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Mother's Cookies
Mother's Cookies
Oakland, Calif.
Founded: 1916
Closed: October 2008

For more than 90 years, kids in California enjoyed creating parades of Circus Animal Cookies baked by Mother's Cookies, an iconic grocery-store snack brand headquartered in Oakland. But this generation will be the last to munch on the bright-pink frosted animals: Mother's Cookies crumbled on Oct. 6, when the owners abruptly shut down and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

They blamed a variety of economic factors, including the rising costs of fuel, flour, butter and sugar. "It's a tough market in which to find credit," said Barrett Golden, spokeswoman for Catterton Partners, the private equity firm that bought Mother's Cookies a few years ago.

The flagship cookie's image will live on in a hipster homage. ClothMoth, an independent t-shirt company based in Houston, created a tribute tee featuring rows of Circus Animals and a bittersweet farewell: "Lights down, little cookies." Until its supply runs out, ClothMoth is shipping a small bag of the cookies with each shirt order.

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