When did you first start, The Mint Mixer?
The Mint Mixer started about 3 years ago when 5 screaming 11-year-olds BEGGED me to throw a cookie decorating party around Christmas time. Having no idea how to do that in a way that didn't make me regret it, I hit up Pinterest and was sucked in! I went to my local baking/decor shop and bought nearly everything in the store. 2 hours and so many cookies later, I was already considering making this my new hobby while the girls were passed out from a super sugar high. The rest is history!
What made you want to become a baker?
There's something really special about making people happy with food, and even from a young age, I craved rolling up my sleeves and creating something delicious for others to enjoy. I thought that making hundreds of cookies every other week would kill my bakers buzz, but I have yet to lose the thrill of pulling a fresh sheet of warm, buttery cookies out of the oven.
What inspires you when creating your delicious treats?
I'd like to say that I have a really strong source of inspiration when it comes to my cookies, but really, I just draw from the most fun parts of life. Knowing that my cookies are going to make someone's day or event that much more special really motivates me to create the best designs I can.
What is The Mint Mixers greatest accomplishment so far?
Oh gosh, that's a tough one! I've had a lot of sleepless nights, staying up late making sure every cookie is just right, so sometimes getting through the next day always feels like an accomplishment, ha! But when it comes to the greatest accomplishment, I'd have to say that cranking out nearly 700 cookies for Winston Flower's for Valentine's Day all by myself was really satisfying.
What is a major lesson you learned from running your own business?
Running my own business takes a lot of heart and it seems cheesy, but really loving what I do, even though it's still my side hustle right now, doesn't make it feel like work. Even when it feels like I'm drowning in orders, I'm still so excited to create new designs, and reminding myself of that from time to time, especially at 4 in the morning most days, was such a valuable lesson in perseverance and passion.
What brought The Mint Mixer to Boston?
My friends and family! They are so supportive and are constantly referring me to new clients, I couldn't think of moving the Mint Mixer outside of this wonderful network. While being home in Hawaii is so tempting, especially during the winter time, Boston is my inner baker's dream city.
What are some goals you’re working towards?
Next on my plate is going to be tackling getting my wholesale certificate. This will allow me to sell my cookies and pies to cafe's and other retail stores and really create a name for myself in the food industry.
What advice would you offer to someone wanting to open up a bakery?
Hmmm.. that's a hard one because I'm always listening for this exact advice for myself! What I can off in the realm of advice though, is to tell anyone who is pursuing their dream in baking to make sure that at the end of they day, it's still fun. That you still look forward to the late nights, and the early mornings, and the new designs. If you don't have that, you'll find yourself resenting the little spare time you have between batches and sad bakers make extra sad treats.
What is your favorite treat to make?
I LOVE making brownies. It's my favorite dessert to eat and I 100% lick the batter off the spatula.. and the mixer paddle... I have no shame. And because it's so quick and easy, I find myself procrasti-baking with my fudgy, espresso recipe. (aka baking other treats than the ones you're supposed to be baking to stall. It's like watching Netflix instead of studying for that test you have the next day, but with an oven and it's way tastier)
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