Thursday, May 26, 2005

Put Down That Thin Mint...

...and pick up a bag of ANZAC cookies. These Australian-born cookies will now be used to raise money for the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW). They are making their grand debut this Memorial Day. They will be $3.99 a bag and will be in about 3,000 locations across the US by July. (I think they are molasses filled oatmeal cookies).

"A cookie born out of Australian war rations at the beginning of the 20th century is being used to raise money for U.S. troops at the beginning of the 21st.

Unibic NA, the United States subsidiary of specialty baker Unibic Australia, plans to introduce a line of Anzac cookies in supermarkets across the country this Memorial Day.

"Anzac" stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps. The crisp, oatmeal cookies are a national icon in those countries, where spouses and loved ones, using ingredients adapted to shortages during World War I, made the cookies for soldiers on the front lines.

A portion of cookie sales in the United States will go to Veterans of Foreign Wars, a Kansas City-based veteran support organization with 9,000 posts across the country. The organization helps soldiers’ families pay bills, assists injured and ailing veterans with health care and provides housing for families to visit servicemen and women in military hospitals." (source)

You can go to the VFW's site and order them in a beautiful commemorative tin also! See, now there is a noble cause for breaking that pre-bathing suit diet!

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