Tarts, cookies and traditional Indian snacks snapped up for Deepavali

Sumathi (right) with her son P. Veishal, 18, at their kiosk at the Deepavali bazaar.

JOHOR BARU: Cadbury tarts and Nutella cookies with almonds are the bestseller this Deepavali.

Home-based baker V. Sumathi said the cookies were among the bestselling items at her kiosk at Galleria@Kotaraya shopping mall in Jalan Trus in downtown Johor Baru.

“Children and chocolate lovers seem to like these two cookies very much, ’’ she said when met at the shopping mall’s Deepavali bazaar.

She said she first introduced the Cadbury tarts and Nutella cookies during the outdoor Deepavali bazaar last year, next to Arulmigu Rajamariamman Devasthanam Hindu Temple that is just a walking distance from the shopping mall.

Sumathi, 47, said has been receiving calls from her regular customers asking if she would be selling the cookies for this year’s Deepavali celebration.

She said apart from Hindus who celebrate the Festival of Lights, the two cookies were also popular with Malay and Chinese customers.

Sumathi said she has been selling cookies and traditional Indian snacks at the Jalan Trus outdoor bazaar for the past 25 years.

“This time around, I am selling my cookies at the shopping complex as no outdoor bazaar is allowed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ’’ she said.

Sumathi said 60% of her customers were Malaysians and 40% were Singaporeans, adding the latter were unlikely to come to Johor Baru to shop for Deepavali as the border between Malaysia and Singapore was still closed.

She said despite the availability of new cookies, traditional Indian snacks such as murukku and aci murukku (kueh rose) remained popular among customers, including non-Indians.

“Other best selling items include all-time favourite pineapple tarts, sugee cookies and kueh makmur, ’’ said Sumathi, adding that the cookies cost between RM25 and RM30 per container with 50 pieces.

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