A desire for a change in pace and a life-long love of her grandmother’s cooking led burnt-out Melbourne PR executive Greta Donaldson to a new life, and a new business, in Bendigo.
After 20 years in the corporate world working with high-profile clients across media, entertainment, hospitality and lifestyle brands, Greta returned to her regional Victorian hometown in 2015, to be closer to her family.
She was inspired to establish the business after whipping up a batch of peanut brittle for the family Christmas gathering, using a recipe created by her late grandmother, Norma Roulston, from Toolleen near Elmore, (Victoria). The brittle was a huge hit.
Greta tinkered with her grandmother’s recipe to create a finer, more brittle sweet and salty treat. As its popularity grew among friends and family, she began to consider options for sale.
I come from a long line of great cooks, but they would all be laughing in their graves at my success. I burn toast! I was never kitchen bound, although I do like cooking. I’m certainly not a creative cook like the rest of the women in my family.
Bendigo Brittle has now established a strong following as Greta and a small team of employees, offer her sweet treats from an uber cool confectionery cart at creative, artisan and farmers’ markets around Bendigo and across Victoria.
To meet growing demand, Greta recently relocated the business to a custom-designed commercial kitchen, but it remains a family enterprise with Greta cooking and packaging the brittle alongside her mother Shirley and niece Mikala McNeill.
From its initial offering of a 200g Peanut Brittle pack, Bendigo Brittle has also expanded its range. It now offers a 100g Peanut Brittle pack, a 400g Peanut Brittle pack, a 1000g (1KG) Peanut Brittle pack, a 100g Macadamia Brittle (luxury) pack, a 100g Cashew Brittle (luxury) pack, a 100g Almond Brittle (luxury) pack, and a 100g and a 200g Vegan Peanut Brittle pack.
Throughout the process, Greta has been determined to build and maintain a high-quality brand, sourcing the best local ingredients and supporting local business wherever possible.
“In a time of great global upheaval, I am delighted that Bendigo Brittle is one small thing that is and can become a constant – a small moment of pleasure in people’s daily lives. That in itself makes everything worthwhile.”
Handmade in Bendigo from quality ingredients, including Australian grown nuts - our hugely popular brittle has become synonymous with our famous gold rush town and now the nation.
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314 Lyttleton Terrace, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
129 View Street, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
Shop 26, Bendigo Bank Central, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
155 View Street, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
25 Queen Street, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
110 Hargreaves Street, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
Shop 4, Abbott Arcade, Lyttleton Terrace, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
137 McCrae Street, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
363 Hargreaves Street, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
Shop 6, 113-133 Mollison Street, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
146 Midland Highway, EPSOM, VIC 3550
Shop 8, Strath Hill Shopping Centre, Corner of Edwards Road & Condon Street, BENDIGO, VIC 3550
Town Hall, Peg Leg Road, EAGLEHAWK, VIC 3556
35 Victa Road, EAST BENDIGO, VIC 3550
585 Napier Street, WHITE HILLS, VIC 3550
Shops 4 + 5, 619 Midland Highway, HUNTLY, VIC 3551
20 Station Street, KANGAROO FLAT, VIC 3555
3 Wood Street, LONG GULLY, VIC 3550
25 Sandhurst Town Road, MYERS FLAT, VIC 3556
939 Wellington Street, STRATHFIELDSAYE, VIC 3551
606-612 Napier Street, WHITE HILLS, VIC 3551
Shop 16, 87-89 Great Ocean Road, Anglesea, VIC 3230
175 High Street, AVOCA, VIC 3467
Corner of Grey and Gisborne Streets, BACCHUS MARSH, VIC 3340
135 Inglis Street, BALLAN, VIC 3342
85-91 Mair Street, BALLARAT, VIC 3350
2/50 Hitchcock Avenue, BARWON HEADS, VIC 3227
41 King Street, BOORT, VIC 3537
4 Main Street, BRIDGEWATER, VIC 3516
44 Mostyn Street, CASTLEMAINE, VIC 3450
50 Mostyn Street, CASTLEMAINE, VIC 3450
49 King George Street, COHUNA, VIC 3568
240 Boundary Road, DROMANA, VIC 3936
129 Hare Street, ECHUCA, VIC 3564
29 Railway Place, Northern Highway, ELMORE, VIC 3558
Shop 15-17, Grovedale Square Shopping Centre, 79 Heyers Road, GROVEDALE, VIC 3216
115 Harmony Way, HARCOURT, VIC 3453
175 High Street, HEATHCOTE, VIC 3523
High Street, HEATHCOTE, VIC 3523
65 Brooke Street, INGLEWOOD, VIC 3517
45 Victoria Street, KERANG, VIC 3579
36 Sydney Road, KILMORE, VIC 3764
87 Powlett Street, KILMORE, VIC 3764
2-6 Lockington Road, LOCKINGTON, VIC 3563
22 Main Street, Maldon, VIC 3463
20 High Street, Maldon, VIC 3463
192 High Street, MARYBOROUGH, VIC 3465
259 High Street, NAGAMBIE, VIC 3608
71 The Terrace, OCEAN GROVE, VIC 3226
10-20 Gillies Street, ROCHESTER, VIC 3561
106A Main Street, ROMSEY, VIC 3434
91 Benella Road, SHEPPARTON, VIC 3630
15 Montgomery Street, SKIPTON, VIC 3361
40 Brooke Street, SMYTHESDALE, VIC 3351
28 High Street, TRENTHAM, VIC 3458
80 High Street, WEDDERBURN, VIC 3518
2/16 Church Street, WHITTLESEA, VIC 3757
24 Fagan Drive, BOOKHAM, NSW
44 Morago Street, MOULAMEIN, NSW 2733
64/30 Lonsdale Street, BRADDON, ACT 2612
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