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Our History

how we got started

Founder and owner Shirley Kautman-Jones began the company in 1980 as a small basement operation. A natural in the kitchen, Kautman-Jones would share recipes and spice blends with her coworkers to help them create easy and delicious meals. Her spice blends and accompanying recipes were an instant hit with her coworkers. Recognizing that people were searching for ways to make simple gourmet meals at home, Kautman-Jones began to sell her spice blends at local markets and fairs, and Country Home Creations started its journey.

quality ingredients

Since the 1980s, Country Home Creations has grown into an industry leader that is constantly working to make gourmet meals fun and easy for the everyday home cook. Importantly, we've kept our commitment to quality and still handcraft our mixes. Shirley still hand-selects the highest quality ingredients possible, from herbs and spices to fruits and vegetables. From start to finish, each mix receives the kind of attention to quality and detail that is only available from a small business like Country Home Creations.

superior service

We're still committed to making quality products and providing service and tools to help retailers increase their bottom line. Country Home Creations products can be found at hundreds of retailers across the country and internationally. From farm markets and orchards to small gift boutiques and gourmet food shops, many businesses have found success with Country Home Creations. As the original dip mix company, we strive to stay on top of our game and be a proactive resource for small business owners.

Since 1980, we've been creating our mixes by hand, filling each packet with premium ingredients and fantastic flavor combinations. Our mission is to simplify gourmet, because good food brings people together.


Press & Awards 

  • 2000: Country Business Magazine's first Vendor of the Year. This award was an especially proud moment, since the national magazine's readers selected CHC to receive the honor.
  • 2006: Michigan Entrepreneur Award
  • 2010: Scovie First Place Award for Habanero Dip Mix
  • 2013: Outstanding Woman-Owned Business Award from Flint/Genesee County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2018 First Place Scovie Award for Habanero Dip Mix
  • 2023: Gift Beat: Top Selling Candy & Gourmet Supplier 
  • 2023: Reader Rankings Gifts Finalist: Best Shelf-Stable Snacks/Gourmet Supplier