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Going 'Out of this World' with Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies

By Kelly Church

Known for their chunky texture, Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies is a Hamden, CT bakery that says they have "the best cookies on the face of the Earth." It seems that many people agree, Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies was just selected as the best cookie in all of CT by Yelp & MSN Moon Rocks cookies are made with 100% natural and gourmet flavors, and hand-formed every time. CEO Marni Rae-Esposito said her company "specializes in interesting flavors," which also happen to be family recipes.

"[All recipes] are my mother's original recipes that she [created] from scratch," Rae-Esposito said. "They are higher in flavor [than they] are in sugar. They are kind of adult cookies."

Rae-Esposito's mother, Cynthia, worked her way through culinary school. After complaining to a professor that she couldn't find a chocolate chip cookie that tasted the way she wanted, she set out to make her own and created her secret recipe that Rae-Esposito stays true to today.

"My whole life my mother has been telling me that we needed to make Moon Rocks," Rae-Esposito said. "That the world needed them."

Rae-Esposito opened Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies in October of 2015, and customers will find more than just her mother's original chocolate chip cookie. Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies has flavors that include sweet potato, s'mores, many variations of the chocolate chip cookie, green tea and even one cookie they call the ugly salted caramel cookie. There is also a selection of gluten free, vegan and sugar free flavors.

"We are small but mighty," Rae-Esposito said. "We are very flexible and can really accommodate small orders to very large orders. We have such a wide variety of goods and services that we have something for everyone."

One of Rae-Esposito's main goals when opening the Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies storefront was to provide people in the community, who are in a similar situation as her mother was years before, an opportunity to create their own future.

"We rent our kitchen to new bakers getting started," Rae-Esposito said. "We want our kitchen to be a blessing to others and we have a real start-up incubator. We sell handmade items for local artisans. We don't charge them, we just want to be an outlet for the arts."

Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies can create custom gift baskets as graduation gifts, corporate gifts and more. Baskets are branded as requested. All tips received at Moon Rocks Gourmet Cookies goes to the local animal rescue. For more information, visit moonrocksgourmetcookies.com.

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