Southern cuisine. It’s more than a food; it’s a culture.
Anyone from the South can attest that Southern comfort food is a part of their identity. Every Southern mother boasts recipes passed down for generations. These recipes never feature exact measurements or instructions. It’s about understanding the ingredients and knowing how the food should look and feel.
Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits brilliantly exemplifies this.
Like many born-and-bred Southerners, Callie Morrey, owner and founder of Hot Little Biscuit, grew up baking biscuits with her mother using an old family recipe. As she grew older, she noticed that this tradition of handmade biscuit-making was slowly creeping its way into obsolescence. People are simply too busy to bake things from scratch anymore.
So, she decided to bring the delicious joy of true handmade biscuits straight to your door.
In 2005, she founded Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, an online mail-in company, with the mission to provide handmade biscuits to families across the US.
But her fast-growing fanbase wanted more. So, she opened Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, a small Charleston eatery that provided hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the same theme in mind: delicious handmade biscuits.
Today, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits can be found in stores across the country, at multiple restaurant locations, and it even has a food truck.
What makes HLB different?
“Food the way your mama makes it.” This is a claim that many restaurants and companies promise, but Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit truly lives up to it.
Unlike other kitchens, HLB has no machines or automated processes. Everything is made completely by hand. Even the recipe boasts handmade quality by foregoing exact measurements in favor of producing the dough by sight and touch. When you watch the bakers work, it elicits memories of baking with Mom (and maybe even getting a little lick of the spoon).
But, you don’t have to travel all the way to Charleston to enjoy the buttery biscuit goodness. Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit continues its original mission—to provide Southern-style biscuits to homes across the US—through its online ordering system. This is fantastic news for those who crave a slice of Southern taste.
A focus on family
It’s clear why HLB boasts multiple accolades and features in places like Southern Living, The New York Times, and Oprah: not only are their offerings unique, but they’ve cultivated an impressive culture as well.
Simply go to their social media pages or read their Google reviews. You’ll find endless videos showcasing their tight-knit work culture and raving reviews from new and loyal customers alike.
It’s rare to see a company so responsive to their customers. On any review, you’ll see the HLB page admin responding to either thank the customer or directly solve whatever the rare issue. It’s clear that customer and employee satisfaction is among the top priorities, which makes us want to support this business even more.
In this YouTube video, Callie talks about how Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits was born out of a desire to have her own business while still spending time with her kids. Perhaps out of her own family values, she has also built a sense of family within her own employees. The caring work environment brings that little taste of love to every biscuit.
Where to buy
If you’re craving the crumbling, buttery taste of a true homemade Southern biscuit, you can order a wide variety of biscuit options online. Try flavors like country ham, cinnamon, blueberry, and even gluten-free biscuits. They also offer baskets and subscription packages for a unique, tasty gift.
At $30 – $40 per dozen biscuits, the price may at first shock you. However, consider the fact that the handmade quality means that the daily biscuit allowance is limited. Additionally, the biscuits are frozen and sent in an insulated box, ensuring that they remain fresh throughout the two-day journey. Getting fresh, handmade biscuits to your door isn’t cheap, but once you bite into these delicious biscuits, you’ll see that it’s worth it.
If you’d rather shop in person for Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, use this grocery finder to see if there are biscuits sold near you. They recommend that you call ahead and make sure that the establishment has them in stock; since it’s such a distinctive item, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits are only found in smaller grocery chains.
You can also visit their locations in Atlanta, Georgia, Charleston, South Carolina, and Charlotte, North Carolina, for dine-in or pick-up. They even have a food truck for you to enjoy at multiple locations or to book for an event.
It’s not often that something as simple as a biscuit can be turned into a national company, but Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit has done it fabulously. In an era of fast eats and automated everything, it has preserved the time-honored tradition of fully handmade cuisine. Offering both nostalgia and care, Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit will immediately take you back to your own mother’s kitchen.