To Be or Not To Be

Lately we’ve been researching  different cookie decorating options. Garnish cookies are very popular but most of them are flavorless sugar cookie cutouts  slathered in a powdered sugar glaze with artificial coloring.  Sure Billy Crystal’s character from  Saturday Night Live  summed up our American mantra of “it’s better to look good than feel good”……..BUT …..

Do you know  Red Dye 40 is made from petroleum distillates or coal tars?  FD&C Yellow #5 is actually a synthetic compound called tartrazine. Have you ever asked for a dessert with extra tar?  If you are going to enjoy a cookie why waste your hard earned money on cardboard cutouts topped with sugary tartrazine? 

I’ll admit, we did try an all natural icing recipe for some of our current flavors.  Even a little bit of icing overpowered the flavor of our decadent desserts. I was determined to find a product improvement idea until I received a very special order. A customer called and said she was on her way to the store to purchase a cake for a birthday party, but knew the “birthday girl”  doesn’t like store bought desserts. I told her our gourmet cookies have been used for birthday parties. She loved the idea and purchased a few dozen……for Coco the horse. 

Happy Birthday Coco! Thank you for reminding us to keep our quality products unique.  We choose “Not To Be” like everyone else!

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Have you purchased liquid gold for the holiday season?

The other day I was ordering ingredients for the bakery. Since I’m a “one stop shop” kind of woman, I buy from the same suppliers. I’ll admit it’s a little bit like Bill Murray in the movie Groundhog Day but it saves time.

We purchase most of our all natural extracts from Olivenation. However  vanilla extract was cheaper with a different supplier.  I knew about the shortage of vanilla, but this supplier still sold a 16oz bottle for $8……..until this month! An 8oz bottle is now $20. I don’t know if I was more upset about the price increase or my tainted shopping routine. It felt like buying liquid gold.

Our gourmet cookies are original, affordable, and all natural.  How are we supposed to keep our products affordable?

According to Eater, most small businesses are absorbing the cost too. It’s nice to know we’re not the only ones who care about people more than money.  So we will continue to purchase the “liquid gold,” keep our products affordable, pray for a change, and remain Thankful.

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

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