In 2005, Carrie Cieslak decided to sell a batch of homemade rice crispy treats at a farmers market.
"Right off the bat, people were asking us to do other markets and to cater to their weddings and parties. So, we kinda thought, maybe we do have something here," says Carrie.
A hit from the start, the business was going so well that when an opportunity to purchase a permanent home for Carrie's Crispies presented itself, Carrie couldn't pass it up.
"We wanted our own address and our own kitchen," says Carrie.
The building quickly became a haven for Carrie's business as the pandemic hit the states.
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"All of our events were canceled. I think we had about 84 events planned for this year and we ended up doing three," says Carrie.
Thankfully Carrie's shop in West Allis has kept the sweets coming, and the variety of flavors growing.
"We have so many repeat customers already and we are right by a school so kids stop by. Families stop by, people pick up treats for hospitals nearby," says Carrie. "I look up ice-cream flavors or just desserts in general that people are familiar with and I see if I can adapt it and make it into a rice crispy treat."
Even if you like things a little spicy, there's a crispy for you.
"We have a chocolate crispy with actual reaper powder in it. I don't know what it tastes like. I won't taste it. Everyone that has says they've been in pain for 10 minutes," says Carrie.
It's just another example of how a classic can be transformed with the right Carrie in the kitchen.