Some of the Whoopi cakes baked at McClure’s bakery in Gap ended up in peanut packs. This is because the bakery sells some of its products at Goldbelly, a New York company that connects customers with restaurants across the country. Owner Tom Keenan is following the McClure Goldbelly portal to see what orders are coming. He then packs them up, prints messages to get in the boxes, sticks on the delivery labels and waits for FedEx to show up.
“I don’t really look at it to understand where things are going,” Keenan says. “I know most of them are given as gifts … a lot of such messages: ‘Happy birthday, Dad.’ ”
McClure’s relationship with Goldbelly preceded the purchase of the Keenan bakery about 1 1/2 years ago, and he says he is happy about it. Part of Goldbelly’s appeal includes connecting people – boring at home, curious or otherwise – with a geographically specific cuisine.
“For travelers who stayed put during the pandemic, Goldbelly was a find that fed their thirst for travel and stomachs,” Forbes magazine wrote last year about the company, which has existed since 2013.
In recent weeks, Louisiana restaurants have become popular at Goldbelly with their gleaming green gold and purple Mardi Gras royal cakes. Enter Pittsburgh in the Goldbelly search bar and you’ll find deals like sliced Isaly ham and Primanti Brothers party packages. Enter in Philadelphia and find no shortage of cheese steaks. Somewhat surprisingly, when someone introduces Lancaster County to Goldbelly, only two options pop up that are actually in the county: McClure’s and Miller’s Bakery in Ronks.
McClure’s sells through Goldbelly only three items: wipi pies, pin pie and Jewish apple pie.
“We’ve talked about expanding that, which we’re likely to do in the next couple of months,” Keenan says. “But you have to be able to send something that will travel well. … I wouldn’t want to send an ice cream cake. “
Do you know anyone who needs a taste of Lancaster County? There are many options. Here are just 10 examples of products that will be shipped nationwide through Goldbelly or through business sites.
McClure Chocolate Cake ($ 37)
The aforementioned McClure’s began selling much more of these molasses-based products in November after Food & Wine magazine not only singled out the obscene pie as a Pennsylvania entry on the list of best cakes in each state, but also mentioned McClure’s and Miller’s.
“We didn’t even know it. Food & Wine never told us about it, ”Keenan says. “We started getting all these Goldbelly orders for an obscene pie. Like ten times. And we could not understand it. ” Then someone visited the store before Thanksgiving. “He said,‘ I want to get a couple of those pies I read about, ’” Keenan adds. “He sent me a link.”
Miller’s Salted Caramel Pecan Cake ($ 49)
You’ll pay well under $ 49 if you go to Miller’s Bakery in Ronks to buy this combination of scaly crust, toffee chips, chopped pecans and flakes of sea salt. But people who crave this pie, say, from Minnesota, could buy it – plus a few other works by Miller – through Goldbelly. And people do. This pie even has Goldbelly’s “editor’s choice”
1 pound Pepper Bacon S. Clyde Weaver ($ 16.20 plus shipping)
A century ago, Clyde Weaver waved his broad-nosed scythe at the old North Market on North Queen and Market streets in Lancaster. Nowadays, if someone on the West Coast really wants a piece of fresh S. Clyde Weaver bacon, they have the option to order it online through the company’s website. They could also order many other branded goods, such as dried beef, cheddar and ham, for which the company is known in its stores in East St. Petersburg and Lancaster, as well as in several farmers ’markets, including the Central Market.
“We’ve had sales across the country,” says CEO William Roche. “No matter how much shipping to the other side of the country, we still see sales to California and Washington.”
In addition, sclydeweaver.com offers another regular in the Central Market: horseradish Long.
A set of Stroopies s’mores for five people ($ 17, plus $ 10.20 shipping nationwide)
Remember the first days of COVID-19, when many people who stayed at home had fun with bonfires in the yard? In grocery stores s’mores ingredients were placed at major exhibition venues. Lancaster Stroopie Co. also participated in this action. Born a pandemic, kits can still be sent through stroopies.com. Instead of Graham’s crackers, this includes two Stroopies (cinnamon waffles with a caramel center) plus marshmallows and a piece of chocolate crust made by Groff’s Candies using Wilbur Chocolate. Lancaster Stroopie Co. drew national attention to the campaign’s efforts to employ refugees.
Regular gift box from Lancaster County Coffee Roasters ($ 50)
Recipients of this box receive a cup of coffee and three coffees, including a blend of Starbarn and Lancaster Signature – two flavors that, according to Lancaster County Coffee Roasters co-founder Scott Smith, are in constant competition for the best sellers. It corresponds to a minimum of $ 50 for free shipping to lancastercountycoffee.com.
But if you’ve ever received even a $ 15 order from this company, you’ve probably noticed the handwritten thank you inside. Smith says he is not sure how long this practice can continue as the company develops. But for now? “The handwriting I feel personalizes things,” he says.
1 3/4-pound Green Tin with About 45 Chamanda Pretzels ($ 39.95)
The self-proclaimed oldest handmade bakery in America with continuous family management will ship boxes and cans of hard pretzels anywhere in the country. But most of that ship from Lancaster through hammondspretzels.com head to destinations in Pennsylvania and surrounding states, says President Brian Nicklaus. “And Florida, of course,” he says. “People are moving away from Lancaster – immigrants, as we like to call them – who love Hammond. We want to make sure they can still get what they want. ”
Although most of the pretzels that Hammond sells online are packaged separately to make sure they arrive in good shape, the company decided about a year or so ago to also offer bulk boxes of simple pretzels.
“The breakdown will occur during transportation,” – said in a description for them. Nicklaus says it’s a trade-off that customers are asking for – some trying to save on price, others – reducing the impact of shipping materials. “Some people are not against broken pretzels,” he says. “It’s funny that they start completely. But they are not there when they get there. “
Popcorn for birthday cake from Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn ($ 3.80 to $ 23.50, depending on size, plus shipping)
This caramel popcorn with a vanilla flavor, drizzled with white chocolate and sprinkled with a rainbow seems to be clearly suitable for an often sophisticated gift. Some people buy this fragrance – or many others that Emma’s Gourmet Popcorn offers – in a small shopping area in the New Holland family home that it is. Others grab it at local markets or at gift shops. For others it is emmaspopcorn.com.
Anna Mary Ash, whose mother founded the company, says the four most popular flavors online match personal sales: chocolate and peanut butter, caramel, sweet butter and sweet cheddar.
Spring Glen Fresh Foods Chicken Corn Case ($ 28.49 plus shipping)
Perhaps your aunt in North Carolina doesn’t really want 10 pounds of soup cooked in the Euphrates to appear on her doorstep. Again, maybe she does?
Webstaurantstore.com sells utensils, appliances, cleaning items, spices and products from all corners. But it has a food section “Made in Lancaster County” that you can click on. As the name suggests, this is an online division of Clark Associates Inc. from Lancaster serves mostly restaurant clientele. But nothing prevents a person from making an order. Very large order.
1 pound Dutch scrap PA from Stoltzfus Meats ($ 9.99 plus shipping)
Zachary Stoltzfus, who heads Stoltzfus Meats online sales, does not hesitate to be asked to name the company’s online retailer № 1. “Oh, it’s scrap,” says Stolzfuss. He suspects that this is partly due to last year’s “Unusual Foods: Delicious Destinations” episode, which aired on the Food Channel and highlighted the Stolzfuss crackling, a combination of cornmeal and buckwheat mixed with pork, pork skins and liver.
“There are people who know scrapple and want to, but can’t buy it at a local grocery store,” he says. “They googled where to buy it. Stoltzfus Meats – which has manufacturing facilities in Gordonville, a store at Intercourse and quite a few at its long-standing booth in New Castle, Delaware, a farmers market – in 2020 redesigned its online sales platform in response to the pandemic.
“This year we have grown by 40% (in online sales) and expect further growth as we move towards cleaner packaging solutions and fixed shipping fees,” he says. The Stoltfuss website also offers products from other companies, including Zook homemade pies from Ronks, which, according to Stoltfuss, are gaining national sales.
Barn Raiser Basket from Dutch Foods ($ 65, plus shipping)
Elmer and Katie Stolzfuss from New Holland have been delivering food baskets through their Dutch Baskets company for about 10 years. About 90% of what goes in the basket comes from Lancaster County, says Katie Stolzfuss. Among the company’s most popular options on dutchbaskets.com it’s a Barn Raiser basket that includes an assortment of items such as sweet pickles made from dill from Glick’s Homestyle Canning in Gordonville, a bag of mixed nuts from Solanco Nuts in Christian, chips from Zerbe’s Snacks in Denver and New Holland Coffee.
Stolzfuss says Lancaster County products have an internal marketing appeal. “When people think about it, they think about homework,” she says. “They think of food they can trust.”