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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

The cookie factory outlet gets a new home

One of the most fun food destinations in Toronto has new digs. The Peek Freans Cookie Outlet has moved a block away from its former location on O'Connor Drive, and is now at 5 Bermondsey Road.  

Spice City Toronto visited the old location earlier this year, and we were amazed at the colossal bags of cut-rate cookies. The new store is more spacious than the old one, and it carries all the same goodies.

Young families as well as seniors stream in to stock up on the cookies, crackers and candies that are manufactured at the Kraft plant across the street. They're sold at this factory outlet because they are misshaped, broken, or missing packaging, but in most cases, the flaws are unnoticeable.

So what do the cookies cost? Hefty four-kilo bags of creme cookies, Ritz fudge, Chips Ahoy!, graham crackers and biscuits sell for around $5. A one kilo box of Oreos goes for $5.50 and a regular sized box of Ritz crackers is $1.50. You can also pick up freshly hatched Cadbury creme eggs for just 40 cents each.

Part of the shopping experience here seems to be pulling out your cell phone and calling your spouse to get approval before committing the family to many months of eating Lifestyle Berry Green Tea Peek Freans or football-shaped Oreos.

The selection at any given day varies depending on the latest defects at the plant. If they don't have your favourite cookie here, you could also try the Dad's Cookies Outlet Store at 370 Progress Avenue in Scarborough. It's a much smaller store but also carries a similar selection of Kraft products.

Thanks to AutoShare for providing transportion for this mission. 

Peek Freans Cookie Outlet: 5 Bermondsey Road; hours are Monday to Wednesday 7am to 5pm, Thursday and Friday, 7am to 7pm, Saturday 9am to 5pm, Sunday closed.  

Dad's Cookies Outlet Store: 370 Progress Ave., Scarborough; hours are 8:30am to 6:00 pm Monday to Friday, Saturday 8:30 to 4:30, Sunday closed. 

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  1. I had no idea they made football Oreos! FTW

  2. This is pretty awesome! Was wondering, you didn't happen to see the Chips Ahoy with Reese's, Chips Ahoy with Heath's chocolate chip cookies? I've heard they sold Nabisco products there and it may answer my question as to why the packages of both said-products have a "Made In Canada" title on it?


  3. Hi HasslineX

    I'm pretty sure they didn't have those specific kinds of Chips Ahoy. However, they are always changing their stock so you could try your luck.

  4. It would be dangerous to live close to it. Ha!

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  6. Let me know if you find something interesting.

  7. You can smell these delicious cookies a mile away! I get all my cookie cravings satisfied there...my favorite chocolate chip cookies are $5 a HUGE bag which is more like a sack! Never buy my cookies at retail stores since.

  8. When there recently, walked out with nothing.

    Lack of selection and rather disappointed...

  9. I was there today Jan 08/12
    What a dissapointment no selection. Must be a fake photo. They didn't have anything much to choose from.
    The whole time I was tehre may 8 min s looking around
    staff memeber was on her cellphone talking.

    What a waste of time n gas SHAME

  10. I am most certain that I heard on the news that Dad's Cookies was closing. Is this true or just a rumour?