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New Look, Same Great Taste

The Butter Braid® brand has a new look! We’ve updated our logo, typeface, colors, packaging, marketing materials, and even created a new tagline. Our dealers’ and customers’ needs are always

Bavarian Crème is Back!

Customers have begged us to bring it back; they’ve pleaded for its return. Well, this season, their pleas have been answered.
The Bavarian Crème Butter Braid® pastry is making a comeback this fall! With delectable fudge icing and

Cinnamon Pastry Roll is Back!

The Butter Braid® brand has some exciting news for the 2019 fall fundraising season. The Cinnamon Pastry Roll is returning to the product line up!
We’ve received many requests from

Cream Cheese Jalapeño Bread

Ingredients:
1 Cream Cheese Butter Braid pastry
12-15 Jalapenos
Lemon Pepper
Garlic Powder
Onion Powder

Strawberry Banana Split Dessert

Ingredients:
1 baked Double Chocolate Butter Braid pastry
1 small pkg strawberry jello (4 serving size)
1 cup very hot water

Cookie Dough Sensation

Ingredients
1 Double Chocolate Butter Braid® pastry
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
5 Tbsp. butter, softened
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 envelope dream whip

Cream Cheese Delight

Ingredients
1 cream cheese pastry
¼ cup heath toffee pieces
¼ cup chocolate chunks
Chocolate syrup
Step-by-Step Directions
Raise pastry for 8 -10 hours

Double Chocolate Butter Braid Pastry Raspberry Trifle

Ingredients
2 double chocolate Butter Braid® pastries
2 – 12oz pkgs frozen raspberries, drain well, sprinkle 1-2 TBSP sugar on

Strawberry French Toast

Ingredients
1 baked and cooled strawberry & cream cheese Butter Braid pastry. Slice like loaf of bread (1/2”)
Egg Mixture:
5 large eggs
1 Tbsp. vanilla

Rainbow Fruit Pizza

Ingredients
1 Butter Braid caramel roll
1 cup blueberries, thawed
1 cup raspberries, thawed
1 cup peach slices, thawed & cut in small pieces
Filling

Happy 4th Of July!

Butter Braid® pastries can be used for more than breakfast!!

Break out the American flags and decorations for a fun way to celebrate the 4th of July!

Apple Pastry Pork Chop Sandwich

Ingredients
1 Apple Butter Braid pastry
2-3 Boneless pork cutlets (or pork loin)
Rosemary
Onion powder

Happy Birthday!

Butter Braid® pastries can be used for more than breakfast!!

Break out the candles and decorations for a fun way to celebrate anyone’s birthday!

Cream Cheese Pastry with Curried Shrimp

Ingredient
1 Cream Cheese Butter Braid pastry
12-16 frozen shrimp
Green onions
Thousand Island dressing
Step-by-step directions

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pastry

Ingredients
1 Cream Cheese Butter Braid® pastry
1 cup sour cream
1 pkg ranch dressing mix
4-5 slices of cooked, crumbled bacon
1 cup canned chicken

Caramel Apple Danish

Ingredients
1 Apple Butter Braid® pastry
Filling Ingredients
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp sugar
Caramel Glaze

Strawberry Cream Cheese Muffins

Ingredients
1 Strawberry Cream Cheese Butter Braid® pastry
Step-by-step directions
Thaw 1 Strawberry Cream Cheese Butter Braid pastry for 8 hours

Mini Pizza Bites

Ingredients
1 Four Cheese and Herb Butter Braid® pastry
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup mini pepperoni
Step-by-step directions
Set Four Cheese and Herb Butter Braid

Butter Braid® Pastry Bites

Makes 12 bites per Butter Braid pastry
Ingredients
1 Apple Butter Braid® pastry
1/2 cup Sugar
Step-by-step directions
Set pastry out for 2 hours
Unbraid pastry and remove filling.

Apple Pastry Fries

Ingredients
1 Apple Butter Braid® pastry
1 tsp cinnamon
1 egg
Decorating sugar crystals
Caramel sauce
Step-by-step directions

Buffalo Chicken Braid

Ingredients
1 Cream Cheese Butter Braid® pastry
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
¼ cup onions, finely diced
½ cup Frank’s hot sauce
¾ packet ranch dressing mix
8 oz. cooked chicken, finely diced

Braided Apple Bacon Melt

Ingredients
1 Apple Butter Braid® pastry
1/2 cup honey mustard
6 slices of Monterey Jack cheese
12 slices bacon, fried
1 Gala apple, cored and cut into 12 slices

Peanut Butter Chocolate Sensation

Ingredients
1 Double Chocolate Butter Braid® pastry
1 – 8oz cream cheese (softened)
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup peanut butter

Hawaiian Braided Pizza

Ingredients
1 Cream Cheese Butter Braid® pastry
1 cup pizza sauce
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 pkg Canadian bacon
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Glazed Monkey Bread

Ingredients
2 Cinnamon Butter Braid pastries
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup sugar
1 cup butter
1 tsp cinnamon
Step-by-step directions

S’more Butter Braid® Pastry

Ingredients
1 Double Chocolate Butter Braid pastry
1 pkg crushed graham crackers
Jumbo marshmallows
Fudge
Step-by-step directions

Bite-Size Butter Braid® Pastry Trifle

Ingredients
1 Strawberry Cream Cheese Butter Braid pastry
Whipped Cream
1 cup Chocolate chips
1 cup fresh Strawberries

USDA Smart Snacks in Schools Guidelines

Navigating through the new Smart Snacks in School rule can be confusing. Check out our resources below to help you understand how it will impact your next food fundraiser. Interim Final Rule Link

Over $245 Million raised for Non-Profit Groups Across the Nation

West Bend, IA (July 22, 2019) – Since 1991, Country Maid, Inc. and Butter Braid® pastries have helped raise over $245 million for thousands of great causes. Country Maid, along

Top Ten List for You to have a Great Fundraiser!

Make a list of potential customers and people to help you sell
Start selling right away to meet your goal!
Make sure to introduce yourself to your customers

3 Reasons Why Thank You Letters Are Important

Sending a thank you letter to your parents and supporters at completion of the fundraiser is a great way of acknowledging their contributions and increases your chances for fundraising success in the future.

Double Your Fundraising Sales Results

Getting everyone in your group to participate in a fundraising sale can make a big difference in your success!
Check out the infographic to see how much of a difference!

10 Tips To A Successful Sales Fundraiser

Make any sales fundraiser a success by following these 10 pointers.
Make contact with other groups
Be aware of what other fundraisers are going on within the school. Try staggering the fundraisers

3 Hidden Costs That Hurt Sales

Be on the lookout! There are many elements within a fundraiser that can “cost” you extra.
Time – time is money
Quality – the product matters
Unknowns – read the fine print

3 Tips to A Successful Fundraising Kick Off

A parent meeting with sellers is key! It’s crucial they understand the importance of the fundraiser-i.e. what the money is going towards, why it’s necessary, and what impact will it have on their child.

Searching For Your Next Fundraiser? Use This Checklist!

This is a very handy tool when you are searching for a fundraising company. Simply go through the checklist to be sure that you are selecting the fundraising company that is best for you and your group.

Focus on the Dollars and Cents – Not the Profit Percents!

When it comes to fundraising, a wise man once said, “You can’t deposit percents into your bank account.”
What you can deposit, is a high, per-item profit on each item sold!

10 Tips for Higher Fundraiser Sales

An important factor for increasing your fundraising sales and ultimately the success of your fundraiser is how well the fundraiser is promoted. Top 10 Tips to Increase Fundraiser Sales and Success! Send a letter to parents Hold a kick-off event Place an article

#1 Reason Customers Don’t Buy

They weren’t asked!

67% are waiting to support your next sale!

Get the word out!

Which Fundraiser Is Right For You?

How much money do you need to raise?
How soon do you need the money?
How many volunteers do you have?
Product Sales
Grant or Corporate Sponsorships
Event Fundraisers

4 Simple Ways To Evaluate Your Fundraiser

You’ve met your goal and you think “success”. But is it true? How do you know you couldn’t have raised more? Doing a fundraiser evaluation is so important. Yes, you raised the money, but what about volunteer morale,

5 Qualities To Look For In A Fundraising Partner

Do you need to raise funds, but you aren’t sure how to get started? The first thing to do is to find a fundraising partner that will be there for you through the entire fundraising process. Below are 5 qualities you

10 Ways to Stay Optimistic in Fundraising

1. Plan Your Week and Day Having a clear fundraising plan in mind can greatly reduce stress and planning priorities for the day and week gives us a peace of mind. It’s simple: Clearly define your fundraising goals

How to use the internet to boost your fundraiser’s sales?

Use your website Communicate your goals Thank your sponsors Showcase offerings Recognize success Honor goals being met Use Social Media Create awareness Communicate the cause Show your progress Thank your

Butter Braid® Pastries for Fundraising

Fundraising is a great way to raise money for kids, charity, schools and other events. While there are many options of fundraising available, none seem to compare to Butter Braid® pastries. Since 1991, Butter

Butter Braid® Pastries- Fundraising Can Be Delicious #Review

School is back in for certain areas, and the rest return very soon. With school comes the ever present Fundraiser, a vital way for the school to make money for their needs.

Butter Braid Pastries and Almond Glaze Recipe

It’s back to school time, which also means back to fundraisers. It can be tiring to have the same fundraiser year after year or to support a fundraiser with one of those lame catalogs stuffed full of expensive

Butter Braid® Pastries Fundraising Review & #Giveaway

I made this awesome pastry the other day and asked my hubby what he thought of it. He replied “haven’t you had one of those before?” The pastry was a Butter Braid®, a hand-braided pastry filled with fruit and cream

Country Maid Announces Donation to UW Health’s American Family Children’s Hospital

West Bend, IA (July 29, 2016) – Country Maid, Inc. once again stayed true to their mission of “Helping others help themselves” at their annual Dealer Conference held in

Butter Braid® Pastries Fundraising Review and Giveaway

Fundraising is just a part of life if you are a parent (and sometimes even when you’re not!). We all know that some fundraisers are better than others. Take Girl Scout cookies for example… you usually really want

Butter Braid® Fundraising Review & Giveaway – ends 10/6

by: Open Hands Breakfast is the most important meal of the day….but we’re often in such a rush that we simply don’t find the time. I used to be great about preparing a hot meal every morning for my kids, but as our family

Country Maid was showcased on “Manufacturing Marvels®”

Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries, have been featured on Manufacturing Marvels on The Fox Business Network. The Manufacturing Marvels production crew filmed in

Country Maid to be showcased on “Manufacturing Marvels®” on The Fox Business Network®

West Bend, IA (Aug. 31, 2015) – Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries have announced they will be seen on Manufacturing Marvels on The Fox

Butter Braid® Frozen Pastry Review & Giveaway

by: Everything Mommyhood A few weeks ago I was contacted by Butter Braid® pastries, and I had heard of them before as they are a sweet and simple fundraiser that I know a lot of people love. Who can turn down

The One and Only Butter Braid® Frozen Pastry Dough | Review + A Giveaway

by IHeart-Motherhood Anyone and everyone who knows me is very aware of my sweet tooth, I love sweets, they are my weakness! I first heard about Butter Braid® pastries a

Country Maid Lends a Helping Hand to Children in Need

West Bend, IA (July 27, 2015) – “Helping others help themselves” is the cornerstone of Country Maid’s corporate mission and was reflected in the philanthropic event held at their annual Dealer Conference this

The One and Only Butter Braid® Frozen Pastry Dough | Review + A Giveaway 

by Housewife on a Mission We have a sweet and delicious giveaway for our readers, that we KNOW you are all going to love!! Have you ever heard of Butter Braid®? I truthfully had not up until recently, and boy am I glad I was

5 Sweet Spring Fundraising Ideas!

by Volunteer Spot Downright Delectable Fundraising Tips & Solutions The recipe for Spring fundraising success doesn’t have to be complicated! With the right fundraiser for your school families, time-saving coordination tools, simple social media outreach and fun

Take a Bite Out of Fundraising Fatigue

by Volunteer Spot 5 Simple Spring Fundraising Solutions for School Parent Leaders Does the thought of Spring fundraising season keep you up at night? Are you losing sleep worrying about getting enough parent support to make this Spring’s

We Think You’ll Love Butter Braid® Brand Fundraisers

February 12, 2015 by Carissa Raise your hand if you LOVE Fundraisers! Go ahead, don’t be shy. Anyone? Any…One? Yeah I’m pretty sure no one wakes up and thinks… “YIPPEE! THIS is the day I get to start begging friends,

Country Maid featured on Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” segment featuring Butter Braid® Pastries

West Bend, IA (Dec. 10, 2014) – Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries was featured on Discovery Channel’s How It’s Made

Country Maid announces air date of Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made” segment featuring Butter Braid® Pastries

West Bend, IA (Nov. 11, 2014) – Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries has announced the upcoming airdate for the Discovery

Country Maid Achieves SQF Level 2 Certification

West Bend, IA (Oct. 15, 2014) – Country Maid, Inc., makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries announces they have been awarded the Safe Quality Food (SQF) – Level 2 Certification under the Global Food

Governor Branstad Visits Country Maid and Tries Hand at Braiding Pastry Dough

West Bend, IA (Aug. 21, 2014) – Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries hosted Governor Branstad at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in West

Butter Braid Brand Family Put Smiles on the Faces of Hospitalized Kids!

The Butter Braid Brand Family partnered with Shriners Hospital For Children® for the 2014 humanitarian event. 150 goody bags were packed with toys, crafts and games for the children. Also hand-made get well

Love Butter Braid Pastries and Helping Others?

Live the Lifestyle You Desire Six-figure income potential by year four Low up-front cost under $15,000 to get started Proven business model with extensive training and support Exclusive territory and products to accelerate business growth

Country Maid to be featured on Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made”

West Bend, IA (May 19, 2014) – Country Maid, makers of the famous Butter Braid® pastries, announces the selection of the company to be featured on Discovery Channel’s acclaimed How It’s Made TV program.

Country Maid Partners with Boys and Girls Club of Chicago!

Country Maid employees and dealerships from across the country came together for the Annual Dealer Conference in Chicago, IL. While there, to carry out their mission of “Helping Others Help Themselves,”

Golden Ticket Sweepstakes Winner Takes Trip!

Judy Quiter, from Navasota, Texas, was the lucky winner of the Country Maid sponsored, Butter Braid® brand Golden Ticket Sweepstakes. The sweepstakes, which began in 2011 and ended in 2012, was in celebration

Country Maid, Inc. and Butter Braid Pastry Dealers volunteered at the Harvesters Outreach Center

In order for Country Maid, Inc. (manufactures of Butter Braid brand pastries) to witness our belief and commitment to our Mission Statement: “Helping Others, Help