Today we’d like to introduce you to Naomi Hundley.
Hi Naomi, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
I’ve always loved baking, but maybe a decade ago my mom started getting sick. It turned out she was gluten sensitive with lots of other food allergies. I started having similar symptoms and it turns out that I have celiac disease. I got tired of us having to say no to EVERYTHING. The replacements we found for all the foods we loved were so bland and gross, so I decided to explore gluten free flours and one by one (and hundreds of dollars later) I converted all of my favorite recipes into gluten free recipes. Before I knew it I had a kitchen aid. And because transforming all of my recipes into gluten free recipes wasn’t enough of a challenge, I decided to learn to make macarons (a naturally gluten free dessert). Hundreds of macarons later, I finally got it right. It was then that Glittery Nibbles was born. I didn’t want people to have to choose between something delicious and something allergen friendly. Now, I have a fully dedicated gluten free kitchen and I’m working on making all of my recipes dairy free and soy free as well. I understand that there aren’t tons of people with food allergies, but when I have someone call me happy crying because they haven’t been able to enjoy cake with their family in years because of an allergy, it makes it all worth it.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
The road has most certainly not been smooth. For starters, certified gluten free products are NOT cheap. It’s expensive to have a food allergy. It’s even more expensive when you’re creating/tweaking recipes and they fail. There are one hundred different ways to not make a great gluten free cake though, and I’m pretty sure I know all of them. I also hunted high and low for all American made products. That was something that I felt was important. I do my best to find local ingredients to use in my macarons and cakes as well. Most of my flavors are seasonal. I strive to make the flavors as unique as possible. Another HUGE obstacle is the weather! It’s SO HUMID here that sometimes my macarons take hours to set, or they just fail entirely. But my main struggle has been the process of actually starting Glittery Nibbles. Other than knowing the name of my business and that I wanted to sell gluten free baked goods, I had no idea what I was doing. I went in blind. There’s been a huge learning curve. I’m sure other business owners can relate, but it’s so much more than just baking. I’m a baker, an accountant, a social media manager, and a marketing manager all rolled into one. To top it lol off, I’m the face of Glittery Nibbles as well. So when you place an order, or attend a market, you deal directly with me. It can be overwhelming, but I’m learning to be better about all of it, and it’s definitely my dream job.
Thanks – so what else should our readers know about Glittery Nibbles?
Glittery Nibbles is a dedicated gluten free bakery under the Texas cottage home law. I specialize in macarons and gluten free custom cakes. (But I love all things baking so I always try to have a variety of baked goods!) My personal favorite are wedding cakes. The process is intense, but once it all comes together, they’re magnificent. Glittery Nibbles isn’t even a year old yet, but I feel like I’ve really pushed to get my name out there. I love local markets the most because I enjoy getting to know/being a part of my community. I think what really sets me apart is that my kitchen is a DEDICATED GLUTEN FREE kitchen. For me, that’s super important because I actually have Celiac Disease, and my mom and friends have gluten sensitivities. Most bakers will advertise as gluten free when really they’re gluten friendly, and they don’t realize that they’re putting people like me at risk health wise. I think that lots of people still presume being gluten free is a fad, but in reality, people with celiac disease and gluten sensitivities can be sick for days or weeks because you have to wait for all the gluten to leave your system. I take pride in knowing that all of the products I use are certified gluten free and that my kitchen has never had gluten in it. So when I have parents tell me that their little one has an allergy and they’ll need to skip the cookie, I have full confidence in them being able to consume my products and actually enjoy them. It’s also awesome when I have people who eat gluten try a baked good, and then I tell them that its gluten free once they’ve finished it, and I get a really shocked expression from them. That’s on the list of my top favorite things for sure,
What sort of changes are you expecting over the next 5-10 years?
I’m a cottage home baker right now, which means everything is made out of my kitchen, but I do hope to save up enough to have a store front within the next 5 years! I have a brother in the military and while he doesn’t want to become a baker, my goal is to hire veterans once I do have the store front. I do want to continue to do local markets. My goal is to be at a few different markets every weekend just because I do want to keep those community ties. I don’t see Glittery Nibbles becoming a huge chain though. I’d love to stay local. Once Glittery Nibbles grows a little bit more, I’d love to start giving back to the community. Whether that’s teaching kids how to bake, or donating to different organizations.
- 1 Dozen Large Custom Macarons for $25
- Mystery Box (1 Dozen Large Macarons) $25
- Custom Gluten Free Cake: $55+
- Market Macaron Box (half Dozen) $10
- Market Macaron Box (1 Dozen) $20
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: www.glitterynibbles.com
- Instagram: @glitterynibbles
- Facebook: @GlitteryNibbles
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