Okay. Obviously, nostalgia is playing a huge part in me saying this (especially when Panera Bread’s pumpkin cookies exist), but the cookies pictured below are my favorite Halloween-themed cookies of all time:
Sun Valley Halloween Buttery Flavored Cookie Snacks! Wait, “Buttery Flavored Cookie Snacks”? That’s just a fancy way of saying “shortbread”, right?
While I never questioned that they existed, literally for DECADES I have found myself wishing and wanting to remember just what they were called and who made them. Every October for many many years, I would begin my search in vain for information. Every year, I came up empty-handed…
UNTIL SEPTEMBER 8, 2016.
I was browsing someone’s account on Flickr of old Halloween photos and scans and as soon as I saw the packaging I KNEW these were the cookies I was looking for. Forgive me, I have completely forgotten which Flickr account I pulled these two images from. I would LOVE to give credit to whoever took the time to scan these and helped to ease my nostalgic mind.
As you can see, the box art is amazing. I love the font used for “Halloween.” Featured on the box is an old dilapidated house, complete with broken windows, creepy eyes peering out, and a bat flying above with a bright yellow moon behind him. Looking at the front of the box in the main window, you can make out a ghost. If memory serves me correct, it was a holofoil image. On the back of the box, it’s the same design but the holofoil ghost has been replaced by more broken windows with a spider crawling around in his web.
Taking a look at the side of the box, you’ll see four shapes of cookies: a black cat (which I believe was a chocolate sort shortbread), a witch, a ghost, and a jack o’ lantern dusted in orange sugar. Man, I really loved eating these around Halloween time.
I remember my mom packing these in my lunchbox. The place I remember getting these was at the local Harris Teeter. The copyright on the box says 1991 and that’s exactly when I would’ve placed having these, although I think they were probably around for 1990 as well. I’ve never seen them since.
The Sun Valley brand was a line of admittedly somewhat generic cookies and crackers. They weren’t a major brand or competitor for the likes of Sunshine, Ritz, or Nabisco. While the cookies were given the Sun Valley brand, the parent company was called Bake-Line Products, Inc. Bake-Line Product was acquired by another company in 2002 and that newly merged company become Bake-Line Group. Bake-Line Group filed for bankruptcy in 2004 and shut down. It’s crazy that Bake-Line was around for that long. I don’t remember every seeing the Sun Valley brand beyond the early ’90s and I definitely never saw these Halloween cookies again.