Cook­ies in the mix for awards

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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

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