Karin Miller has happy memories of spending time with her grandma and adding a little cinnamon sugar mixture to various treats. It’s an imprint that stuck with her as she grew up, and it nurtured into an entrepreneurial opportunity.
“I found that I would make this and use it in my own kitchen,” she said. “I would joke with my family that I was going to ‘bottle it up’ and sell it someday, and one day it dawned on me that if I did some work and put my heart into it, I could actually bring this product to market.”
Since bringing Nordic Cinnamon Sprinkle to market, she decided to bring Nordic Vanilla Sprinkle and Nordic Glogg Mulling Spice to market in the fall of 2017. We are always looking for more ideas of products that bring family together.
This is a way for her to share her family’s work with yours. And it’s a way for her to share the importance of speaking with relatives about your own family’s history to ensure you’re able to pass special memories and traditions on. "I am realizing as I get older, there is less information about my relatives. So, if we can continue to have conversations surrounding our heritage, the younger kids in the family will absorb it, and then they can continue passing it down as well."
“I would encourage people to talk to their parents now about their relatives that their parents knew and spent time with,” Miller said. “Bringing these products to market brings back some of the memories of my grandparents, aunts and uncles back to my mind, and it makes me feel closer to them. I spent so much time with them when I was a child, and I miss that time very much."
Miller said it’s not her grandma’s exact recipe—her grandma didn’t have an exact science for making her mixture. Miller added vanilla for flavor and provided her own touch. But the sentiment, and the results, are the same.
Her favorite is adding it to vanilla ice cream, but really the part of how it’s used is up to you. You can take it with you and enjoy during the holidays with your own family.
“Holidays usually mean special time, and I try not to get too wrapped up in the craziness—but of course it sneaks up on us,” Miller said. “I enjoy gift giving and sharing family traditions with my daughters and their cousins.”
In 2017, she decided to create an umbrella company, Nordic Goods so she could bring more products to market. "The products will be similar and complete the mix to hold true to our mission statement", said Miller. "To inspire Nordic traditions through baking, gathering, and celebrating the Scandinavian heritage. I have never claimed to be an expert on any of this, and I am learning right along side all of you, so please keep sending me ideas and inspirations...SKOL!"