TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THESE AWESOME AUGUST DEALS

07.27.2021
All through August, Hot Box Cookies has tons of deals that you can take advantage of to get your cookie fix!


Month of Cookies – August 1 to September 22
Our biggest promotion this August, you have a chance to win a month of cookies! Running until September 22, all you have to do is share how you Hot Box on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Be sure to use the hashtags #hotboxcookies and #howdoyouhotbox, and tag us @hotboxcookies!
There will be one winner per Hot Box Cookies location. Winners will be notified on September 24.

Dogust – August 1
During the lockdown, many people got shelter dogs to keep them company. Well, August 1 is the universal birthday for all shelter dogs and Hot Box Cookies has the perfect treat for both humans and pooches alike!
When you purchase a 12 pack of cookies, you can get free carob chip cookies for your pooch as well! Just use code DOGUST on online orders for curbside, delivery or pickup.

Ice Cream Sandwich Day – August 2
This never-ending summer heat is the perfect excuse to chow down on our delicious ice cream sandwiches. On August 2, all our ice cream sandwich kits will be just $12!
Use code ICEICEBABY on online orders for curbside, delivery or pickup.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Day – August 4
It’s hard to not like a good chocolate chip cookie, and ours is one of the best around. So for Chocolate Chip Cookie Day, when you buy one six pack of our chocolate chip cookies, we’ll give you another six pack free!
Just use code SIXFREE on online orders for curbside, delivery or pickup.

Women’s Equality Day – August 26
This day is for all those who have had to work twice as hard for half as much.
From 7 pm to 11pm today, we’ll be having a Ladies Night! All orders during this time will be 25% off.
Use code LADIESNIGHT on online orders for curbside, delivery or pickup.

Just Because Day – August 27
Don’t you like it when someone does something nice for you out of the blue? Well, this is the day to return the favor! Do something just because, give something just because!
For all of Just Because Day, all our 12 packs are $15. Why? Just because!
Just be sure to use code JUSTBECAUSE on online orders for curbside, delivery or pickup.

We’ll continue to remind you of these upcomings deals, so keep an eye on your email and our social media! You can order at anytime at hotboxcookies.com, day or night. We do late night delivery!




WOMEN'S EQUALITY DAY

7.21.2021

Our Constitution has been amended, or changed, 27 times. Each change was consequential for the United States, with some amendments including the abolishment of slavery and setting term limits for U.S. presidents.
On August 26, 1920 the 19th amendment was ratified, and stated voting rights cannot be denied based on sex, after failing numerous times to be ratified by the House and Senate starting in 1878. 

“Woman is woman. She can not unsex herself or change her sphere. Let her be content with her lot and perform those high duties intended for her by the Great Creator, and she will accomplish far more in governmental affairs than she can ever accomplish by mixing up in the dirty pool of politics. Keep the home pure and all will be well with the Republic.” - J.B. Sanford, Senator of California, 1911, Argument Against Women's Suffrage

Fifty years after the ratification, a series of protests organized by Betty Friedan and the National Organization for Women (NOW) took place nationwide in order to show the American media the scope and power of second-wave feminism.

According to the Times in 1970,

“Virtually all of the nation’s systems — industry, unions, the professions, the military, the universities, even the organizations of the New Left — [were] quintessentially masculine establishments.”

This day of nation-wide protests became known as Women’s Equality Day.
In 1971, Representative Bella Abzug introduced a bill to mark August 26 as National Women’s Equality Day. The bill requests the president issue a proclamation annually to commemorate the protest and the Women’s Suffrage.
Since the ratification of the 19th amendment and the subsequent protests, steps have been taken to create a more equal world for everyone; however, there are still major issues when it comes to equality. Take the wage gap, for example. The gap between sex and race. According to Robin Bleiweis of the Center for American Progress, a white woman is paid an average of 79 cents for every dollar that a white man makes. For women of color, this pay gap is even more drastic.
A black woman will make 62 cents for every dollar a white man makes. A LatinX woman will only make 54 cents for every dollar a white man makes, earning little more than half of what white men make for the same amount of work with equal qualifications and education. 
Steps can be taken to ensure equal pay for all individuals, according to Stephen Miller of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Regular pay audits, upgrading existing technology, unionization and not asking about previous pay history are all steps that can be taken to make the workplace a more equal place for all.
Hot Box Cookies prides ourselves on ensuring all our customers and employees are treated equally and fairly, regardless of sex, gender, race, ability or orientation. 
With Women’s Equality Day fast approaching, we want you to nominate a woman in your life who’s impacting the community. Post on Instagram and tag us for a chance to win a free 12 pack.
Works Cited:
https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/women/reports/2020/03/24/482141/quick-facts-gender-wage-gap/
https://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/age-global-gender-equality-if-we-want-it-be-n1274261
https://sfpl.org/pdf/libraries/main/sfhistory/suffrageagainst.pdf
https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/compensation/pages/racial-wage-gaps-persistence-poses-challenge.aspx
https://www.womenshistory.org/articles/womens-equality-day

SWEETENING YOUR SUMMER: UPCOMING DEALS

6.30.2021
As we enter July, we at Hot Box Cookies want to make sure you have many opportunities to sweeten up your summer. So we’re giving you a heads up on many of our upcoming promotions! Hot Box Cookies makes your summer a little sweeter with our July promotions! 

July 4 – Independence Day

We’re starting our list off with a bang. Until July 7 not only can you get yourself a box of 12 cookies, you also get a pint of ice cream with our Freedom Pack for only $20!

Why not take our cookies to the various events that are happening this Fourth of July? You can watch fireworks under the Gateway Arch in St. Louis, watch the Kansas City Air Show or head to Flat Branch Park for more fireworks in Columbia!


July 7 – Chocolate Day

A whole day dedicated to chocolate? Yeah, you heard us right. We at Hot Box Cookies love our chocolate, so of course we have something for you chocolate aficionados.

For the whole day and night, we’re offering free delivery on all orders. Use the code SOSWEET on online orders for pickup, curbside or delivery.

July 9 – Sugar Cookie Day

Sometimes you just want to appreciate the simple things in life. What is simpler than a sugar cookie?

To celebrate this simply scrumptious sweet, we’re giving away a free vegan sugar cookie with any purchase. Just use the code TREATYOSELF on online orders for pickup, curbside or delivery.

July 18 – Ice Cream Day

Ice cream is a fantastic way to beat the July heat. When you purchase two or more cookies, you can add on a free scoop of any flavor ice cream. Use the code C.R.E.A.M. on online orders for pickup, curbside or delivery.

July 28 – Milk Chocolate Day

Two days in July dedicated to chocolate? Yes, please! We’re celebrating this day by giving away a free chocolate chip cookie with any purchase. Use the code SILKYSMOOTH on online orders for pickup, curbside or delivery.

July 30 International Day of Friendship

What better way to celebrate your friends by buying them a box of Hot Box cookies? All day our gift packs will be 15% off with the code RIDEORDIE on online orders. Each gift pack includes our delicious cookies, as well as an optional balloon, custom card and ribbon.

The International Day of Friendship is a relatively new holiday, officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2011. It is a day to celebrate the people you hold close, and organize activities to show how much you care for your friends.

We’ll remind you about these upcoming deals and holidays in our weekly emails and on our social media. You can order your cookies and sweets at Hot Box Cookies's website. These are deals you won’t want to miss!



A LOOK AT THE PAST: JUNETEENTH

6.14.2021
Saturday marks Juneteenth, which is honored and celebrated by the African American community as the day of their independence; the day when their slavery came to an end.
President Abraham Lincoln’s 1863 Emancipation Proclamation was a large factor behind the freedom of many slaves. However, the effects of the Proclamation were not immediate, and many slave-owners were reluctant to offer freedom to their slaves.
According to Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., even after General Robert E. Lee’s surrender, many Confederate, or Southern soldiers continued to fight. In Mississippi, Union, or Northern soldiers fought remnants of the Confederate army until late May, with many ex-Confederate soldiers continuing to harass and plunder areas after their surrender.
There was more non-violent resistance, with many slave owners retreating to Texas from Mississippi, Louisiana and other former Confederate states. Professor Gates, Jr. states it was not until two and a half years after Lincoln’s Proclamation was made that Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Texas to enforce the executive order. This date was June 19, 1865 and it was celebrated then as it is celebrated now.
To many African Americans, Juneteenth is an important holiday and a day of remembrance. It is a day of celebration, as well as a day to honor their ancestors and culture. Unfortunately, according to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Juneteenth is not well known outside of the African American community. And for some, this blog post may be the first they’ve ever heard of this holiday.
How can one celebrate this day? There are many ways, but perhaps one of the easiest ways is to tell others. Juneteenth is not a nationally recognized holiday, but is recognized as a state holiday in all but three states. Spreading the knowledge of such a day would help tremendously towards building more awareness of Juneteenth, and garner support for the African American community.
Consider celebrating with loved ones by sharing a meal, supporting black-owned businesses, and educating yourself by attending
The Field Museum’s Juneteenth Celebration June 19, at 1 p.m.
No matter how you celebrate Juneteenth, Hot Box Cookies wishes to state its acknowledgement of the holiday.


References:
https://juneteenth.com/history/ 
https://nmaahc.si.edu/blog-post/historical-legacy-juneteenth
https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/what-is-juneteenth/


THE ULTIMATE LGBTQ+ READING LIST... PAIRED WITH COOKIES!


06.11.2021

What pairs better than a good book and delicious cookies? If you ask us, nothing. In honor of Pride Month, Hot Box Cookies has curated the perfect LGTBQ+ reading list for you and paired each wonderfully written book from Left Bank Books with a cookie we think you would enjoy most when reading.


1). One Life – Megan Rapinoe
In this biography authored by Olympic Gold Medalist and two-time Women’s World Cup Champion Megan Rapinoe, the reader follows the soccer player through her life. From the day she came out as openly gay to the public backlash she received from taking a knee during the national anthem in 2016, Rapinoe creates a compelling story of her life and her journey. To give the story its full kick, we recommend pairing this story with one of our cookies and crème cookies. The resemblance to a soccer ball is obvious.


2). The Secret to Superhuman Strength – Alison Bechdel
A moving graphic memoir, readers will become engrossed in Alison Bechdel’s exploration of various fitness crazes from the 1960s and beyond. Beautifully illustrated pages show how Bechdel tries to improve herself through both physical and spiritual means. We are almost certain you will snicker once or twice at these doodles, so we heartedly suggest pairing this novel with the cinnamon taste of our snickerdoodles.


3). Untamed – Glennon Doyle
Untamed seeks one thing, and that is to teach you that you don’t need to live up to society’s expectations. Author Glennon Doyle’s memoir tells the reader just that, as she explores her awakening into the LGBTQ+ community and seeks to begin living her life anew. Just how Doyle became ‘untamed’ in the eyes of society, we think this novel pairs best with our equally untamed gluten-free Monster cookie.


4). Here for It: Or, How to Save Your Soul in America; Essays – R. Eric Thomas
In a deeply soulful yet humorous series of essays, R. Eric Thomas guides readers through his life story as he seeks to redefine what is “normal.” From growing up in a white suburbia as a black child to covering the 2016 elections, Thomas’ work is sure to captivate. For an equally soulful experience for your mouth, we highly suggest pairing this collection of essays with our chocolate white chocolate cookie.


5). Torch Song Trilogy – Harvey Fierstein
In a wonderfully humorous collection of Broadway plays, readers will follow the life lead nightclub drag performer Arnold Beckoff. You can expect to experience many laughs as readers will follow Arnold in his pursuit for a life he can be proud of. Just as the book has a colorful cast of characters, we recommend pairing this collection of plays with our equally colorful M&M cookie.


6). Rebel Chef: In Search of What Matters - Dominique Crenn
In this memoir, readers will follow the story of Dominique Crenn as she carves a name for herself in the male-dominated industry of professional cooking. A powerful story of success, Crenn satisfies readers appetites with her engaging life story. We recommend pairing this book with our vegan sugar cookies, which is just as bold as Dominique Crenn herself.


7). Broken Horses: A Memoir – Brandi Carlile
Written by six time Grammy Award winner Brandi Carlile, this memoir captures the artist’s journey from a small town teen to a world renowned musician. Carlile weaves her life story to her readers in a piercingly honest way, making it seem as though she is sitting right next to you as she recounts her story. We recommend pairing this story with our chocolate chip cookie: an instant classic, like this memoir.


8). Under the Rainbow: A Novel – Celia Laskey
In this novel by Celia Laskey, readers will follow the journey of a small town as it is introduced to a wave of LGBTQ individuals in an attempt to broaden the minds of the residents of the town. A compelling story, we believe this pairs nicely with our peanut butter Reese’s Pieces cookie: a small splash of color in an otherwise classic cookie.


9). Something to Talk About – Meryl Wilsner
When a superstar actress makes her assistant laugh on the red carpet, rumors start to spark saying the two are in a romantic relationship. In this romantic comedy, Meryl Wilsner weaves a slow-burn romance as these two women come to realize the rumors may have some truth after all. We recommend pairing this novel with our red velvet cookie: a taste of the red carpet in your hands.


10). Memorial – Bryan Washington
Following the story of a gay couple who live together in Houston, Bryan Washington has the reader follow their story as they put their relationship to the test. One man returns to Japan to visit his dying estranged father, while the other has to live with his partner’s mother as unconventional roommates. We recommend pairing this novel with our oatmeal chocolate chip cookie; an unconvention, yet delightful combination.

Each of these novels can be purchased from Left Bank Books, and don’t forget to pick up a Pride Pack from one of our stores. Proceeds go to Equality Kansas and PROMO.
 




BAKING COOKIES WITH PRIDE

05.25.2021

Soon June will arrive, and with it will come a tidal wave of color, acceptance and love. Otherwise known as Pride Month, June is a time for those within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA) community and their supporters to not only support one another, but also lobby for change and preach acceptance.

Unfortunately, Pride Month did not start with love and rainbows, but with hatred and misunderstanding. According to the Library of Congress’s archives, there was originally just a day of remembrance for the 1969 Stonewall Uprising, a six-day protest in response to a police raid on the Stonewall Inn, a prevalent gay hangout. As time passed, the day evolved into a month to recognize the impact of LGBTQIA individuals on history in all facets of the world.

As the LGBTQIA movement has grown, many companies offer their support in favor of these individuals fighting for less discrimination and greater understanding of a marginalized group of people. From donations to charities to simply wearing rainbows to work, even the smallest show of support helps.

That is why the cookie brand, Hot Box Cookies, is offering their support to the LGBTQIA community this Pride Month. But why?

"Hot Box Cookies was founded on love and acceptance, and we implement those values into everything we do. We're a company who accepts everyone and we always have,” Christina Chastain, Director of Brand Marketing for Hot Box Cookies said. “We're a company who gives back to our community and Pride Month is no different. This year, portions of our proceeds for the month of June will be going to PROMO and Equality Kansas, two organizations who are doing amazing work in the LGBTQIA community. We just want to make sure we're showing and acting on love and support continuously for our employees, our friends, families, and community."




Both organizations are charities that lobby for legal reform and changes in community education to help end discrimination against the LGBTQIA community and ensure equality for all individuals. You can support them both by purchasing Pride Packs from Hot Box Cookies, and you can also offer your support directly by clicking on the links to their websites below.

And while supporting the LGBTQIA community is important, it is equally important to honor the fathers who support their children during this month and continue to love them unconditionally no matter where they fall on the rainbow. Hot Box Cookies will happily let Dad (or both your Dads) know you care by gift packing their cookies with a special and personalized Father’s Day card. Thank them for all the times you went fishing together, or stood by his car awkwardly with a flashlight!

June is a month full of days to take advantage of Hot Box Cookies deals with Dad or your LGBTQIA friends. June 7 is Chocolate Ice Cream Day, so with a purchase of two or more cookies you can get yourself a free scoop of chocolate ice cream. Or maybe on June 12 you would want a free peanut butter cookie on Peanut Butter Cookie Day. Even better, keep an eye out on June 8 on Hot Box’s social media accounts for Best Friend’s Day for a chance to win a 12 pack for you and your friends to share!

So if you want to fly your own rainbow flag, support your queer friends and family, or just tell dad thanks for everything, there are plenty of deals available at Hot Box Cookies this month for you to take advantage of.


Link to PROMO
Link to Equality Kansas


CELEBRATING 4/20 : MUNCHING THE MUNCHIES

03.26.2021
No one really knows how April 20 became synonymous with weed, but the prevailing theory involves a group of friends from California who used the phrase “420” to mean they’d meet outside their school to get high at 4:20 p.m.

The nickname probably wouldn’t have gone anywhere, except one of the kid’s brothers was friends with Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh, so the kids started smoking weed with the Grateful Dead. Thus, the high holiday was born.

Regardless of how 420 became an international holiday, events surrounding it are blowing up as various food brands and corporations ride the tailwind that is the “green wave” of state marijuana legalization. And it only makes sense doesn’t it? A whopping 70 percent of Gen Z will be participating this year, according to a survey from EduBirdie, which describes itself as “a hub for Gen Z stats.” That’s 70 percent more people in a single generation alone who will, most definitely, have the munchies on April 20.

Take, for example, Hot Box Cookies, who has locations in Missouri and Kansas. Hot Box has been celebrating the high holiday for years, and sees an average of a 50 percent spike in sales every high holiday season.

“We’ve been celebrating 420 for more than 10 years now,” Ryan Rich, owner of Hot Box Cookies, said. “Back in 2008, Hot Box was really founded on the idea that we wanted to provide the best munchies to the college kids, so it only made sense. We’ve grown a lot since then. We have five locations now, and are working on franchising and a national shipping program, but at our core, we’re just a simple cookie, satisfying a simple desire.”

Hot Box Cookies profiting from 420 could be for a multitude of reasons. One is, their name is Hot Box. That says a lot, doesn’t it? Regardless of the time of year, the brand aligns itself with stoner culture and is currently working on a cannabis line for medical consumption in the state of Missouri.

The second is that the brand doesn’t just celebrate 420 on one day. It makes it into a four-day event, with deals and promotions running April 17 through April 20 this year. Customers have a chance of winning and purchasing numerous products, from lighters and ashtrays, to grinders and limited edition 420 apparel.

The third, and perhaps most obvious, they sell cookies and will deliver them to your door. Dank cookies. The type of cookie a marijuana enthusiast only dreams of. You can buy them by the six pack or by the hundreds. You can make it an icing or ice cream sandwich. You can even buy a whole cookie cake if your munchies come on with that much fervor. And don’t forget about the pup who might be babysitting you on the high holiday. They have treats for them, too.

What was once a counter-culture holiday, is now becoming mainstream. That probably has something to do with the fact that it brings in a lot of green. According to data from Arcview Group, a cannabis investment and market research firm, US consumer spending on legal cannabis in 2021 ($20.8 billion) will generate $39.6 billion in overall economic impact. That means 414,000 jobs and more than $4 billion in tax receipts. This doesn’t even account for the brands and corporations that are getting a contact high off the legal marijuana industry, who might not even sell THC or CBD products themselves, but still promote and support.

One example is Ben & Jerry’s, who was one of the earliest big brands to foster a connection with marijuana culture through marketing. The Vermont ice cream maker owned by Unilever has long delivered its fans flavors to satisfy the munchies, such as Half Baked, Phish Food and Cherry Garcia.

So, if you partake in the high holiday on April 20, or even if you don’t, you’ll be treated to some fun and crazy deals across the country. So it’s really a win-win for everyone.


HOT BOX REWARDS SYSTEM

07.20.2020
Earning free cookies has never been easier. Introducing the new Hot Box Cookies reward system, where you’ll earn points for every dollar you spend on cookies.

How do you get started? Each order you place will contribute to your rewards points - so let’s get some cookies! Here are step by step instructions of how to earn and redeem cookie cash for a sweet reward.

STEP 1: Start by opening up the irresistible hotboxcookies.com. Select “Order Now” at the top left side of the homepage.

STEP 2: Select “Login/Register” at the top right of the screen. This will allow you to access your account.

STEP 3: If you have a Hot Box Cookies’ account, great! Login and check out your profile. If not, select “Create an Account” and fill out the needed information.

STEP 4: After you’ve successfully logged in, select your profile at the top right corner of the screen. This will take you to your account information, order history, rewards marketplace & history.

STEP 5: Here you can access the Rewards Marketplace and redeem points earned into Hot Box Cookies gift cards! Earning cookie cash has never been easier.
1,000 points = $5 Gift Card
2,000 points = $10 Gift Card



A rewards system we can all get behind. Place an online order & start earning today! What’s your rewards balance?
Additional Questions? Email: support@hotboxcookies.com


HOT BOX TAKE N’ BAKE COOKIES


The best of Hot Box Cookies at home, without the guilt. (Okay, but who doesn’t like to indulge?) Hot Box Take N’ Bake Cookies (12oz.) are made with all natural ingredients and always made from scratch. Try our classic chocolate chip or mix it up with chocolate white chocolate, snickerdoodle, or cookies & cream! The choice is all yours.

We are a proud partner of Schnucks Markets to bring our cookies conveniently to your next shopping list. Find our delectable treats in the frozen section of your local
Schnucks or our website to order them as a gift, for curbside pick-up, or delivered straight to your door. Once you’ve secured the goods, follow these instructions for the best experience:

- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees - Place frozen cookie dough about 1.5-2” apart, for best results place parchment paper down before the cookies

Set the timer for 15 minutes - Rotate the tray at 7.5 minutes - Oven cook times may vary, so give em a peek at 13 minutes - Take out the cookies & serve them


What are you waiting for? There are people to see and cookies to eat. Additional Questions? Email:
support@hotboxcookies.com

NOTABLE NEWS 

December 4, 2019 | Insider 

The Best Chocolate Chip Cookie in Every State
Missouri: 

Hot Box Cookies 


November 5, 2019 | Fox2news St. Louis


ST. LOUIS, MO – Hot Box Cookies is teaming up with Treats Unleashed to be able to provide treats for both you and your pets. They are launching a line of dog-friendly “Carob Chip Cookies”. Carob chips are made from the pod of a carob tree, with a natural sweetness that is less bitter than chocolate-and totally dog safe.

The cookies will be available in the St. Louis area beginning November 11, 2019. Dog cookies are now available at all 5 locations! 

The release of these dog cookies coincides with the release of brand-new website, a new online ordering system, and a new cookie for humans. The “Becky”, a pumpkin spice-molasses cookie, is the first of twelve seasonal cookies.

Hot Box Cookies originated in Columbia, MO, in 2008. You can find them in the St. Louis area in Clayton, the Central West End, and South Grand.

October 19, 2018 | 
The Daily Meal

The Best Cookie in Every State
Missouri: Hot Box Cookies bakes and delivers warm cookies in St. Louis and Columbia, Missouri, and Lawrence, Kansas. There are one dozen flavors to choose from. Customers can order six, 12, 18, 24, and 36 cookies in flavors like chocolate chip, Cookies N’ Crème, M&M, Snickerdoodle, peanut butter, peanut butter Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter chocolate chip, oatmeal raisin, oatmeal chocolate chip, Monster, red velvet, and chocolate white chocolate. Hot Box Cookies also makes luscious Icing Sandwiches (vanilla icing sandwiched between two cookies of customers’ choices). Cookie cakes and ice cream sandwiches round out the offerings.