Thursday, December 12, 2013
Hixson residents Melissa Battles, Mona Yeary and Megan Everett have a sweet tooth for New Orleans-style pralines, in which their new business Southern Sugar Sisters specializes.
The trio also offers cream cheese mints, chocolate mints and lots of different hand-dipped truffles in flavors such as Oreo, cookie dough and chocolate-cayenne.
Other specialties include their Jacked Up Nuts — sugared peanuts made with honey and Jack Daniel’s — as well as Something to Crow About, which features spicy and sweet nuts made with Sriracha sauce.
The “Fan”tastic Crunch with Chex cereal, Cheerios, M&M’s and pretzels covered with a white chocolate drizzle, is customized with both M&M’s and packaging in team colors.
“We were trying to find things both women and men would like,” Battles said in regards to Southern Sugar Sisters’ offerings, which also include rum and bourbon balls, homemade marshmallows and different flavors of gourmet marshmallow pops such as mintalicious, chocolate diva (with white, milk, dark and bittersweet chocolate), cookies and cream, salted caramel and holiday flavors.
The sisters also offer reveal pops for baby showers that have pink or blue inside when you bite into them, she said.
“My sisters and I wanted to be in a business together,” said Battles, who was formerly in the insurance industry and home-schools two boys.
Yeary, who is in the medical field, is also a great cook, Battles said. The sisters have visited New Orleans several times in recent years to attend jazz festivals and thought pralines would be the perfect thing to sell.
“People always love food, and we’ve always loved pralines,” Battles said.
The sisters have hired a contract worker, creative baker Cecelia Jones, to make their gourmet marshmallow pops.
“All of our items are handmade, and we try never to use any kind of preservatives or artificial ingredients,” said Battles, adding that she and her sisters recently completed a University of Tennessee Extension course on food safety. “We’re trying to keep the highest standard for our food.”
The sisters sold their goods at the Chattanooga Market for the first time Nov. 16. They will also be at the Holiday Market at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center Dec. 14-15.
Battles said they are also taking special orders and will soon be offering their sweets through their website as well.
Southern Sugar Sisters can be reached at 838-3838 or email@example.com, or by visiting southernsugarsisters.com or facebook.com/southernsugarsisters3.