Luv’s Brownies launches a dessert truck to celebrate 25 years in organization

Andrea Lacy thinks some worries are blessings in disguise. Circumstance in stage: Her brownie recipe.

During her initially semester at San Jose State University, she was baking a thank-you gift for a close friend and observed that the dough was thicker than regular. She baked the batch in any case, and they had been a major strike. But when she revisited the brownie recipe later on, following she was diagnosed with dyslexia, she realized she had transposed some figures.

A several many years later, in 1996, even though functioning at Hewlett-Packard, Andrea released her Luv’s Brownies — the initial web-only bakery, she suggests. Many thanks to that recipe and her Search engine marketing abilities, the undertaking was an fast mail order/delivery and catering results. In the years since she was initial highlighted in this newspaper, she’s been written up in Ebony, Essence, Black Enterprise, Today’s Black Lady and Every single Working day with Rachael Ray magazines and garnered awards for both of those her baking and her resilience in the confront of dyslexia.

With the active Valentine’s Working day vacation approaching, we talked with Andrea (pronounced Aundrea) about the wheels she bought for the bakery’s 25th anniversary, her new line of sweet treats and how she’s aiding younger people today prevail over their particular problems.

Q: How did you handle your dyslexia and turn into a productive entrepreneur?

A: Dyslexia does not gradual me down. SJSU gave me the instruments to be successful. They presented advice on how to arrange myself. About the yrs, I have created a toolbox of tactics, learned to make lodging.

Q: Whose kitchen area skills encouraged you? 

A: My father was an superb prepare dinner. He was a magician, and we never ever experienced the identical meal twice. He taught me the price of cooking and freezing. I’m frugal very little ever goes to waste.

Q: Do you nonetheless use that transposed recipe? And what great good quality did it give to your brownies?  

A: Sure. It’s double the chocolate, and prospects can convey to. Our brownies are finest served heat. The kinds off the truck are served warm at residence, 5 to 10 seconds in the microwave.

Q: Why the heart condition as an alternative of a regular square?  

A: I named my small business right after my childhood doll. Her title is LUV. I continue to have her.

CUPERTINO – JANUARY 31: A customer receives a brownie sundae at Luv’s Brownies dessert truck in Cupertino, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Location News Team) 

Q: You hand out Grit Award scholarships. Who are they intended to honor and aid? 

A: The Grit Award is for students who have revealed tenacity in conquering issues and who now would like to construct on their achievements by pursuing larger training or vocational instruction.

Candidates should have a keep track of record of local community service as properly as demonstrated money require. The scholarship may possibly be employed for a 4-12 months university, junior college or vocational university.

A portion of each individual Luv’s Brownies invest in goes toward the Grit Award. The scholarship basis is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group.

Q: Why, at year 25, did you decide to obtain a new set of wheels? 

A: I was not confident how to roll out my solution choices. So I interviewed two food items truck companies. A single business located a utilized, gutted truck. That is when I understood I was on the suitable path. I saved and scraped collectively the cash for generation and the Luv’s Brownies “wrap.” Prior to my eyes, I had a new menu and a new line of business enterprise.

Q: What goodies are you selling from the dessert truck? 

A: We’re serving new-baked brownies as Luv Bites, Luv Pops on a adhere, ice cream sandwiches, brownie cones and property-created waffle cone sundaes with brownies and household-built caramel. And Cafe Cubano coffee beverages (my beginning mother is Cuban) and Espresso Caliente with heart-shaped marshmallows.

Q: What other brownie flavors or specialties do you offer you for shipping and delivery or mail purchase?

A: On the FAQ on our site we list 14 flavors, which include coconut-caramel, peanut butter, rocky street, s’mores, sugar-absolutely free and gluten-no cost.

CUPERTINO – JANUARY 31: Brownie cones are photographed at Luv’s Brownies dessert truck in Cupertino, Calif., on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021. (Randy Vazquez/ Bay Spot News Team) 

Q: Who are some of your biggest clients?

A: I have been blessed to promote brownies at the San Jose Giants baseball stadium for 10 seasons.

Q: What’s the craziest buy you’ve at any time gained?

A: Gentlemen utilized to give me unique merchandise to set in the reward basket with the brownies. I’ll allow your imagination choose it from there!