I am adding a marshmallow hot chocolate package to every reward at the $25 level and up! This will include enough delicious hot cocoa mix for 2 extra large cups and 4 of our extra fluffy gourmet vanilla marshmallows to make one of the best cups of cocoa you've ever enjoyed. All pledges of $125 and up will receive 2 marshmallow cocoa packages!
Update #2 - Stretch Goal $12,000
I am upping the ante and raising my goal to $12,000. Every pledge of $10 and above will receive 1/3 - 4 lbs of our new Ball Park Bark with milk chocolate, peanuts, pretzels and homemade caramel popcorn. This is not available online so the only way to enjoy this if I reach the stretch goal. You can increase existing pledges or try and get new people on board, and any new pledge gets this deliciously sweet and salty add-on.
Hello There Sweet Supporters! Sweet Lydia's is getting physical and moving into our very own space. After three years growing a business in an incubated kitchen, living off the good will and counter space of Brew'd Awakening, it is time for this chick to hatch and fly off on her own. I am moving my business (two streets away) to a kitchen and retail store front that will provide the space and exposure to really grow my small batch confectionery. The retail space will allow me to expand the product line and have more of the sweets you love on hand at all times. I still plan on attending farmers markets all summer; I can't disappoint the regulars that keep coming back week after week I could not have made it this far with out the support of my awesome customers and friends, who are the real reason I get to do what I love. Come on, is there a better job in the world than making sweets from scratch and sharing them with others? I need just a little more of your help and smiles and support.
With your pledge I can purchase some equipment that will make the process of sweetifying life a little bit easier, while still keeping everything handmade. I think I have some pretty sweet rewards but I'll let you be the judge.
I know all you really want to hear about are the details on the Sweet S'more & Candy Bar Flavors. I recently had a customer tell me that my products should be on the DEA's controlled substance list because they are so addictive. Consider yourself warned.
The Original = Gourmet Vanilla Marshmallow + Honey Grahams + Milk Chocolate
The Peanut Butter = Gourmet Vanilla Marshmallow + Honey Grahams + Peanut Butter + Milk Chocolate
The Caramel = Gourmet Caramel Marshmallow + Honey Grahams + Milk Chocolate
The White Chocolate = Gourmet Vanilla Marshmallow + Chocolate Grahams + White Chocolate
The Raspberry = Gourmet Raspberry Marshmallow + Honey Grahams + Dark Chocolate
The Coconut = Gourmet Coconut Marshmallow + Honey Grahams + Dark Chocolate + Toasted Coconut
The Minty Pattie = Chocolate Shortbread + Peppermint Pattie + Dark Chocolate
The PB&J = Traditional Shortbread + Peanut Butter + Raspberry Jellie Candy + Milk Chocolate + Sea Salt
The Tropical = Ginger Shortbread + Mango-Blood Orange-Passion Fruit Jellie Candy + White Chocolate
The Twickers = Traditional Shortbread + Roasted Peanuts + Chewy Caramel + Milk Chocolate
The Sticky Toffee = Traditional Shortbread + Organic Dates + Chewy Caramel + Dark Chocolate
We also have 14! different flavors of marshmallows: Vanilla, Chocolate, Mocha, Caramel, Toasted Coconut (the best seller), Raspberry, Orange, Strawberry, Lemon, Pineapple, Strawberry, Apple Cider, Pumpkin Spice, and Peppermint Chip.
A note for the Lowell-cals: If you choose to pick up your rewards instead of having them shipped, you will get extra goodies to make up for the difference in shipping costs.
We also have apparel!
If your reward doesn't come with one, you can always add the regular T by adding $15, the baseball (my personal go-to) for $20, or the chef's jacket for $35.
Here is a picture of the make-your-own s'more bar we did last year for our 2 year anniversary. Sweet Lydia's will cater your s'more-tacular party at your event if you live in the Greater Boston area or will send you a package including all the goodies to your door. Bet your bottom dollar I plan on doing something like this at the grand opening party.
Allergy Info: All our products are made in the same kitchen with wheat, nut, tree nut, soy, milk and corn ingredients. We always do our best to protect against cross contamination by sanitizing all our equipment and surfaces between batches and making nut products on different days. We never use the same chocolate to cover our nut and nut-free products, but if you have a severe allergy we might not be the best place to get your sweet fix. We currently use a non-vegan gelatin but are looking for a vegan substitute that will give us the same fluffy texture that makes homemade marshmallows so great.
Can I show you my new space? Here are some not so hot pictures of where we are moving. I make sweets, I am not a photographer.
Can't wait to fill that case with chocolate!
Oooh the kitchen! I want to add a special shout out to some really amazing friends who all pitched in and spent 5 hours of their Friday night painting and cleaning everything to help me get one step closer to opening!
Risks and challenges
I started my business from a hobby and passion for sharing sweets with those I loved. I took a risk, quitting a full time job with benefits to follow an entrepreneurial dream of working for myself. This little dream has grown leaps and bounds every month and I am constantly amazed at the wonderful support I experience from friends, family and strangers who try my sweets. More than anything, I have been surprised with how much I love being in business. Every day I get to face a new set of problems, building on the obstacles I conquered the day before. If only I knew then what I know now. I have learned as I go about food licenses, packaging, labeling, marketing, social media (I only joined facebook for my business page), scaling food production, selling online at farmers markets, training and managing employees (although I have the best team behind me and they don't need much managing), networking (I was relatively introverted before starting a business), searching for commercial lease or real estate, applying for commercial loans, ooooh the paperwork, and I am still learning everyday.
If you have ever started a food business, or even purchased commercial quality measuring cups, you know that food can be a really expensive business. In order for me to keep my monthly overhead and start up costs as low as possible, I contacted a local food establishment where I knew the owner well and asked to rent. There is no way I would have been able to take the risks I have or been able to support my business over the past 3 years with out this shared agreement. The flip side is that I have a very small amount of space that I have outgrown, and very small equipment that my marshmallows pour out of. The only way I can keep up with demand in this tiny space is by spending more time cooking, which means spending less time on the business. I am ready to take this new risk and move into my own space to really expand this little dream of mine.
I know I am opening a whole new can of worms with a retail space: consistent hours, quality customer service, bright and inviting environment and always the freshest sweets made with the finest ingredients and served with a smile. I can not wait to tackle all the new challenges I will face with the new location. After spending the infant stages of my business mostly behind the scenes as an online business I really look forward to meeting more of my customers in person. Keeping up with the new demands of a retail space means more production of more products. I have larger mixers and pans and freezer space and fridge space and packaging space and dry storage space and ooooh the space. There are two glorious pieces of commercial equipment that are mighty pricy but will drastically reduce the production time. The chocolate enrober is a thing of beauty: it can chocolate cover in 1 hour the s'mores and candy bars it takes me 5 hours to cover. I would also like to purchase a confectionery guitar cutter that will cut all the marshmallows to the exact same size in two cuts what I do by hand in 16. The funds raised from this project will help me get these super time-savers so that I can spend more time making schedules, responding to custom requests, keeping track of inventory of raw materials, paper goods & packaging and products, buying bulk candy, cleaning floors, answering the phone and facing all the unknowns. The best part of being self-employed is being constantly challenged and doing something new every day. I hope that my days are soon filled with sending off your rewards!!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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