Ken Rawlings opens the first Otis Spunkmeyer cookie store in Oakland, CA
The Otis Spunkmeyer Story
So what's with the name?
Are you sitting down? Good. Because we need to tell you that Otis Spunkmeyer is not a real person.
But before you get upset, you should know that the name Otis Spunkmeyer was the creation of an adorable 12 year-old girl.
Back in 1976 her father, Ken Rawlings, was walking through the Fox Hills Mall in Los Angeles when something hit him on the nose. Well, it was more in the nose. It was the smell of fresh baked cookies. The realization that he could make a living surrounded by that heavenly smell inspired him to open a cookie shop.
The first store was in Oakland, and by 1979 he had left his day job to run the store full time. And his daughter's quirky name had stuck. By 1983, there were 20 Otis Spunkmeyer stores in California.
Something else Ken was good at smelling was opportunity, so he began to transition from retail to wholesale. This meant Otis Spunkmeyer's legendary cookie dough began to be shipped to restaurants, delis and cafeterias and any other business that wanted to sell fresh baked cookies.
And it turned out that there were a lot of them. By the end of the 1980's, Otis Spunkmeyer trucks were criss-crossing the country delivering cookie dough to over 40,000 accounts. Today, Otis Spunkmeyer is the #1 selling foodservice cookie dough in America - and the #1 selling cookie dough in fundraising.
In 2006 Otis Spunkmeyer was acquired by ARYZTA, a global leader in specialty bakery. With their baking knowledge and retail experience behind us, we at Otis Spunkmeyer were inspired to take perhaps our biggest step since Ken quit his job all those years ago: launching a line of baked treats to sell directly to consumers.
We have worked hard to make them the most delicious cakes, cookies and muffins on the shelves. If you get the chance, try one and let us know what you think.