Interview with Michelle Araneta owner of Babinka Treats:
Why did you decide to get into the edibles business?
I first started making edibles just for myself and friends for parties and special occasions. Soon it turned into taking special orders and selling them on campus for extra cash while I was in college. After college I was a social worker for 4 years but I felt the job was making me depressed. I didn’t want to be told what to do, I just wasn’t happy so I took off to LA and the rest is history.
Where does your inspiration come from?
The inspiration comes when I blaze but I do have a couple of donuts that were inspired by California donut in Ktown.
I understand that you are self taught. How important do you feel formal training is?
I don’t think formal training is that important. You can totally teach yourself by practicing or researching on YouTube. Formal training could just speed up the process of learning how to do things properly.
Is there a pastry chef/baker you admire the most, who & why?
What are some of the essential ingredients that you couldn’t live without?
What are some of the challenges you have experienced in this industry?
What are your goals for the next 2 years with this business?
Do you have any advice or tips for others who are looking to start their own edibles company?
My advice is to keep your ideas to yourself. Be creative and don’t worry about the “copy cats” because they don’t have YOUR creativity. Always be humble, there’s always someone more knowledgeable than you.
Follow her journey on Instagram @babinkatreats
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