I only just found out that a California institution (though it hasn't been located in California since 2006) has been shut down. Mother's Cookies, produced in recent years by the Michigan-based Archway & Mother's Cake and Cookie Co., fired up its ovens for the last time over a week ago. There is still some stock on the shelves at our local Safeway, as we picked up a couple of packages of Archway cookies the other day. I was intending to get some Mother's peanut butter cookies, but they were out of those. Now the company is being investigated for accounting irregularities. Cookie fraud! The worst kind!
Given the name recognition of the brands, I suppose it's possible that some enormous cookie monster (like Keebler, with its deceptive, tiny elf front men) will buy the shards of the company and produce at least some of its classic products, such as the frosted animal cookies so beloved by this fellow in Portland, Oregon, among others. I was never a big fan of the circus animals, but I'll sure miss those peanut butter cookies. Oh, and the pecan shortbread cookies. Those were tasty.