We had the good fortune of connecting with Nancy Flint and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nancy, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
As a parent, one of the most important things I have done that have impacted my daughters is to show them strength and perseverance. When my girls were little I was extremely sick with Stage IV blood cancer. During those years of chemo, my girls saw my fighting spirit and my faith push me to a miraculous survival. When I recovered they asked me to home school them so we could be together all the time, what a gift that was! It was through their encouragement that led me to enter a food contest with my signature Sea Salt Caramels and I won! Soon after, I launched Sugar Mamma Caramels and again my daughters saw how I built a small business pushing forward, jumping through many hoops, and always striving to improve all the way til today with consistent joy and “can do” attitude. My reward is that they often tell me I am the strongest woman they know, and I have high hopes they will follow in my footsteps in whatever they choose to do in life.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As the sole owner of Sugar Mamma Caramels, I do it all! From navigating the in’s and out’s of obtaining a Cottage Food Operation permit (lots of hoops to jump) to starting a food business from scratch (pun intended!) It was not an easy road nor is it now. I am constantly seeking more retailers to wholesale my caramels and new ways to get my business noticed. I am like a dog with a bone, and I won’t let go as I strive to build my business. I used to be so shy, but now I can walk into any room and promote my business because I deeply believe I have wonderful products. There are multiple reasons why I chose the business name of Sugar Mamma Caramels, but mainly because I’m an Italian American mamma who’s love language is cooking and feeding people. All during my daughters’ childhoods
, all their friends would also call me Mamma or Mamma Flint which warmed my heart as my greatest job is being a mother. I would like the world to know that every single piece of Sugar Mamma Caramels is truly made with love.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Living in beautiful sunny San Diego we are truly blessed with gorgeous scenery and weather! If my best friend was visiting here are some of the highlights I would want them to see and experience: Our gorgeous beaches are #1 on the list, from Carlsbad to Coronado, you can’t go wrong! That of course has to include a stop at the historic gem of the Hotel Del Coronado for cocktails on the terrace and a long walk on the sand. Next up is another favorite spot of Little Italy with it’s great walk-ability, beautiful Piazza and amazing vibrant food scene and my favorite Farmer’s Market. Of course we also have to explore Balboa Park with all its wonderful museums and gorgeous gardens and take in a show at the Old Globe Theater. As a big time foodie the list of my favorite restaurants is far too long, so here are the top few: Bankers Hill Bar and Restaurant, Monzu Pasta, Village Vino, Trust
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I give credit for my success to the support of my family, faith and friends. Also to my fellow makers whom I have met through the groups San Diego Made and The Local Bazaar.