Sunday, February 7, 2016

Insomnia Cookies - Johns Hopkins University Baltimore

             Insomnia Cookies is a cool store that offers warm cookies and desserts - eat-in or delivered - until 3 a.m. Their locatation right outside the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore makes it a very popular place with students.

In fact, the company was founded in 2003 by University of Pennsylvania student Seth Berkowitz. When baking cookies out of his dorm room and delivering them to students late at night turned into a very successful endeavor, he knew that he was onto something.

In 2004, Seth took the cookie delivery idea and opened his first Insomnia Cookies retail store in Syracuse, New York. Fast forward to today and the cookie store has expanded to 80 stores nationwide with big expansion plans. The Baltimore manager told me that more IC locations will be coming soon to Fells Point and Towson. 

The Insomnia Cookie selection varies from traditional favorites such as Chocolate Chunk, Sugar, Double Chocolate Mint, M & M, Oatmeal Raisin, White Chocolate Macadamia Nut, to deluxe flavors like Triple Chocolate Chunk and S'mores and limited addition cookies. 

I was invited to try their limited time only red velvet cookies just in time for Valentine's Day. This newest addition to the Insomnia Cookies lineup offers the flavors of traditional red velvet cake with bits of soft cream cheese.

Soft and warm on the inside with a little crunch on the exterior, it was a beautiful thing. The cookie really did taste like a red velvet cake with cream cheese  frosting. I washed it down with a cold container of Cloverland Farms Dairy milk complete with its very own insomnia cookies cold sleeve protector. Yum. 

Insomnia also offers Cookie Cakes that can be personalized with messages such as Congrats and Happy Birthday and eight ice cream scoop flavors available in cups or larger to-go containers.

Two things I really liked about this cookie shop:
 whether it's only 1 cookie or a dozen cookies (which was on special for $12 when I visited) - you can get it delivered for only $2. 

Baltimore supervisor Chanelle, me and long-time delivery man Terry
Second, every time an email or delivery request comes in through the computer, the store's speaker system blares Cookie Monster's voice over the speakers saying "Coooookie, num, num, num [...]".

Cookie Monster is right, who doesn't love a warm buttery and sugary delight - especially late at night? And it seems he's not the only one screaming for cookies. I think insomnia cookies will continue to be popular with both the college crowd and late nighters.

If you go to the Baltimore location, tell Chanelle and Terry I sent you. They were both very nice.

- Thomas