Several weeks ago, my family spent the day out in Pasadena. First stop, the LA Cookie Con & Sweets Show at the Pasadena Convention Center.
We arrived just in time to see Ron Ben-Israel, host of the Food Network’s TV show “Sweet Genius” at the opening festivities. It was neat to hear him speak & perform the ribbon cutting ceremony. Btw, how cute are those giant whisks holding up the blue bow?!?
Stuffed is an online cookie store based in Los Angeles that puts a modern twist to your favorite cookies. They are made to order & stuffed with love!
My favorite was the Almond Roca, but my hubby & kiddo loved the Oreo Bday Cake!
Another booth that I liked was the Big Cup Foods booth.
Their concept was interesting since not only did they sell soup (aka “Liquid Love”) but also mini cookies. You buy the premade frozen cookie dough & soup in pouches, then bake or heat on the stove for later on! I tried a sample of the curried lentil soup at the booth & it was delicious!
Some of our favorite booths didn’t have food but were products related to it. My daughter & I had fun trying out the various lip balm samples at the Messy Little Smiles booth.
Happy Pantry sold aprons, hand towels, magnets & cute photo frames. Aren’t they super cute?!?
The biggest highlight of all was meeting Dara the Bow Girl, from the MasterChef Junior TV show!
Dara has her own YouTube channel that showcases her cooking segments & celebrity chef interviews. As a mother of a young Asian-American girl, I was thrilled that Chloe got to meet Dara, especially since we’ve watched her videos! I think it’s important for my daughter to see someone who is young, passionate about her hobby/business AND someone that my kiddo can relate to. As a child, I had very few Asian-American role models in the media to look up to; however, it’s a different world for my daughter & for that, I am grateful.
One of the items that I received in my LA Cookie Con goodie bag was a pair of orange ice cream popsicle earrings from Bakery Charms. This whimsical jewelry line is handmade in Hawaii. After a quick peek at the website, I may just have to buy the snow cone keychain that I saw online! Both of my parents are from Hawaii, so I feel a special connection to this female-owned company.
Thanks to the organizer & sponsors for making the first ever LA Cookie Con a fun event! I’m confident & hopeful that next year’s LA Cookie Con will be even better.
Disclosure: No monetary compensation was received for this post. I received two media passes to attend this exhibit which helped facilitate this review. All images & opinions are 100% my own.