Clad in dark sunglasses and a simple black suit, Agent Snickerdoodle looks more like a Blues Brother than a cookie connoisseur. But make no mistake, this young man is wowing college students as he delivers cookies in his spiffy disguise.
Snickerdoodle, who now only goes by his rather tasty-sounding moniker, wasn't always an undercover cookie agent. Until last year, he was a PhD chemistry student at the University of California San Diego (UCSD). Then, filled with an entrepreneurial spirit, he dropped out to launch his late-night "Secret Cookie Service."
Every night, students text or call Snickerdoodle, requesting his now famous on-campus cookies. He responds with a CETA (Cookie Estimated Time Of Arrival) and then personally -- with a similarly-dressed accomplice -- delivers the cookies, reports NBC San Diego.
Initially, the disguise wasn't just a business gimmick.
"It was terrifying leaving the program," Snickerdoodle told NBC San Diego. "I think a lot of people kind of looked down on it, like 'what am I doing?' And literally said I was nuts doing it."
Afraid to tell his family and friends of his decision to quit school, Snickerdoodle kept his plans and new business a secret from them for quite some time.
Not quite a secret anymore, Snickerdoodle's cookie business is booming and students at UCSD are cookie crazy.
"I get them a couple times a week," said student Amreeta Jammu of the cookie service. "Sometimes more than that. If I'm with friends, we'll order a whole bunch."
Now Agent Snickerdoodle is looking to expand his cookie empire.
“We continue to grow on UCSD’s campus, but we’re trying to reach out to the rest of La Jolla’s region,” he told the La Jolla Light, referring to the San Diego resort community that encompasses UCSD.
“I am obsessed with quality control," he said. "I want the delivery service to always be the timely, courteous, enjoyable quality fun that it is and not trade these characteristics away in exchange for too rapid of growth.”