- Associated Press - Monday, November 24, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Home Sweet Home has done it again. The store, one of Minot’s distinctive features, offers many items unique to North Dakota. Now they offer another item that has a name and taste all its own: Cindy’s Track Crackers.

The story behind the crackers began at a NASCAR racetrack where Cindy Lewis, a cook for one of the racing teams, came up with a recipe that her NASCAR team could snack on between races. After seven years of input from her drivers, Lewis perfected her recipe into what is known and loved today — a not-too-spicy array of ingredients blended in such a way that the crackers can be served with cheeses, soups, spreads, dips, or even right out of the bag.

The drivers, crew chiefs and pit crew members enjoyed the crackers so much they insisted Lewis share them with others, the Minot Daily News (https://bit.ly/1usfvzw ) reported. Their idea became a reality when Al Mueller, business partner to Home Sweet Home owner Linda Johnson, received infield passes to a NASCAR race in February 2013, decided to eat at Lewis’ cook tent, and offered to take Lewis’ crackers beyond the racetrack and into the rest of the country.

Cindy’s Track Crackers grew from a small commercial kitchen to the Minot vocational workshop known as Kalix within just one year. While Lewis works to get her crackers known primarily on the East Coast and at the racetrack, Mueller and Johnson are focusing on Minot and other cities in North Dakota. According to Mueller, they are “happy with how quickly the demand for the crackers is growing.” These NASCAR-approved treats are sold at Home Sweet Home, B & D Market and elsewhere, although Mueller and Johnson are actively looking at the next level of manufacturing and talking to other retailers.

Lewis once had a dream that her name would begin to be known and loved beyond the racetracks, and because of her savory recipe and the help of Home Sweet Home’s owners, her dream is coming true. Even Ryan Newman, professional NASCAR driver, is behind Lewis’ dream. As he puts it, Cindy’s Track Crackers are “spiced just right.”

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Information from: Bismarck Tribune, https://www.bismarcktribune.com


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