I was in my kitchen when the mail lady drove up. My Danish houseguest, Jul, said, "I want to give Susan something. Hand me one of those Chinese cookies," and he pointed to a pile of small blue tins.
"What Chinese cookies?" I asked, looking for fortune cookies or Chinese pretzels.
"Those," and he waved his finger urgently as Susan turned on the engine to drive to the next house.
"These? How are these Chinese cookies?" I quizzed, passing him a tin of Danish butter cookies. I'm know I'm half the time out of it, but am I that bad?!
He disdainfully explained they're made in China, by CVS. In no way are they Danish anymore. "They aren't as buttery as the ones in Denmark," he sniffed. My husband has echoed a similar sentiment in previous conversations.
Royal Dansk butter cookies were popular in Denmark in the '80s, he said, but they're out of vogue now. "Now Danes want to make their own cookies and put their own trendy things in it. Beets, kale, Stone Age foods- until it no longer tastes like a cookie," he joked. He is always surprised they're still popular in the US.
We still like those Chinese cookies.