RE: Does anyone remember Burry's Cookies?
Sun, 05/3/09 12:00 PM
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!