The Cookie Boys began going door-to-door in Willow Glen (California) selling chocolate chip cookies from a secret recipe of their mother's at just 8 & 10 years old. One fall day in 2008, Jeffrey and Joseph Heilman began on a mission to "sell something". Joseph, the younger of the two brothers always having a business mindset (and wanting to make some extra cash as one of six children) was up for selling ANYTHING!
"Please MOM! Let me sell something!"
Up until this particular day, the boys would sell toys, books, lemonade, even candy bars from Costco at the nearby park! Business fascinated them, and they couldn't wait to get started!
This day was different because their mother (rather exhausted from trying to come up with more things for her boys to sell) remembered a cookie recipe she had which she always thought was really pretty good. On this day, the boys mom baked up two dozen cookies and sent the boys "out into the world” by going door-to-door in their local Californian community of Willow Glen - selling to friends and neighbors.
Twenty minutes later, and with dollars stuffed in their pockets - the boys had sold out their fresh and hot chocolate chip cookies, and the rest is history! The Cookie Boys was born!
Over time, Chef Jeffery (now 18) and his younger brother Joseph, have baked and sold hundreds of dozens of cookies each year with local deliveries to individual customers and have fulfilled corporate orders to companies such as Apple HQ and Happy Hollow Zoo.
Jeffrey has worked as an accomplished baker for a local French bakery, spent time as the youngest cook on the line in downtown San Jose's urban food district, and has competed on the hit Food Network television show Chopped, airing September 13th 2016 at 10PM EST. The Cookie Boys have become fully zoned and permitted to sell out of the home!
Now, selling cookies isn't exactly earth shattering. It isn't the answer to PEACE ON EARTH, or a solution to political and global unrest. But what we have found as sellers of sweets is that change first comes by way of HOPE. Our cookies are baked with love and are delivered with the hopeful expectations we can impact this world toward becoming a better place for all of us to live.
There was once a day when fresh baked cookies was nearly an everyday occurrence after school, a time to enjoy some cookies and milk while discussing a rather long and tedious childhood day. Children were able to talk with their parents or care givers one with another and ask each other about their day, it is our desire to open a physical location soon one day where we can fill this void in society... a home away from home for children of all ages to sit back, relax, and enjoy a cookie and an ice-cold glass of milk, just like Grandma used to make.
"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these, you did for me.... For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in..." Matt. 25:35 & 41 #faithful