While picking up a slice of cake at Dessert Gallery Bakery & Café as a new-semester pick-me-up, I noticed a rather unusual discount baked good bin.
For the record, I'm generally a big fan of bakeries and sweet shops selling their day-old wares at reduced prices. This practice often allows me to sample many otherwise expensive gourmet sweets and (I like to think) prevents food from being wasted.
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But there was something irksome about Dessert Gallery's advertisement for $1.95 bags of "Crumbs of the Day." For one thing, two dollars is still a good chunk of change for baked goods. Fresh cookies at Whole Foods are $1.99, and mediocre slices of cake at Randall's are $1.50 with your Rewards card.
Most of the bags contained crumbles and chunks of cookies and brownies -- not really a legitimate snack, or God forbid, something you would offer to a friend.
Finally, I find it fairly obnoxious that the Gallery thinks so highly of their desserts that they assume poor and/or cheap people would still find them satisfying served in smithereens. Sort of reminds me of the Seinfeld when Kramer tries to donate hundreds of muffin tops to a local homeless shelter.
I guess I would pay no more than 50 cents for a bag o' cookie crumbs. Would you?