Welcome to Krista’s Baking Co.’s Kickstarter. I make artisan baking mixes using the highest quality, organic and non-GMO ingredients. Ingredients are also sourced from the Pacific Northwest whenever possible. My current line of mixes includes: Salted Espresso Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Cookies, Snickerdoodle Cookies, and Dark Chocolate Brownies.
My baking mixes have been recognized as a food finalist in Martha Stewart’s American Made Awards, Seattle Magazine, Food & Wine, Brit & Co., and more.
Seattle Magazine “All you do is add an egg and a stick of butter, bake—and, voilà—gourmet cookies. What impressed us was the texture: fresh and gooey with just the right chew.”
Food & Wine “I must admit that I’m a bit of a skeptic when it comes to packaged baking mixes. However, after a bite of Krista’s Baking Co.’s smoked molasses cookies, I’m now a total convert.”
Brit & Co “You’ll go from opening the package to pulling out some decadent-smelling baked goods from the oven in just 20 minutes flat.”
How it all began…
I’m Krista Nelson, and in 2014 I founded Krista’s Baking Co. I’m a self-taught baker, and I wanted to find a fun and unique way to turn many of my own recipes into a business. Baking mixes were the perfect solution!
It started out as a tiny operation: I was renting kitchen space from a small brunch restaurant that I had worked at through college. They closed at 3pm, so I would work from 6pm through the night. Because of lack of storage space at the restaurant, I also turned an empty 100 square foot room in the basement of my parent’s home into a state-certified warehouse. This worked for the first 8 months, but when my first holiday season rolled around, I was bursting at the seams of this room, and I was often working at the kitchen until 4am, trying to keep up with orders.
My product can be found in over 30 retail locations across 8 states. Here in Seattle, retailers include (but are not limited to) the Theo Chocolate Factory Store, DeLaurenti, Ken’s Market, and Cone & Steiner. I’m very excited to also be talking with some bigger natural grocers here in the Northwest.
All of this growth is amazing and I’m so excited that I was able to move my little operation out of my parent’s home and into its own home here in the heart of industrial Ballard. However, with growth comes a cost, and that’s why I am asking for your help. This Kickstarter will help to keep me in my new production space, it will fund equipment including a commercial mixer, and, if we go beyond my goal of $20,000 it may also allow me to hire my first production assistant.
I’ve rounded up some pretty great rewards in exchange for your donations, which I hope you will enjoy. Any donation amount will help- big or small!
Thank you for reading and happy baking!
Risks and challenges
My biggest risk is not reaching my funding goal here on Kickstarter. I've had an amazing first year in business, with such great feedback about my product. I was so lucky for the first year to have very little overhead costs, but with the growth that I've had I've reached a new set of costs that need to be met.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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