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Oven fresh

Australia's Cookie Man comes to the city with its tasty brand of cookies



The cookies tumble out of the autobake ready to eat — Photo: K. Ramesh Babu

Cookie care

Crispy crunchy: Keep in a cool dry place in an airtight container

Super softy: Keep in a sealed pack in the `frig

Choco-dipped: Refrigerate right away

Dreamy creamy: Keep refrigerated until serving

AS ONE wanders out of Prasad's Multiplex, with an eyeful of Yana Gupta and Spiderman, the delicious smell of cookies assaults the nostrils.

Follow your nose and you come to the spanking new Cookie Man outlet. The outlet, a franchisee of Cookie Man Australia, has a range of cookies - 30 to be precise to drool over. With stringent quality control - the ingredients are sent to Sydney to be tested, you know you are getting value for money.

"Cookie Man was started by Kevin Hicks in Australia in '58," says director and chief taster, Cookie Man, John Lynch. "Hicks sold his grandmother's cookies door to door and the only problem he faced was he could not bake the cookies fast enough! So he patented Autobake an oven that can bake 15 kilos of cookie dough in 45 minutes." All outlets have an Autobake and you can see the cookies tumbling out of the oven. "Our cookies are different from regular biscuits as we do not use preservatives or additives," Lynch explains. "If you store the cookies in air tight containers, they last for a month." The cookies are available in six ranges - crispy crunchy, super soft, dreamy creamy, choco-dipped, speciality and savoury cookies. "The savoury cookies are special for India and are baked unlike Indian snacks which are fried."

About the prices (a 1.25 kg barrel of crispy crunchy cookies cost Rs 450) Lynch says, "It is value for money. Once you have tasted our cookies, you will definitely come back for more."

There are host of promotions too like till October 31, there is a "buy one get one free" offer starting with the 250 gms packs. It is a perfect gifting option. So the next time you are at the multiplex just follow your nose for the tastiest cookie experience ever.

MINI ANTHIKAD-CHHIBBER

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