This is not the way the cookie is supposed to crumble. Early in the year, Baltimore awoke to find out that its iconic, beloved Berger Cookies were becoming scarce to non-existent.
The city Health Department had shut down the Cherry Hill plant, where the well-known treats are made, on Jan. 31 because it lacked a food-service license. It wasn’t a food issue. It was a paperwork problem. Soon, stores were running out.
One industrious hoarder took to eBay, offering a box of Berger Cookies for $25 with a note: “Left over from our Super Bowl party.”Other snackers took to Twitter and Facebook bemoaning the loss of the fudge-topped shortbread sweets. Also complicating cookie-gate, the bakery’s owner, Charles DeBaufre Jr., was in the hospital, unable to sign needed documents to continue the business.
After being produced since the 1800s, was this the end of the intoxicating sugar-and-chocolate rush experienced by generations of Baltimoreans? For more than a month, citizens waited for the crumbs to settle. Finally, the company was able to work out its difficulties and crank up the ovens. By March, delivery trucks were on the road again, stocking shelves. Life was sweet again in Charm City.