For many, the best part of baking cookies is grabbing a scoop or two (or five) of the delicious dough! But there’s always that risk of eating it raw… until now! Corey Toklin isn't just your average baker… she is a cookie dough wizard! With a Masters degree in Education, it is safe to say that Corey’s path to entrepreneurship has not been linear. Half way through her educational journey, Corey started to fear that once she graduated and began her teaching career, that she would never leave the profession. While an excellent opportunity, was that what she wanted to do for the rest of her life? She couldn’t shake the feeling of wanting to do something different, and a food business kept coming mind.. but what business? She knew it needed to be different, unique from anything that had been done before. With the help of her mother, Corey looked back into the memories from her childhood and remembered loving nothing more than grabbing a scoop of cookie dough right out of the bowl. With the risk of salmonella and other bacteria, Corey’s mother, Julie, asked her self how they could make an egg free cookie recipe, so that all could enjoy the dough, pre & post bake. With a little creativity and a lot of hard work, Julie worked to perfect a cookie dough that would was both delicious and safe to eat… and she succeeded! Using chocolate chip cookie dough for the cake and a homemade chocolate-peanut butter spread for the topping, her recipe soon became a family staple at parties and celebrations. In the spirit of both safety and savoring every bite of cookie dough one could, Unbakeables soon emerged! The original flavor is their staple chocolate peanut butter, but there are now nine other current flavors, including Midnight Mint and Cake Walk. All natural, egg free and handcrafted right here in Connecticut, Unbakeables has continued to grow with Corey and her mother Julie at the helm of this constantly evolving company. “What I love most about owning my own business is that I get to do a little bit of everything, from accounting to marketing to developing new cookie dough flavors, and no day is quite the same.”
Corey discovered the EMG grant through her heavy involvement with WBDC. “I was very involved with WBDC well before the grant… this organization has honestly helped me more than I can say. They actually care about the business and the business owner, no matter what stage in the company or success level you’re at.” Julie has also been fascinated by the connections she’s made through WBDC and her ability to ‘level up’ her business by collaborating and connecting with other women business owners. With unlimited guidance and support from the WBDC and grants like EMG this past year, Unbakeables continues to grow as a company and strives to create delicious confections to share with family and friends, for many years to come.