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Hungry Bunny Foods

At Hungry Bunny Foods crafts traditional Hungarian pretzels using a recipe passed through her family for generations.

Who is the maker at Hungry Bunny Foods?
Melania Biro-Boer

Where are you located?
I live in Sparwood and I make my pretzels at a commercial kitchen in Cranbrook.

What do you make?
Yummy Pretzels and gluten free Yummy Pretzel Sticks

How would you describe your company?
Our pretzels are made with a family recipe that was passed down through generations. They are traditional Hungarian pretzels made with clean ingredients. We strive to make comforting healthy snack foods that you can feel good about eating and sharing with others. Our pretzels are handmade in small batches in the cleanest and most environmentally responsible way possible. Each pretzel is formed with loving intention.

How long have you been in business?
This (2019) is our second year.

What motivated you to start?
When my husband and I moved to Canada from Hungary three years ago, pretzels were one of the favourite foods that he missed. Pretzels originated in Italy, but many other countries such as Germany, Austria, and Hungary have their own versions. Hungarian pretzels have a light and crunchy texture with the exquisite taste of real butter and cheese. In Hungary, these pretzels are a big part of events such as holidays and family gatherings.

As a family, we strive to eat healthy food and we are blessed with an abundance of good food in Canada. However, when I looked for snacks, it was very difficult to find, not only the pretzels that my husband missed, but also snacks with good ingredients. So many snacks seemed to have long lists of ingredients instead of being made with good clean food.

I decided to begin making Yummy Pretzels based on our Hungarian family recipe. They are a rare treat, based on a time-honoured recipe that is no longer used in commercial pretzel making. They are crunchy, buttery, flaky, and cheesy, and they melt in your mouth like a sugarless shortbread.

I also adapted the recipe to make the alternative Yummy Pretzel Sticks, out of respect for people’s various food sensitivities and philosophies. They are vegan and gluten free, free from nuts, soy, corn and sugar, and they still taste delicious!

What is your vision for your company?
My mentors always encouraged me to think big, so whenever I envision the future of my company, in my mind’s eye I see Richard Branson sitting on his plane and munching on some Yummy Pretzels.

Ultimately, I want to make comforting healthy snacks for people. Real food made with good, clean ingredients. I want to provide people with the gift of good food that nourishes mind, body and soul equally.

Why is local food and/or local purchasing important to you?
I believe in the power of connections. Whenever I purchase something local, I become part of a strong and powerful web where we support, hold and vitalize each other.

If you could deliver a message directly to Co-op members/customers, what would it be?
In a co-op we are in positive interdependence. I love coming to visit your store and greatly appreciate the supportive members and staff who care so much about food and community. This is a very special place.  Thank you for being part of it!

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