The shelves were stocked, displays artfully arranged, and the ribbon hung and waiting. Finally, after the appropriated speeches were delivered, the ceremonial ribbon was cut, and Freakin’ Sweet Jars officially opened for business at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover.
Freakin’ Sweet Jars are ready-to-eat layer cakes and cheesecakes, served in mason jars. The unique concept driving this business is the brainchild of local married couple, Jaheel and Renate Garrett.
Renate Garrett was an assistant manager at Lowe’s on Quarterfield Road in Severn for several years. Now, she and her husband have turned their love for baking into a full-time business venture. Renate Garrett, who has the sweetest tooth of the pair, came up with the concept of serving cake in a jar, bottling their love for baking.
“It was different,” Garrett said. “People would use them [jars] for décor, drinking and food. We figured we could do our desserts in them.”
The Garretts established Freakin’ Sweet Jars in 2014, starting small – originally created to fund their children’s college educations - and growing steadily enough to justify moving into a commercial space with maximum exposure.
For the Garretts’ family is the heart of Freakin’ Sweet Jars. The cake recipes they use are family treasures.
“The first one we made in a jar was my Mom’s banana pudding,” Renate Garrett said. “It was a hit. Then my husband learned how to make sweet potato pie and pound cake from his Grandma Garrett. The cheesecake and key lime are my homemade recipes.
“They all reflect a part of our family. We all love desserts.”
The Garretts’ do their own baking, using their own recipes, grandparents’ secret recipes, as well as special ingredients, for their sweet potato pie, banana pudding and strawberry shortcake desserts. Keeping with the family theme, the younger Garretts are involved in the sweet treat experience as well. Renate Garrett describes the family pecking, or rather, baking order.
“Myself, my husband Jaheel, our sons Travis and Jay,” Garrett said describing her primary bakers. “Our other kids Teshara, Tre and Terrion help at times.”
Freakin’ Sweet Jars’ flavors include, but aren’t limited to, Strawberry Shortcake, Oreo Cheesecake, Key Lime Pie, Sweet Potato and Banana Pudding. There are three sizes: 4-ounce jars are $4.99, 8-ounce jars are $7.99 and 16-ounce jars are $10.99.
Full pans of Banana Pudding and Key Lime Pie are available for $29.99 and whole Sweet Potato Pies are $14.99.
You can find Freakin’ Sweet Jars at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover. Enter the mall from the Neighborhood 4 entrance located next to Bass Pro Outdoor World and go left.
Freakin’ Sweet Jars is open during mall hours, 10 a.m.–9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, Sundays 11 a.m.-6 p.m. For more information call 443-780-4575 or visit www.freakinsweetjars.com.
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