Plans are afoot. A commercial kitchen has been secured. Paperwork has been filed. More paperwork will be filed. Much work is being done in preparation. Barring any insurmountable obstacles, I’ll be going to market with my candy bars. I’m planning on selling them through retail outlets and the internet.
It’s a little scary, but I’m very excited that I’ll finally be able to offer them to the public. And I’m excited that the wholesome ingredients and carefully-crafted recipes that I’ve assembled will hopefully be bringing pleasure to anyone interested enough to buy them.
To start out, I’m planning on offering two bars: the Malt Bar and the Salted Caramel Nut Bar.
I’ll be the only person in the kitchen… and I think it’s best to try to keep my sanity by focusing, rather than over-reaching. I love both bars, and they’re representative of what I believe in for my confections.
The Malt Bar is an enrobed bar with a malt ganache on top of shortbread. The ganache contains organic cream, milk, and malt syrup, and the shortbread is made with my favorite California butter. It will probably come in dark and milk chocolate.
The Salted Caramel Nut Bar is a molded bar with a selection of California-grown nuts, probably Scharffen Berger cacao nibs, and Maldon Sea Salt in a slightly oozy, buttery, and creamy caramel filling. The cream is organic in this, too, and it contains some of the wonderful nuts sold at the Santa Monica Farmers Market as well as almonds from Northern California. It will probably come in dark chocolate.
Originally, this bar was supposed to come with peanuts and cashews, but I want to represent California as much as I can, so I’m using the best that I can find around me. And even that’s a hard choice. It looks like it’ll be pistachios, pecans, and organic almonds. Edit: Or walnuts, pecans, and almonds.
The Spiced version of the Caramel Nut Bar (with organic cinnamon, ginger, cardamom, allspice, and coriander) might be available for the holidays.
The other bars will continue to be developed and released when the time is right.
I may offer Vanilla Bean Marshmallows and Passion Fruit Marshmallows at first, as well.
This is truly going to be a bootstrapping effort, so if you have ANY help that you can offer, PLEASE don’t be shy.
And don’t worry — I’m not done contacting my volunteer tasters. I’ll still need forthcoming bars to be sampled, and I might send out some Malt and Salted Caramel Nuts for fun, too.