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Brownie Brittle Featured on the Today Show
March 14th, 2016 – Brownie Brittle is featured on Kathy Lee & Hoda’s Favorite Things. Check out the video clip.
Kathy Lee & Hoda’s Favorite Things – Brownie Brittle
A Brownie Brittle Wedding
Love Is in the Air & the Brownie Brittle!
Weddings are special, and when it’s a Brownie Brittle wedding, it’s extra special. And when you add to it that it’s your son marrying our Brownie Brittle’s head of customer service, it’s extra extra special!
Watching my son and his bride stand up to recite their vows in front of my family and friends, his wife’s family and friends, and our extended Brownie Brittle family … well, that pretty much is the icing on the best cake anyone could ever make.
And this was a spectacular event. As the mother-of-the-groom, I had to be cautious with any suggestions I had for the wedding festivities. Lucky for me, I adore my daughter-in-law and her family, so it was fairly easy to do. I’ve had so much fun over the past several years walking the red carpet, that I thought it would be exciting to add a bit of “Golden Globes” glamour to the wedding. I was thrilled that Stevi and Devin agreed. So, wedding guests were treated to glasses of champagne as they exited their cars and headed for the wedding ceremony. Guests had the chance to stop at the “step & repeat” wall (that’s the wall that has all the logos behind the celebrities when they walk the red carpet – I think I used to call it the logo wall), where the paparazzi were ready to take their pictures. And one of my favorite treats (and that of the ladies at the wedding) was a basket full of Laura Mercier lip gloss for the taking that sat in the bathroom so guests could feel pampered.
Next up? The desserts. And when Sheila G gets involved in desserts, I DO desserts! We all decided we wanted some custom Brownie Brittle desserts to actually BE the centerpieces on each and every table. How great is that? You know what I always say, eat dessert first! We had 3-tiered displays filled with my custom-creations. There were:
- Double Nut Brownie Brittle Squares
- White Chocolate Cherry Brownie Brittle Bars
- Brownie Brittle Peanut Butter Balls
- Toffee Crunch Brownie Brittle Mini Cupcakes
- Chocolate Dipped Strawberries with Brownie Brittle
- Brownie Brittle Caramel Pretzel Rods
And I guess I should also share some really big news with you. I will be releasing a brand NEW cookbook called Butter ‘n’ Chocolate coming out in late summer. Several of the above desserts you will also be able to make yourselves with the recipes in that cookbook. If you want to be the first to know about the cookbook’s release (and get access to a signed copy), just fill out this form, and we’ll be sure you’re the first to know!
Now back to the wedding…
As you get older you begin to realize the importance of family and family celebrations. As a kid (and young adult), you sort of take them for granted. You wear that invincibility cloak of, “I’ll see them next year/event,” as if everyone will be around forever. But getting older puts it all into perspective. Life passes, and so do loved ones. Having my Uncle Morris Diamond (age 94 – who traveled all the way from Southern California with his wife), along with my sister, cousins, nieces/nephews and friends from all over the country meant the absolute world to me. Words can’t express my utter gratitude. These are the moments that make life so special. Word of advice from Sheila G – Soak it all in. Every single moment! These moments become more precious with the passing of time, and second chances become fewer and fewer.
And now a word to the bride and groom. I could not be happier for the two of you and wish you a lifetime of good health and happiness. Seeing you up there and the love you have for each other was magical. Devin – There’s an expression with children that I’m reminded of. “They hold your hands for a little while, but they hold your hearts forever.” That’s all I could think of while dancing with you to Kenny Chesney’s “Don’t Blink.” I couldn’t be more proud of the man you have become and for bringing me the most amazing daughter-in-law. I love you both. And in case you were wondering, bring on the grandkids!
A Brownie Brittle Wedding
I’m just returning from this year’s Fancy Food show in San Francisco. Yep! I ate my way through it AGAIN. I honestly don’t know how anyone gets through one of the industry’s largest food industry trade shows without a daily bottle of Tums (not a promotional plug, I promise). This year’s trend seemed to be chocolate, chocolate and MORE chocolate. So, you KNOW Sheila G. was on board with that!
This year, we were proud to debut our new Organic Brownie Brittle line, which has been in the making for several years. If you know anything about me, you know I won’t let anything leave our production facility with my name on it without it being outstanding. And it took us a bit to get it right. I was determined to create an organic version that didn’t have any of that chalky, bitter taste. And I have to say, we REALLY got it right.
The Fancy Food show is put on by the Specialty Food Association, an organization that does an outstanding job of showcasing brand leaders, as well as emerging brands. It’s where we launched our product five years ago. Which is why I wanted to highlight it as this month’s blog topic. I’m calling it my #TBT (throwback Thursday) blog. I’m reminiscing a bit, because I found myself repeatedly be asked by other start-up brands for advice on how we achieved such phenomenal growth and success in such a short time.
In January 2011, our product made its debut in a stand-up pouch, and was featured in the “What’s Hot/ What’s New” section of the Winter Fancy Food Show that year. I couldn’t afford to go myself, so I sent my product along with a distributor we had used at that time (that distributor is a story for another #TBT). The product was an immediate hit at the show and completely took off. Orders began rolling in right away.
We made it to the Summer Fancy Food Show that same year, and were met with tremendous enthusiasm and along with it, came order after order. But then in January of 2012, it was almost lights out for us due to a bad partnership. Yep, you can end up kissing a lot of frogs when trying to build a business. Brownie Brittle was no exception to that.
The good news is, we landed on our feet and have had the pleasure of being at every Fancy Food show since then with more innovative twists on our product from flavors and package sizes to the brand new Organic line we’re launching. I’m telling you, scrumptious! Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter (just type your email address in the “join our newsletter” window at the top center of the page) to be the first to know when it’s available and where.
This year’s Winter Fancy Food Show had two extra special twists for me personally. First, my husband, Harry B. Mains, was inducted into the Specialty Food Hall of Fame . My kids and Harry’s were there to help celebrate and witness his well-deserved accolades. Second, a four-page article was featured in the Specialty Food Magazine highlighting the work we’ve done with Cookies for Kids’ Cancer – an organization near and dear to my heart and highlighted on the backs of every single bag of Brownie Brittle.
This Fancy Food show allowed me to reflect. It’s in these moments that I realize this Brownie Brittle journey has enabled me to find the love of my life, to innovate and build something amazing, to pay it forward by helping other entrepreneurs who are in varying stages of their own journeys, and to give back to others in need. Now I ask you, what’s your journey all about? Tell us on our Brownie Brittle Facebook page or on my Facebook page using #TBT – even if it’s NOT Thursday!A Fancy Food Throw Back Thursday #TBT
Jerry Seinfeld’s TV episode covering his best friend George’s crazy family celebration of Festivus often reminds me of my own family’s holiday celebrations. Over the years, we’ve invented a host of traditions to celebrate various holidays, including a Passover present exchange.
Let me explain how that tradition began. I live in a religiously-blended household. My husband, Harry, is Presbyterian and I’m Jewish. This time of year for blended households like ours can be oddly entertaining. You might see a tree with blue and silver ornaments, and a Star of David on top (although, as we’ve broken so many ornaments over the years, you’re more likely to see other colors mixed in there). One benefit of celebrating Christmas is that it falls on the SAME day every year, making it easy for Harry to remember. It’s always December 25th. Trying to get Harry to remember (or think about) when the first day of Hanukkah is, well, that’s quite a challenge.
But the first Hanukkah after Harry and I were married was one of my favorites. Harry asked me to explain the history of the holiday, the traditions, the food, etc. Of course, I also explained that you give a gift for each of the eight nights. Harry is not a shopper, so I was not surprised to see his eyebrows immediately cave in. The enthusiasm for celebrating this new holiday seemed to be gone. And suddenly, just like that, he was smiling again. Apparently, he had an idea. And on the first night of Hanukkah I got my first clue as I unwrapped a putter. On the second night I knew exactly where this was going as I unwrapped a driver. Harry went out and bought me a set of golf clubs – and gave me one club each night. He was quite proud of himself for being so ingenious. Of course, I loved my new golf clubs, but I wasn’t going to let him get away with his lack of creativity. The next Jewish holiday that came along was Passover, which is also celebrated for eight nights. Once again he asked for all the details, and once again I filled him in. When he asked about gift giving, I couldn’t resist. “Yes, we give a gift on each of the eight nights!” For those who are not as familiar with Passover – I made that part up. But, Harry obliged. And so began Passover presents. Now the point goes to … Sheila!
I really do love this time of year. So many places you go are decorated so beautifully, and those fresh pine and cinnamon smells carry me back to childhood memories.
When I was a little girl, Hanukkah meant homemade golden brown latkes. Nice and crispy on the outside, and soft on the inside. That smell in the house when they were cooking was like smelling a loving hug coming your way. And our latkes were always topped off with my grandmother’s homemade applesauce. Simply put, there is nothing better.
My cousins celebrated Christmas and Hanukkah in their blended household, so we would go to their house on Christmas. I thought they had the best of all worlds celebrating both holidays. And while my parents gave us a present each night of Hanukkah, they would also treat us with a gift or two on Christmas morning, including my all-time most memorable gift. My grandmother (yep – the same one who gave me my love for baking) made my “Ginny doll” a beautiful, satin lined, fur coat she had handmade from scraps from the department store where she worked. I was the luckiest girl in the world, and my Ginny doll was THE most well-dressed in the neighborhood. By the way, my grandmother did not pass along her love of sewing. I can’t even thread a needle without breaking into a cold sweat.
We’ll be hosting extended family in our home this year for Christmas. Maybe I’ll be inspired enough to make some latkes and homemade applesauce. Or maybe I’ll just make reservations!
If you have some invented holiday traditions you’d like to share, I’d love to hear them. Just post on my Facebook page.
Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah (belated) and Happy Festivus! From our Brownie Brittle family to yours!
Festivus for the Rest of Us!