Two Cookie Delivery Services Help Kick Late-night Cravings in Boise 

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Kelsey Hawes, Lex Nelson

From omelets and pancakes (Jax Inn) to kidney sandwiches (New Ivoire) to s'mores-stuffed empanadas (Empanadas, Son!), it's possible to get just about anything delivered after midnight in New York City. Though Boise has a lot of ground to cover before it comes close to an NYC level of delivery badassery, businesses like Chip Cookies and Cookie Riot are doing their best making it happen.

Both companies deliver still-hot-from-the-oven chocolate chip cookies and milk starting after the dinner hour, and both are relatively new to the Treasure Valley. Home-grown Cookie Riot came first, opening its doors in May of 2017, and Chip Cookies, an expanding family business headquartered in Provo, Utah, followed a few months later. Cookie Riot and Chip Cookies also share nearly identical business models: They cater to late-night snackers who want something sweet but don't want to leave their dorm/apartment/house.

click to enlarge The cookies from Chip are huge, with a fluffy, cake-like texture. - LEX NELSON
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  • The cookies from Chip are huge, with a fluffy, cake-like texture.

"I think the reaction has just been incredible," said Chip Cookies co-owner Sarah Wilson. "...We were really targeting college towns, but the demographic is every age, every gender."

Cookie Riot delivers Thursday-Saturday, 6:30 p.m.-11:59 p.m., while Chip Cookies offers a slightly later window: 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 p.m.-midnight Saturday. Both companies do same-day delivery and take orders online, so customers can visit their websites, pick a delivery window and have a box of cookies in hand in as little as 30 minutes, as long as the order comes in at least a half hour before closing.

While the way the businesses work is similar, the cookies they offer are distinct. Both are nods to the American classic, but appeal to different camps of cookie connoisseurs: For those who prefer them thick and cake-like, Chip Cookies is ideal. Those who go for more of a thin, chewy style can rely on Cookie Riot to satisfy.

click to enlarge Cookie Riot's cookies are thin, chewy and buttery. - LEX NELSON
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  • Cookie Riot's cookies are thin, chewy and buttery.

Chip Cookies delivers the goods in elegant white boxes sporting the company logo in gold. Their cookies are true monsters, weighing in at a hefty 6 ounces each. They have a structured, almost fluffy texture and sweet milk chocolate chips are generously distributed throughout the half-inch thick discs. The box comes with four cookies, and although that sounds like a reasonable amount for one sitting, each cookie could easily be two servings. Plus, consider the joy of having cookie leftovers.

Cookie Riot sends its delights in what look like miniature pizza boxes adorned with the company's bright blue logo. The cookies are soft, thin discs of just-baked dough, with a deliberate scattering of chocolate chips oozing through the chewy edges. At 3 ounces each, the Cookie Riot cookies are half the size of Chip Cookies', but each box comes with five cookies. Be warned: It's almost impossible to eat just one.

The cost of cookie delivery from either company comes in at $10-plus, and though it may push the price limit for a "treat yourself" midnight snack, it's right in the sweet spot for a gift. A delivery of warm chocolate chip cookies says "I love you" better than any card.

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