By Vene Franco
Gourmet A Go-Go: Susansnaps
Gingersnap devotees know that the best versions of their favorite cookie provide plenty of spicy kick and a sweet finish. And some believe a really good gingersnap has the power to heal. Laura Stachler created Susansnaps in 2004 as a way of providing comfort to her college-aged daughter, Susan, then dealing with Hodgkin’s disease and chemotherapy treatments just before her graduation from Auburn University. Laura, a devoted baker, knew that ginger would provide not only a flavorful treat but also some relief to Susan and the other patients she visited (ginger has been used for centuries as a remedy for an upset stomach). Thankfully, Susan made a full recovery and is now partners with her mother in Laura’s Divine Desserts, an Atlanta-area gourmet gift company specializing in Susansnaps. The treats are available in tins, gift boxes, and bakery bags, and a portion of the proceeds goes towards organizations involved in cancer research (a copy of the family’s story is included in every package). The chewy/crunchy cookies make for a sweet ending, too, with their heady blend of cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and dark molasses, all covered in a sparkling finish of sugar crystals. For more information or to order, contact Susansnaps at 404-497-9210 or online at susansnaps.com.