History – Our Roots
There is no story of a generations-old recipe, perhaps found in a chest underneath the floorboards in somebody’s kitchen. No, the story of the Perfect Peanut Brittle Company begins in November of 1997 when Margaret Allard and her two sons, 15 year old Sean Pringle and 13 year old Bryan Pringle spent most of the Veteran’s day holiday stirring hot brittle in the tiny kitchen at Ireland Street Orchard in West Chesterfield, MA. Most of the sales that first year were direct mail and word of mouth. Over the next four years, the Pringle boys helped expand their mother’s dream to include distribution to such Western Mass local groceries as the Williamsburg Market, Worthington General Store, Ashfield General Store, and others. Additionally, they spread the word of the Brittle through craft and trade fairs across the state. Unfortunately, at the end of December 2001, the business shut its doors. Bryan and Sean were graduating from high school and pursuing other dreams.
Bryan Pringle had been mulling this business ever since it closed its doors in 2001. After a college degree in psychology and a brief career as a professional long distance truck driver, he found himself in St Louis, MO with his wife Kelli who was attending seminary. There, he began offering the Perfect Peanut Brittle on a limited basis to family, friends and coworkers. After a few years, Kelli’s career took them to southern Maine where The Perfect Peanut Brittle Company was re-founded out of Shaker Hill Kitchens.