JACKSON TWP. When it opened three years ago, management at Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Company’s Lake Cable location, at 5854 Fulton Dr. NW, created a list of corporate goals that set out to not only define what the company offered, but exactly where it called home.
"(The goals) included creating three sauces or syrups that honor a local place or organization," said Tiffany Swihart, Muggswigz Lake Cable Coffee and Tea Bar communications specialist and co-creator – with head saucier Mitch Shirey - of the store’s latest locally themed syrup, Polarberry.
"Jackson (H.S.) is just up the road and so many high school students come in that it was easy to make that connection," Swihart said.
The blackberry-based syrup is making its triumphant return this summer, after seeing shelf time late last year and becoming immediately popular with both customers and employees.
"It is very easy to work with and we can control a lot of the flavor to tone it down," Lake Cable store manager, Morgan Logan, said of Polarberry. "Unlike citrus-based (fruits), like blueberries, that have high acid content and can cause milk to curdle."
The syrup joins other creations like Cajun Peanut Sauce – a blend of peanuts from Heggy’s Nut Shop - and the fairly self-explanatorily named Waggoner’s Chocolate Peppermint Sauce.
The syrups and sauces honoring the Canton area join seasonal creations like fall pumpkin pie and summer strawberry, along with the Lake Cable store’s regular rotation of roughly 10 flavors.
The selections like Polarberry, however, are often offered for a limited time, depending on when the ingredients can be purchased, Logan said. Another Muggswigz company goal, she said, is to use fresh, local produce from places like nearby Fisher Foods and the Canton Farmers Market at Timken High School, in its drinks and bakery items
Logan said the store has also created special sauces and syrups around one-time local events, which the community seems to eat up – literally and figuratively.
"A lot of people get really excited – ‘you made something here’ – it’s like a neighborhood drink," she said. "Everybody wants to be a part of it."