Neiman Marcus's Secret Cookie Recipe Costs a Bundle-Fiction!
Neiman Marcus’s Secret Cookie Recipe Costs a Bundle–Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A customer at a Neiman Marcus Cafe in Dallas was duped into buying a “secret” cookie recipe for $250 so decided to share the Neiman Marcus secret cookie recipe with the world to get back at the cafe.
This tall tale about the secret recipe for Neiman Marcus cookies is nothing but folklore.
A forwarded email that describes an apparent first-person account of a woman who was tricked into paying $250 for Neiman Marcus’s secret cookie recipe and decided to share the recipe with the world so that it wouldn’t be secret anymore. It’s not clear where the story came from, or exactly when it started, but there’s not truth to it.
In fact, there’s no such thing as the Neiman Marcus Cafe, and Neiman Marcus didn’t even have a recipe for chocolate chip cookies until it made one up in response this rumor. Neiman Marcus has posted its not-so-secret recipe for cookies online to dispel rumors that it tricks customers into paying $250 for it. In a light-hearted post on the company’s website, Neiman Marcus offers the recipe and a brief explanation:
An urban myth is a modern folk tale, its origins unknown, its believability enhanced simply by the frequency with which it is repeated. Our signature chocolate chip cookie is the subject of one such myth. If you haven’t heard the story, we won’t perpetuate it here. If you have, the recipe below should serve to refute it. Copy it, print it out, pass it along to friends and family. It’s a terrific recipe. And it’s absolutely free.
The earliest account of the “secret recipe” urban legend can be traced back to the 1930s. It was said back that then that a customer was tricked into paying $100 for the Waldorf Astoria’s secret recipe for red velvet cake. Folklorist Jan Harold Brunvand has noted that the Waldorf Astoria didn’t even serve red velvet cake when the rumor started, but the hotel quickly made up a recipe and added it to the menu.
A real example of the eRumor as it has appeared on the Internet:
A TRUE “GET EVEN STORY ” MUST READ The following is a story of a lady who decided to get even with a company that ripped her off. I thought it was an interesting way for one to get even and illustrates the power of people when empowered with the Internet. Enjoy…Not A Joke
My daughter & I had just finished a salad at Neiman-Marcus Cafe in Dallas & decided to have a small dessert. Because both of us are such cookie lovers, we decided to try the “Neiman-Marcus cookie”. It was so excellent that I asked if they would give me the recipe and the waitress said with a small frown, “I’m afraid not, but you can buy the recipe”. Well, I asked how much, and she responded. “Only two fifty, it’s a great deal!” I agreed, just add it to my tab, I told her.
Thirty days later, I received my VISA statement from Neiman-Marcus andit was $285.00. I looked again and I remembered I had only spent $9.95 for two salads and about $20.00 for a scarf. As I glanced at the bottom of the statement, it said, “Cookie Recipe – $250.00”. That’s outrageous!
I called Neiman’s Accounting Dept. and told them the waitress said it was “two-fifty,” which clearly does not mean “two hundred and fifty dollars by any *POSSIBLE* interpretation of the phrase! Neiman-Marcus refused to budge.
They would not refund my money, because according to them, “What the waitress told you is not our problem. You have already seen the recipe. We absolutely will not refund your money at this point.”
I explained to her the criminal statutes which govern fraud in Texas. I threatened to refer them to the Better Business Bureau and the State’s
Attorney General for engaging in fraud. I was basically told, “Do what you want, it doesn’t matter, and we’re not refunding!! your money.”
I waited, thinking of how I could get even, or even try and get any of my money back. I just said, “Okay, you folks got my $250.00, and now I’m going to have $25,000.00 worth of fun.” I told her that I was going to see to it that every Cookie lover in the United States with an e-mail account has a $250.00 cookie recipe from Neiman-Marcus… for free. She replied, “I wish you wouldn’t do this.” I said, “Well, you should have thought of that before you ripped me off,” and slammed down the phone on her.
So here it is!!! Please, please, please pass it on to everyone you can
possibly think of. I paid $250 for this… I don’t want Neiman-Marcus to *ever* get another penny off of this recipe….
THE NEIMAN MARCUS
COOKIE (Recipe may be halved):
2 cups butter
4 cups flour
2 tsp. baking soda
2 cups sugar
5 cups blended oatmeal (measure oatmeal and blend in a blender to a fine
24 oz. chocolate chips
2 cups brown sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 – 8 oz. Hershey Bar (grated)
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
3 cups chopped nuts (your choice, but we liked pecans best)
Cream the butter and both sugars.
Add eggs and vanilla; mix together with flour, oatmeal, salt, baking
powder, and soda.
Add chocolate chips, Hershey Bar and nuts. Roll into balls and place two
inches apart on a
Bake for 10 minutes at 375 degrees.
Makes 112 cookies.
Have fun!!! This is not a joke-this is a true story. Ride free, citizens!
PLEASE PASS THIS TO EVERY ONE YOU KNOW!