Natasha's Just Brittle Production House
Manufacturing and Production of All Natural, Hand Cut Traditional and Vegan Brittle that's B'More Made with Pride!
Natasha’s Just Brittle is not your ordinary brittle. Handcrafted in small batches using an all-natural base of a mixture of brown and white sugar, butter, sea salt, and agave, the brittle comes in over 37 flavors and counting. There is a brittle for everyone to savor and enjoy: from delicacies like Dulce de Leche and banana split, to classics like peanut and pretzel brittle and allergy and dietary-friendly nut-free and vegan varieties. Come holiday season, goodies like peppermint Macadamia nut and Gingerbread are produced to make the perfect stocking stuffer.
The brittle keeps for 4-6 weeks at room temperature or in a refrigerator, and up to six months in the freezer. Natasha’s Just Brittle only uses all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients and is a certified Made in Baltimore Vendor by the Baltimore Office of Sustainability.
Natasha's Just Brittle
What customers are saying:
Excellent! People and children with food allergies or food sensitivities can eat and enjoy! There are options with no peanuts, other nuts, etc. Thank you for filling the niche. -Maryeta B.
We ordered the bacon chocolate brittle, and absolutely this is the best that we've found. Better than anything else out there commercially. Can't say enough good things. -Scott H.
Awesome flavors that remind you of the joy of savoring a treat and not smashing through it! -Natasha G.
The Story Behind Natasha’s Just Brittle
Natasha Wainwright is a Baltimore-based entrepreneur who previously founded and ran an eco-friendly daycare, Progress Place Learning Center. Natasha’s Just Brittle was conceived in summer 2009 as part of a business fundamentals learning project for the children at her daycare. PPLC Sweet Treats, the daycare’s made-to-order sweet shop, sold over $500 in confections that summer. The brittle was the most popular item and was in high demand from parents long after, sparking the creation of Natasha’s Just Brittle. Today, five of the children who took part in the original project work for the company.
Since 2009, Natasha has opened a website and a storefront at Bel-Garden Bi-Rite Supermarket in Baltimore and is a mainstay at Baltimore-area local business pop-up shops. In August 2016, Natasha closed her daycare after 21 years to focus full-time on her company. Three days after closing the doors on her life’s work up until then, Natasha received a call inquiring if she would sell her brittle on QVC. The first order was a huge success, quickly selling out. In May 2017, the company closed its Bel-Garden Bi-Rite Supermarket storefront and moved to a full-size commercial kitchen, that has the capacity to increase production seven times more than before.
In February 2017, Natasha appeared as one of 18 finalists, selected from over 1000 contestants, on Centric TV’s Queen Boss, a television series competition that features fast-rising female entrepreneurs pitching their products and company to a judges’ panel for a $25,000 prize. Natasha earned high praise from the judges, wowing them with the delicious taste of her brittles and receiving confirmation that her product is “fully there.” In addition to appearing on Centric’s Queen Boss and QVC, Natasha’s Just Brittle has been profiled by Baltimore Style magazine, cited in the Huffington Post as a great treat for summer, and two CBS Baltimore News segments chronicling Natasha’s Queen Boss appearance.
Queen Boss Segment
Baltimore Style Article
Natasha’s Just Brittle is available at Whole Foods in Riverdale and Mount Washington, Santoni's in Glyndon, Harvest Fare in Fallston, North East Chocolates and Old Town Candy Store. She seeks to expand its shelf presence at grocers across Maryland.
Whole Foods & Gourmet Retailers
“Entrepreneur- A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risk in order to do so.” Believe me when I say that I am the epitome of an entrepreneur in every way. It has been a challenging road and I have lost and gained much. As a one woman entrepreneur in the middle stages of growth I need to ramp up production and this additional capital will help meet the production requirements while I'm waiting for the 45 day payables from my larger customers. It will also help me create employment opportunities for our youth, finish the shared kitchen space within (B'More Made with Pride Commercial Kitchen) and add a store front featuring the local artisans who utilize the commercial kitchen in the Spring. With a lot of blood, sweat and plenty of tears, I made it to QVC and Whole Foods. I need your help to stay the course.
How will we use your Kickstarter funds
This first round will be used for:
Production run ( Starting inventory of 4000 boxes).
Packaging & Branding.
Legal permits and licensing (We are a State certified processing plant, but we also want to be licensed under Baltimore City).
Site improvements to the production house.
We hope to exceed our Kickstarter goal, therefore we have some stretch goals that additional funds will be used for:
Develop the lower level into a co-packing and mail room.
Purchase equipment & supplies for the children’s cooking classes.
Add a store front which host our candies, scratch bakery and ice-cream (products created by the artisans that rent the commercial kitchen).
Finish the office and artisan’s lounge area
Risks and challenges
I don't know what this business venture will bring, but I know that I will never give up and I will always give it my all. Here is a note from one of the youth that works with me. I hope that it gives you insight on how others view me.
Ellis Michael Lee- Wrote:
"First of all, Im proud of my sensei Natasha Brown-Wainwright. Its an honor to support and design for you. Its an honor seeing this and being a part of this...
But I want state that not once have i ever saw a tear fall from this Power House I look up too so much. She has always remained strong infront of me. But this has made me shed a few tears of my own
Seeing your love and passion go into everything you make is an honor. It has been what picks me up when I can not get up on my own.
Working under you is nothing short of an honor... and that being said, I love you. Thank you for forever standing as a Woman of Power I have always loved and adored."
Thank you all for your trust and support. Natasha- The Brittle QueenLearn about accountability on Kickstarter
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