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Locally made Nye’s Cream Sandwiches are gaining national recognition by competing in the American Made contest, which features a variety of American made goods.
Starting out of their house in 2010, Christian Nye said he and his wife Kelly never intended to open Nye’s Cream Sandwiches as an official business. Now, with their handmade ice cream cookie sandwiches distributed in 18 states — at a Hillary Clinton-hosted Fourth of July party and as far away as Dubai — Christian Nye said his staff can turn out as many as 2,000 sandwiches per day.
Most recently, Nye’s Cream Sandwiches has earned a spot on the O List in the October issue for O Magazine, and is one of the top contenders in the food category for the Martha Stewart American Made contest, which highlights various categories of American-made products.
Nye said these connections mostly came from the annual Fancy Food Show in New York City. The winner of the American Made contest will be awarded $10,000 as well as a private show in New York City with the winners of each category. With Nye’s just roughly 900 votes behind the food category leader, California’s Feast It Forward, Nye said he is confident in his company’s chances.
“We have heard from past winners that it opens up the floodgates possibilities for ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘The Today Show,’” Nye said. “You definitely do one-on-one sessions with Martha and all her event planners so that is right up our alley. It would be a phenomenal thing for us, just for the media.”
Although winning the $10,000 would be a good boost for his business, Nye said he and his wife plan to donate every penny to a children’s cancer foundation.
“We do a lot of fundraisers and my wife and I truly believe that God gave us this business and we need to be good stewards of it,” he said. “One of my wife’s good college friends has a pediatric cancer foundation in Atlanta that works with St. Jude’s so we decided that every cent of that will go to the Rally Foundation. You are talking to someone who drives a 15-year-old Jetta with no air and the windows don’t roll down … but the kids need it more.”
Nye also said he was proud of his small business earning more than 36,000 votes and being so close to Feast It Forward, which is run by a collection of COOs and CEOs in California.
While he wants the business to be successful, Nye said he and his wife have realized that giving back is just as much of a part of building the brand.
“I want to pay the bills and do something good with it,” Nye said. “There has to be a bigger cause than just making ice cream sandwiches and money.”
Voting for the Martha Stewart American Made contest ends Sunday, Sept. 22. To vote for Nye’s Cream Sandwiches and for more information visit