Jamie Parham founded J&M Foods with the help of her daughters, Janis and Melanie, more than twenty years ago. It is inspiring to see a family turn a passion for their traditional family foods into a successful business, and this mom and daughters team did exactly that, using a 100 year-old recipe for cheese straws. Today, they have four varieties of cheese straws: original, asiago cheese, bleu cheese and jalapeno. They also make traditional and tea cookies, and we tried their key lime tea cookies.
Tea cookies sometimes seem to be the underrated segment of the cookie kingdom. They aren’t stuffed with chips or nuts, or slathered with icing, but their light, crisp taste and texture have their own special appeal. J&M’s petite key lime cookies have a very nice balance of sweet and tart, and are dusted with confectioners’ sugar. Although we enjoyed them straight from the box, they would be great with coffee or tea.
The Parham family takes pride in using natural ingredients and they have gone the extra mile to assure their customers of quality by being certified by the Safe Quality Food Institute. The certification provides confidence that food is handled, prepared, and processed in compliance with international food safety requirements.
J&M’s website offers an online store for ordering their tea cookies, traditional cookies, and cheese straws. We enjoyed the key lime tea cookies so much, we may have to try the white chocolate key lime cookies next! The cheese straws would make excellent holiday buffet additions or hostess gifts. There are attractive holiday gift tins for family or business associates. Jamie, Janis, and Melanie can be very proud of their family’s great line of products!