Thursday, December 31, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
My husband's beloved Grammy always had chocolate almond bark on her coffee table. That's just one of the things he loves and remembers about her.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
This is my first holiday season in business and I had a lot of expectations. Some have been met, and some have not. But I'm sticking with this thing because I love it and am committed...and I have current orders to fill and will make lots of enemies if I quit now.
WZID is an awesome radio station. If you don't live in NH, you can listen online. And my friend Jen is a big shot there and she is super supportive and really great at giving me opportunities for exposure and growth. Like the wedding expo. I'm getting a booth with a friend of mine who sells invitations, so that reduces the cost for both of us. And it's great that we can direct interested brides to the other's table.
In addition to creating a eye-catching tablescape for the expo, I am also providing the station with 300 cupcakes...yes, I said 300. The cupcakes will be on display for select brides to maul and mutilate while searching for a hidden wedding ring. Those 300 cupcakes will get me key radio advertising, so it's a good trade...but lots and lots and lots of work.
Oh, and before the wedding expo, I am providing the station with their corporate gifts this year. Yeah me! That means my chocolates and cookies will get in the hands of lots of local businesses who advertise with the radio station (and hopefully need corporate gifts of their own in the future). But it's a lot of work and it's due really soon.
So, I guess all of this new business means I probably won't be tending to this blog as much as I want.
But I hope you'll follow me on twitter and keep checking my website for updating information about products and events.
Thursday, November 19, 2009
If you contact me through email (find it on my www.thesugarmommy.com contact tab) and give me some reliable referrals or feedback, menu suggestions or general advice, you'll be entered in a raffle for a free gift basket from The Sugar Mommy.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
I also know that people have customers and clients all over America and I want to compete with other food vendors who do offer shipping.
I'd love to hear back from my readers on this topic. Please email me and let me know if you'd be interested in shipping.
Friday, November 13, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
I mean, sure there are the usual pairings - nuts, raisins, Krispies cereal, strawberries. But what about granola, Corn Flakes, dried mango, Ritz crackers?
Do you have a favorite odd chocolate pairing that you found somewhere once a long time ago and wish you could rediscover?
Well, the magic of The Sugar Mommy is that you can get all those wishes answered. Swedish fish, no problem. Circus peanuts, piece of cake. Potato chips, cinch!
Just name your passion and The Sugar Mommy will deliver!
Friday, October 16, 2009
So The Sugar Mommy is excited about new holiday creations for all your gift-giving needs. I have purchased great ingredients to make holiday orders even more special. As if my chocolate covered pretzels weren't good enough, you can now add gingerbread men sprinkles or peppermint candy cane sprinkles or even blue and white Stars of David. I also have green and red sprinkles, snowflake sprinkles, and holiday colored m&ms.
In addition, I have chocolate molds in the shapes of Jewish stars, Chanukah items, ornaments, and snowflakes.
And I'm in the process of ordering holiday packaging items, such as clear bags and ribbon.
I figure if I'm going to hit the holiday shopping show circuit, I better be prepared.
So please contact me to find out where to find The Sugar Mommy this holiday season.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Obviously, the items you find in a chocolate store are delicious...but they aren't made-to-order. Sure, the dipped strawberries are fresh and the dipped pretzels are crunchy, but they simply aren't made-to-order.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR YOU THE CUSTOMER??
Well, it means that anything you want, I make! If you want your strawberries dipped in milk chocolate and drizzled with white chocolate, no problem. If you want the exact opposite, no problem. If you want both, no problem!
If you want chocolate dipped pretzels sprinkled with sugary candy canes, no problem. If you want them sprinkled with jimmies, no problem. If you want them sprinkled with nonpareils, no problem. Crushed nuts, no problem. Toasted cocunut, no problem.
DO YOU SEE WHAT I'M SAYING?
So, when you're planning those holiday gifts and hostess presents and entertaining platters, please thing of The Sugar Mommy.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
- bus driver
- day car provider
- dance, music, gymnastics instructor
- other child activity instructor
- nail salon technician
- hair stylist
- cleaning lady
With all of these people in mind, gift giving can be both expensive and EXHAUSTING! Well, the one gift that always puts a smile on someone's face is FOOD, specifically SWEETS!
Be it a bag of peanut butter cups wrapped in the recipient's favorite foil color, chocolate covered pretzels sprinkled with your choice of topping, or a combination of all things nut, coconut, or raisin, The Sugar Mommy can create the gifts for everyone on your list.
It's one stop-shopping! Check out our menu and place your order today.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
It's pretty simple. I mean, if I were going to go out to You You, there are friends I would think of bringing because they also like sushi, and others I wouldn't invite because I already know they hate it. Another example: if I had tickets to a Patriots game, there are certain friends I'd invite because they are football fans, and others I wouldn't. Same idea. You have friends who like to purchase, eat, and gift chocolate and treats and others who don't (although hopefully not many). Your job is to give me 10 names, emails, and phone numbers of people who are in the former category.
Email, call, tweet me, or whatever and let me know that you want to participate. If you provide me with 10 viable contacts, then you receive a free bag of assorted Sugar Mommy chocolates. It's a no-brainer. If you give me 20 names, you get 2 bags, 30 names, you get 3 bags, and so on. I hope to hear from you soon. Spread the word!
Monday, October 12, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Anyway, getting excited for my first holiday season in business. I'll be doing a couple big holiday shows and I'm nervous about how to prepare. Not sure how much to make, how much to display, how much to have ready to sell off the table, how much to have for samples...can you see a pattern?!
It should be fun and exciting and educational.
Barn Sale at my friend Kathy Berger's house in Candia on Thursday, November 5, at night. All are invited! Email or call me for details. Kathy owns Huephoria, an amazing company that sells gorgeous custom wine glasses (perfect for displaying custom candies).
Shop Til You Drop in Bedford on Saturday, November 7, all day! Dozens of great businesses on display so you can accomplish all your holiday shopping. I can't wait!
Shopping event at someone's home in Bedford (call or email me for details) on Thursday, December 3.
Busy but good.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
But, sorry to say, enough is enough. I've actually considered going to the state and changing my status from LLC to 503C nonprofit. I guess I'm not expecting to send my kids to college with my earnings, but it would be great to cover my costs and have a little extra for all my time and energy. While I'm trying my best to take my endeavor seriously, I need others to do the same. It seems as though some people think it's just a hobby of mine and that I have nothing better to do than shell out hundreds of dollars on ingredients just so they can get free food.
I know how this sounds. I love giving to charity and helping others. But I am a business woman, a "mompreneur" who wants to find success. Check out the website and let me know what you think. I'd love feedback on menu and prices and pictures, whatever you want to say.
Friday, August 28, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Friday, August 21, 2009
Guess it means the kids watch a little more television than usual, but that's the price.
I'm trying to get some early prep done for the Palace Theater event. I hope tons of people go to the event and see how great The Sugar Mommy is. I'm really looking for increased exposure, so I hope all this charitable giving helps.
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Fans of The Sugar Mommy, I'm sorry. I have the best intentions of getting back to business in the next couple of days. I have some big things coming up and that should keep me focused.
Keep checking the blog, the website, the facebook page, and twitter to see what I'm up to. I'm bound to be using one of those sites regularly.
Monday, August 3, 2009
I'm looking forward to some upcoming events like the Palace Theater Wine Tasting that will feature The Sugar Mommy's chocolates on each table. Can't wait to show off some new items.
I know it's only the beginning of August, but let's face it, it's almost time to think about holiday shopping. Can't wait for local shoppers to check out my stuff at some great NH vendor events.
Friday, July 24, 2009
The first picture is a platter with different kinds of cookies, different chocolate pretzels, and some chocolates. It was then wrapped in cellophane and tied with a big red ribbon.
So I invited a friend to join me and headed out for a night of uncertainty. Less than 12 hours later, I can safely say, I had a great time! First off, Anthony was so nice. Very welcoming and really helpful. I can't believe he's still just a college student. Second, there were a bunch of really interesting people in attendance. Third, I met a few people who are genuinely interested in helping me. Thanks so much to Tammy Hildreth of Network for Work and Peter Hock for their ideas and willingness to help spread The Sugar Mommy word in the future. And fourth, I believe I successfully exposed The Sugar Mommy to even more people, which is great since I now have a new and improved website.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I am just eagerly awaiting my shipment of ingredients and packaging supplies so I can get started on her order. She is going to put my bags of chocolates near the register...impulse buy, anyone?
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Well, wouldn't you know, they have a designer on hand who has been so helpful, even giving me samples to take home to see how they look, feel, and fit.
The Copy Shop in Merrimack, NH, is a great place with really nice people working there who actual know what they're doing and offer suggestions for how to solve problems.
Now I'm on my way to getting glossy sheets of labels for all my candy packaging needs!
Friday, July 10, 2009
So I created a funky new product but I need a good name for it.
Like everything I make, the details can always be determined by the customer. In this picture, I used caramel and peanut butter, but I figure just about anything can work: crushed or whole nuts, marshmallow cream, coconut cream, nutella, toasted flaked coconut, crushed Oreos...the list goes on! And I could have dipped the top in more chocolate or drizzled the whole thing with more chocolate and then some jimmies or nonpareils.
But what do I call it?? It's a big dome. Is it the 8th Wonder? Is it Sugar Peak?
Help me name the product and I'll splash your name and blog or website or whatever all over my sites.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sure, everything is listed with chocolate, but that's because I can't imagine a cookie without it. But if you're concerned about melting chocolate, then oatmeal coconut cookies can be made with either white chocolate or dried fruit.
Basically, you get whatever you want when you order from THE SUGAR MOMMY! No other retailer lets you call the shots that way The Sugar Mommy does. If your own mom doesn't let you boss her around, then call this one! You can boss me around as much as you want...as long as you pay your bill :-)
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
One thing he made me realize is that to take proper photographs, I actually have to come prepared with lots of food. I hadn't really thought about that. I mean, in the process of taking pictures, the food has to be manipulated and if the chocolate starts to look, um, beaten up, then we need different pieces. So I can't just show up with one plate of peanut butter cups, I actually might need three or four plates, ugh!
But lucky for me, good food photography is a knack for my step-mother Julie Riven Jaye. So I'm so grateful that she'll be involved and giving her eye to the whole experience.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Tell me what you love with/in/on your chocolate! Please be specific and detailed. Nuts, what kind of nuts. Fruit, what kind of fruit. Get the idea?
I'm also looking toward the next holiday season for some new ideas for mix-ins and combinations. This fall, I'm hoping to be a part of a few great local events such as Bedford Shop Til You Drop (aka STUD), the New England Holiday Craft Fair in Rockingham, community craft shows, the vendor show at Hampshire Hills, and more!
Let me know what you think!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Please check out the site and send a link to your friends. Referrals are much appreciated.
Please hang in there with me and pray that my site is back soon. For now, check my blog, my twitter, and my facebook fan page.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009
I have put the word out on facebook and twitter, but it's not enough. I need your help. I need everyone to know that I'm ready, available, and willing to be the go-to source for all things cookie and chocolate.
If you have any tips on networking or generating free publicity that I haven't already mentioned, please post a comment. I'm donating chocolates to everyone who asks (within reason): Greater Nashua Dental Connection, Souhegan Valley Chamber of Commerce, Child Advocacy Center of Hillsborough County, Jewish Federation of New Hampshire, and the Souhegan Chamber again. My guess is if you ask me to donate something to your organization, I will, assuming I'm around and able to fill a box with chocolates or a basket with cookies. While I love being charitable and believe in karma, I also am hoping to increase exposure and generate business, let's be honest.
This is where you come in! I am putting out this offer: if you can send me 10 real prospects (names and contact info for friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers of yours who love cookies, chocolate, entertaining, and/or gift-giving), I will give you your choice of box of assorted chocolates or dozen fabulous cookies!!
Sunday, May 31, 2009
Saturday, May 30, 2009
I have been doing a lot of experimenting with fillings and mix-ins for my chocolates. And I'd love to know what you think. I've been playing with toasted coconut, breakfast cereals, dried fruit and nuts, nutella, homemade mint and peanut butter fillings.
What do you think? Please post a comment and your idea and name could appear on The Sugar Mommy's menu!
Friday, May 29, 2009
I'm very excited about my upcoming appearance on the Bedford Kitchen Tour. I love to donate goodies for a good cause (to feed hungry women spending the day checking out other people's homes...um, I mean to benefit the Palace Theater in Manchester).
Thanks to some very helpful people, my goodies will be prominently displayed at the Chestnut Street home on the tour. I will be spending the next few days in the kitchen preparing a nice selection of peanut butter cups, filled chocolates (who likes Nutella?), chocolate covered and drizzled pretzels, and more.
I'd love suggestions for what to make (for the tour and in general). Please post your suggestions.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
My name is Jenny and I recently started my own custom cookie and candy business. Everything is made-to-order for each customer. What you want, you get! I make peanut butter cups from scratch, awesome loaded chocolate chip cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, and so much more. Keep checking the blog for pictures, event information, promotions, and menu items.
I am excited to have a new blog for The Sugar Mommy LLC. You can also find me on Twitter (@thesugarmommy) and on Facebook (The Sugar Mommy) and online (thesugarmommy.com). Tell your friends, neighbors, family, and coworkers all about me!
I just went to a great seminar today that was put on by Microcredit-NH. I learned about the seminar when director David Hamel spoke at the Entrepreneurship Institute that I attended for 10 weeks at SNHU recently. I found today's seminar very interesting and very inspiring. I met some amazing people and look forward to keeping in touch, doing business, and growing friendships.
One of my new friends is Donna and she has a great dance fitness studio in Brookline, NH, called Center Stage Fitness. She's all about the pole dancing and chair dancing, great exercise and fun for girls nights out and bachelorette parties. Another new friend is Amy and she has a web-based tea company that's still in the start-up phase. It's called Bliss Tea and when it's up and running, I'll definitely post a link.
I look forward to making this blog informative and tempting! Check frequently for all sorts of new information.