Santa’s Electronic Cookie Factory
The Kooky Cooky House was an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that “baked” gingerbread man cookies through several whimsical stages, or departments, powered by vintage toys and gingerbread helpers.
“Santa’s Electronic Cookie Factory,” as it was advertised, was controlled by Boss Robot, a shiny metal automaton with a red nose who sat beside blinking panels of lights and pulled levers. Toy trucks shipped in all the raw ingredients, which were then transported through pipes to the Rolling Department, where boxing gloves kneaded the dough and rolling pins flattened it out.
Next, the dough passed through steam-powered cookie cutters and then onto a conveyor belt through the Decorating Department. There, an airplane engine ran a piano key that stamped the face and other details into the dough and carried it off into the old fashioned black stove to be baked.
The cookies in the machine weren’t actually edible – they were made of foam – but kids didn’t leave empty handed. On the way out, everyone got a free cookie from “Grandma.” More than 100,000 cookies were handed out every Christmas.