Otis Spunkmeyer is an interesting brand, one that you might know the name and remember seeing, but can’t quite remember where. The nearly 40 year old company hasn’t operated standalone retail stores for decades, but has made a niche for itself in the wholesale foodservice industry, selling packaged baked goods and cookie dough for onsite preparation for years. One might be familiar with vending machine or convenience store muffins, or cookies baked in a hospital or corporate cafeteria. Regardless of where you know Otis Spunkmeyer from, the California company has a new line of products out this month, and examiner.com had a chance to sample some of them.
The snacks are rolling out to major retailers, and include chocolate chunk and oatmeal raisin cookies, mini muffins, and a variety of filled and iced snack cakes. They’re all made without a lot of the ingredients that normally make nutritionists cringe, such as artificial flavors and colors, hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils, or high fructose corn syrup (although their sugar content suggests they’re probably best enjoyed sparingly). Still, it’s a departure from what one normally finds in prepackaged baked goods, and Otis Spunkmeyer has good reason to tout the natural ingredients in their products using the “No Funky Stuff” tag.
“We respect that shoppers are savvier than ever, which is why we worked to develop a food line that is truly different among the competitive sector and provides a more transparent approach to baked goods,” says Jonathan Davis, Sr. Vice President of Innovation at Otis Spunkmeyer parent company ARYZTA North America. “Our commitment to “No Funky Stuff” ensures that the Otis Spunkmeyer line of sweets is delivering a superior tasting treat that people love and want to indulge in.”
The treats, simply put, are great. They’re all the snack cake favorites that we traded from our brown bag lunches as kids, and they’re great for school lunches or for adults who need a pick-me-up or a mid-morning snack to get through the day. The cookies are downright habit forming.
Otis Spunkmeyer recently announced they would be introducing cage-free eggs by 2018, and all products would be using cage-free eggs by 2023.
Product samples were provided by Otis Spunkmeyer in preparation for this article