H-D graduate celebrates great grandma with unique dessert business

Thelma's Treats warm cookies are delivered in this creative box that looks like an oven. The design recently won a silver medal at the "Addy" advertising and marketing awards.

Dereck Lewis has fond memories of going to his great grandmother Thelma's house and getting fresh-baked, warm snicker doodle cookies out of the oven.

     Those memories spurred the Hampton-Dumont Community High School 2004 graduate to make his own cookie company 2012. The Des Moines-based company – Thelma's Treats - is rapidly expanding and Lewis hopes to begin selling in other Iowa cities this year – including Hampton.

     "I built the whole brand around her," Lewis said of his great grandmother Thelma. "It's kind of the experience where you'd go to grandma's house and open the over and get a warm cookie out of it."

     Lewis formed the company in May 2012, selling and delivering warm cookies. The cookies – held in a unique box that looks like an oven – became very popular at the Downtown Farmer's Market in Des Moines, Lewis said.

Read the full article in the October 16 edition of the Hampton Chronicle.