Artisan Profile: Tuffy Kickshaw's Sweetly Covered Corn

Posted on January 08, 2014 by Sarah Welle | 0 Comments

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!

Tuffy Kickshaw popcorn - Artisan Profile

We asked Julie a few questions so you could get to know her a bit and learn more about the amazing  product she's creating. You can find Tuffy Kickshaw products in these Colorado Crafted boxes.

Artisan Spotlight: Tuffy Kickshaw Sweetly Covered Corn

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.

Tell us a little bit about what makes your products unique and interesting?
I think what makes my product unique and interesting is the love and care that I put into it.  Caramel corn is nostalgic for many people and it's been around forever, but it can be so run of the mill.  Most companies use cheap ingredients, toss it in a can, and this is what people are used to.  My flavors are creative and fun, I use the best ingredients possible, I pour my heart and soul into my product, and it's pretty tasty (from what I am told)!

What part of this do you love most, and what’s your favorite thing you’ve created?
The part I love most is the creative process of coming up with new flavors.  Coming up with next season's menu is definitely a highlight for me.  I also love to see the excited reaction of someone at an event who is not expecting to like a sample of my corn.  After all (let's be honest), food makers are really just in it for the adoration they receive when someone loves their food!  :)

Are there any other Colorado artisans that you’re into right now?

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.  


the making of Tuffy Kickshaw popcorn

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