Fosston grocery store selling 'Let's Go Brandon' cookies

A tasty treat that some say is in poor taste. The grocery store said it's just political fun.

FOSSTON, Minn. — "It was a shot to my gut. It was not something I thought you would find in your grocery store," said Sarah Schauer.

It was a cookie the customer saw at Palubicki's Family Market that she found offensive. It's decorated with a phrase that is becoming more and more popular, "Let's Go Brandon."

"I am shopping there with my son, I don't expect to be told they don't approve of my president," she said.

The phrase really stands for, "(expletive) Joe Biden."

It started when Brandon Brown won a NASCAR race last month. During a post-race interview, the crowd could be heard chanting. The reporter said it appeared they were chanting "Let's Go, Brandon," but it was later determined they were saying the derogatory phrase.


"It is so innocuous that there are people who are using it and don't know what it means," said Bo Wood, a former political scientist at the University of North Dakota.

The owner of Palubicki's Family Market said they have had political fun in their bakery for years on both sides of the aisle.

"We sure hope that you give as much media attention to veterans on this special day ... as you are to frosting on a cookie. God Bless America and God Bless our veteran," said owner Leah Palubicki in a statement.

"Anybody who knows what it means and is choosing to use that phrase, what they want is for people to be offended, that is their goal, their objective," Wood said.

Schauer said she won't let the cookie crumble on this conversation, saying the political divide is hurting our country.

"We need to come together as a people to set our differences aside and do what is right for us as the United States of America," she said.

The cookies sold out Thursday.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
What To Read Next
Owners Tim and Elaine Gaslin say a changing market and the 11th Street underpass project prompted them to close their physical location, but they'll still sell CDs and DVDs online.
John Bultman recently received notice from the city of Fargo that the business he has operated for 42 years violates city ordinances and he was given until March 30 to shut down.
Reporter Tammy Swift joins host Thomas Evanella to talk about why new businesses are finding big success in small towns.
City is offering the Moorhead-based craft brewery a package of property tax breaks and economic development funds that approaches $700,000.