When Lynn Kughn founded The Ultimate Pretzel Company five years ago, it was a kitchen-based operation that hand-dipped pretzel rods in caramel, rice krispies, and chocolate. While her neighbor’s chocolate-dipped-cucumber business languished, The Ultimate Pretzel Company has since expanded into a thriving online operation that dishes out delectable treats to sugar-craving patrons and donates a portion of its proceeds to the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Like a beaker-toting scientist obsessed with animating chocolate-pretzel hybrids, Lynn has developed several treats in addition to her signature pretzel sticks.
The knowledgeable staff at BetterHealth Market helps visitors to navigate a vast inventory of products for natural and nutritious living ranging from aromatherapy oils to gluten-free cookies. Natural, organic, and raw groceries from brands such as Amy's Kitchen and Nature's Path keep home cooking flavorful and wholesome, and a range of supplements, vitamins, and minerals helps to ease health issues, increase energy, or incinerate burritos that have overstayed their welcome. A wide variety of teas and coffees offers options such as fair-trade beans and yerba mate to healthfully wash down each nourishing morsel. Customers can peruse the prepared foods department, which includes salad bars, fresh raw juices, all natural smoothies, specialty sandwiches, and salads.
Kilwins’ 80 locations make more than 75 kinds of handmade confections⎯from Mackinac Island fudge to saltwater taffy and caramel apples⎯working from recipes written by owner Don Kilwin in the 1940s. The sweets makers also use old-school equipment dating back to the ’40s, ’50s, and ’60s inside shops decorated with nostalgic Americana similar to the interior of the original store, which opened in 1947. The smell of homemade waffle cones and fresh chocolate escapes from the kitchen as pastry artists craft batches of handmade brittle, caramel, and fudge in large copper kettles. Kilwins also handcrafts more than 32 ice-cream flavors from original recipes created in 1985, the year cow’s milk was invented. They employ classic double-barrel freezers to ensure the sweet stuff is crafted the original way and transportation trucks stay at a chilly –10 degrees to keep batches fresh until they arrive at their destinations.
Whole Foods Market's commitment to the interdependent network of sustainable farms and organic producers can be seen in its carefully selected product lines. The homegrown 365 Everyday Value brand makes it easy to eat naturally, organically, and economically. It features an array of items from all product categories, including groceries, vitamins, household items, and more—each manufactured to meet the rigorous quality standards woven into the fabric of Whole Foods Market, which itself is made from 100% alpaca wool.