A late night cookie delivery service is either one of the most brilliant or most diabolical business plans anyone has ever come up with.
Zach Delner founded his company, Z Baked, in Tallahassee in 2012 and has since opened stores in Tampa and Orlando, allowing students to order freshly baked cookies and other sweet treats for home delivery, or pick up at their location at the corner of Fletcher and North Florida Avenues, from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
“When we launched… it was a little cookie delivery service I started in my apartment with nothing other than the hope of fulfilling a market that seemed to be completely open,” Delner said. “I definitely wanted a delivery option that was available late at night and I loved cookies and I loved the idea… so I took what I would want out of a service and developed it and launched it.”
Students can go onto the company’s website, zbaked.com, to view their complete menu which includes everything from classic chocolate chip cookies to pumpkin pie. The Tampa menu currently offers 14 different cookie flavors, for 99 cents each. They even offer deals such as “The Study Buddy” which includes six cookies and a bottle of milk.
“We guarantee warm on delivery,” said RJ Anderson, the manager of the Tampa branch.
Delivery times vary as cookies are baked to order. Anderson said the company uses specially designed heating bags to ensure that the cookies stay hot, out-of-the-oven fresh.
“The concept in itself is very similar in practice to pizza delivery,” Delner said. “As soon as the customer orders, we do get that order immediately and it goes straight into an oven so that every single experience is a fresh baked order, a warm happy cookie that people can enjoy right in their homes.”
This is probably one of the classiest cookies around. A decadent delight, this cookie has a dark red velvet base and white chocolate chips. They’re very rich and best enjoyed nice and slow. These cookies are perfect for fans of red velvet or dark chocolate.
Cookies N Cream
It’s cookies within a cookie, call it what you will. This unique cookie is filled with little bits of Oreo and white chocolate chips. It doesn’t really taste like Oreos, nor does it taste like any other “cookies and cream” flavored dessert out there, it’s something completely new.
This bright yellow cookie is not at all sour; it’s really quite sweet. It packs a refreshing burst of lemon flavor, but tastes more like candy than the actual fruit. These cookies are perfect for fans of lemon cake or key lime pie.
White Chocolate Macadamia
It’s an exotic classic that’s hard to resist. With white chocolate chips and large pieces of macadamia nut this cookie is not too sweet and fairly rich with a subtle nuttiness. This cookie is perfect for fans of tropical or coconut flavored desserts.
One of the most appealing things about this cookie is its playful color. This pink delight has little chunks of strawberry hidden inside and has a sweet and fruity flavor. It’s not hard to see why it’s one of Z Baked’s most popular cookies.