Here is a “sweet’ story I thought my readers would find interesting. Perhaps it might inspire you to find creative ways to say “thank you” to someone special in your life?
In 2009 Andrew Terry found himself in a position like so many others at that time in our past; the economy was quickly spiraling downward and he had left his job in the financial services industry. Although Andy had an MBA in Banking and Finance and had even written a book entitled, “A Guide to Taking Control of Your Investments”, he found himself to be disenchanted with the financial industry and left to pursue “other work.” The “other work” that Andrew pursued was with the Church and did not provide financial support for the family. During this time Andy and his wife, Lissa, struggled to find other forms of income. They did what they could for themselves and their five children but often it was not enough. But there were many family and church friends who did help in many ways. Andrew and Lissa’s Church Friends and Family helped them by fixing things around the house that needed repair (such as a faulty furnace); some people like the Goodwin’s kept getting the family car running when it seemed to have already run its course and others even filled their cupboards with food.
It was a very difficult time for Andrew and Lissa but yet they felt blessed to have such wonderful friends. In Andy’s words, “ I wanted desperately to give back to everyone for all that they were doing for me and my family, but I didn’t really know how to do it seeing that we didn’t have much money. Andrew was a bit of a cookie monster himself and began making cookies for the kids. One day he felt as though he should start baking cookies as “thank you’s” for all of those people who had helped them during this time.
Andy worked for many weeks trying to create a unique and perfect chocolate chip cookie that he could be proud of; proud enough of them that he could give back to those who were helping him and his family in so many ways. It was his way of saying, “thank you.” He and Lissa started handing out platters of cookies to those friends and family who had helped them. Everyone had the same shocked reaction; first, that Andy had actually baked the cookies himself, and second, that they were so delicious and different than any other cookie they had tasted. Andrew’s friend Brian Kraus owned the Sunset Deli in Westhampton Beach. Brian and Andrew sat down and Brian offered suggestions and advice on how to begin selling these cookies to stores. After Brian’s advice, Sweet Andy’s Cookies were placed in his store for sale. He quickly sold out, asked for more and the start of a new business, Sweet Andy’s Cookies, was born.
The rest is history but far from finished. Andrew and Lissa have been wholesaling the cookies to many stores and delicatessens in The Hamptons, out at the end of Long Island, New York. This past year they opened up a small retail bakery in Westhampton Beach, NY, that features eleven different flavors of Sweet Andy’s Cookies, among other freshly baked items. The “Thank-You Cookie,” regardless of which flavor you choose, has a taste that you will not soon forget (mainly because you will want to keep ordering more of them) and there is a little bit of gratitude and kindness baked into each one. During this Christmas Season we have so much to be thankful for; our faith, our families and our friends. We hope that when you get together with those you love that you will remember this true story of Christmas and thankfulness and that it will put a smile on your face. And if you happen to be able to enjoy a Sweet Andy’s Cookie while you are remembering this story, it will make your smile just a little bit bigger…
I had the opportunity to try some of Sweet Andy’s Cookies. I received samples of Mint Chocolate Chip, Cinnamon Sugar Cookie and Triple Chip.
The cookies do taste homemade. They have that fresh-from-the-oven taste. They taste like they were baked the same day you enjoyed them. They don’t taste like cardboard like other cookies do that have been sitting a store shelf for months.
My sister is the baker in the family. She bakes all kinds of cookies and cakes. If you were to give me one of Sweet Andy’s Cookies and tell me my sister baked it I would believe you. That is a huge compliment because my sister is an amazing baker.
Sweet Andy’s Cookies are great for people like me who love the taste of homemade cookies but cannot bake to save their life. I even mess up store bought cookie mixes. I can cook, I just can’t bake.
Each cookie is a nice size too. They are a little larger then cookies you would make at home. But that is fine with me. Who wants tiny cookies? 🙂
I love the Chocolate Chip Mint cookies. OH MY! They were (I say were because they are long gone) so good! They were chocolate chip cookies with a kiss of peppermint. Just the way I like it.
I never had a chance to try the Triple Chip. My kids and my hubby inhaled that cookie. I believe it has chocolate chips, white chocolate chips and peanut butter chips in it. That could explain why it was my family’s favorite.
The Cinnamon Sugar Cookie was ideal for the holiday season. Whenever I think about cinnamon and sugar I think about holiday baking. It went great with a cup of tea.
I like the idea of giving someone a package of cookies as “thank you”. Especially people like your delivery man, mailman, hair dresser, favorite bank teller and the lady behind the counter who knows how to make a perfect mocha latte at your favorite coffee house. Of course saying “Thank You” is always appreciated, but following it up with a sweet gesture such as a pack of homemade cookies makes the thank you even that much more special. They will remember how much you appreciate them with each bite that they take.
Currently Sweet Andy’s Cookies are offered in 12 different flavors. Each pack contains 5 cookies. You can even buy boxes with various cookie bags inside in the amount of 3 bags, 6 bags or 9 bags. Keep some for yourself and give the rest away to thank those who you appreciate in your life.
You can also pick up several varieties and serve them on a platter at a party or get together.
*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.