After last year’s baking disaster, I decided that the ’08 iteration of the Squeeze’s birthday would be not only less stressful, but also much cooler. I’m not particularly keen on most holidays, but I believe in birthdays.
I flopped and floundered about for a few weeks trying to come up with an appropriate and sufficiently awesome celebration. The Squeeze is not a boisterous celebrator; whatever I settled on would have to be subtle in its awesomeness. Not only that, but I wanted to be careful not to go crazy. We’re going to spent a lot of birthdays together — setting the bar too high now would not be doing myself a favor.
At last, I saw a blurb about K&B Bakery in an early issue of MIX Magazine. The piece highlighted the culinary delights near, of all places, SE Foster Road. A tiny, happy lightbulb brightened over my head. K&B does one thing: fortune cookies. And they do them very, very thoroughly. The cookies come plain, candy-coated, fruit flavor-dipped, with sprinkles, or dunked in chocolate (dark, milk, or white). All come individually wrapped, but you can also order sturdy plastic takeout containers or velvet pouches to enhance their presentation. And — get this — you can customize the tiny paper fortunes within.
So I picked out some song lyrics, made the appropriate changes, and placed my order on K&B’s website, feeling rather proud of myself.
The Squeeze’s fortunes were very plain considering all the options the cookie makers offer. When you order, you can choose the text font and paper color. You can add a stock graphic — a heart, rose, duck, christmas tree, or Chinese character, to name a few — or upload your own logo.
I picked the cookies up at the bakery. The storefront isn’t exactly welcoming, in fact I was a little nervous ringing the bell at the security door, but once I gained admittance, everyone was quite friendly. If you don’t live close by, K&B will ship your cookies to you. Even though I arranged for pick-up, the cookies were nestled in plenty of newspaper and bubble wrap to protect them from even the clumsiest mail carrier.
Friends and family be warned: I think this might be my new favorite thing. I thought the cookies made for a quiet, though pleasantly unexpected and entertaining, finale to the Squeeze’s birthday dinner. I’m just tickled at how well they turned out. In fact, I cannot think of an occasion for which custom fortune cookies would not be the perfect treat. Baby showers, weddings, housewarmings, Flag Day: yes, yes, yes, yes! It’d even be a pretty neat way to break up with someone, if that’s something you’ve got to do.
Plain fortune cookies run from $8.50 for twenty five to $260 for two thousand. The super-deluxe candy-coated cookies, with sprinkles, run a bit more. In small quantities they are just about a dollar each, but you can have thirteen hundred for a mere $910.
6300 SE Foster Road