Today is Small Business Saturday! Did you know that Small Business Saturday was created by American Express back in 2010 to support small businesses? By supporting small businesses, people like me and you can ensure that our beloved businesses in our own hometown stay open and flourish.
Why is it important to celebrate small businesses? Small businesses are vital in creating new jobs, helping the economy and they create new products and services. Small businesses can range from pet sitters to auto repair shops to restaurants. Did you know that farmers play a big role in supporting small businesses? Farmers help out a variety of small and local businesses such as the local welder who fixes broken equipment, a local hardware store that supplies tools and hardware for everyday maintenance, the local lumberyard that provides building supplies during times of expansion, or even something as small as supporting a family who has a sewing machine and can make calf blankets for the newborns on the farm. Whether the purchase is big or small, every time money is spent locally, it circulates in the community and everyone benefits.
As farmers interact with businesses in their community, it not only ensures the prosperity of the small business, but the farm as well. Without your support, small businesses, and any business for that matter, would cease to exist. Supporting each other, allows for personal connections to be made between customers and business owners and makes the transaction that much more meaningful. For example, if you were to go to a local farm stand or the farmer’s market and buy some vegetables, you may have the chance to meet the producer of the products you purchase. This scenario probably wouldn’t happen in the produce aisle in a traditional grocery store setting. When purchasing your vegetables locally, you can interact with the farmer first hand and create a relationship that you won’t find elsewhere. In addition, you have the ability to ask questions about the products themselves and can feel confident that the local products you are purchasing were produced with you and your family’s health and well-being in mind.
Anywhere you go, you can find a small business! Here in Franklin County we are fortunate enough to have many small businesses in our community. I encourage you to shop locally and support our small businesses right here in the North Country. The success of small businesses result in a thriving economy so make sure you help them out when you can, not only today, but everyday.
Ingredients- 2 cups crushed pretzel twists,6 tablespoons butter divided, 1 1⁄2 cups sugar plus 2 tablespoons, 1⁄2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1⁄4 cup corn starch, 1⁄4 teaspoon salt, 2 cups whole milk, 4 egg yolks, 2 teaspoons vanilla, 1 cup heavy whipping cream, Caramel and toffee for topping , if desired
Instructions- The Crust: Combine crushed pretzels with 4 tablespoons of melted butter and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Scoop a heaping tablespoon full of crust mix into bottom of mini 4-ounce mason jars. Set aside.
The filling: Whisk together the sugar, cocoa, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the milk and egg yolks. Whisk over medium heat until the mixture comes to a low boil and becomes thick, resembling a pudding thickness, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and vanilla. Place jars on sheet trays for easy transfer. Fill each jar about 3/4 full of chocolate cream, cover with plastic wrap. Chill in fridge for at least two hours. Before serving, top toffee pieces, fresh whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce, if desired.