Cookies in the mix for awards
A SOUTHPORT family business has won five star awards for its cookie mixtures.
Jessica Bakes-Well, which was established in 2013 by Carol Darbyshire, was awarded five Great Taste Awards.
The judges said the chocolate orange and cranberry, banana chocolate and walnut, and dark chocolate and cornish sea salt cookie mixes delivered “fantastic flavour”.
The new festive range of Christmas mince pie cookie mix and Christmas flapjack mix also each received one-star awards.
The judges said: “This baking kit delivered a deep aroma of freshly ground spices reminiscent of festive celebrations b along with plump vine fruits and moist citrus peel.”
The products were judged by 500 people, including food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs and producers, as well as a whole host of food writers and journalists – and winners are chosen following f ll h hours and dh hours of blind-tasting.
Great Taste isa food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers.
There were 12,634 entries to the competition year with 192 products awarded a 3-star, 1,207 2-star, and 3,254 a 1-star accolade.
Jessica Bakes-Well, which won six star awards last year, was founded after Carol’s husband, Barrie, lost his job in 2012.
In April last year, Carol left her job of 16 years as a nursery nurse at Merchant Taylors’ Primary School to run the business full time.
She said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been awarded a further five Great Taste Awards this year, giving us 14 in total.
“We are always experimenting with new recipes and couldn’t be happier to adorn them with Great Taste stickers.
“A big thanks goes to our customers for their ongoing support.”
Carol and Barrie Darbyshire with their sons, Nathan, 11, and twins Joshua and Oliver Darbyshire, nine, and, left, their award-winning cookie mixes