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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Peek Freans factory outlet: The land of misfit cookies

***update: The Peek Freans factory outlet has a new entrance and street address. It's now located at 5 Bermondsey Road. Tel 416 751 7120.  Read the new post here.

If you want to feel like a kid in a candy store head down to the Peek Freans factory outlet at 1250 O' Connor Drive at Bermondsey. It's attached to the Kraft Peek Freans factory.

All photos in this post by Jennifer Hollett
You can get massive bags containing hundreds of butter cookies, graham crackers or Ritz crackers for $2 to $7. Packages of Oreos are a $1.50, while a large box of Chips Ahoy cookies is just $6.50. Kids run around the store with excitement as their parents stock up on a winter's worth of snacks.




"This is the land of misfit cookies," a clerk explains. "These are cookies that are rejected because of minor imperfections--they're overweight or underweight, or they have too much creme." Sounds like perfection to me!


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9 comments:

  1. I miss your rating system... b. Sketch.

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  2. Oh yeah? Maybe I could bring it back on certain posts.

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  3. yes! bring it back for the restaurant posts!

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  4. There's also a Dad's Cookies outlet on 370 Progress Avenue, in Scarborough.

    Mmm... Large quantities of cookies... :)

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  5. Thanks for the tip Clara Jean. I'll add it to my list of future missions.

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  6. The Peak Freans outlet has moved just across the street. Although the address is 1400 O'Connor, the entrance is the last driveway on the left on Bermondsey, just before O'Connor. Hopefully, you'll see the huge "Cookie Outlet" sign -- which I missed. (You'll also see a sign for Acklands, right next to it.)

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  7. Thanks for the update. I'll check it out next time in around there.

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  8. I USE TO HAVE A AUNT THAT USE TO WORK THERE SHE WORKED THERE FOR OVER THIRTY YEARS THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN SHE PASSED AWAY.I KNOW WHERE PEEK FREENS IS I ATE THEM WHEN I WAS A KID SO DID MY CHILDREN NOW MY GRAND KIDS EAT THEM AND THEY LOVE THEM I STILL BUY THEN TILL THIS DAY. THANKYOU PEEK FREENS FOR BEING THERE .

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  9. Has anyone been to the Peek Freans cookie factory recently? I'm just wondering if the selection is still good. On another note, you can get great prices on bread (2 for $1) and other baked goods at Weston's outlet at 462 Eastern Avenue (at Logan).

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