Temper sweet-toothed cravings with today’s treat-heavy Groupon. For $5, you’ll get $10 worth of sugary snacks from Pokey O’s Cookies and Ice Cream, where the friendly staff greets each customer with open arms and a list of 57 reasons to watch Avatar. Chowhound voters deemed their fresh-baked cookies some of Texas’ best.
Pokey O’s signature sweet is a decadent duo of chewy cookies middled with Blue Bell ice cream or frozen yogurt ($3.49). Sixteen fun cookie flavors (white chocolate macadamia nut, maple pecan) and sixteen types of icy insides present endless sandwiching opportunities. For those preferring to enjoy their sweets singular, try kosher, trans-fat free individual cookies ($.99), old-fashioned malts and milkshakes ($4.49), and sundaes ($2.79–$3.79).
Impressing holiday guests with ambitious recipes (gingerbread replicas of the neighborhood, bundt cake replicas of the fall of Rome) can sometimes leave cooks and stomachs more burnt out than a caroler’s candle. Take a break from complicated confections and treat yourself or someone you love (the cookies are shippable) to a simple pleasure.
- Pokey O's is a wonderfully fun experience for everyone. The people are great and the value is fantastic. Everyone should eat one a day, but then we would never fit in the door!!!!! – kathyoszustowicz, Citysearch
Great Moments in Cookie Diplomacy
A gift of cookies can say so many things, which is why cookies have been a favorite tool of diplomacy for hundreds of years. Here are some great moments in cookie diplomacy:
1452: The House of Valois and the House of Plantagenet exchange half-moon cookies and agree to keep their war for the French throne going for an extra year, because the Hundred Years' War sounds so much better than the Ninety-Nine Years' War.
1775: The American Revolutionary War almost doesn't happen when the British flatter the American populace by sending every household a tin of macaroons. Only when three members of the Virginia Macaroon Bakers Guild immolate themselves to protest their lost business does America go to war.
1919: The Treaty of Versailles ends World War I, but after the parties bond over freshly baked sugar cookies, all sides agree that a sequel is not out of the question.
1972: President Nixon visits China but decides against carrying out his secret plan to transform into a swarm of China-conquering bees when a fortune cookie advises him, "It doesn't matter. Who is without flaw?"
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