Tuesday, November 18, 2014

2 for 1 Hot Chocolate Offer and a Gourmet Rumchata Hot Chocolate Recipe

The Holidays are coming, and fast. Here at 240sweet we've been busy, creating all those marshmallow flavors you love, as well as traveling all over the country. This way you can get your hands on our puffs, and start toasting to the holidays. 

Today we aren't just toasting marshmallows, however. We're toasting with our Gourmet Drinking Chocolate. Plus, we're sharing our awesome recipe that makes the perfect use of our Decadent Drinking Chocolate mix. It's perfect timing too, because through Decemeber 12th, 2014 you can purchase this Decadent Mix, 2 for the price of 1! Hold onto your holiday hats, this recipe is a keeper. Your holiday guests will thank you, and so will your wallet. 


This is rich, indulgent, and loaded with chocolate and delicious RumChata. Top it all off with a few 240sweet Artisan Marshmallows and you've got an adult treat worthy of the best time of the year.  
Try toasting those puffs too, that kitchen torch has never been more handy. 
We're at a record temperature low today in Indiana, but we're having no problem keeping warm with this wonderful cocktail. Wherever you are, warm or cold weather, Cheers!


240sweet Gourmet RumChata Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients:
1 Bag of 240sweet Decadent Drinking Chocolate Mix
3 cups Milk
1 1/2 cups Rumchata
240sweet Marshmallows for topping

Directions:
1. In a medium sized, heavy bottomed saucepan- heat milk and Rumchata over medium heat until hot, stirring constantly.

2. When the milk mixture is hot, reduce heat to low. Whisk in the 240sweet Decadent Drinking Chocolate Mix until smooth and frothy. (alternatively you could add the hot milk mixture to your blender, and blend with our hot chocolate mix, until smooth.)

3. Pour into mugs or serving glasses, top with your favorite 240sweet Marshmallows. You can also garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg, cinnamon, drizzle of caramel or chocolate. For added beauty and deliciousness, use a kitchen/creme brûlée torch to roast and toast those marshmallows.



Monday, November 17, 2014

Candy Judging at CSA

240sweet had the pleasure of judging a candy competition at Columbus Signature Academy. Sam and Nicole were able to try, test, and talk with students about their candy creations for the Sweet Side of Chemistry Competition. We were honored to be invited to participate in the judging.
Each student group created a confection and brand using their chemistry skills and ideas. They were many exciting, fun and tasty entires into the competition. The students not only used their chemistry know-how, but also incorporated marketing techniques that could be used to build the brand. Each group member had their own jobs and tasks to effectively develop a recipe and execute a final product. 

We had a wonderful time being a part of the judging panel, and certainly can't wait for the next competition. 

Great job CSA students and a big thank you to the faculty who coordinated the competition and sent us the wonderful invite!


Here are the results!

According to You the Panelists:
5th place - Trust Me (Period 2)  Gummies & Taffy
4th place - Sour Spooky's Gummies (Period 7)
3rd place - Chocolate Boulders (Period 3)
2nd place - Creamy Crunch (Period 4)
1st place - Choco-Nanas  (Period 8)    

According to students and facils:
5th place - Trust Me (Period 2)  Gummies & Taffy
4th place - Choco-Nanas  (Period 8)    
3rd place - Chocolate Boulders (Period 3)
2nd place - Creamy Crunch (Period 4)
1st place - Sour Spooky's Gummies (Period 7)

Overall:
5th place - Trust Me (Period 2)  Gummies & Taffy
4th place - Chocolate Boulders (Period 3)
3rd place - Choco-Nanas  (Period 8)    
2nd place - Creamy Crunch (Period 4)
1st place - Sour Spooky's Gummies (Period 7)


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Meet Us: Nicole Waldron

 

     We've got a new face in the office and on the web, here at 240sweet. Nicole, our Creative Director, is here to help us with everything from product photography to social media management. We are looking to revamp our websites at 240sweet and Artisan Foodworks and Nicole is busy getting things squared away so it can all be headed your way. She will now be our new hand behind the blogs, our Facebook, Twitter, photography, graphic design, and much more. With a passion for food, and a creative drive, she hopes to create some great new content for our wonderful customers.

      She has both training in the culinary, food styling, photography and graphic design field. She has been developing her own website www.confectionalism.com for the past year and is excited to be working with our wonderful team. Nicole lives with her boyfriend, Aaron, and her two four-legged children, Squashy and Rocko.



     In her spare time she loves to create new recipes and photograph the processes in the kitchen. She's a big Chuck Palahniuk fan, and an even bigger fan of sweets, putting her right at home in our Marshmallow world. She has fallen in love with the Sriracha Marshmallows but says there is a special place in her heart for the Creme Brûlée puffs as well. When asked what she wanted to be when she was a child, she responded, "I had this unrealistic goal to be a flower. Seriously, an actual flower... I had dreams of me dressed as a giant daisy. My older sister, however,  crushed my dreams when she informed me of how much bees loved flowers. I really don't like bees."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

We're on Tour, Be sure to come see us!

The holiday season is approaching and we're busy trying to make sure you have access to all the 240sweet marshmallows you desire! Get your treasured marshmallow stocking stuffers, your hot cocoa toppers, your delicious treats for roasting in the fireplace, or tons of flavors for a Holiday marshmallow bar at your holiday soiree.

We're traveling and we wouldn't want you to miss us, so check out our 2014 Holiday Tour Map to see where you can get your mittens on 240sweet artisan treats.


Friday, July 25, 2014

Becca's Christmas in July wish item


Meet Us
Becca Pebley

Full-time, Becca is a human resources specialists and new talent recruiter for Columbus Container (Did you know our made in America boxes come from there?). Part-time, she works with us at 240sweet. Now a Hoosier, she is a New Mexican transplant who spends her free time volunteering to make the world a better place. She also loves to go horseback riding. Becca lives with her adorable long-haired kitty, Isabella.

She loves the marshmallows! Especially, she likes to go out to different events to toast the puffs and meet new people. When we asked, Becca couldn't even pick a favorite flavor, they are all so good. 

Christmas in July Wish List Item
Becca says, "I would love them even more if the packaging were easier to do." Becca's request of Santa is for new bags for 240sweet Artisan Marshmallows. New reclosable packaging with our logo preprinted will cost us about $6000 for the initial run and design. That's a lot of money for our small business. Becca and the rest of the staff would appreciate your assistance in serving you with better packaging.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Puff Fest Open House

We're planning a great open house and fun day for Puff Fest on July 12! 

Join us from 10:00 to 5:00 at our place.
240sweet
9600 N US Highway 31
Columbus, Indiana 47201

Art of Making Marshmallows Open Demonstrations
10:30 and 3:30 in the 240sweet Studio Kitchen
No reservation required. 
Sample marshmallows from goo to toasted while learning some fun facts about the process of making marshmallows. Read a description here. 

We have several friends who are helping us celebrate. Many are offering free activities while supplies last. Click on the name to go their website.

Outside Booths

240sweet

Come roast a marshmallow and have a free s'more. 

Bartholomew County Public Library
Check out what the library has in store for you.

Blackhawk Graphics
Did you know that Troy designed the Happy Camper tee shirt?

Boyd's Scents

Handmade wax scents to make your home smell wonderful.

Bun Bun Brigade



Stop by to pet some bunnies. This booth is accepting donations of newspaper to use as bedding. 

Columbus Food Co-Op


Learn about how people in our community are working to keep our food wholesome and safe.

Funny Farm Petcare

Bed and breakfast for doggies and kitties too. 

Girl Scouts of Indiana


Stop by to make a craft to take home.

Interfaith Forum Columbus

Celebrating religious diversity in our community. 

It Works!

Site-specific body contouring treatment and healthy living supplements.

Jamberry Nails

Lovely nail wraps.

Our Hospice of South Central Indiana

Stop by to blow some bubbles!

Seliz Design and Letterpress


Handmade letterpress items. 

Stone Creations/Luminaries in Stone

Artisan crafted oil lamps and sculptures.

Tri-State Artisans

Our community's newest art for everyone studio.

Walking the Path

Nature photos and cards from Tracy Price.

Inside Booths

Artisan Foodworks Catering

Offering a free lunch buffet at 12:00. 

240sweet


Gourmet marshmallows!

Best Boy & Company


Indiana Artisan sauces, including the best mustard in the world.

Divine Deeva Designs

Add some bling to your wardrobe.

Healthy Chocolate

Serving your other favorite treat in a healthy form.

Lila Pagni Jewelry


Handmade jewelry and barefoot sandals.

Pampered Chef

Everything you need to make your own gourmet delights.

 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Tim Galligar wishes for a new laptop to serve customers faster

Meet Us
Tim Galligar

During the summer and other breaks, Tim works with us here at 240sweet. He majors in secondary education at Concordia University of Wisconsin, where he is a senior. As a member of the Alleluia Ringers, he loves to travel to new places to play bells. We can often find him singing karaoke with his fiancee, Amanda, on the Thursday nights. Tim's other favorite activities are volunteering with his church's youth group and reading. He is very busy!

For two years, Tim has been a part of our work family. He packs orders, prints postage, and makes labels with a smile. One of his favorite things about working at 240sweet is the people (customers and staff). "It is crazy how passionate customers are about the marshmallows. I enjoy serving them and finding out which ones they like best," says Tim. His suggestion of a Bloody Mary puff led to July's featured flavor: Hoosier Momma Bloody Mary with Bacon. Tim thinks it may replace Sriracha as his favorite.

Christmas in July Wish List Item
 
"The computer we use for printing orders and labels is really, really slow. It is incredibly frustrating," shares Tim. He asks for two new laptops: one for printing orders and one for making labels. "Often, I have to wait to use the five year old one that I share with other workers. I could get orders out days faster if I had a better computer to use."

Wow. He said "days." Wouldn't that be awesome? If we could ship out your puffs days earlier, you could eat them and share them faster. Waiting isn't much fun. You have the power to improve the process. Click here to help us better serve you. 

 New computers
 







Did you know that we are still using some computers that are over 5 years old? They are soooooooooooooooooo slow! New ones will help us fill your orders faster, answer your emails more speedily, and be more efficient in serving you.
Estimated cost: $800 each