Oatcakes, a rural Scottish necessity, might like seem like a simple snack. And in this case, you’d actually be right! Simply delicious, of course! Comprised of only 8 ingredients, the founders of Effie’s aim to keep their recipes simple yet unique. Joan MacIsaac and Irene Costello began their careers as cooking class instructors, quickly progressing to creating wholesale crackers, crisps, and biscuits. Joan’s mother and company namesake, Effie MacLellan, grew up in Nova Scotia, making and sharing her love for oatcakes. Their website features cocoacakes, corncakes, nutcakes, oatcakes, and ryecakes for sale as well as over 30 recipes for unique and delicious treats you can make!
Effie MacLellan, the company’s namesake, grew up on a farm in rural Nova Scotia, where oatcakes are a matrilineal tradition, always on hand in case a visitor dropped by for tea. It was a tradition she kept after marrying and moving to Boston’s Dorchester neighborhood, where the local children quickly began to rejoice at her baking. Fast forward to 2008, and Effie’s daughter Joan MacIsaac and longtime friend Joan Costello launch their first “Effie’s Homemade” product, “Effie’s Oatcakes”!
Since their initial product launch, “Effie’s Homemade” has expanded to 5 different types of oatcake, won the 2010 sofi™ award for Outstanding Cookie by NASFT, been written about in “O Magazine”, “The New York Times”, and “Food and Wine magazine” to name a few, expanded to over 950 stores, and won the 2013 sofi™ award for Outstanding Food Service Product by NASFT! Quite the accomplished company. And of course, since you’re reading about them here, we’re also happy to say that we made them some simply fantastic buttons!
Going with our 1.25” size, the simple design choice is just as fantastic as their quality snacks. With warm eye-catching colors, all meant to make their logo POP, these custom buttons go to show that less can indeed be more. At home on lapels, bag straps, messenger bags, or even on a cubicle wall or corkboard, we’re very happy to showcase both “Effie’s Homemade” products, and their fabulous buttons.
If all of this information has left you hungry for more, then do go ahead and take a look at their website, http://www.effieshomemade.com/, where you can not only find their product information, but also recipes, and a store locator, to see who sells their delicious oatcakes near you! And should you find yourself wanting to start your own button and sticker project, you can always find us, at www.justbuttons.org!