My local paper reported that 92-year-old Oakland institution Mother's Cookies is shutting down operations. I've been a fan of their sugary goodness since I was small. During our weekly grocery store trips, my mom would let me pick 1 package of their cookies as my treat for the week. I'd usually alternate between the Taffys and the Iced Oatmeals. The circus animals with their garish pink and white icing and sprinkles were not on the approved eating list -- but my baby sitter would usually buy some for me. Shhhh.
Goodbye Mother's Cookies. You made many little (and not so little) children happy.
UPDATE: But you can remember the Circus Animal cookies forever via a t-shirt. Thx Joshua.