Wunderkeks cookies are going to be a part of Hollywood’s big night — the 2022 Academy Awards. True Hollywood Talk’s Markos Papadatos has the scoop.
This month, Wunderkeks will be a part of the “Everyone Wins Nominee Gift Bag,” which will be given to all of the acting and directing Oscar nominees.
The dreams of two young Guatemalan boys are finally coming true! Hans and Luis of Wunderkeks have been working their entire lives for a moment like this, and it doesn’t matter who wins, this already feels like a victory to them! Growing up in a developing world with little connection to the bright lights, Hollywood felt so far away that it may as well be another planet! To literally put their product in the hands of the stars is a huge milestone.
Wunderkeks’ first brush with Hollywood came at the very beginning of the pandemic, back in 2020, after SXSW got canceled. This left them with 25,000 cookies ready to be baked and no big-crowd event to bring them to. They made a quick pivot to e-commerce and started trying to spread the word all over social media. Their plight came to the attention of actress Busy
Phillips, who, with a single tweet saved their company (and their ability to legally stay in the United States).
What could have been a disaster for Wunderkeks became the opportunity of a lifetime. With the help of Ms. Phillips, who they half-jokingly refer to as their “Hollywood Fairy Godmother,” her tweet made them go viral for the first time. Next thing they knew they were being written about in Vanity Fair, The Wall Street Journal and went through their original inventory and then
some less than three weeks.
To this day, Hans and Luis don’t know if Ms. Phillips knows the role she has played in their company’s success, but what they do know is that they will forever be grateful to her.
Hans and Luis hail from Guatemala and as you can imagine, living in a third-world country as a gay couple is very challenging, and sometimes dangerous, so, as soon as they could, the couple grabbed two suitcases, their four dogs and moved to Austin, Texas to start from scratch.
For them, learning that people can be kind and generous, even from strangers like Ms. Phillips back then, has been life-changing: back home, this is just not the way things work.
They’ve never felt this glamorous and they had to dress up for the occasion, so starting March 2nd the limited edition “Red Carpet Fudgiest Brownies Ever” will contain 10 gold leaf-covered brownies inside the iconic pink box and will be available on their website.
Wunderkeks is an LGBTQ-owned online cookie bakery by co-founders Hans and Luis that is based in Austin, Texas. The following cookies earned rave reviews from Digital Journal: the Pumpkin Spice Snickerdoodles and Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip, the “Best Chocolate Chip Cookie Ever, the “Everything Cookie,” and the “Inside Out Chocolate Chip Cookie.