It started with $10, handed out at church with the challenge of investing it in God’s work. Peg Throop decided to make and sell caramel corn drizzled with chocolate, and less than a year later that ten spot resulted in a return of $800 to the church.
Since 1999 the enterprise has grown into Taste of Heaven, owned by Kalamazoo Youth for Christ. Proceeds from the sale of the goodies go to ministry projects.
I stopped by the Taste of Heaven store in Kalamazoo, and in the name of research took home two of the several treats available at that location and online.
The white cheddar popcorn and the Kalamazoo Corn, a cheese and caramel corn combo, tempted. Other choices include chocolate dipped pretzels, plain caramel corn and chocolate caramel crispy treats.
But I went with a 5 oz. taste of Cheddar Cheese Corn ($3) and the 1.4 gallon container of the original Drizzled Caramel Corn ($17.50). Both were delish. Big, round, and light kernels with just the right amount of flavor and crunch. The cheese corn was not too cheesy. The caramel was not too sweet and had just enough chocolate. Paige, who doesn’t usually like this stuff, declared it “really good.”
And what great prices! If you’ve ever stood in line for that famous Chicago popcorn you’ll appreciate the Taste of Heaven difference. Peg, who manages the operation, is the only paid staffer. All of the concocting, packaging, and other duties are handled by volunteers or youths doing service work, so that more money can go back into the ministry.
Worthwhile programs supported by the sale of yummy treats.
Taste of Heaven does good work, in more than one sense of the word.
Note: Taste of Heaven is currently located at 111 E. Kalamazoo Avenue (269-349-0849) but will be moving from their rented digs to a new, yet to be determined location in 2011.
In addition to retail sale, the products are available for fundraising programs.
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