It's Not Just a Butter Tart, It's an Experience.
After leaving the corporate world for good
Our journey began in 2016
Carla’s story starts with her love and passion for family. Carla’s Cookie Box is an independent woman-owned and operated local online bakery. She specializes in Award-Winning Gourmet Butter Tarts, Artisanal Cookies & Luscious Deep Fudge Brownies. Carla Brizzi started her online baking business from a blooming love of baking as an Italo-Canadian.
My Italian roots and passion for anything sweet prompted me to really hone in on my grandmother’s traditions. I love when food comes from its natural state. The simplicity in cooking is what makes our ancestor’s food so flavourful.
With the importance of supporting LOCAL, Carla found a way to support local farmers and businesses while building her own local business.
I wanted to support other people that were doing what I was doing but I didn’t have the financial means to do it. I decided right from the start of my business that purchasing local raw materials to make my own product was the way I could do my part to support farmers & local artisans.
Staying true to her roots
Born Canadian, raised Italian, Carla’s story continues with her love for baking. She would watch and help her mother in the kitchen with her many traditional cookies for Christmas and other special occasions at a young age. As Carla matured into an adult, she began experimenting with her recipes.
Keeping true to Italian traditions, she keeps everything simple but flavourful and added a spin to her traditional recipes.
I love to be creative but I am horrible at drawing. LOL. One way I learned to be creative was in the kitchen. I began to experiment with traditional desserts and started adding unique spins to my favourite desserts, this is where I came up with my many different Gourmet Butter Tart flavours.
It's never too late to make a change
Life Changing Decisions
At 39 years old, Carla’s story made a dramatic turn. She lost her conventional job in an office and had to decide what to do with her life. With three young children and bills to pay, she was faced with uncertainty. Carla agreed that it was time to take a leap of faith in herself and dive into new territories. She wanted to show her young family that it was NEVER too late to follow a passion.
I made the decision to start this little business during one of the most desperate time of my life. It was incredibly scary and invigorating at the same time. The one thing that drove me and continues to drive me is my children. I wanted to show my children that it is never too late to have a dream and follow a passion. There is beauty that lies underneath hard work and determination.
"My younger brother, who was and still is very near and dear to my heart was killed by a drunk driver. Not a day goes by that I don't think of him or weep over him. He was a very pivotal person in my life and continues to be so. I refuse to let his death be in vain and I am determined to ensure another family does not go through the pain my family and I continue to live through."
In the press
Carla’s Cookie Box has been frequently featured across many different media platforms.
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