a...I didn't read the back." "Macadamia Nut!" "Ah!" Both: "I love a MACADAMIA NUT!" "Here's a problem: is this one also oatmeal? No. I can't, I can't...the oatmeal is lost on me." "You're all oatmeal." "I'm all, I'm 100% oatmeal." "Hmm. Mmmm." "I'm all oatmeal all the time." "Hmm. I'm so full of food." [Both continue chewing] "Okay. You know what, I tasted both and I get the oatmeal." "Let me jump back into the oatmeal here." "I understand where the oatmeal is and how it's existing." [Both continue to chew] "You get it now?" "Yep." "Yeah." "Yep. Yep. Yep." "I got a number." "I got a number." "8" "6" "Really? Worse?" "Little heavy on the white chocolate chips." "Never a fault." "Certainly not bad." "Not a fault. No. Too many chocolates? Not a fault. We're saving chocolate chip for last." "Oh yeah, that's the classic cookie." [Both pull out the next cookie] "Cinnabon® bakery inspired baked with Cinnabon® cinnamon and cream cheese chips." "I. AM. EX. CITE. ED." "This one's got cheese in it. Just like our..." "You could've taken that out with your teeth, huh?" "This one's hard to open." "Landed on your teeth teeth." "I've got three cookies and my fingers are covered in sweat." "Wow, wow, you..you opened that in such an insane way. I don't know how you did that." "I opened it up like Tarzan." "Alright, here we've got Classic Cookie Cinnabon® bakery inspired baked with Cinnabon® cinnamon and cream cheese chips. I feel like this one is going to be a winner." "Hard to miss - I'm going to say it now...hard to miss with Cinnabon®. But, but hot hot..." "Hochi machi" "Hochi. Hot chocolate this one's good." [Both chew on their cookie] "Wow. This one's really good." "That's a home run of a cookie." "That's a GOOD cookie. Holy crap. Why...I mean Classic Cookie, I got a sincere question: Why would you ever make a different cookie than this one? This one is so good!" "...Woah." "It's really sweet." "It's really sweet. We're splitting half a cookie each - thank you for sending us two [Classic Cookie friend]." "Yeah. You probably didn't know that we were going to eat dinner and another dinner and then cookies..." "I did have dinner pie, another dinner, and now I'm having cookies." "This is your second dessert." "And these are also not small cookies." "Yeah - these are hefty boys." "I don't know what the pricing is on these because obviously as everyone knows, corpo sent them to us." "Yeah." "But..." [Both continue to take bites and talk] "Ok, so, Cameron is finishing up his whatever one." "This one I might down the rest of, because this Cinnabon® one is good." "What's your number, my man?" "It's an 8.5" "I'm going to go an 8 I think it's pretty even with Macadamia Nut for me." "The, the...I think it's better than the Reese's® one from last step." "And to be honest, it's been a minute, but I'm sure we...there were some..." "You can have some, they're in there." "Nah, I think 2.5 giant cookies is enough for me tonight." "This is a bomb cookie." "Yeah it's good." "It's chewy, but not...in fact it's like bordering beyond cookie. It's so chewy." "Oh, I thought you meant it's like 'not meat.' Like it's beyond cookie - beyond meat." "Yeah, I don't think there's meat in any of these. I hope there isn't. Classic Cookie, if there's meat, in any of the cookies, you gotta tell people." [After some more banter, they pull out the final cookie] "This is chocolate chip...chocolate chip, the cookie itself, seems to have suffered some sort of travel error." "Yeah - it had a cookie goof. But I mean, it's sugar and flour and chocolate." "It's smaller and thicker than the rest, but it probably just got squished in the box." "Yeah." "It's chocolate chip..." "This is chocolate chip made with mini Hershey's® kisses. A lot of these have like brand collabs..." "...I'm going to dive into this bad boy." [Both take a bite out of the cookie] "I gotta take. I gotta take on this." "What's your take? Take on me. Take me on." "You know the weird salt?" "Mmmhmm." "It's starting to sneak in. I think it's because chocolate chips are a little bit salty, and whatever they are putting in their dough to not make it salty is unbalanced by the chocolate chips. Chocolate chip soft cookies are like a little bit salty. Maybe that means when we get soft and chewy cookies, we should get not chocolate chip, we should get like peanut butter." "Yeah. Yeah. I'm getting it. This is a little closer to like this is what I would expect..." "A soft baked cookie." "...a soft baked cookie store bought cookie to taste like. It's not bad, and I do like the mini Hershey's® kisses. Big ol' chunky chocos that's what is in this guy." "Yeah, they're thick." "I'm pretty into. I will say the texture of these cookies - it's good." "Yeah. It's real good." "If you're a soft cookie person..." "This is fresh out of the oven texture." "Yeah - it's not like mushy, but it is chewy...which probably doesn't make a lot of sense to people who haven't eaten a cookie every two weeks for the last 92 weeks." "No - 184 weeks." "Oh, 184 weeks! Which is understandable, I get that. But also, this cookie is a...6." "6 was my number too. You'd think chocolate chip would be like the peak of this roster...it is not. Cinnabon® is the peak of the roster." "Woah...it's insane because it's like it's unmistakably the Cinnabon® one...we're getting back into the Cinnabon® one." "Yeah." "I mean, it's, okay...it's a chocolate chip cookie." "Yeah." "It's a chocolate chip cookie." "Of course." "It's not bad, I gave it a 6. It's fine. It's good." "Of course." "This Cinnabon® one though..." "Yeah." "It is like gone beyond just a cookie. It feels like its own thing. It's cinnamony. It's got the cream cheese stuff." "Yeah - it's bananas." "It might have bananas in it." [They banter back and forth more] "There's water, and oil and milk and cocoa butter and iron and stuff like that..." "...It's got nonfat dry milk." "Nice. What's a shame is that the serving size is one cookie and not two-and-a-half cookies, because that's what we've had." "So, something else, listen - we're going dive into the company here a little bit." "Okay." "One thing I like about this..." "Yeah." "'Manufactured by Mannon Specialty Foods, Inc. Sevierville, TN.'" "Yeah." "It's so easy to just get your like cookies from like...these are cookies from a cookie factory from in like cookie country, and bring them in...'the company is headquartered in Severville,' blah blah blah. No, getting these cookies right from Sevierville huh?" "They didn't ship very far..." "...This Cinnabon® one is really good." "Yeah." "There are a couple, I think the lowest [rated] one is a 6." "No, you had a 4 for oatmeal raisin." "That's a personal thing. The cookie itself was fine. It's just oatmeal raisin. C'mon guys. Don't, listen, nobody needs to buy an oatmeal raisin cookie." "Because if you are eating an oatmeal raisin cookie, you might as well be eating a salad." "If you are eating an oatmeal raisin cookie, it's like the same thing as having a raw cucumber...it's good for you." "It's good for you - is that what it was?" "Yeah. Yeah." "Okay, it's good for you." "Yeah. Yeah. Yeah." "If you are going an oatmeal raisin cookie, seriously, okay, seriously, if you are having an oatmeal raisin cookie, just have oatmeal with raisins in it. You're going to feel better." "This is not a flaw of the Classic Cookie company. This is a flaw of the invention of the oatmeal raisin cookie." "No, no, this is, listen. Any cookie company that makes an oatmeal raisin cookie, it's just money on the table - you could be making more of these Cinnabon® cookies. I'm sorry. I'm sorry." "Do you think there's someone out there who is like I am crazy for oatmeal raisin?" "Grandmas?" "So far, what we know of these bad boys is that they make six types of cookies, and one of them is oatmeal raisin." "They make at least seven because I see double chocolate Hershey's® there on the side of the box..." [More banter between the two on the Classic Cookie box] "...This is the box that goes like in the shelf.." "In the fridge..." "...at the grocery store and you go and pick yourself out one of these cookies." "...and you go and grab one..." [More banter on the box] "...It's a smart box. It's smart packaging - one cookie per paper thing." "Yeah, if you are going to sell big cookies as like a...cookie snack, that's a pretty smooth move. I like how the box is itself." "It's good." "I don't know what the average was for all of these because we did 50,000 cookies..." "I'm going to give Classic Cookie, out of all the brands we've worked with..." "Best brand we've ever worked with." "Best brand we've worked with." "I can say that right now." Listen to the full Tough Cookies podcast episode 92 on any one of these streaming links Apple Podcasts Spotify Pandora Amazon Music Podcast Addict __________________________________________________________________________________ Do you have a Classic Cookie story you want to share? Email us at contact@classiccookie.com for a chance to have your story featured.

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