December 29th, 2010 14:16 EST
Japan Bakery Sells Edible iPhone Cookie! Will Apple Sue?
"Fans of Apple`s iPhone who just can`t get enough of the popular gadget can now travel to Japan to gobble up a tasty cookie modelled on the popular smartphone.
A small countryside bakery in western Japan has enjoyed a surprise hit with its `iPhone cookie`, a handmade chocolate biscuit decorated with colourful, edible application icons.
Green Gables in Tokushima prefecture pioneered the tasty treat in 2008 as a special birthday gift for a customer`s husband, said Kumiko Kudo, the 44-year-old owner of the store.
But the biscuit gained nationwide fame after a photo of it made the rounds via microblogging site Twitter, thanks to a posting by two popular tweeters, economic writer Kazuyo Katsuma and pop singer Komi Hirose.
I don`t have a yen for a cookie that`s worth that much dough; for 2,730 yen (33 dollars) that cookie better be as large as a 1990`s era cell phone. Spending that much bread for a cookie would give me heartburn.
The owner of the bakery presented one of her iPhone cookies to the president of Softbank, the iPhone`s exclusive cellular carrier in Japan. It`s too early to know if the bribe worked, I`m still waiting for Apple`s lawyers to present Kudo with a "cease and desist" order.
I`m old school and I don`t own a smartphone, a cookie shaped like a VCR would be more to my liking. I never did figure out how to program my VCR but it doesn`t take a rocket scientist to know how to bite into a cookie.
The iPhone may be a hit with wealthy nerds, but just give me an Oreo, and I`m a happy camper.
The hand-made iCookie doesn`t come cheap at 2,730 yen (33 dollars), and is only available by order and inside Japan, where the waiting time to snap up one of the biscuits has been as long as two months.
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