“Absolutely amazing! So easy to work with! Loved the creativity! Very pleased with the ease of ordering, paying, and picking up! Top notch customer service! Delicious and beautiful products! Highly recommend!” These are just a few raving customer reviews earned by Sweet Snax LLC, a unique dessert shop owned by Elizabeth Watnem of Wesley.
Watnem’s confectionary talent was discovered when her daughter, Charlotte, saw hot cocoa bombs and wanted them. Liz experimented with creating the hot cocoa bombs herself, sharing them with family and friends who instantly loved them, and they encouraged her in her newfound skill. Hot cocoa bombs were Sweet Snax’s initial signature product; today Sweet Snax offers a vast array of customized dessert options for every occasion including custom cakes and cupcakes, anti-gravity cakes, chocolate-covered strawberries, and unique chocolate creations such as stilettos and custom cake toppers. Liz is the self-taught mastermind behind every Sweet Snax creation. She loves experimenting with innovative designs, styles, and new flavors, and she welcomes requests from traditional to edgy and eccentric.
Sweet Snax LLC launched in April 2021 and became licensed one month later. It is the only official licensed home bakery in Kossuth County. Being a licensed home bakery through the Iowa Department of Inspection and Appeals (DIA) ensures Sweet Snax’s products meet the highest standards of food quality, storage, and labeling requirements. Likewise, the facility’s equipment and furnishings must meet sanitary guidelines. The licensure also requires the home bakery facility be separate from a residential kitchen. When Liz and her husband moved to Wesley, they were fortunate to purchase a home that was equipped with two kitchens, one with its own private entrance, making it an ideal home-based business location. Watnem is proud to attain the official licensed home bakery status and the assurance it gives her customers knowing that Sweet Snax products and procedures guarantee quality fresh products.
This month Sweet Snax celebrated its one-year anniversary. So much growth has occurred over twelve short months – new products, services, customers, and accolades! Liz continues to perfect her technique and expertise in producing beautiful, delectable confectionery works of art, thus expanding the range of offerings, including the recent addition of cake and cupcake display rentals.
Watnem’s home community of Wesley, Iowa, are avid Sweet Snax fans and supporters, though her desserts have garnered notoriety well beyond Wesley and Kossuth County. Restaurant Guru, a nationwide restauranteur researcher and rater, recently acknowledged Sweet Snax as one of the top recommended bakeries in North Iowa. Sweet Snax is certified through the Iowa Economic Development Authority as one of over one hundred women-owned Targeted Small Business (TSB) businesses throughout Iowa. Watnem and Sweet Snax are also part of “Icing Smiles,” a national non-profit organization that provides custom celebration cakes and treats to critically ill children and their families.
What lies ahead for this self-taught confectionary artist? She is committed to furthering her knowledge, technique, and creativity to provide the best desserts and customer experience possible.
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