Dear cookie enthusiasts,
We have culled through the nominations for Official Cookie of Mason-Dixon Knitting, and now present the ballot.
Democracy is never easy, is it? A few notes:
1. Hard decisions had to be made while pulling this together. The point was raised that perhaps Girl Scout cookies should have their own category, due to their seasonal availability. The League of Women Cookie Voters concluded that distribution in general is a problem with cookies: can one, for example, find an Ikea Kakor Chokladflarn in Nashville? Can Tracy in Qatar get hold of a Famous Chocolate Wafer? In the case of elusive, hard-to-find cookies, we suggest the concept of stashing and hoarding, which is familiar enough to us already what with the whole yarn thing and all.
2. Are biscuits the same thing as cookies? We say yes. We say also that biscotti are close enough, too.
3. In four cases, nominees were deemed ineligible because they were either no longer available (Brown Edged Wafers); actually bakery cookies which are made by humans, not machines (Tate’s Chocolate Chip): were in fact dough and therefore not yet a cookie (raw Nestle Toll House Cookie dough); or determined in a court of law to be a cake, not a biscuit (Jaffa Cakes). In the case of Jaffa Cakes, it has been pointed out that Pim’s are basically the same thing. But because nobody has litigated Pim’s, we’re going to declare Pim’s to be cookies. So all you Jaffa Cake fans can throw your vote to Pim’s.
4. We conflated all nominations for the varieties of Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies, because the fundamental architecture of a Milano is consistent whether it be Milk Chocolate, Dark, or Mint. All Milanos are Milanos. On the other hand, not all Oreos are Oreos. An Oreo Fudgee is a different shape and concept from an original Oreo; a Double Stuf Oreo is deeply controversial amongst Oreo aficionados, indeed is sometimes scorned as That Awful Kind of Oreo. So we left all the Oreos as separate nominees. This may split the Oreo vote, but we don’t actually think it will.
5. The ballot is alphabetical except for Famous Amos Chocolate Chip, which we forgot and is at the very bottom.
CRUCIAL NOTE: Technology limitations prevent us from creating one giant ballot, so what you see below is one ballot presented in three pieces. ONLY ONE VOTE should be cast, even though it looks like you have three ballots. CONSIDER ALL THREE BOXES BEFORE CASTING YOUR ONE VOTE, please.
Voting will continue through the weekend, until midnight Central Daylight Time, Sunday, January 16. We recommend that you taste-test all these before voting.