***Disclosure: I received complimentary samples to facilitate my post. All opinions are 100% honest and have not been influenced in any way.***
The year was 2015 and Oregon momptrepreneurs Taya Geiger and Leah Tutin were in the Shark Tank to pitch Scratch & Grain Baking Company, their highly innovative line of baking kits featuring individually-packaged and measured gourmet ingredients with such easy-to-use numbered and color coding, even children could feel like pastry chefs.
Passing acquaintances before starting their business, the two women were now firmly united in the pursuit of two equally daunting but decidedly thrilling goals: to walk out of the Tank with a Shark in their corner, and to parlay their extraordinary television debut into a brand that would at long last redefine the baking mix category and make homemade baking for the entire family easier, tastier and healthier than ever before.
As fans of Shark Tank and Scratch & Grain know well, Taya and Leah not only struck a deal with Barbara Corcoran (entailing a $150K line of credit for 20% equity) and were later featured on Beyond The Tank, but have indeed taken their all-natural and organic line of cookie, brownie, cupcake, cornbread, muffin
and pumpkin kits to amazing heights in little more than two short years. Today, in fact, what began with two baking-challenged Moms asking the question that's led to so many entrepreneurial breakthroughs over time–Couldn't we do this better?–is now a beloved, rapidly-growing brand sold online as well as in more 5,000 stores nationwide.
As Taya (who now runs the company on her own as CEO) recalled recently,
"Being a lifelong foodies, Leah and I had very high standards for everything we ate and served our kids. We thought that each dish or dessert should be amazing and have a true wow! factor. If we couldn't get a reaction along the lines of thats the BEST chocolate chip cookie I've ever had, then it wasn't good enough for us. Fortunately, Barbara Corcoran supported our vision, and I'll be forever grateful to her, the entire Shark Tank team and all of the loyal consumers who ve taken us so far, so fast!"
Mixing Up Healthy & Delicious As Never Before!
Featuring easy-to-use numbered, color coded, clearly-labeled and individually packaged wholesome ingredients, Scratch & Grain products enable consumers to not only enjoy the timeless pleasures of baking from scratch but to create their very own recipe variations–an option not available with traditional one-mix-fits-all kits.
Scratch & Grain products include Shark Tank Special Packs; Cookie Kits (including such irresistible flavors as Chocolate Chip, Oatmeal Raisin, Peanut Butter, Classic Sugar, Gluten-Free Snicker Doodle and Gluten-Free Chocolate
Truffle); Cupcake Kits; Brownie Kits; Muffin Kits; Cornbread Kits; Cupcake Kits and Pumpkin Bar Kits.
Just add such staples as butter and eggs and you're practically ready to open your very own bake shop! Moreover, unlike standard baking mix kits that are often repositories of unhealthy, chemical-laden ingredients, Scratch & Grain products are all-natural, completely non-GMO, and Certified Kosher, with most also USDA Certified Organic and several gluten-free as well.
We recently got the opportunity to check out Scratch & Grain for ourselves! Our package arrived quickly, and I was thrilled to see a nice variety. There were Confetti Cake/Cupcakes, Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Bars, and Honey Cornbread.
Can we say YUM?!
Sadly, right as I was getting ready to try these delectable goodies, my oven decided to break. Yep. Broken. Kaput. It's kind of weird, actually, since the broiler and stovetop burners work fine, but my baking ability? Totally and completely GONE. The oven will not heat up properly.
This obviously put a damper on my baking plans, to say the least.
Instead, I gifted these items to a good friend in the area, with the stipulation that I help to bake these goodies, and I get to taste test them as well. She didn't mind that arrangement one bit!
My pal wanted to make cake instead of cupcakes, so that's just what she did. She used the Confetti Cupcake mix, and then topped the cake with a vanilla icing and some additional sprinkles she already had in my kitchen.
We're also tried the Honey Cornbread. With a HUGE pot of chili, this was out of this world! Seriously, it was moist, flavorful, and complimented the spicy chili beautifully.
We will be trying the Pumpkin Bars and Sugar Cookies soon, too, so keep your eyes open for some updates!
Overall, I am delighted with my Scratch & Grain experience. I am NOT delighted that my oven went kablooie, but that's another post entirely. Scratch & Grain literally takes the guesswork out of baking with their clearly labeled ingredients, and as a mom, I appreciate their use of all natural/organic ingredients. This way. I can give the littles treats with a little less "Mom Guilt."
I can definitely see why these ladies were a hit on Shark Tank! Try these kits! You'll be as pleasantly surprised as we were!
Connect with Scratch & Grain Baking Co. :
You can check out the awesomeness that is Scratch & Grain Baking Co. on their website.
Competitively priced, Scratch and Grain kits cost between $5.50 and $8.50, with combo packs containing three, four, or six kits available for $17.99 to $49.99. In addition to large chain and independent grocery stores across the country
such as Target, Safeway/Albertsons, Publix, and Whole Foods (with an additional 2,000 or more expected to carry the brand by the end of this year), Scratch & Grain kits can be purchased on the www.scratchandgrain.com site or on Amazon.com.
You can also connect with Scratch & Grain on Facebook, on twitter, on Pinterest, and on Instagram to stay on top of their latest news, products, and promotions!
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