My heart belong to the donut, that’s for certain, but the cookie is a close second! Who am I kidding…..just gimme all the sweets!!!!
Awhile back a friend of mine told me about a local cookie she had tried that was ginormous in size and absolutely delicious. Immediately I knew I had to try one….not just because of the fact they were so large in size, but because if they were as good as she claimed I knew I just HAD to blog about them and share the love on a local small business. My readers are foodies who love trying stuff like this! A few weeks later I got my hands on a few of these cookies and a love affair with Fat T’s was born!
In typical Katie fashion, I did a fair share of creeping on this company before I tried the cookie for the first time. What can I say, I’m curious! Since my friend had picked a cookie up at a local farmer’s market, I needed to see where they were located nearby. I was delighted to see that The Northside Marketplace, a small business hub located in Akron, Ohio (you’ll see a blog on them soon…be on the lookout) carried the cookies and went there the next day to clean house with the flavors in stock. Clean house, I did…I left with the remaining flavors and left the Fat T’s stand empty.
Guyyyyyyyyysssss……….these cookies are phenomenal. I’m not even joking. In fact, I loved them so much that I headed up to the Cleveland Flea the following weekend to ensure that I was able to try every flavor that Fat T’s had to offer. Cookie victory was mine! I took home a sampler that included the following cookies: The OG, Fat T’s Favorite Cookie, S’mummer Camp, For the Love of Chocolate, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Cinn City, and Moose House. While I loved them all, my favorite was the Fat T’s Favorite Cookie (anything with a cookie in a cookie wins me over). I am also a huge fan of the Cinn City cookie, which you can also purchase in a one pound form. Yes, you heard me right. ONE POUND!
I wanted to get to know more about Fat T’s and was able to ask Travis Howe, the creator of these cookies, some questions! Here’s what he had to say!
How did the concept of Fat T’s come to be?
TH: So, long story short. I moved back to Ohio from Grad School (Illinois State University) in pursuit of my dream job of being a high school athletic director. About two months into the search nothing came to fruition, and I needed to find a way to pay for a gym membership. I toyed around with a few ideas (none of which were cookies) that could make me $40 pretty quickly. I went to the store to fill a sweet tooth and didn’t see anything I liked, so I went home and baked for the first time in my life. Sold cookies for two weeks then stopped because I made my money for a gym membership. Started to get phone calls and emails asking me when I’d be back, so I figured what the heck. About two months later, Cleveland Magazine informed me (which I originally thought was a prank by my friends) that I was named the ‘Best of CLE’ for 2017. That’s when I decided to go and make my business official. The rest is kinda history I guess hah!
2. What is your best selling cookie?
TH: My top selling cookie is The OG (chocolate chip). It’s everyone’s safety cookie. Top three sellers would be: The OG, Cinn City, and S’mummer Camp.
3. What makes your cookies different from other cookies out there?
TH: For starters, they are roughly the size of a hockey puck. The thickness is what definitely sets them apart. After you get past the size you get to the taste. I definitely don’t skimp on the add-ins/flavor. I’m also pretty big on not taking shortcuts and putting the labor of love into my cookies. S’mummer Camp for example. There are a few companies across the nation that do a “s’mores cookie.” Their version involves putting toppings on top of a chocolate chip cookie. Mine is a graham cracker base cookie. So, if you take the toppings away mine is not just a chocolate chip cookie like everyone else’s.
All of my products I make are cookie-centric. Edible cookie dough is not a cookie, but has the idea of a cookie. The same goes for my Cookie Puddin’ line that comes out sporadically. There are a few other lines of products I am thinking of that will follow this same philosophy.
4. Where do you presently sell your cookies/ do you have your own store?
TH: A large majority of my sales take place at my weekend markets. I have sold in Akron, Canton, Cleveland, Columbus, and Cincinnati. ***I’m always looking for more markets to tap into so hit ya boi up*** A close second is through my website (www.FatTsCookies.com). I have shipped to over 35 states and 4 countries; basically, wherever there is a hungry stomach. Retail wise, I am in a retail incubator in Akron called the Northside Marketplace. I am presently in two coffee shops: Compass Coffee in the Middlebury district in Akron and Corner Cup Coffee House in Stow. As for having my own store…. I guess the #FatFam will just have to wait and see ☺
5. Do you do custom orders?
TH: Custom orders are a little tricky. I am just a solo operation near max capacity, so custom cookies, no. I’m also pretty strict on not going under a quarter pound since that is kind of my thing. I am always open to hearing new ideas and flavors. I have a giant list of about 60 different types that have struck my curiosity.
6. Do you have a background in baking/culinary?
TH: My background in baking/culinary comes from being a fat child and watching a lot of Food Network….so no, no background.
7. What are some of the seasonal cookies people can look forward to?
TH: Since my company is almost a year old, I’m getting close to releasing some seasonal/monthly cookies from last year again. Punk’n Patch is my Fall seasonal and I’m about a month away from that rerelease. As for NEW cookies, I tend to keep those on the down low until they are available for sale.
8. Describe Fat T’s cookies in 3 words.
TH: Jaw-dropping. Unique. Thicc.
9. Can any cookie be made into a Poundtown size?
TH: I haven’t formally announced it yet so this is BREAKING NEWS. Starting on September 9th (Actual Fat T’s birthday, not the company) any of the Regular Rotation cookies will be able to be made in the #Poundtown size. This will be the Fat T’s Cookies’ version of a cookie cake.
10. Do you partner with any other local businesses?
TH: I have in the past for ingredients. For my Christmas cookies last year, I partnered with Akron Honey Company and HiHo Brewing Co. I used the spent grains from the brewing process to make a whole grain flour, reduced the beer into my own version of a simple syrup, and I used the honey to make a honey butter glaze. There are one or two other companies I can see myself partnering with for ingredients in the future for some ideas I have, but for now they are just ideas.
11. What else does the world need to know about Fat T’s?
TH: I have a partnership with Akron Creamery (a Thai-rolled ice cream shop in the Northside Marketplace) and I supply them with edible cookie dough. I am in the works with a few other ice cream shops in the Cleveland area for ice cream sandwiches. There is one other very well-known Cleveland food company I have talked to about a collaboration, but saying what type of food they make would give it away pretty quick haha.
Half of the net proceeds from the sale of my S’mummer Camp cookie go to the Akron Rotary Camp. The Akron Rotary Camp is a camp for children and adults with special needs on the Portage Lakes down here in Akron.
I am on Facebook and Instagram (@Fat_Ts_Cookies). Once you follow you are an official member of the #FatFam
You’ve seen me share about them on my Instagram stories….you’ve read about them on my blog…..now it’s time for a GIVEAWAY to hook one of you up with some Fat T’s cookies!
I love these cookies so much…so much that it’s difficult to choose my favorite one. The winner of this giveaway won’t have to worry about choosing one though …..you are winning a SEVEN cookie sampler pack that features one each of the regular rotation cookies AND the seasonal S’mummer Camp cookie!
- Go to my Instagram and like the Giveaway post with Fat T’s Cookie.
- Must be following @Fat_Ts_Cookies and @sparklefitnessbabe
- Tag one cookie loving friend
- Unlimited entries, but each tag must be a separate comment!
- US only please!
Winners will be selected on Sunday, 8/26 at 9pm EST! Good luck!