Here's one product that we consistently hear raving customer feedback about: Tuffy Kickshaw's Sweetly Covered Corn.
It's a gourmet spin on caramel corn, and it is nothing like the traditional caramel-corn-in-a big-tin you've probably tried before. Julie Ciezadlo's (owner & founder) sweetly covered corn is carefully made by hand using only the highest quality ingredients, and the flavors she comes up with are innovative and delicious. Our go-to flavor is the Whiskey Brown Butter Caramel Corn: to make it, Julie uses locally distilled Stranahan's whiskey alongside toasty browned butter and lots of caramel goodness. It's addicting!
Tell us the story of how you got started.I got started with Tuffy Kickshaw in 2011, a few years after I graduated culinary school. I wanted to become a pastry chef but never got anything off the ground. I made some caramel corn for the first time for a girls' weekend. Everyone loved it and when I got home I started thinking about other flavors of caramel corn that I could make. It was like a light bulb turned on for me...I quickly wrote down a whole page of possible flavors and I knew I had a great idea for a business. It has gone from 0 to 60 since then.
The small food/craft business scene in Colorado is amazing right now. It's an exciting place to be and I am so proud to be a part of it. People on the outside have no idea how much talent, intelligence, and hard work is going on with these businesses. There are so many Colorado artisans I love...too many to mention, though I am kind of excited about Dead Dog Chocolate right now. Amazing flavors and their bean to bar chocolate is too cool.