I recently came back from a little jaunt out in the Pacific Northwest,.. Seattle! It was my second time out there and I had a blast. As a brand ambassador for Krusteaz’s Baker’s Dozen, I had the opportunity to visit the Krusteaz headquarters, meet up with fellow brand ambassadors and also attend the International Food Bloggers Conference (IFBC). I can’t tell you how amazing it was to experience it all…
It began in 1932, with the women of a Seattle bridge club and a great idea they had for an easy-to-make pie crust. Since then, Krusteaz (a clever combination of ‘crust’ and ‘ease’) has come to stand for home-baked and convenient fresh-from-the-oven goodness.
That spirit of innovation continued with the introduction in the 1940’s of our Krusteaz “just add water” Pancake Mix, a unique concept at the time, and one of the products we;re most known for today. In the 60’s, we spread the word in a way that was as novel as our pancake mix: the Krusteaz Kurtesy Kitchen, a fully-equipped “traveling diner” that served up free pancake breakfasts throughout the Northwest.
Over the years our product line has expanded to include biscuits, muffins, brownies, breads, desserts and more for an ever increasing loyal following practically any place people enjoy delicious pancakes and baked goods… in homes, at restaurants, for our armed forces and we were even the brand of choice served to the thousands of hungry workers who built the Alaska Pipeline!
The innovative spirit that helped us grow from a popular Northwest tradition to a national favorite continues to inspire us as we ceate new ways to delight the next generation of Krusteaz families.
After the tour of Krusteaz Headquarters, we headed into the Krusteaz Test Kitchen, often used to research and development. We spent the rest of our visit doing what we do best – playing in the kitchen! We had a food challenge in which we paired up with each other to participate in a Krusteaz holiday cookie swap. Any holiday or occassion could be represented and aside from creating a treat using a Krusteaz baking mix, it must also be packaged up for gifting.
Given this challenge, the 10 of us food blogger brand ambassadors had to definitely think on our feet and not only create something worthy of gifting, but also learn to work with each other. It was such a fun activity and it really allowed us to show our creativity. In the end, we had five wonderful treats to swap and share including:
– Vanilla / Chocolate Cream Sandwich Cookies by Make Bake Celebrate and Lindsay Ann Bakes
The next day was spent enjoying the educational sessions of IFBC, time exploring Seattle and relaxing a bit. A special part of the day was attending the Krusteaz session where a cooking demo was done, highlighting the new Flatbread Mixes and party ideas presented by Malia of Krusteaz and Jen of Hostess with the Mostess. It was great watching them both share some great tips, tricks and recipe ideas!
We ended the fun conference that night with the IFBC Gourmet Fair where many food companies, restaurants and other brands were there to share their products and dishes. Most of the Krusteaz Baker’s Dozen met up at the fair, followed by dinner/dessert together before we all headed our separate ways in the morning. It was such a wonderful time getting to know fellow food bloggers, sharing our experiences, and really having a chance to bond with each other whether it was creating recipes in the test kitchen, exploring Seattle together, sharing a meal and working together with a fantastic brand.
All in all, it was a fantastic time and I highly encourage you to check out the websites of my fellow Krusteaz Baker’s Dozen if you haven’t already! They are all such amazing, talented women who I not only enjoy their work but enjoy their company and I hope to see them all again soon!
Disclosure: Krusteaz provided travel, accommodations, and conference admission for me, however all opinions written are my own.