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Spice City Toronto: Cookies, in Bulk!

They may sound like something you dreamed of as a kid, but it turns out cookie outlets really do exist.


One of the most fun food destinations in Toronto has new digs. The Peek Freans Cookie Outlet has moved a block away from its former location on O’Connor Drive and is now at 5 Bermondsey Road.

Young families as well as seniors stream in to stock up on the cookies, crackers, and candies that are manufactured at the Kraft plant across the street. They’re sold at this factory outlet because they are misshapen, broken, or missing packaging, but in most cases the flaws are unnoticeable.

Part of the shopping experience here seems to be pulling out your cellphone and calling your spouse to get approval before committing the family to many months of eating Lifestyle Berry Green Tea Peek Freans or football-shaped Oreos.

The selection at any given day varies depending on the latest defects at the plant. If they don’t have your favourite cookie here, you could also try the Dad’s Cookies Outlet Store in Scarborough. It’s a much smaller store but carries a similar selection.

Peek Freans Cookie Outlet (5 Bermondsey Road), Monday to Wednesday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday closed.

Dad’s Cookies Outlet Store (370 Progress Avenue), Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday closed.

Spice City Toronto explores Toronto’s great hole-in-the-wall restaurants and strip-mall joints serving food from all corners of the world. Find more photos and details about the Peek Freans Cookie Outlet here.