WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) — While much is at stake for the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday in their fifth straight AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium, another long playoff streak is still paying off.
Local bakeries are among the businesses benefiting from the Chiefs’ success. At Cheri’s Bakery in West Wichita, co-owner Marisa McCall and her staff are filling orders for fans of the red, white and gold.
“We usually expect it to get really exciting in the playoffs, but we’ve had cookies every year that they’ve made it, even the years they’ve made it to the Super Bowl,” McCall said.
The postseason also inspires a moment of creativity. The bakery’s work includes cakes with the Chiefs logo, made to look like Chiefs helmets, and even a Patrick Mahomes cake. It’s all made from scratch.
“When the Chiefs made it to the Super Bowl for the first time (in 2020), we created the Chiefs assortment. We’re always trying to come up with new ideas,” McCall said.
Across Wichita at Connie’s Cookies, owner Connie Hamilton said the Chiefs in the postseason typically equal an additional vacation. The theme of bosses is popular beyond watch parties.
“We have a lot of kids who have birthdays, and that’s who they choose to bring to school because of everything that’s going on,” Hamilton said.
He said he also asked some Bengals fans for cookies. In addition to creative handcrafted designs, one option he uses for sports fans is edible pictures.
“It is printed on edible paper with edible ink and laid flat on the cookie. Thus, it is the actual logo of the team. We do a lot of that too,” Hamilton said.