Cookies with Class

After-school snacks just got a lot smarter. After all, when’s the last time a cookie taught your kid the capital of Texas, names of the presidents or a bit of Español? Better still, it’s the brainchild of a mom and dad right here in Troy.

“Think education on an animal cracker,” as Dick Held puts it. He’s a branding guru and half of the new Dick & Jane Baking Company. Yes: His wife, a veteran elementary and ESL teacher, is really named Jane. They’re a real-life version of those books that taught kids to read in the ’50s – only this duo offers a tasty (yet healthy) take on history and language. Dick & Jane’s whole-grain, nut-free snacks are engraved with illustrations and little lessons.

In the “State & Capitals” edition, for instance, each cookie shows one of the 50 states, both in words and shapes, with a small star marking the chief city. A “Presidents” series covers all 44 leaders, from Washington to Obama, and “English & Spanish” translates 10 numbers and 50 vocab words. An entire “library” is in the works, with plans to tackle math, science and more. Not to mention, Dick & Jane are forming a foundation to raise $1 billion for education. Go, Dick & Jane, go!

Geared at grades K-8, these treats sell for about $3.49 a box at local Meijer locations and on Amazon.com. Learn more at dickandjanebakingco.com.

Metro Parent Editorial Team
Metro Parent Editorial Team
Since 1986, the Metro Parent editorial team is trained to be the go-to source for metro Detroit families, offering a rich blend of expert advice, compelling stories, and the top local activities for kids. Renowned for their award-winning content, the team of editors and writers are dedicated to enriching family life by connecting parents with the finest resources and experiences our community has to offer.

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