As we navigate the new normal, I continue to come across different online, home-based small businesses. Over the last few weeks, I’ve had a serious sweet tooth and have also been lucky to receive some gifted treats too. After some indulging, I thought I’d take the opportunity to highlight a few new ones that I would personally recommend trying!
Disclaimer: Any gifted food will be disclosed. All opinions are my own.
Emma and Co.
Emma and Co. is a small business that offers mango sticky rice. Fun fact: Emma is a young and inspiring 13 year old entrepreneur! As a mango sticky rice fan, I knew I had to place an order right away. If you haven’t had mango stick rice before, it’s a sweet glutinous rice that is topped with mango and coconut milk. When you order from Emma, you also have a choice of coconut flakes or sesame seeds as a side. The mango sticky rice was a hit for me and I really enjoyed it. Larger boxes are $10 and it’s a big enough portion to share. She also has smaller sizes and can complete group orders if you need to sweeten up an event. To place an order, DM Emma on Instagram and claim your spot during one of her delivery dates. PS Your order will be personalized with some beautiful calligraphy too, all done by Emma herself!
Kryzy’s Kitchen is a home-based business specializing in cheesecake. Kryz has to be one of the sweetest business owners I’ve ever met and I love that her motto is “food is love” because I couldn’t agree more. She gifted me with a sample box of her cheesecakes and these were honestly probably some of the best cheesecakes I’ve had (unbiased opinion!!). A sample box comes with Original, Oreo, Nutella, and Dalgona Coffee cheesecakes. Keep in mind you can also just get individual flavours too! The cheesecakes themselves were so tasty… not overly sweet (which I prefer) and each one was uniquely decorated with a variety of toppings. You can really tell how much attention to detail she puts into her cheesecakes. Check out her Instagram to order. BTW while she is the cheesecake queen, she also offers other recipes now and then – keep your eyes peeled.
The Little Miss Mocha
The Little Miss Mocha is a family-owned, Fillipino bakery that specializes in chiffon cakes. Their cakes are made fresh daily and they’re so fluffy! They offer signature boxes which come with 4 mini cakes and flavours – ube, mocha, matcha, and ensaymada (cheesy). I managed to get an ube and matcha cake at their Farmer’s Market pop up and they were so delicious! I couldn’t get over the texture and taste. While I haven’t tried the cheesy and mocha cake, their ube was off the charts and the matcha was also tasty, although lighter in flavour than I expected. These mini cakes are the perfect portion to indulge in. Little Miss Mocha also does custom orders, DM them on their Instagram for order details.
Denise from Sweet Xhile gifted me with something very unique – spicy candies! Now you might be thinking that it’s an odd pairing to have sweet and spicy together, but these spicy candies are actually quite an addicting treat to snack on. It might just be an acquired taste for some. When you order, you can choose from a variety of candies such as skittles, sour patch jellies, life savers, and so forth. The candies are then coated in Denise’s homemade seasonings and you’ll get sweet, sour, spicy, and salty all in one bite. It’s really something you have to try before you knock it! In terms of spice levels, you can ask for the spice to be lowered a bit but I didn’t think it was too bad… a little kick but nothing overbearing. If you’ve had Tajin and enjoyed it, the flavour profile is very similar to that in my opinion. If you’d like to try some for yourself, get into Sweet Xhile’s DMs to start your order!
Given the unique times, I am in awe of all the businesses taking the leap to launch their new products and ideas. I always love trying and supporting new businesses, so will definitely be on the lookout for more – keep an eye out for part 3 maybe! In the meantime, let me know if there’s one in particular you think I should try out. Thanks for the read!