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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 04/23/07 3:27 PM
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Does anyone remember the Burry's short bread cookies that looked like a flower? Does anyone have a picture? Thanks!

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 04/23/07 9:43 PM
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Does anyone remember the Burry's short bread cookies that looked like a flower? Does anyone have a picture? Thanks!

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 04/23/07 10:39 PM
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Fudgetown was the standard in my house

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Tue, 04/24/07 10:14 AM
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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Tue, 04/24/07 10:55 AM
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Oooh, from just looking at the picture I can practically taste those fudge shortbread cookies! Thanks for posting it!

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Tue, 04/24/07 11:46 AM
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I guess noone has a picture of those butter cookies, I'm still looking for them. Has any one tried to find Burry's archives on line? I'm having a hard time findng anything

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 09/23/07 2:41 PM
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Originally posted by Dr Fildo

I LOVED Fudgetowns. I also remember poking out the fudge in the center and eating it first. My brothers and I talk about those frequently. We all loved 'em. You would think that since Burry went out of business some other cookie company would have bought the rights/recipe for them. Many people fondly recall Burry's Best cookies
Mother's Double Fudge Cookies, sold only in states west of the Mississippi river taste exactly like Fudgetowns. Mother's was once owned by LU but has since been sold.

NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH!!! There is now a cookie sold here on the east coast that tastes exactly like Fudgetowns!!! It is Archway Double Fudge Creme. Archway Mother's Cookie Co. inc. located in Battle Creek MI. produces Double Fudge under the Mother's name west of the Mississippi river & now has expanded Double Fudge to be sold in the eastern states under the Archway name.
Mother's was sold by LU to archway. I believe Burry LU & LU were the same company, so that could explain why Double Fudge Creme tastes exactly like Fudgetowns, but only the shape is different with no hole in the middle. These cookies are sold in 49 states. The only state it is not available in is PA because in PA Archway has franchised there name & distribution to the Davis Cookie Co. & Davis don't produce or distribute Double Fudge Creme.
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I bought Double Fudge Creme on 10/2/07 in a supermarket Watchung N.J.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 10/7/07 3:43 AM
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I hate to say this but I am actually happy to see that the Burry cookie company is deceased. Long story, but it involved the Girl Scouts also.

I owned a business and was looking to help out a Girl Scout as part of a community service. I used to be a Boy Scout and remember what it was like trying to sell all the stuff we had to sell to support the organization. So I figured I would buy a large amount of cookies to put some lucky Girl Scout well over the top to get the big prize and patches etc. I'm thinking this is really going to make some girls day. I didn't care who the girl was so I solicited nominations from my customers. I contacted the mother of the girl and introduced myself as I was a pretty well known businessman in the community and told her what I wanted to do for her daughter. All I got from the mother was a rude, are you kidding me....I bought 15 CASES of cookies anyway as I knew it wasn't the girls fault her mother was rude. A couple of weeks later expecting to at least meet the young lady to hear about her prize and maybe a thank you. All I got was her dad who wasn't a bit happy about having to deliver them to me, who I paid and he left with not even a thank you. Wait it gets better! Well since I could not even think of possibly eating 15 cases of cookies, I began giving them to any customer who wanted a box. Yes, I said giving away, as any other Girl Scout's parents employer does when her parents take their order sheets to their work and the employer buys cookies. It wasn't part of my business, I needed to get rid of the cookies as I had no place to store them. Now I get a call from the Girl Scout Council who now threatens to sue me as I am not licensed to distribute the cookies. You know...One would think they would have been happy to have sold the stupid things and made a little money. Guess not. So the next day I am trying to unload the rest of these battered and bruised baked biscuits of Burry's best and low and behold if I don't get a call from the legal department of the Burry Cookie Company in Chicago, who also threatens a lawsuit if I didn't immediately quit "distributing" the cookies without a license. Now I have rude Girl Scout parents, an ungreatful Girl Scout Council, and a Corporation who in all their enormousness wants to threaten someone who all they wanted to do is help out a little girl with getting something from a kind community member who cared. Well, so the Burry Cookie Company crumbled...How ironic!

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 10/7/07 11:40 AM
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You probably got turned in by a Girl Scout or a Girl Scout's parent who was pissed by the rigged sales contest. As for Burry's legal department, they were not told the whole story. Since they did not bring suit against you, they must have concluded you were within your legal rights.

I was on the other side of the fence. My father died when I was in elementary school. Thereafter, the school started using fund raising drives to raise money. Again, the students were expected to sell stuff. So I went from door to door and sold practically nothing since every other kid in town was selling the same stuff. We no longer had a car so I couldn't be driven to friends and family in nearby town to try to flog the stuff. Then I started to analyze who the parents of the kids winning the awards were. Union shop stewards, office employees, salesmen. The kids weren't selling those huge amounts of goods. The parents were either buying them out of their own pockets to feed their own egos, or coerced fellow workers, etc to buy them. The salesmen were probably giving them out to their purchasing agent customers as payola, and the salesmens' company was reimbursing the salesmen for "business expenses".

In later years I willingly bought the Chocolate Mint cookies from parents selling them in my office, since I wasn't home when the girl scouts would go door-to-door.

And you wonder why I am such a cynic.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 10/10/07 11:32 PM
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I'm sure you are right as far as who initiated it. It is the idea that the Girl Scout Council came back with such venum. And I did explain it, or tried to, to the Cookie company but they wanted no part of it. As of this date, I will eat the cookies as they are a quality product. And I will support the Girl Scouts as they are a great organization. But I will never ever buy the cookies again.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 10/10/07 11:55 PM
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I absolutely loved Fudge Towns. First with milk and in later years with coffee. Very very sweet chocolate cookie. I can almost still remember that sweet silky chocolate taste.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Thu, 12/13/07 11:13 PM
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Oh Man! I just read all 3 pages of posts and have been on such a nostalgia trip for the past 15 minutes. Fudgetown, my absolute, all-time favorite! I've searched and searched for them. I remembered they were made by Burry. But I haven't seen ANYthing by Burry in years. At first I thought it was Nabisco and Keebler paying off the supermarkets to croud them out, but of course, they must have gone under. How sad. I grew up in the era of the light brown box with the cowboy and lasso, but I pushed out those little chocolate buttons just like everyone else. I can still see the cookie shelves from a 7 year old's perspective in the aisles of our old A & P in Millwood, NY. And the Scooter Pies, the Gauchos,....MR CHIPS - that mysterious dark caped man (admittedly, he scared me a bit as a small kid!) And yes, our Girl Scout cookies in Millwood were baked by Burrys, and the Trefoils had loads of coarse sugar crystals on top. The only GS cookies I'll buy anymore are the Thin Mints, and they go straight into the freezer...

Dare fudge cookies are OK, but they're not the same. The new Archway cookies sound so promising - I'm going out to find it in the morning! (But I hesitate to get my hopes up...)

And I don't know if anyone loved Mallowmars as much as I did, but I scored a box of them last month in Northampton, MA at a Stop and Shop. Why I didn't buy more, I don't know. I need to see if it was a dream or if I really found them again after all these years (and the recipe hadn't changed, the taste was like biting into a time warp - awesome!)

It looks like there are Mr.Chips and Gaucho refrigerator magnets available on ebay. Just a little sad this is the closest we'll come to ever tasting these great cookies again. And my kids can't have that great experience (but apparently, there're still Mallowmars!!...)

Thanks all, for such great memories. (I think it would be good to keep this thread in a positive light - just my 2 cents)

Chris in NH

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 12/14/07 9:27 AM
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Chris in NH, I see Mallowmars all the time down here in Charlotte. You'll think I'm crazy but I am now trying to watch what I eat and have resisted them so far.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 12/14/07 9:34 AM
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I forgt to add that I remembered Kettle cookies. They were like windmill cookies, only square with a finely detailed hearth imprint with a hanging kettle. I'm pretty sure they were in the Burry's Assortment, so now that's Mr.Chips, Fudgetown, Gaucho, Kettle, and two more, which I'm inclined to say were some kind of creme wafers and a lemon creme sandwich cookie.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 12/14/07 9:38 AM
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Originally posted by Chris in NH

MR CHIPS - that mysterious dark caped man (admittedly, he scared me a bit as a small kid!) Chris in NH


Our own Mr. Chips scared you?


Welcome to RF!


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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 12/14/07 11:02 PM
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Our own Mr. Chips scared you?
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Well, consider that I grew up watching Godzilla and Rodan movies (and Night of the Living Dead, Freaks, etc, etc) from a very early age on...
I thought Mr. Chips was some cross between Mr. Magoo and the black spy in Spy Vs. Spy. Didn't keep me from eating the cookies, though!

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 12/31/07 5:32 PM
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Hello everyone. I am a Burry; so, I got a kick out of this string. Thank you all.

We did a bit of research growing up on the Burry cookie company. My understanding is that the company was sold to Quaker Oats. I wasn't aware of the requirement to sell to the highest bidder. I had heard that the company was sold under the condition that any Burry products had to retain the Burry Cookie Company name on the package, regardless of the buyer. So, I gather that Quaker decided to do away with most of the products years ago.

I was consulting in Minneapolis a few years back and was served Burry oyster crackers with soup at a restaurant one day. I guess some products are still out there. You've all renewed my interest; so, I think that I'll do some more research to see if I can find any Burry products.

Thanks again

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Tue, 01/1/08 10:01 PM
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remember that part of the song went..."they're baked, they're baked by brry's, so they're burry, burry good". I can hear the music in my head...but I guess that is an issue for another forum. I used to love to poke my pinky through the hole in the fudgetown cookies and push out the little chocolate cream piece, then chase my sister with it and tell her it was poop.

Yes, I was a joy as a child


OMG! LMAO! I wasn't sure what the fudgetown cookies were until I read that! Then I looked at the pictures and a chill went down my spine! LOVED those cookies

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Tue, 01/8/08 5:08 AM
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What a great thread this is. I grew up in Elizabeth, NJ where Burry was based so I can shed a little light and some memories on the subject.

The Burry Biscuit factory was on the Newark/Elizabeth line and not too far from my grandmother's house growing up. When they were baking her whole neighborhood smelled like cookies! That's right, Elizabeth, NJ actually smelled good on many days.

Across the street from the factory was the Burry's Cookies N' Stuff outlet store, where they sold "damaged" cookies in huge cardboard boxes. The name of the cookies were just stamped on the side of a plain white box that just said "Burrys" on it. We used to save these big boxes to store stuff in. Wish I still had a few of them now. I remember going there with my dad and just stocking up every few weeks. A giant box of Burry's Best chocolate chip cookies cost about $3.50 in the late 80s. This is the first place I ever saw Snapple as well, back when the only flavor they made was apple cider, hence their name. This was also in the 80s. The outlet store also carried all sorts of weird cookies and snacks that you pretty much couldn't find anywhere else, as well as Burry Lu cookies, that are still around simply as Lu Cookies.

I'm not sure on the exact date when they closed, I'm going to say the early 90s, but the factory turned into an Interbake foods factory and the outlet store also reflected the change. Interbake currently makes Girl Scout cookies but nowhere near as good as Burry's. I'm almost positive the factory is completely shut down now and the store has been closed for probably 15 years. I miss the huge boxes of crumbled up chocolate chip cookies as well as their large thin chocolate chip cookies that I used to make ice cream sandwiches out of.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 01/9/08 8:20 PM
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Originally posted by Dr Fildo

NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH!!! There is now a cookie sold here on the east coast that tastes exactly like Fudgetowns!!! It is Archway Double Fudge Creme.
P.S. I bought Double Fudge Creme on 10/2/07 in a supermarket Watchung N.J.


This has sent me out on a cookie hunt!! I found that our local Stop & Shop in Northampton, MA sells plenty of brands of Archway - but no Double Fudge Cream. DRAT!!!!

Any ideas which stores to seek out for these cookies???

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 01/9/08 9:55 PM
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Originally posted by Chris in NH

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Originally posted by APMiller


Originally posted by Dr Fildo

NEWS FLASH NEWS FLASH!!! There is now a cookie sold here on the east coast that tastes exactly like Fudgetowns!!! It is Archway Double Fudge Creme.
P.S. I bought Double Fudge Creme on 10/2/07 in a supermarket Watchung N.J.


This has sent me out on a cookie hunt!! I found that our local Stop & Shop in Northampton, MA sells plenty of brands of Archway - but no Double Fudge Cream. DRAT!!!!

Any ideas which stores to seek out for these cookies???

I bought Archway Double Fudge Creme in Shoprite on Route 22 in Watchung N.J. back in 11/07. You may want to call the store before making the trip. I don't get to go to N.J. much anymore, but I am planning to go to that Shoprite later this month. Not all Shoprite stores carry Double Fudge Creme.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Thu, 01/31/08 5:55 AM
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I live about five minutes from the Watchung ShopRite and went there last night. They currently have tons of the double fudge cremes in stock. I believe they're either $2.99 or $3.99 for the package. Never knew there were coconuts in the ingredients until last night when I looked at the package.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 02/8/08 11:25 PM
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Ahhh, Burry's Cookies. I remember them well! Does anyone else recall at Christmastime, Burry's would have special shortbread cookies in Christmas tree ornament shapes, decorated with sugar sprinkles? You could even hang them on your tree, but the ones in our house never got that far.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 02/17/08 2:29 PM
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Weren't those Fudgetown cookies originally called "Double-fudge" cookies....And you're right..Keebler makes a poor imitation knockoff.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 02/27/08 8:22 PM
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I recall many years ago, when we lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey, there was the old Burry Biscuit cookie factory just before the Newark city line. They used to make all the girl scout cookies back then, but I believe they were bought out buy a French company and they called the product Burry-lu. Not sure if they are still around or not. And before it was the Burry Biscuit factory, they used to make automobiles in that plant. I want to say Hudson was the car brand, but I can't be sure. But THAT was before my time
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Originally posted by Yum

Ahhh, Burry's Cookies. I remember them well! Does anyone else recall at Christmastime, Burry's would have special shortbread cookies in Christmas tree ornament shapes, decorated with sugar sprinkles? You could even hang them on your tree, but the ones in our house never got that far.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 05/16/08 7:21 AM
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I wish I could find them. Fudgetown was My absolute favorite. Give me a box and some milk and I would have waved dinner if my mother would have let me.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 05/16/08 11:01 AM
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Does anyone make a good fudge cookie with fudge filling like the old Burry's double fudge and fudgetown??? Keebler's isn't very good.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 05/16/08 5:45 PM
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Originally posted by leethebard

Does anyone make a good fudge cookie with fudge filling like the old Burry's double fudge and fudgetown??? Keebler's isn't very good.


You missed my entry of March 2007. Go back and look.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 05/16/08 6:39 PM
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Thanks...did miss that. Where do you find the Dare brand...never heard of it?

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 05/16/08 7:58 PM
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Originally posted by leethebard

Does anyone make a good fudge cookie with fudge filling like the old Burry's double fudge and fudgetown??? Keebler's isn't very good.
Take a look at my listings posted on 9/23/07 & 1/9/08 about Archway Double Fudge Creme. Just finished a bag this morning before work. Delicious! Tastes exactly like Fudgetown!!!

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 05/16/08 8:09 PM
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Thanks again!

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 05/16/08 8:41 PM
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The Girl Scout cookies here in Northern California when I was a kid were also Burry's. My favorite was the peanut butter "Grenada Creams," which to my eyes look exactly like those Gauchos.


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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sat, 05/17/08 7:04 AM
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Thanks...did miss that. Where do you find the Dare brand...never heard of it?

Being in Charlotte, NC, I see them at Food Lion and perhaps Harris Teeter may have them. Bi-Lo, I have no idea.I saw them in Ohio, but I left there when I was 13.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sat, 07/5/08 6:28 PM
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I remember most about Burry's was the compamy store across the street from the plant in Elizabeth. When I was in six grade at School 12 we use to sell the Burry cookies as a fundraiser. You could go to the store there and get the rejected cookies ( the ones that only had 3-4 to a package for some good $$$ ) I loved the Fudgetown.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 07/14/08 1:57 AM
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Originally posted by mitros

I recall many years ago, when we lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey, there was the old Burry Biscuit cookie factory just before the Newark city line. They used to make all the girl scout cookies back then, but I believe they were bought out buy a French company and they called the product Burry-lu. Not sure if they are still around or not. And before it was the Burry Biscuit factory, they used to make automobiles in that plant. I want to say Hudson was the car brand, but I can't be sure. But THAT was before my time.
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Originally posted by Yum

Ahhh, Burry's Cookies. I remember them well! Does anyone else recall at Christmastime, Burry's would have special shortbread cookies in Christmas tree ornament shapes, decorated with sugar sprinkles? You could even hang them on your tree, but the ones in our house never got that far.


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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 07/14/08 2:01 AM
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Originally posted by mitros

I recall many years ago, when we lived in Elizabeth, New Jersey, there was the old Burry Biscuit cookie factory just before the Newark city line. They used to make all the girl scout cookies back then, but I believe they were bought out buy a French company and they called the product Burry-lu. Not sure if they are still around or not. And before it was the Burry Biscuit factory, they used to make automobiles in that plant. I want to say Hudson was the car brand, but I can't be sure. But THAT was before my time.
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Originally posted by Yum

Ahhh, Burry's Cookies. I remember them well! Does anyone else recall at Christmastime, Burry's would have special shortbread cookies in Christmas tree ornament shapes, decorated with sugar sprinkles? You could even hang them on your tree, but the ones in our house never got that far.


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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 07/14/08 2:13 AM
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Burry factory in Elizabeth was originally owned by Willys-Overland auto manufacturing plant, where the Dusenberg auto was produced, and it was purchased by William C. Durant to manufacture his autos there, June 11, 1922. He sold it in 1927. It later was the Big Bear super market and Burry began making cookies there in about 1938.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 07/16/08 8:03 PM
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WOW This takes me back. I loved the Fudgetown cookies. I was a GS in Connecticut and all our cookies were Burry's. They were the best. Another one of my favorites was a chocolate cookie with sugar crystals on the top. And for years I have been trying to find Christmas cookies like the ones in a previous post. I thought they were made by Keebler and tried theirs. They were close but not quite. I didn't remember they were Burry's until I read the post.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 07/16/08 8:27 PM
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Originally posted by michaeltross

Burry factory in Elizabeth was originally owned by Willys-Overland auto manufacturing plant, where the Dusenberg auto was produced, and it was purchased by William C. Durant to manufacture his autos there, June 11, 1922. He sold it in 1927. It later was the Big Bear super market and Burry began making cookies there in about 1938.


I'm impressed with your automotive knowledge! Many years ago, when I lived in Union County, I used to point out to friends that the Duesenberg had been manufactured in the Burry building, many years previously. The usual response was a blank stare. Incidentally, I believe that it was only the Duesenberg model A that was manufactured there. The later J and SJ models were made in Indiana.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 09/29/08 4:58 PM
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I grew up in Peoria Illinois in the 60's and 70's, and Burry's were the best girlscout cookies! that was the only time we were lucky enough to get Burry's was GS cookie time.
Does anyone remember Pink Elephant cookies, I think they were made by Nabisco...those were y favorites..they were big shortbread cookies with thin, shiny pink crusty frosting.
love those

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 12/5/08 8:42 PM
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I have been trying to find Burry cookies for almost 20 years, and finally I now know why I have not been able to locate any. I did not realize that Burry's were manufactured in NJ. I grew up in NYC, and use to purchase their cookies from either A&P or Bohack's. I feel they made the best chocolate chip and butter cookies ever.

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 01/19/09 5:21 PM
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I sure do! My mother bought Burry's cookies for my brothers and me in the early 1960s at the Shop Rite in Ramsey, New Jersey They were very good quality and they made large packages of duplex creme cookies, which were good for a family with five boys! Most of all, I miss their Scooter Pies, which I haven't seen in years.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 05/3/09 12:00 PM
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Just for the record Mrcoffee i care that Burry's is gone......

My father started working for Burry's in 1962.  Originally Burry's was a family owned Company.  When George Burry died, Mrs. George Burry took over, and just before my father started in 1962, Quaker bought the company.  What Quaker did right was keep Burry's Burry's.  They kept the name, the ingredience, the methods.  The reason those cookies were so good was that the ingredience were REAL!  They made their own peanut butter.  They used REAL eggs, butter, cheese (Forget that cheese flavoring crap!), flour, sugar, etc.  Good luck reading the ingredience now-a-days.  We are eating crap we can't spell or pronounce!  Back then there was pride in what a company put out on the store shelves, and I was proud of what my father did and the company he worked for.  We had a company picknic every year and I knew all the kids there because it was a FAMILY business.  Even under Quaker, it was family.  My brother and I went to the factory in Elizabeth with my father at least once a year.  We always went in the summer.  My son and nephew have been in the plant as well, but I think they were probably too young to remember.  It was a good place to work and my father loved his job.  I remember the cookie store across the street.  Sometimes it was open, sometimes it wasn't and I'm not sure why.  Cookies where hand packed back then, and broken or unacceptable cookies when into a big box for sale in the outlet store.  Only a Burry kid can tell you this.... The experience of eating a warm chocolate chip cookie just off the belt.... warm scooter pies, oh wow, the marshmallow melted in your mouth.... and yes they were called Happynicks.... We had a cookie jar in the shape of a happynick, yellow with a smily face bright as day!  One of us kids broke it. I wish I still had it.  I'll give you the history as I can remember it.  My Dad has a CD with Burry's history that he was given by the company some time ago.  This sight has brought back fond childhood memories and reminded me that we had a good life because of a good company.  I think I'll get the CD from Dad and show it to the grandkids on Mother's day....

As I said Burry's was sold to Quaker in the early 60's and nothing about the company changed really.  At some point, many years later, Quaker sold to a French outfit and they changed the name to Burry-Lu.  That's when the product changed.  They wanted to put the French stamp on the cookie.  That's when we stopped getting warm cookies off the belt.  I'm not sure, would have to ask dad but either Burry-Lu was Salerno or Burry-Lu sold to Salerno.  After that it became Interbake foods and manufactured cookies in Elizabeth until 2 or 3 years ago, which is when my Dad left the company.  He would still be working there if they were still open but they got a great offer on the property and sold.  From what I understand it still sits empty, but I don't know.  Burry's had 3 plants, one in Elizabeth NJ, one in Michigan and one in California.  They had the contract for Girl Scout cookies and manufactured 90% of the product in the nation.  At some point, as happens in corporations, another company "stole" the contract and Burry's didn't make as many of the Girl Scout cookies as they had in the past.  That's when the product began to change.  Interbake still has a plant in Virginia, and another out west, so they are still running at least 2 plants that I know of.  Burry's also had 90% of the ice cream sandwich contract too.... While there were always competitors, they've lost some of that market as well.  Bet you didn't know your ice cream sandwich's were made with Burry cookies!  We use to get them too and make our own ice cream sandwiches!  I was in girl scouts when I was a little girl.  Imagine trying to sell those cookies when everyone you knew made them for a living!  It's not like Dad could sell them at work for me.  I never won the prize, but I didn't care.  I told everyone, my Daddy makes these cookies! 

Growing up a Burry's kid was wonderful.  My Dad came home everyday smelling like fresh baked cookies.  He had pride in his work and we were taught about loyalty, something that today's market lacks. Nabisco tried to recruit my Dad, offered him more money, and pay to move him out west.  He said no, stop calling me!  I didn't eat cookies that were not Burry made.  I can't even tell you how old I was when I had my first Oreo.  They were made by another company, and eating them was disloyal.  When we went out to eat, if the crackers that were put on the table were Nabisco, my Dad sent them back.  He told the owner, buy Burry's!  Because.... "Burry's makes the very Best!"  We'd eat warm cookies, run around the house and sing.... "Burry's makes the very Best!"  and when the crackers where Burry's, he'd thank the owner.  I remember being given cookies at a friends house and telling her, I can't eat those, they aren't Burry's!  My Daddy makes Burry's! 

Thanks to everyone for sending out pics of the boxes.  I dont' remember them.  Our cookies came from the factory in the sleeves or plain boxes.  I can't say if they are authentic or when they are from.  I have no idea what was in the assortment package but my guess is if it contained 6 cookies they were Fudgetowns, Gauchos, Lemon Cream, VanillaCream (oreo looking cookie), Chocolat Chips (never eaten a better chocolate chip in my life) and a plain cookie like shortbread or happynicks.  They may have also included as the 6th cookie a plain butter cookie that had the same shape as the fudgetown.  They were for the "little kids".  Just a plain, delicious, butter cookie.  Oh, do you remember vent-packs?  They were sold for vending machines and I remember the ones with 6 little chocolate chip cookies in them. 

Thanks for the memories..... Stop looking for an equivalent to Burry's cookies.  You may like some of the cookies on the market today, but the quality will NEVER be the same.  Gone are Burry's, Gone is penny candy, gone is soda from the soda delivery truck that had a metal cap that once removed with a bottle opener needed to be closed with a snap on cap.  I loved that soda.  Real Grape, my brother's favorite, Real Cream, my favorite.  We would get a delivery and fill out what flavors we wanted weekly.  In Newark NJ when visiting Gram we bought Milk from a vending machine on the corner, Went to the butcher and knew the[code] neighbors.  I'm not even as old as I sound, but times are different.  At least we have stories to tell our kids!

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 05/3/09 12:56 PM
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mrcoffee
  How sad that you could be HAPPY that people are out of a job because you had a bad experience.  As a business owner I would think that you would realize what those jobs meant to the workers and their families.  And by the way, the company did not crumble..... it changed hands over time and the last owner still has at least 2 factories in the US.......There is always one bad apple, and not every customer can be made happy no matter how good the company is..... 

I hate to say this but I am actually happy to see that the Burry cookie company is deceased. Long story, but it involved the Girl Scouts also.

I owned a business and was looking to help out a Girl Scout as part of a community service. I used to be a Boy Scout and remember what it was like trying to sell all the stuff we had to sell to support the organization. So I figured I would buy a large amount of cookies to put some lucky Girl Scout well over the top to get the big prize and patches etc. I'm thinking this is really going to make some girls day. I didn't care who the girl was so I solicited nominations from my customers. I contacted the mother of the girl and introduced myself as I was a pretty well known businessman in the community and told her what I wanted to do for her daughter. All I got from the mother was a rude, are you kidding me....I bought 15 CASES of cookies anyway as I knew it wasn't the girls fault her mother was rude. A couple of weeks later expecting to at least meet the young lady to hear about her prize and maybe a thank you. All I got was her dad who wasn't a bit happy about having to deliver them to me, who I paid and he left with not even a thank you. Wait it gets better! Well since I could not even think of possibly eating 15 cases of cookies, I began giving them to any customer who wanted a box. Yes, I said giving away, as any other Girl Scout's parents employer does when her parents take their order sheets to their work and the employer buys cookies. It wasn't part of my business, I needed to get rid of the cookies as I had no place to store them. Now I get a call from the Girl Scout Council who now threatens to sue me as I am not licensed to distribute the cookies. You know...One would think they would have been happy to have sold the stupid things and made a little money. Guess not. So the next day I am trying to unload the rest of these battered and bruised baked biscuits of Burry's best and low and behold if I don't get a call from the legal department of the Burry Cookie Company in Chicago, who also threatens a lawsuit if I didn't immediately quit "distributing" the cookies without a license. Now I have rude Girl Scout parents, an ungreatful Girl Scout Council, and a Corporation who in all their enormousness wants to threaten someone who all they wanted to do is help out a little girl with getting something from a kind community member who cared. Well, so the Burry Cookie Company crumbled...How ironic!




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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 05/3/09 2:54 PM
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Thanks for that wonderful story. Thankfully, you can still go to the Pechter's outlet store in Harrison, NJ and get bread and rolls still hot (if you go at the right time).

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 05/3/09 6:42 PM
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As A kid I loved the Fudgetown cookie, but I think it was called something else first, like "Double Fudge" cookie or something. Loved those things!!!!

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 05/17/09 10:53 PM
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I just walked through a door into my past. I grew up in Union County, NJ, and of course I remember Burry's cookies. Even got to tour the plant with my GS Troop. I always wondered what happened to them. I thought that they only did the cookies for the Girl Scouts in the New York/ New Jersey metropolitan area, as the cookies sold here in south central PA are made by Little Brownie Bakers in Richmond, VA. Nowhere good as Burry's, noway, nohow...
 
And I also remember the Vanilla Marshmallow Sandwich Cookies...loved them.
 
One more thing, Archway Cookies do not exist under that name anymore, at least around here. I was walking through the cookie aisle at the store, and did a double take. The name on all the packages is Josephine's. The design is exactly the same as the old Archway, but with this new name.
 

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 05/18/09 10:35 AM
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OH, to taste a real girl scout cookie as they were made by Burry's....yup, a mear shadow of what they once were!!

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 05/18/09 1:51 PM
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Beverly K


 
One more thing, Archway Cookies do not exist under that name anymore, at least around here. I was walking through the cookie aisle at the store, and did a double take. The name on all the packages is Josephine's. The design is exactly the same as the old Archway, but with this new name.
 

There are also a few supermarkets around here that now have another brand of cookies in the space where Archway cookies used to be. However, my local market again has Archway cookies. The Archway brand is now owned by Lance, Inc. I can't remember the name on those other cookies (could be Josephine's) but did not have an address of Battle Creek, MI or Charlotte, NC on them.

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Tue, 05/19/09 9:34 PM
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I went to Giant tonight and thought to look in the cookie aisle.
 
Josephine's Cookies are made by the Davis Co. in Rimersburg, PA. I'll have to try a package and see if they taste the same.

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Tue, 05/19/09 11:51 PM
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Beverly K


I went to Giant tonight and thought to look in the cookie aisle.
 
Josephine's Cookies are made by the Davis Co. in Rimersburg, PA. I'll have to try a package and see if they taste the same.


The name Davis Cookie Co. was familiar. So, I checked news reports of the bankruptcy of Archway. Apparently Davis was a co-packer or had the Archway rights to Pennsylvania or something, as can be seen in this sentence from a news report:
"Reportedly Davis Cookie in Pennsylvania still produces Archway and distributes to all of Pennsylvania. "
 
From:
http://minnieapolis.newsvine.com/_news/2008/10/10/1978456-archway-cookies-business-crumbles-into-chapter-11-creative-bookkeeping-at-fault
 
Davis web site:
http://www.daviscookie.com/
 
ADDENDUM: I hope Lance and Davis have an agreement. Lance is suing Voortman for trade dress issues:
http://www.bizjournals.com/charlotte/stories/2009/02/09/daily20.html
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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 05/20/09 8:15 AM
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Well! I will check the Archway's next time and see if they say Lance. That certainly is a surprise.

Burry'sMakesTheVeryBest, thanks for the story! We may know the search is futile, but we see value in seeking the closest we can get to the ideal. How lucky you were to have that!

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Fri, 05/29/09 5:56 PM
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No sign of Josephine's, still Archway, although they have dwindled.

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Mon, 06/1/09 2:41 PM
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Hi everyone!  Just found this site and am hoping that someone can help me find something I've been looking for since I was a kid. 
 
One of the promotional items I remember was a map of Fudge Town.  My older brother saved his pennies and boxtops or whatever it was he had to send in and got one.  Well, I was about 4 or so at the time and somehow ripped it.
 
For years afterward, he would end every argument we had with "...and you ripped my Fudge Town map!!!..."
 
It would be so nice to send him one - or a decent replica of one...
 
I'm pretty sure it was from Burry's, especially after opening the many photo links I've seen in this chain
 
All help appreciated!
 
Thanks

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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sat, 07/4/09 12:22 PM
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I grew up in Elizabeth NJ.  The building is still there.  Even back in the 70's parts of the building were used for other things.  My father worked in that building in a  small textile firm.  That has to be the largest building I have ever seen in my life.  It is almost half a mile long.  I used to shop at their small outlet store accross the street from the building.

I remember when the made girl scout cookies they were much tastier and used better ingredients.


They became Burry Lu and now Lu still sells coockies such as the decadent "le petit ecolier"
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Re:Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 04/11/10 10:44 AM
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Oh, my, yes - Scooter Pies my favorites!!! My brother and I would get one each night as dessert.  Have  missed them for years, but recently found them available for sale at oltimecandy.com.  Have ordered my first box.  Fingers crossed that they will taste as I remember them.  It appears a company in Tennessee now makes them. 

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sun, 05/16/10 7:05 PM
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Fudge Town Cookies are reincarnated as "Mother's Double Fudge". They taste exactly the same. You can get them by ordering it in the grocery section of Amazon. 
If you trace back the history of Mother's cookies, you will find that Burry's was sold to LU & Mother's also was once owned by LU. Mother's is now owned by Kellogg's.
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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sat, 04/16/11 1:25 PM
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"They're mixed and they're baked by Burry's cause they're Burry Burry good."
 
I have been asking this question for many years.  No one remembered.  I remembered them and the commercials.  Scooter Pies down South are called Moon Pies.  I am originally from Newark, New Jersey.
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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Sat, 04/16/11 1:52 PM
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I was a Girl Scout in the late 50s/early 60s and I'm pretty sure the cookies we sold then were made by Burry's. This was in North Carolina.

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RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies? - Wed, 06/15/11 10:30 PM
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Hello, I just read your post about your father working for Burry back in 1962, I am currently working with a company called Burry Foods and we are doing research on the history and timeframe of owneship for Burry's. I understand that your dad may have a CD of the Burry's history. We would be interested in purchasing a copy of this CD if at all possible. If any one has any information on the Burry company that would help in my research please let me know?
Thank you 

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