{RECAP} BEHIND-THE-SCENES AT WILTON HQ!!

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

DREAM. COME. TRUE.

I got to visit the WILTON Cake Decorating School & Store and the WILTON headquarters office!!!

Let me tell you all about it…..

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

I grew up with WILTON.

My mom was a cake decorator for 12+ years and she only used WILTON products. She was a self-taught decorator. I remember how she used to buy the annual WILTON yearbooks and study them to learn the techniques and tools. That’s how she helped our household financially during tough times. She is truly amazing!!

Funny how life surprised me and lead me to follow in her creative footsteps. I don’t decorate cakes but I do love sugar art and I love WILTON products like she did.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

During my trip to Chicago, I was invited to the WILTON HQ office to meet the team, tour the facility and do some fun hands-on projects.

Before all that… I sneaked away that morning to check out their school and retail store which was located within a few minutes drive.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

I was BLOWN AWAY!!!

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

Every inch is filled with inspiration, dreamy products, tips and deals.

The store clerks were very knowledgeable and super nice.

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Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 Seriously…. everything you could ever want is here.

Supplies for baking, cooking, decorating, packaging, transporting, and even gifts… they were all here!

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

They even had an “Answer Center” where you could type in your specific topic and get all the info you need.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store
I was like a kid in a candy store after she has already eaten tons of sugar. Yes, you better believe I filled up my basket and dropped some cash!

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 All the way in the back of the store, you will find these windows. They peek into a section of the classroom.

WILTON offers a variety of classes throughout the year ranging from all kinds of price points, skill levels, mediums and time frames.

{You can SEE FULL LIST OF CLASSES here}

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Now let me take you around their headquarters office:

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 We started my tour at their Test Kitchen.

They use a variety of household grade appliances to make sure they are developing recipes that their consumers will be able to make at home.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 I paired up with two of their culinary specialist to make two recipes.

{Keep reading to see what we whipped up}

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 Check out their cookbook library. My mARTshmallows book is definitely going up there!

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 Right off of the Kitchen was the Prop Room.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 I want! I want! I want! is all I could say over and over.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 Next, we headed into the Filming + Event Room. You know all those awesome WILTON how-to videos you’ve watched on YouTube? They have all been filmed here.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 Here they host all kinds of events and meetings.

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 Guys…. this is the room that was the most interesting to me. Mainly because I have MUCH to learn still about styling and photography.

The Photography Room was unbelievable. These pros made it look so easy and fun.

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 It was very interesting to learn some inside tricks and tips to how they do it at WILTON.

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 Check out the background boards behind this guru. Some day I hope to have this many.

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 Hold still….. Now we’re in the Projects Storage Room.

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 Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

We’re talking shelves and shelves filled with cakes, cupcakes, cookies, sugar pieces, pops and more. Hours, days, months, years of work all stored here.

I was explained that they often re-purpose pieces so they store whatever they can for as long as possible. I can relate, I keep my marshmallow pieces too.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 These Dia De Los Muertos decorated sugar skulls are “Mexican approved.”

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 Lastly, we entered the Decorating Room.

Here is where the fun magic happens!!!

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 One of the decorators, Emily was working on this Willy Wonka showpiece while I was there. Her skills are out-of-this-world!

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 Everyone was working on different things.

Here is another decorator who was working on a tie-dye cake using the new WILTON Color Right Performance Color System.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

 I got to get crafty with marshmallows :)

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 We made these adorable marshmallow cupcake pops and marshmallow donuts.

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 After all the excitement our bellies were ready for some treats!

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

Earlier we had made Pumpkin Spice Fudge and S’mores Cereal Treats.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

I was impressed with the new WILTON Treatology flavors. They were really good. They were super concentrated and didn’t taste artificial at all.

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

After we all dug into the goodies during our last meeting of the day, it was time to say “till next time.”

Tour of the fabulous WILTON brand Headquarters & Store

I left WILTON HQ with a smile on my face, an overload of inspiration in my brain, a happy heart, a car trunk full of new supplies and three treat boxes filled with sweets to share on my hands!

I’d like to thank everyone at WILTON for your hospitality and generosity. I had the best experience ever!!

Thank you :)

Comments

  1. Hola me llamo Amparo Oñate
    Vivo en España.
    Soy minusvalía y me gusta mucho hacer pasteles y cocinar tengo tres hijos comen mucho de todo.
    Yo compro los artículos de wilton
    Tengo casi todo lo unico que necesito es el nuevo aparato de decorar las tartas me gustaria conseguido yo lo e visto por videos.
    Es fantastico tener tu tarta encima de donde as estado decorandola y que sirva para que este bonita con los dibujos diferentes.
    Aqui en España no se encuentra mucho genero yo suelo comprar por Internet.
    Y lo hago en la tienda de wilton extranjera y me cuesta porque no se inglés.
    Me gustaria hacer un curso de wilton por Internet y que pudiera hablar con el profesor en Español.
    Yo no puedo salir a la calle porque no tengo una silla eléctrica fuerte.
    Mi silla esta es antigua no me puedo comprar una y la seguridad social no me la dan asta que pase cinco años.
    Asin que tengo que esperar que pase cuatro años espero vivir para tener una.
    Y cuando la tenga hire hacer un curso y hire con mi amiga compañera Ossi es lo mejor que me a pasado en mi vida.
    Ella es una perra golden reterrier.
    Me ayuda en todo sin ella no podria vivir.
    Espero que saquen mas productos y si los pueden hacer que pesen poco mejor asi muchos minusvalidas como podremos hacer muchos pasteles.
    Gracias.

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