At every company, each department has a little special something that helps bring them together. At 1-800-FLOWERS.COM, the Web Marketing team has their monthly cooking competition. This month’s competition was all about COOKIES!
The Web Marketing Team is pretty serious about their cooking competitions which is why they have chosen three judges from three different departments to fairly judge each cookie through a blind taste test: Bill from IT, Joe from Creative, and Rob from Merchandising. Joe even brought his own personal Cookie Monster mug for the occasion. Ballots are handed out to each judge and the cookies were based on four factors on a scale from 1 to 5: (1) Taste, (2) Mouthwatering, (3) Presentation, & (4) Originality. The numbers are added up for one total and 5 trophies are given to the winners.
Seven people from the Web Marketing Team baked and there were nine cookies to judge total. There are a couple of rules the Web Marketing Team must adhere to for the cookie competition: there can be more than one entry per contestant and no mixes.
The Web Marketing Team even provided the judges with milk to accompany their cookies which means they were ready to taste!
The cookies entered were as follows:
Cookie #1: Chocolate Hazelnut Oatmeal Cookie
Cookie #2: Chocolate Chip Cookie with Chocolate Caramel Candy Center
Cookie #3: Chocolate Chip Toffee Cookie
Cookie #4: Round Butter Cookie with Cocoa Middle
Cookie #5: Original Chocolate Chip Cookie
Cookies #6a-c: Triple Bacon Combo
(6a) Maple Bacon Cookie
(6b) Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookie
(6c) Chocolate Bacon Cookie
Cookie #7: Chocolate Chip Espresso Cookie
All of the cookies were absolutely delicious but by Cookie #5 the judges were hurting a bit, but like the troopers they are, kept trekking along to complete their cookie judging mission!
After the judges had completed filling out the cookie judging paperwork, all the bakers were invited into the room to hear the judges comments. Points were added up to determine the five winners for each category and the bakers names were disclosed for their cookie creations.
Since we can’t capture the ENTIRE contest for you in just one blog post, we will share with you some of the comments from the judges. In regards to the bacon cookies (Cookies #6a-c), Bill said “Tears in my eyes, go bacon!” Joe decided to embody Cookie Monster and said in regards to the toffee chocolate chip cookie (Cookie # 3), “T is for toffee that’s good enough for me.” For Cookie #2 (chocolate chip cookie with caramel and chocolate candy center), Rob said the “marshmallowy goodness sends chills down my spine,” however no marshmallows were used in this cookie.
And the winners were…
* For the Taste award, Cindy won with Cookie #3 for her Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookie, which she said used four sticks of butter!
* The other four awards for Mouthwatering, Presentation, Originality, and Overall went to Leslie for her Three Bacon Cookies. The Bacon Chocolate Chip Cookie was an overall favorite!