In March of 2020, the pandemic was beginning, and everyone was stuck at home in need of good food. To accommodate our customers, we created “Granola Factory at Home,” which was a weekly menu of specialty baked goods and savory fare that could be ordered ahead online and either picked up at our bakery or shipped all over the country. We needed a new cookie to offer with GF at home, so my mother crafted a new shortbread cookie made with salted pecans, pure maple extract, and a whole lot of butter! The cookies were an instant hit. We named them “Shorties” and began offering them as a regular item on our website.
Soon after, Wegmans took an interest in the Shorties, and we were able to add them to their stores throughout Pennsylvania. We now offer four flavors of Shorties, and their popularity continues to build. But despite the increased production, we still make or shorties with the same hand-made, artisanal methods we used two years ago.
No one understands Shorties better than our bakery operations manager, Jordan Manzo. Jordan oversaw scaling our artisanal baking process on the shorties to accommodate more orders, along with assisting in the creation of two of our flavors: pistachio, raspberry and white chocolate, and the dark chocolate mint Shortie.