After a recent trip to the States, Bec and Aaron arrived home on the Sunshine Coast with matching surnames, wedding rings and a ton of foodie inspiration.
No one likes a stale donut, and the duo say there’s lots to come for their range of delectable injectable treats.
As the sun rises each morning Sunshine Sunshine Espresso’s benches are jam packed (sometimes literally) with the latest food phenomenon – injectable donuts.
These hybrid treats are attracting everyone from teenagers and mothers, to tradies and bodybuilders. When owners Bec and Aaron Craig introduced injectables to the coast in December last year they had no idea just how popular these sweets would become.
Guaranteed to make your mouth water on description alone, these injectables are making waves on the store’s social media accounts.
With flavour combos Nutella M&Ms, Honeycomb Condensed Milk, Maple Candied Bacon and Vanilla Nerd Pop-rocks it’s easy to see why people are literally going out of their way to visit the small store, which is hidden in the quiet community orientated suburb of Currimundi.
The unexpected hype has left the newlyweds baffled. Their humble espresso bar becoming a sort of destination place.
“We thought let’s try it, see what happens. We didn’t think it’d last this long,” Aaron says.
As I greedily eye the boxes of mix ins under the counter, Bec talks me through the selection goodies.
“The cruffins and donuts are injectable. They have the syringe so you fill it yourself.”
“A cruffin is a muffin with croissant pastry,” Bec explains further.
Which isn’t to be confused with a cronut – half donut, half croissant with pastry layers oozing full of a sweet sugary sauce (Sour Cherry Cheesecake or Caramel Custard anyone?)
It’s Aaron who has the lucky job of taste tester and together the duo come up with flavour combinations.
“I’ve broken so many food processors in the last six months,” Bec laughs.
To find inspiration Bec says she now window shops in the supermarket confectionary isle, dreaming up new concoctions. In addition to the standard daily menu, specialty injectables are sometimes up for grabs to.
“They’re essentially limited edition,” she says, “just for that weekend or public holiday.”
As Sunshine Sunshine celebrates its first birthday in July the couple are planning to give the store a bit of a facelift.
“We’ve got a few things up our sleeve,” says Bec secretively, “we want to keep pushing boundaries.”
What Bec does reveal is that customers will see a new addition to the menu soon – the ‘croclaire’.
“A cream filled chocolate eclair inside a caramel croissant,” describes Aaron, “heaven.”
Bec also drops hints that future injectables may have an element of tanginess about them.
It’s local bakers and suppliers who help the pair produce the goods, which are then assembled and dressed fresh in store. Bec says she loves to see customers faces as she sets down the donuts in front on them.
“They love it. It’s so much fun,” she says.
“With our crazier stuff we try and have some kind of interaction. Everyone eats it really differently to.”
With limited stock it’s first in first served and Bec encourages pre-ordering to avoid missing out.
“People forget we’re not a donut bar,” she says.
“…and we’re not a cafe,” Aaron pipes up.
Despite making extra stock on Saturdays the goodies are usually gone anywhere between 9 and 11am.
“We’re like lets be crazy, order way than what we think we’re going to sell… and we’re still selling out,” Bec says.
The pair are very customer orientated and Bec tells me she once had a lady from Gympie who was messaging her late one night, worried about missing out.
“I was going to a concert on a Saturday night and here I am in the cab reserving them for her,” Bec reminisces, smiling.
Orders for baby showers have been popular lately and Bec says specialty miniature injectables are also available for kids parties.
Once described as “the heart attack shop” Bec is quick to point out there are healthy options on the menu.
“Share it with someone. Split a donut. It’s a fun ritual,”
“I love food and I love visual food but I also was a personal trainer so I love healthy food as well. At the end of the day it’s a treat. It’s an indulgence.”
With the store celebrating its first birthday in July, the couple are already thinking towards the future with plans to create a Sunshine Sunshine on “night mode”
“In the way you enjoy your good coffee and you have different treats, we want to do that – and flip it to night mode,” Bec explains.
“Speciality beers, specialty drinks, healthy savoury tapas but then they’ll also be weird stuff.”
As predominantly an espresso bar, the introduction of injectables has brought a whole new demographic to the store – one that doesn’t drink coffee.
“16-year-olds are loving it,” Bec laughs.
While their treat selection is taking the spotlight at the moment the store prides itself on it’s signature blend which is roasted in store. Aaron, not only a Barista from way back but a Graphic Designer created the store’s Sunny boy logo and is behind the artwork on the walls.
The couple’s goal was to create a space where customers would feel “totally relaxed while feeling totally alive at the same time” and as I say goodbye to Bec and Aaron I am left with the promise that there’s “more crazy stuff to come”.
“It’s gotta look wild,” Bec enthuses.
“Confectionary is fun.”