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Naples Bayside Neighbors
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Did someone say cookies!!
Kim Casciero in the owner of Kristi's Key Lime Cookies live on The Captain's Log 🙂
Featured in Florida Farm & Family
Cookies With a Key Ingredient A love of cooking and a Florida-inspired treat led to Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies. Owner Kim Casciero, originally from Baltimore, fell in love with Naples while visiting and decided she wanted to live there. In 1998, she became a snowbird, and in 2009, she moved to Naples permanently, bringing along her love of baking. That connection to baking came from her grandmother, whose original ingredient scale sits on the kitchen counter at Kristi’s as an inspirational reminder.
Featured In Naples Bayside Neighbors Magazine
The company started with her supplying cheesecakes & pound cakes to local restaurants & country clubs. These, of course, included Key Lime Cheesecake and her unique Key Lime Pound Cake. Wanting to create a decadent Florida treat that would be easily shippable, she created and tested her own recipes ( her grandmother’s original ingredients scale sits on her kitchen counter for inspiration), and finally after many trials, Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies (named for her niece) was born. This exciting new offering from Be Happy Cakes reflects the flavor that IS Florida from the expert hands of this baking master.
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Featured in Daytime Emmy Awards Gift Bags
NAPLES, FL (March 26, 2015) – Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies, produced locally by Be Happy Cakes, LLC, will be distributed today to many well known television celebrities at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 42nd Daytime Emmy® Awards (www.emmyonline.com) at the Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, CA. The product was chosen to be included in the event’s Official Emmy® Gift Bags by Off the Wall Gifts. Off the Wall Gifts produces the Official Emmy® Award Show Gift Bags/Talent Lounge.
In 2012 the cookies were included in the gifts bags at the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards in New York City. A vanilla cake-like base topped with a key lime icing, Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies were created by Be Happy Cakes owner Kim Casciero. “Our cookies are a flavorful reflection of the Southwest Florida lifestyle,” she said. “We are thrilled to once again be a part of the Emmy® Awards celebrations.”
Celebrating Sweet Rewards...
Florida Weekly article by Lindsey Nesmith. Shares how locally made treats Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies, produced by Be Happy Cakes, were chosen to be included in swag bags at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 42nd Daytime Emmy Awards on April 24, 2012.
On October 1, 2012 ...a Star was Born
Produced in southwest Florida by Be Happy Cakes, LLC, will be distributed today to many well known news and documentary celebrities at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City. The product was chosen to be included in the event’s Official Emmy® Gift Bags by Off the Wall Gifts. Off the Wall Gifts produces the Official Emmy® Award Show Gift Bags/Talent Lounge.
The cookies, a vanilla cake-like base topped with a key lime icing, were created by Be Happy Cakes owner Kim Casciero. “Our cookies are a flavorful reflection of the Southwest Florida lifestyle,” she said. “We are thrilled to be a part of this distinguished event and perhaps have Diane Sawyer and Brian Williams sampling them.”
You can view the 33rd Annual News & Documentary Emmy® Awards Program HERE.
Celebrating Sweet Rewards...
Florida Weekly article by Lindsey Nesmith. Shares how locally made treakts Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies, produced by Be Happy Cakes, were chosen to be included in sawag bags at The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences 42nd Daytime Emmy Awards on April 24, 2012.
Cookies Go to the Governors Mansion
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies goes to the Governors Mansion in Tallahassee, Florida on May 23, 2017.
Best two-Bite Taste of Florida...
Naples-based Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies are cute, cakey confections destined to be the center of Sunshine State-themed good bag. Article by Gulfshore Life – May 2016
Hats in the Garden features...
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies, produced locally by Be Happy Cakes, LLC, were distributed in the gift bags at the 9th Annual Hats in the Garden fundraiser at Naples Botanical Garden. This year’s event featured an appearance and fashion show by designer Michael Kors. The over 600 attendees will have an opportunity to order more cookies with a percentage donated to the Garden. The cookies are sold in the Garden Store year round.
Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies can also be found locally at stores and gift shops including Waldorf Astoria Naples, Three60 Market and Naples Beach Hotel.
A Cookie with Florida Flair...
As long as baking has been documented, cookie-like, small wafers have existed, to a great extent, because they travel so well. Origins go back to seventh century Persia, and they spread to Europe through Spain. By the 14th century, all levels of society throughout Europe enjoyed the treats. The Dutch “koekje” became Anglicized to “cookie,” and the early English settlers brought them to 17th century America.
Now, a love of cookies is very common around the world. Our beautiful paradise of Southwest Florida isn’t any different. We are specially fond of utilized the unique ingredients we have available in our tropical location. But could the essence of our sunny, citrus-y surroundings be embodied in a cookie? Baking aficionado Kim Casciero came up with the idea of Key Lime Cookies, which can be found at gift shops at the Waldorf Astoria Naples, Naples Beach Hotel and Naples Botanical Gardens. Go to KristisKeyLimeCookies.com/where-to-buy for a complete list.
Our New Facility...
One taste and Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies remain in memory, a very delicious memory. Kim Casciero currently co-ops a kitchen buy is in the process of building our her own wholesale production facility on Bonita Beach Road. Her new business started with Be Happy Cakes is now narrowly focused on one item, cookies.
Owner and creator of Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies, Casciero left successful careers in graphic arts printing and finance in Baltimore for her permanent move to Naples in 2009. She was previously a snowbird for many years. As primary caregiver for parents, she needed a career with flexible time.
Casiero, who spent her childhood beside her grandmother baking, made specialty cakes for all occasions that she fave to friends and colleagues for years. She knocked on doors to sell Be Happy Cakes to local restaurants and businesses in Southwest Florida, specializing in Florida flavors, often key lime.
Not finding a key lime cookie that was beyond “little white powdered things, ” she researched recipes until she created her original key lime cookie, a vanilla cake-like base topped with a key lime icing, a taste and texture some describe as “scrumptious”. Casciero put her graphic arts in play with a colleague and fiend to design the packaging, bright key limes on a clear package that shows the treat inside.
“I have plans for future packaging in special cups and containers,” said Casciero. Her current cookie product came to the attention of the 2012 Emmy Awards. Their famous gift bags included the taste of Florida, Kristi’s key Lime Cookies. Orders received from the coupons tucked inside came from everywhere. She only sells wholesale and from the website.
Just like the cakes, she carried her cookies door to door and the best hotels and gift shops across Southern Florida, including Key West, sell them or give them as gifts to VIP guests. Naples Botanical Gardens was her first customer, and a place she enjoys.
“I had lots of help from friends,” said Casciero. “My long-time friends from Baltimore help each other. Several pitched in to provide marketing and sales help. When the new production facility takes off, I look forward to adding staff beyond one part-time employee.”
Casiero has tapped a market for fresh food that does not contain preservatives. She believes the trend is toward the unique flavors that aren’t created for their self life but rather enjoyed immediately, baked to order and shipped fresh. To order go to kristiskeylimecookies.com.
By D.K. Christi, Southwest Spotlight, Business Beat
Rabbi Howard Seif, from Miami and Rabbi Michael Raab, from Naples joined together to make Kristi’s Key Lime Cookies Kosher in the summer of 2016.