We don’t know about you guys, but we’re pretty big fans of leftovers in the Wallace household. Some foods just get better after sitting in their flavors for a day or two. And aside from the smell of a turkey roasting in the oven and passing out before 7pm on a Thursday, what is the BEST thing about Thanksgiving? THE LEFTOVERS. They are seemingly never-ending.
This year, we got really excited about the idea of a unique twist on a classic Thanksgiving leftover go-to: the turkey and stuffing sandwich. But instead of using traditional cranberry sauce … WHY NOT TRY A SEASONAL SPECIAL VERSION OF CRANBERRY ‘CHUPS? Brilliant. (Especially since plums tend to disappear around this time of year.)
Our experiment was a great success and we have a feeling seasonal cranberry ‘Chups is going to be a highly anticipated flavor around the holidays for years to come. If you’re looking to make your own epic leftover sandwich, let us break it down for you:
- Sliced bread (we recommend a loaf of rosemary sourdough … it’s heaven in the form of carbs)
- Leftover turkey (white or dark meat will do)
- Leftover stuffing (or dressing, if that’s what you like to call it)
- Cranberry ‘Chups
Instructions are really quite simple. Heat up your turkey and stuffing ingredients (toasting the bread is your personal preference) and assemble! Then enjoy.
We have a limited supply of Cranberry ‘Chups so we’re opting to leave it out of the online store. But if you’d like to place an order (standard 6 oz jar is $8 + shipping) please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Everyone have the safest of travels today!
Since announcing our little food business aspirations at the end of last year, we’ve definitely subscribed to the “slow and steady wins the race” approach. This is based on a multitude of things, including navigating our way in a space we were previously unfamiliar with (and are still learning), possibly jumping the gun a tad on bringing our ketchups to the e-commerce market (we were just SO EXCITED) and in feeling that way, wanting to be sure we’re always ready for the next step we take (but also realizing that sometimes it’s okay to take leaps of faith). Oh, and there was also that pretty big party we threw:
But that’s not to say we haven’t been doing anything! Here are some of the happenings that have been going down in ‘Chupsland.
We’ve found our future kitchen space! After months of concocting ‘Chups out of our home and visiting less than ideal commercial spaces, a friend tipped us off to Union Kitchen – a shared commercial kitchen in DC that exists to grow and promote small local food businesses. We submitted an application and had an excellent meeting with the kitchen’s owners, who are eager to have us join their community.
On a related note, to raise some extra funds to comfortably operate out of UK, we’re planning to LAUNCH A KICKSTARTER! We’ve talked about doing a Kickstarter since we came up with the idea for ‘Chups, but never had a specific enough goal to feel it was merited (other than “help us launch our business” which is generally frowned upon in the crowdfunding community). We’re currently working on the video and finalizing our backer levels and plan to launch right after the New Year (don’t want to compete with Christmas). Here’s a little sneak peak of what to expect (hopefully in the blooper reel):
Earlier this month, we attended the Skins Extravaganza, strategically setting up shop in line right after the burger station and right before the standard condiment table. The day proved to us that there is really nothing better than pitching your product to people face-to-face. We quickly learned in our experience with ‘Chups that when it comes to ketchup, people are so trained to reach for Heinz, you really need to educate them on what fruit ketchup is and why it makes sense. Luckily, the concept is simple and the overwhelming response is excited and intrigued. People can’t believe they have another option when it comes to ketchup!
We also had another great meeting recently that hopefully will lead to more exciting announcements in the coming weeks and months! But getting our Kickstarter launched (and hopefully reaching our financial goal), then securing our production at Union Kitchen, are the ideal next steps for us to take this business — or hobby, as it has really been for the past year — to the next level!
We can’t wait to share more developments with you and hopefully you will all be up for spreading the word when our Kickstarter campaign goes live. Stay tuned, friends!
‘Chups took a little hiatus this summer season and as a side effect, Condiment Chronicles fell by the wayside.
Even Sad ‘Chups has a Movember ‘stache!
But I never wanted this blog to solely be a marketing tool to blast fruit ketchup messages to the masses (or the handful of people reading). I want it to be a blog about all great foods, a blog about adventures, a blog about business! And that being the case, a 7 month posting drought certainly isn’t acceptable.
For me, writing is the outlet that ignites my innermost creativity. By putting words down, not only do I feel gratification for seeing something from my brain come together in (hopefully) flowing sentences and paragraphs (as opposed to the verbal diarrhea that can often come from my mouth), I also feel an enhanced focus and drive to make, create, and DO in all other areas of my life.
So, why wait until January 1 to start a goal? I am here and now resolving to write more. Write about ‘Chups, about food, about business, about creativity … or even lack thereof! And this time, I won’t only be writing for you, I’ll be writing for ME.
Up next? What we’ve been up to these past few months and what you can expect from us in the coming weeks …
Ketchup kisses (ew),