UPDATE: Federal Standards Put End to Ohio School's Pink Cookies
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - A northeast Ohio school district that discontinued a popular cafeteria cookie under new federal nutritional guidelines says it's heard from plenty of people commenting on the decision or wanting to special-order the treat.
The traditional Elyria pink cookie is a sweet sour cream sugar cookie with pink icing. It was a favorite of students for four decades, but Elyria school cafeterias stopped selling it because of the government's edict to provide healthier foods, and cut fats and cholesterol.
A district spokeswoman tells The Chronicle-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1wJTf8v) the schools have received more than 100 calls and messages, some from outside Ohio. She says some want to place special orders, and others suggest creating a healthier version or ignoring the guidelines.
The district's food provider decided against offering a modified, healthier version.
ELYRIA, Ohio (AP) - New federal nutritional guidelines for school cafeterias has meant the end of a favorite - and locally famous - treat in one northeast Ohio school district.
The federal government's edict to provide healthier foods and cut fats and cholesterol put an end of the sale of the traditional Elyria pink cookie - a buttery sweet treat with pink icing.
The pink cookie has been a favorite for four decades. The Elyria Chronicle-Telegram (http://bit.ly/1s8WrUs ) reports the treat gained a cult following through the years and was once named the "Best Cafeteria Cookie" by Cleveland magazine.
Food services director Scott Teaman said the recipe could have been changed to better meet nutritional standards, but it just wouldn't be the same.
The district will still bake the cookies for special orders.