Not Your Grandma’s Hard Biscotti
Northwest Biscotti, Marysville
I know what you are thinking when you hear Biscotti. It’s a dry and crunchy pastry that is really only edible when dipped in something that is the complete opposite of dry, like coffee. What if I told you that isn’t always true? That there is a Biscotti that is soft and able to be eaten anytime, with or without coffee. Well there is, and I’m snacking on some, sans coffee, right now.
If soft biscotti isn’t enough to get your attention, the selection of over twenty four unique flavor combinations should be. My favorites? Top three would have to be the Cranberry White Chocolate, Triple Chocolate Chip, and Blueberry Lemon. Don’t get me wrong though, they are all equally delicious and equally soft, with just the right amount of crunchy. It will remind you a lot more of cookies and brownies then it will of the traditional Biscotti you are used to.
If you haven’t heard of them, it might be because they are still somewhat new. So new, that they will be celebrating their second anniversary as a storefront location this July (yay!!!). That is not all they are celebrating. What owner Francis Turner has accomplished in the time since her shop has opened, and even before that, is nothing short of amazing.
What started out in 2004 as a personal project to make some amazing Biscotti after seeing a recipe on the side of a cereal box grew, with some encouragement from loved ones, into selling it here and there at local holiday events.
Fast forward some sales to 2015, and Francis began the process of transforming her personal project into a potential business. Like most, she started a Facebook page to sell on. That page just happened to catch the attention of the Living Room Coffee House in Marysville and they allowed her to start baking in their kitchen so that they could buy and sell her Biscotti.
From there things just took off. Her husband, lovingly, talked her into applying for a business license, then, even more lovingly, talked her into setting up her first storefront in the heart of Old Town Mukilteo. In the time since, Northwest Biscotti has become a regular at local events year round (I seriously don’t know how they keep up), including the Mukilteo Farmers Market and of course our annual Artisans Holiday Fair .
Her baked goodies can be found in locations across Snohomish County and beyond as well. Lucky me, I got the chance to sit down with Frances just over a year ago to learn all about it. Not only that, I got to watch her at work and taste warm, delicious, biscotti right out of the oven. There may have even been a few samples of flavors no one had ever tried before. Sometimes it’s good to be me.
As Northwest Biscotti approaches its 2nd anniversary, it is celebrating another milestone. They are moving on up into a bigger location in Marysville and will be throwing a grand opening celebration on April 21st, so be sure to stop by and give them some love, especially around noon when Frances can be found baking. The smells coming from her shop are almost as good as actually eating her biscotti.
The new location will offer not only Biscotti and a brand new look, but locally made products for you to shop, and after hours events like craft projects and live music. Stay in the know about it all by following along with them on Facebook and obviously stop by the shop once it opens. I can’t say that enough. Seriously, go!
Well not yet, not until the 21st anyway. Can’t wait, here are some of the local spots you can go to pick some up now: Artisans Mercantile – Snohomish; Whidbey Coffee Multiple Locations in WA; Living Room Coffee House Marysville, WA; The 12th Cup Everett, WA; Diedrich Espresso Multiple locations, WA
I may or may not have had something to do with that last one. To be fair, it’s not my fault Francis’s biscotti is so amazing that I can’t stop talking about it, is it? I’m not the only one spreading the word these days though. Northwest Biscotti was recently featured in The Herald. Guess that means she is going to be getting even bigger and busier soon enough.
I don’t know about you, but I truly love seeing a local business growing and doing so much, so well, in such a short period of time. It is a sign of hope for local makers and businesses across our county, that even the smallest idea and love for what you do can take you to amazing places and heights that you never even dreamed of while sitting in your kitchen eyeing a recipe on the side of a cereal box.
Catch Northwest Biscotti at their new location:
10208 State Ave Suite B in Marysville
Grand Opening Ceremony is April 21st from 10:00-4:00
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