Only in Japan: Woman bakes cookies in the shape of an iPhone, sells them for $30 a pop

The Japanese have always had a warm spot in our hearts. Their advanced mobile devices, awesome culture, sublime cuisine, and overall quirkiness, make us want to live there if it wasn’t for the language barrier. Now we’re hearing even more wacky news from the Land of the Rising Sun: Kumiko Kudo, 44 year old owner of the Green Gables bakery, got a custom order in October 2008 from a client who wanted to give her husband a cookie in the shape of an iPod. Kumiko isn’t that tech savvy and by accident she made an iPhone instead, but the client was so pleased with the final result that it didn’t matter. A couple of years later some random lady who heard about the iPhone cookie via word of mouth got one for her boss, Kazuyo Katsuma, a well known economist, and singer Komi Hirose, who helped create a book about the social network Twitter. All it took was a few tweets and now Kumiko can’t keep up with the demand.

She says she can only make 20 per day, since she meticulously applies icing to the chocolate base that makes up the cookie. This isn’t your typical factory stamped biscuit. The cookies measure 12 cm long and 6 cm wide, a little larger than the actual iPhone, and they’re selling for 2,730 yen Japanese yen or roughly $33. In March she personally delivered her cookies to the President of Japanese operator Softbank, who sells the iPhone, and he was so delighted that he said he couldn’t eat it. When asked about this iPad, Kumiko says it’s rather large, and she’s tried to make it into a delicious treat, but the final result ends up being too heavy and it’s rather difficult to make.

I’m sure these things taste heavenly, but $33 is a bit steep; would you buy one?

Update: 20 cookies a day, $33 each, 5 day work week, that’s $3300 a week. Time to take some baking classes.

[Image via LiveJournal]

  • Anonymous

    Just because she is making 100 per week does’t mean everyone is buying them all.

    • Garet

      You idiot >_< the fact that she said she can "only" make 20 a day indicates that she needs to be able to make more. Not just that, she's selling them worldwide? You honestly think there aren't 100 people out of 8 BILLION that would buy them in a week? Think about it πŸ˜‰

      • Anonymous

        Dude..don’t go into any career path that requires logic…or a brain at all. You are not equipped. NOWHERE does it imply that she is selling out. Just that she physically can only make that many. Plus, do you REALLY think she will have return customers? Because honestly…if you think people will buy it for the cookie at that price, suicide is your best bet. Because your parents REALLY fucked you over in preparing you for the realities of life. And the holidays are the biggest time for suicide. So you should hurry up and do it. In your note, blame your parents.

        Come on…tell me…do you REALLY think she is making $3300 per week? REALLY? Because there is no possible way ANYONE that stupid would know how to push keys on a keyboard.

        • Jeremy

          Don’t know why I’m replying but “lakawak,” hate to tell you, but you’re officially the idiot.

          It says she (Kumiko) “can’t keep up with the demand.” Maybe you’re a little intellectually underdeveloped to realise what implied statements mean but thats that.

        • k-saint

          lakawak…
          “All it took was a few tweets and now Kumiko can’t keep up with the demand.

          She says she can only make 20 per day”

          What are you rambling on with?
          You just got PWNED to the nth power! Just accept it and move on with your life.

  • Anonymous

    Just because she is making 100 per week does’t mean everyone is buying them all.

  • Penguin3107

    How soon before Apple sues her for trademark infringement? πŸ˜‰

    • NotALawyer

      As soon as Apple obtains a trademark for “iPhone” in the food industry.

    • NotALawyer

      As soon as Apple obtains a trademark for “iPhone” in the food industry.

  • Penguin3107

    How soon before Apple sues her for trademark infringement? πŸ˜‰

  • Tom

    At $30 each, no, but I’m drooling just thinking about it.

    • Ijumi

      it’s $33 actually

  • Tom

    At $30 each, no, but I’m drooling just thinking about it.

  • Tom

    At $30 each, no, but I’m drooling just thinking about it.

  • Sovsux

    MAC People, LOL buy ’em up suckers…..

  • Anonymous

    LOL< thats really cool! But not $33 cool.

    http://www.online-privacy.ie.tc

  • I’m surprised Apple isn’t suing her for piggy-backing on their name… no wait that’s facebook >.>

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/11/lamebook_and_facebook_battle_o.html

  • I’m surprised Apple isn’t suing her for piggy-backing on their name… no wait that’s facebook >.>

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/11/lamebook_and_facebook_battle_o.html

  • I’m surprised Apple isn’t suing her for piggy-backing on their name… no wait that’s facebook >.>

    http://voices.washingtonpost.com/blog-post/2010/11/lamebook_and_facebook_battle_o.html

  • AverageMan

    You have to hold them a certain way in order to eat them. If not, they just don’t taste right.

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