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Meet an Indiana Original: Local mom creates custom fortune cookies

What does it take to run your own business? Just ask Erin Jump Fry, CEO of Fancy Fortune Cookies. She’s an Indiana Original, much like Mel McMahon. Together, they describe what it’s like being a female entrepreneur and what it takes to succeed!

ABOUT FANCY FORTUNE COOKIES (as told by Erin Jump Fry)

As you might expect, a gourmet fortune cookie company has a colorful past. For 24 years, Mike Fry was the inspiring entrepreneur who never stopped dreaming up new cookies and fun things to do with them. Since 2005, as his wife I’ve been a co-owner and full-time participant in all things fortune cookie. Over the years, I took on more of a managerial role and focused on sales and customer relations. I continue to run the business with the same zeal for innovation that started the cookie dough rolling. At a time when so many companies are struggling, we’re blessed to be able to keep on baking our delicious cookies-thanks to our many loyal customers. Perhaps because a fortune cookie is simply an irresistible message delivery system, we continue to create custom cookies for numerous celebrities and national brands. We’re proud to be an American small business success story. So even though our Prankster-in-Chief is no longer here to make us laugh, we’re doing our best to keep his spirit alive. Mike would be especially excited by the introduction of our Colorful Candied Giants, an idea he’d been working on. These are really big fortune cookies (nearly a pound!) that we bake in all our vibrant colors and flavors, which makes them even more astonishing. We’re also having fun adding various candies to the chocolate they’re dipped in, then stuffing even more candy inside them for an extra surprise. In addition, they come with custom full-color graphics on huge matching fortunes that you get to personalize.

Indiana Originals is helping simplify the search for local by providing a growing, statewide directory of locally owned and operated businesses headquartered in Indiana. Online and on their app, you can find today’s featured Indiana Originals member, Fancy Fortune Cookie. For 24 years Mike Fry was the inspiring entrepreneur who never stopped dreaming up new cookies and fun things to do with them. Since 2005, his wife, Erin, has been co-owner and full-time participant in all things fortune cookie. From their humble beginning, Fancy Fortune Cookie has gone from inventing the very first gourmet fortune cookies (strawberry, lemon, orange, blueberry and mint) to creating a whole fun menu of flavors in brilliant colors that you can customize with your own messages or promotions inside. Since 1988 they’ve developed 25 delicious, turbo-charged flavors happily sold to individuals, companies and restaurants across the U.S. and beyond. The flavor development and taste testing process is exhaustive, and they now offer such unusual ones as cappuccino, green apple and pumpkin pie-all guaranteed to be the best fortune cookies you ever tasted. In this era of so much outsourcing, Fancy Fortune Cookie is dedicated to baking all their cookies right here in the U.S.A.. They pride themselves in providing solid jobs for American families-all of our fortune cookies are lovingly hand made in our Indianapolis, Indiana bakery-they don’t outsource any aspect of our business. They even print their own custom fortunes and wrappers, as well as colorful labels for our Dazzle Dozen gift packaging. Fancy Fortune Cookie is proud to be an American small business success story.

Fancy Fortune Cookie is proud to be an American small business success story.

For further information, visit www.fancyfortunecookies.com.

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‘Taste of Hope’ benefits Indiana’s only recovery high school

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Hundreds came out to support a local high school while enjoying food Sunday afternoon.

“Taste of Hope” is an event that supports Hope Academy, a public charter high school that helps students recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. It’s the only recovery high school in Indiana.

More than a dozen restaurants were on hand passing out samples.

Organizers said the event is one the school heavily relies on.

“We have a funding gap because we provide so much wrap-around services for our students in recovery and support,” said Rachelle Gardner with Hope Academy. “This helps decrease that gap for us.”

Guests also had the opportunity to tour the school and hear from students and administrators.

School officials hope the event brought more awareness to the issue of addiction.

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