Lessons on teamwork, business and cooperation lead to the creation of a cookie for a fundraising project she developed for the kids in her pre-school daycare. “I wanted to make something that was healthy so I just developed my own recipe. The kids and I bought the groceries, made the cookies and they sold out. We kept making more and selling more.”
The local newspaper heard about the project and interviewed Katy. Soon after, a coffee shop owner called to find out if they could stock the cookies. “They fell in love with the cookies and asked if I would bake for them. We couldn’t keep them in stock – we sold so many cookies it was unbelievable!”
A year later Katy was working as a personal trainer and still baking cookies, as well as muffins and brownies at night. “I was a full time trainer by day and started baking at 6 pm. I’d bake until 11 pm and then start again at 4 am.”
Along the way, Katy realized that some of the clients she was training all had the same kinds of “cheats”. She wondered what would happen if she created a controlled food that would satisfy their cravings but would provide protein and be allowed in their diet. The result was a protein bar, a whole food product that is now the mainstay of Katy’s Kookies. “We sell across Canada now to a rapidly growing clientele in gyms and health food stores. Managing growth is a good problem to have and that is what we are dealing with now.”
Katy has had offers from other companies who would like to make and sell her bars but shelf life is very important. The bars are made of all natural ingredients and therefore contain no preservatives. As a result, they need to be shipped frozen or refrigerated.
With sales continuing to climb, Katy works long hours to keep her personal training business and Katy’s Kookies moving forward. “I’m very Type A and pour a lot of my heart and soul into whatever I’m doing. I’d like to become the ‘Mrs Fields’ of the protein bar world!”Visit Website