Recent allegations that the New England Patriots deflated footballs during the AFC championship game against the Indianapolis Colts has sportscasters and football fans talking — and Olde Tyme Pastries baking.
The newest Patriots scandal inspired the longtime Turlock bakery to create "deflated" football cookies, cakes, and éclairs.
"We were listening to the news about Deflate-gate and thought it'd be fun to make cookies," said Olde Tyme Pastries owner Sherry Wagner.
The bakery was already making its annual array of Super Bowl themed treats, including jersey cookies with each team's logo and NFL topped sheet cakes. The deflated football cookies and cakes are just a novel addition to this year's offerings.
Olde Tyme put up a sign promoting the "Deflate-Gate Cookies" on their bakery display case and the bakery employees have enjoyed seeing customers' responses, said Wagner.
"Customers see that and they just laugh and laugh and laugh," she said.
The scandal-inspired cookies are selling well this week, said Wagner, however, they're not even close to being as popular as the bakery's Colin Kaepernick jersey cookies.
"We sold between 18,000 and 21,000 Kaepernick cookies when the 49ers were in the playoffs, "said Wagner.
Wagner attributes some of the popularity of the Kaepernick cookies to its cinnamon-flavored frosting. (The same frosting is used on the bakery's Valentine's Day heart cookies for those looking to score a taste.)
Those wishing to include Deflate-gate treats — or traditional Seahawks and Patriots themed cookies and cakes — for their Super Bowl parties will find them available all week at Olde Tyme Pastries. To insure availability, customers can order ahead by calling 668-0928.