Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Will This Cookie Make You Horny?

by John Birdsall
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 1:05 PM

Maybe yes, maybe no — not that Akiva Resnikoff can actually say. Resnikoff is the guy behind The Cookie Department, an Emeryville-based maker of functional cookies that launched in 2009. They’re available mostly at East Bay cafes (Fellini Coffeebar in Berkeley, for one), also gyms, and the snack counter at the Grand Lake Theater.

The functional part of Resnikoff’s cookies comes from superfoods — the allegedly Viagra-like additive in the Sexy Cookie, for instance, is maca (Lepidium meyenii), a root that comes from the Andes, said to boost endurance. Also, so it is said, horniness.

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Resnikoff — who's also sales manager at Metropolis Baking Company, which his cousin owns — says each Sexy Cookie contains half a dose of maca, meaning you’d have to eat two to have any hope at all of feeling, well, tingly. Then again, maybe you’d have to eat a couple every day. “Once it gets built up in your system, it has been known to cause stimulating effects,” Resnikoff told me over the phone one day. “I can’t really claim that it’ll make you horny, but people who take maca on a regular basis say it’s a nice added bonus.”

Besides the Sexy, Resnikoff offers the vegan Smart Cookie, studded with dried cranberries (high in antioxidants, which could presumably boost brain power); Peanut Power (with whey protein powder, adding up to a whopping four ten grams of muscle-builder); and the Awaken Baked, which — apart from having an awesome name — packs espresso powder. He says he’s working on a recipe for a gluten-free cookie that tastes like PB&J but won’t have any specific function, unless you count keeping celiacs happy.

And what about my experiment with the Sexy Cookie? Did it have the power to make me functional? To find out, I ate two on a recent evening at Fellini, between sips of espresso. I can report that I didn’t exactly end up horny, though I did think they were pretty damn good chocolate chip cookies in their own right. Bottom line: My husband wasn’t particularly interested in my (admittedly) tentative advances.

After all, I was felling pretty full. Call it a nice added bonus.

Get in touch at John.Birdsall@EastBayExpress.com, and follow me on Twitter @John_Birdsall.

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