The famous golden Leibniz biscuit which has hung outside the Bahlsen headquarters in Hannover since 1913 was stolen the weekend before last, leaving police at a loss. Company chairman Werner M. Bahlsen put up a €1,000 reward for information leading to its recovery.
The regional daily Hannoverschen Allgemeinen Zeitung received a letter last Tuesday replete with everything any self-respecting biscuit kidnapper could think of.
The photo showed a person wearing a full suit of the Sesame Street character Cookie Monster, holding the large golden Leibniz biscuit and seeming to take a bite, while the lengthy letter lays out a series of demands.
"I have the biscuit!" it started off triumphantly. "You want it and therefore you want on one day in February, to give biscuits to all the children in Bult hospital. But those with milk chocolate, not those with dark chocolate and not those without chocolate. And a golden biscuit for the child cancer ward."
On Monday, the anonymous extortionist sent the paper a second letter made up of cut out bits of newspaper saying that they would be giving it back “because Werni loves the biscuit as much as I do and misses it so much he keeps crying.”
They did not say, however, when they planned on doing so.
With “Werni”, the Cookie Monster is referring to Werner M. Bahlsen, who was not available for comment after the letter arrived. A spokeswoman from Leibniz said that there was no new statement on the cookie-update.
Last Wednesday the company offered to donate 52,000 packets of biscuits to 52 different organisations, including the hospital, if the thief were to return the precious treat.