BERLIN ‚Äď ‚ÄėCortney‚Äôs Dips & Sauces‚Äô came about after Cortney Troup‚Äôs father, Franklin, created the recipe for what is now the businesses‚Äô famous Savory Onion & Peppercorn Dip.
‚ÄúI started the business in 2018, and began renting the VFW kitchen in New Britain in 2019 when I began selling my dips,‚ÄĚ said Cortney. ‚ÄúDuring 2019 we attended local farmers markets and became part of the Modern Milkman home delivery service in Ellington. We moved into our 1400 Berlin Turnpike kitchen and storefront in August 2020.‚ÄĚ
Cortney‚Äôs father passed away before he got to see the businesses created.
‚ÄúHe was a member at the New Britain VFW. When I rented the kitchen I would meet many veterans who knew him and would tell me stories I didn‚Äôt know. It felt like he was always there with me, and I loved it,‚ÄĚ said Cortney. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs important to me to keep it a family business because it‚Äôs a family recipe that we all grew up eating. My mom is in the process of putting together a recipe guide and experiments with cooking and baking with the dips. My brothers, sister-in laws, and nieces are my sacred taste testers and biggest supporters.‚ÄĚ
Cortney recommends that the dips be eaten within three weeks of them being made, and said that all of the cottage cheese dips are small batched and made by her in their commercial kitchen in Berlin. The recipes start with 30 lb. cases of cottage cheese, and they either make a single, double, or triple batch, depending on the order size.
‚ÄúA triple batch is the largest batch I make at a time, which produces 21-ish dips. We hand-label our packages ahead of time and then spoon the dips into the container, date it, and package them for delivery,‚ÄĚ said Cortney. ‚ÄúSometimes we have orders as large as 350 dips at a time - which means I would make 16 triple batches to fulfill the order.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI don‚Äôt do it alone. My husband often does my cottage cheese pick-ups; my daughter helps me package the dips when I have large orders. My son started bringing the dip to school and got his friends hooked on it. It‚Äôs truly a family affair,‚ÄĚ said Cortney.
The store sells sauces from other small businesses as well, and besides dips and sauces, the store sells local Berlin products, such as wooden home accents and signs, cheese boards, wine charms, bracelets and candles. ‚ÄúI think of our store as a one-stop-shop where you can grab a snack and a host gift, and be on your way,‚ÄĚ said Cortney. ‚ÄúMy husband gave me the idea because he never knew what to bring to a party during his single days. I loved the idea and try to have something for everyone in the shop.‚ÄĚ