When the White House Calls, Brandini Toffee Answers

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The summer of 2013 has been big for Brandini Toffee. Its two co-founders graduated from college, started a renovation of the Brandini Toffee shop and factory in Rancho Mirage, and dreamed up some additions to their product line. And then the White House called.

Brandini Toffee was asked to make a special sesame brittle for the historic two- day summit between President Obama and Chinese president Xi Jinping at Sunnylands. "It doesn't get much bigger than supplying your product to two world leaders," says Brandini co-founder Brandon Weimer.

That special order is just the latest accolade for the business Brandon and best friend Leah Post started as high school sophomores to pay for a class trip to Italy. Since then, their delicious toffee has been featured on Oprah's O List, the Food Network and on Martha Stewart. Brandini Toffee is sold by Nordstrom's, Costco, Bed Bath & Beyond and other retailers, and has a thriving online business.

While Leah does a post-graduation internship, Brandon is enjoying a chance to focus fulltime on the business. "For the first time ever, this is all I've been doing," he says. "It's just been great." With his parents and Leah's, he's revamping the Rancho Mirage location so, in a few weeks, customers will be able to watch Brandini Toffee in the making through a new viewing wall into the kitchen. There will be bright new colors and displays -- and new products on the shelves.

That includes a new line of gift baskets which people can customize right down to the color of the packing and ribbon. And this month, the store starts offering the Brandini Bar, a vanilla ice cream bar freshly dipped in chocolate and rolled in Brandini toffee.

"We want people to come to the shop and have a great customer experience," Brandon says. And there's an added bonus for everyone who shops before September 30. To celebrate their graduations, Brandon and Leah are offering 25 percent off all Brandini Toffee products through the end of the summer. Brandini Toffee, 42560 Bob Hope Dr. Rancho Mirage, CA 92270 (760) 200-1598 brandinitoffee.com

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