Food producers: Kooky Cookies from Heybridge
PUBLISHED: 15:57 14 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:42 20 February 2013
WHEN her friend, Mel Snoad, was in hospital, Tanya Smith wanted to take something in to cheer her up and speed her recovery. Flowers weren't allowed, so she turned to the internet for inspiration and found cookies.
WHEN her friend, Mel Snoad, was in hospital, Tanya Smith wanted to take something in to cheer her up and speed her recovery.
Flowers weren't allowed, so she turned to the internet for inspiration. There she found some pretty cookie bouquets which would have been great, except the nearest supplier was in America. So instead Tanya baked some herself using her own special cookie recipe, then decorated them and took them along to surprise Mel. Little did both girls realise they'd just hit on a brilliant concept to start a business of their own. That was two years ago now and since that time the cookies have been exhibited at the Good Food Show and the girls have been brave enough to step inside the BBC's Dragons' Den. The pair went armed with cookies to tempt the business experts and each cookie was personalised with each Dragon's image painted on them.
The girls were even brave enough to step inside the BBC's Dragons' Den
'We didn't come away with any money, but we did get some great exposure,' Mel explains. In her former career she worked in marketing so she knows what she is doing. Tanya's background was in book-keeping, so the two of them formed a partnership and used their skills and Tanya's top secret cookie formula to go into production.
'The cookies not only taste really good, but they keep their shape well too,' explains Tanya. The girls can produce literally any shape and decorate it to any design. You can even have a sample one sent to you if you'd like to try before you buy. Each one is handcrafted and wrapped in clear cellophane and tied with a pretty ribbon and on their website they list all the ingredients.
At this time of year the Christmas cookie bouquets are particularly popular. Each one is baked freshly to order and usually they require orders just four days in advance - although at this time of year it's good to place your orders early to ensure delivery in case you want to leave some out for Santa.
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32 Harvest Way, Heybridge, Maldon CM9 4PS