When the fall chill hits the air, many of us warm up by baking. It’s the perfect time of year for many schools and organizations to hold bake sales, and Wilton is no exception. Since we love all things dessert, it only made sense that we hold a bake sale for an important cause.
Associate Product Manager Angel Mangiaguerra and Product Manager Cassie Dietrich, have teamed up to raise money for the American Heart Association for four years now. The AHA Chicago Heart Walk takes place every September, and in addition to fundraising and participating in the walk, both women help raise extra money by coordinating a bake sale at all four buildings on the Wilton campus.
“We work at Wilton, so a bake sale is a natural fit,” Mangiaguerra said. “I think people get excited about it too, it’s something that boosts morale during your work day. Some employees email me and pre-order their favorite treats if they’re not going to be here the day of the sale.”
You’ll find more than just standard cupcakes at this bake sale, although basic treats are always great sellers. Key Account Representative Paula Ivancicts’ salted caramels are legendary and one of the most requested bake sale items.
Wilton’s participation in the AHA walk has been going on for years before Mangiaguerra and Dietrich started working on the bake sale fundraiser, but the cause is important to both of them.
“Heart disease is the number one killer of women in the U.S.,” Dietrich said. “I participate in the walk to promote the physical activity side of it; walking is a key component in staying healthy and guarding your heart.”
Mangiaguerra’s mother and boyfriend join her in the walk each year.
“Personally, I’ve had family affected with heart issues so for me, it being the AHA has a personal effect,” she said. “I’ve also had others at Wilton come up to me and tell me they’ve had a friend or family member with heart issues and that’s why they feel compelled to participate.”
Money raised for the AHA helps fund research and education on heart health to reduce heart disease. So far, Wilton’s bake sale sets a new record each year:
Additional donations were made to the Wilton team’s AHA walk page, raising $2,500 with a company match donating $5,000 to the American Heart Association.
Hosting or participating in a bake sale? Try Ivancicts’ best seller – salted caramel. You can even make them in the microwave!
Microwaveable Salted Caramel
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup (2 sticks) butter
1 cup light corn syrup
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
To make in the microwave, melt butter in a large bowl. Add all ingredients except the vanilla. Microwave for 3 minutes, stir, and repeat for a total of 14 minutes. Next, stir in the vanilla. Pour the caramel into a parchment-lined, 8-inch square pan and let it set a few minutes before sprinkling with salt.