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Wrigley's Spearmint Gum Cookie Recipe

From: Candace
Sent: Sunday, December 11, 2011 5:50 PM
Subject: Wrigley's Speerment Gum cookie Recipe


I have been looking for a recipe that appeared in Life or Look magazine around 1964-65.  
It was published by Wrigley's Speermint Gum and was for cream cheese cookies with a 
grape jelly filling in the center. I have searched other sites for vintage recipes and 
left posts but with no luck.  I was able to find other recipes that Wrigley's published 
during the same time period, not sure what the connection was between cream cheese 
cookies and gum?! Any help would be greatly appreciated.  These were the first cookies 
that I made on my own as a young girl. I know that there are more current recipes with 
the same ingredients but was hopeful that you might find one. 



Hi Candace.

Back in the 1950s and 1960s, Wrigley’s ran a series of Wrigley’s Spearmint Gum ads that included recipes having nothing at all to do with chewing gum.
Here are some examples:

PZR services

Collector's Quest

Fudge-Like Brownies

Small Franks


However, I had no success at all in locating a copy or even a mention of the recipe that you describe. You could always contact Wrigley’s. Some companies maintain libraries of their past ads. They might be willing to locate it and send you a copy. Here’s the contact information:

I’ll post this request on my site just in case a reader has the recipe.


Bailey's Cafeteria Tartar Sauce

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kimberly
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 8:55 PM
Subject: recipe request


In the 1970s and early 1980s, I ate with my mother at a family-owned 
cafeteria called "Bailey's," in Huntington, West Virginia. I think they 
opened in the 1950s. Everything they made was delicious. Sadly, it closed, 
as the new shopping mall put many of the downtown merchants and restaurants 
out of business.

One of the things I remember most about Bailey's was the tartar sauce. It's 
not the same as the Morrison's tartar sauce. Because we're in the South, of 
course I know there's sugar in the sauce! But I would love to know what 
It was a thinner consistency than store-bought tartar sauce, and it seemed 
like there was sweet pickle relish in it, as it tasted similar to deviled 

Because it was the only one of its kind and in a small town most people have 
never heard of, I don't have great hopes of finding the recipe. But it's 
certainly worth a shot!

Thanks very much,


Hi Kimberly,

I found many mentions of Bailey's Cafeteria in Huntington, WV. It was a popular and well-known place to eat in its time. However, I did not find a recipe for, or any mention at all of, their tartar sauce. Sorry.

There's an item about Bailey's here:
Huntington Quarterly


Rich's Department Store Rum Balls

From: kathy 
Sent: Tuesday, December 13, 2011 9:54 PM
Subject: Rich's bakery and giant rum balls....

Hi. I was so excited to see your post!

Ever since I was a child, I've fondly remembered my sisters and I going to 
Rich's bakery with our Aunt Nellie, who lived up on the hill behind Peachtree 
Battle Shopping center in Atlanta, and  peering into the glass case, RIGHT at 
my eye level, at the giant (about 2 and a half inches around) rum balls covered 
in chocolate krinkles. 

For decades I have wondered what ever happened to Rich's bakery and how I could 
get some more of those delicious and delectable rum balls!

Oh, how I would love to find the recipe and make some for my sisters and myself.... 

I can still see these in my mind... in the green and white checkered box with the 
little window in the top...Aunt Nellie would buy each of us 1 rum ball. 
I remember distinctly how it tasted velvety smooth, chocolatey & just like rum YUM! 
Could it be that Rich's sold alcoholic rum balls to the general public.????!

Welll, I now work in an elementary school, just like Aunt Nellie did, and I want 
to make a non-alcoholic version to share at school for Christmas... 
Surely Rich's was selling one....and not for real alcoholic ones...

So, you can see how, when I saw your site, I got all excited and thought there might 
be hope....

Can you help me? I saw that the recipe was not on your site, yet....  but, maybe we 
can spread the word and find it... Hope so!

"Little Kathy"

Hi Kathy,

I had no success locating an actual recipe from Rich’s for these, nor was I able to find a copycat. There are other rum ball recipes below with rum flavoring instead of real rum.

The only items on the web that I found regarding these were a mention here:

Baking It Forward

and a message board recipe request here:


That request has been there for several weeks with no replies, which is not a hopeful sign.

I will, of course, post this on my site.


Chocolate  Rum  Balls

1 c. sm. sweet chocolate pieces
7 oz. jar marshmallow creme
1 tbsp. rum flavoring
3 c. crisp rice cereal
1/2 c. shredded coconut
1/2 c. chopped pecans

  Melt chocolate over hot, not boiling, water.  Remove when melted and mix 
with marshmallow creme and rum flavoring. Add 3 cups crisp rice cereal, 
1/2 cup shredded coconut and chopped pecans.  Mix well and form into one 
inch balls.  
These can be rolled in red or green tinted coconut (shredded).  You may 
also use mint flavoring or bourbon. 
Store in airtight container. 
Rum Balls

1 c. vanilla wafers
1 c. 10X sugar
1 1/2 c. finely chopped nuts
2 tbsp. cocoa
2 tbsp. light corn syrup
1/4 c. rum, 
3 tbsp. Pet milk
1 tsp. rum flavoring

Roll in sugar and seal in container. 
Chocolate  Rum  Balls

2 boxes powdered sugar
1 tbsp. vanilla
1 tsp. rum flavoring
1 stick butter
1 can Eagle Brand milk
4 cans coconut
1 c. chopped nuts

  Melt butter, add nuts, sugar, milk, rum flavoring.  Mix by hand thoroughly 
and form little balls on cookie sheet.  Place in refrigerator overnight.  
In double boiler add 1/4 of paraffin (Gulf), add 12 ounce bag of chocolate 
chips and melt together.  
Dip the balls in chocolate mixture, roll in coconut and chopped nuts, set 
aside to cool.  Store in tight container. 

Italian Cookie

-----Original Message----- 
From: Kathy 
Sent: Sunday, December 18, 2011 4:34 PM
Subject: Filled Pastry/Cookie

Hi Phaedrus,
Hoping you can help me with this recipe - years ago, my Italian grandmother 
baked a crescent shaped pastry made of flour, oil, water, and port wine. 
The pastry was filled with chopped walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, clove, and 
honey.  When they arrived at our house, the cookies were coated in a honey 
glaze and piled into a tin.  The filling really resembled greek pastries 
like baklava, but were placed on a round dough shape which was folded over 
and crimped with a fork.  Would love to make again!  When in her 90's, she 
tried to recall the ingredients, but was a bit unsure of the quantities. 
Does this pastry/cookie sound familiar to you?

Hi Kathy,

It sounds vaguely familiar, but I don't know the name of it offhand. What did your grandmother call them? There are a lot of Italian cookie & pastry recipes on my site. See here:
Italian Cookies

If it's none of them, note at the bottom of that page are links to these pages:

Italy Revisited Cookies without Nuts
Italy Revisited Cookies with Nuts
Italy Revisited Italian Fried Cookies & Fritters

Those sites have photos of, and recipes for, a large number of Italian cookies/pastries. If you go there and page through them, you might recognize your pastry.


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