News About Carronni's Hand Crafted Creations
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Cari Loftis and Michelle Huelscamp make up the mother/daughter team that runs Carronni’s Hand Crafted Creations. Pictured are the two at a local tasting event at Whole Foods Market in Asheville.
Made in McDowell: Marion mother/daughter
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Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 5:00 pm
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A mother/daughter duo in Marion has used their love of cooking to create Carronni’s Hand Crafted Creations, a brand of gourmet crackers well-known throughout the region.
Cari Loftis and Michelle Huelskamp began baking their savory pita crackers and cheese wafers as a way to combine their passion for food and their love of interacting with people.
The two decided to start their company three years ago because of the positive feedback they received on their homemade goodies from their neighbors and friends.
“My mom and I love working together side by side all week long in the kitchen,” said Loftis. “We also look forward to doing demos and wine events on the weekend.”
After putting together a business plan, the two began traveling to different vineyards and breweries in the area where they promoted their creatively-flavored pita crackers and cheese wafers to those tasting western North Carolina’s wines and beers.
For their product, they came up with a name that merged family and business.
“We came up with the Carronni's name by merging my first name Cari and my husband's first name Ronnie,” said Loftis.
That ingenuity helped them gain regular business and they began to sell cases of their crackers to local wineries, vineyards and a few chain grocery stores in the area.
“Our company's products are sold in western North Carolina and in the piedmont area,” said Loftis. “Currently we have only sold our products in N.C. We are all about local and supporting our local friends in our community.”
Since then, the two have been baking up a storm and providing locals with snacks made with all-natural, locally-sourced ingredients.
The pair believes that people love their product because each pita cracker and cheese cracker is made using choice artisan ingredients.
Carronni’s Hand Crafted Creations are made in small batches and each cracker and wafer is cut by hand.