Ruth has volunteered with Taste of Heaven for over 8 years.


Taste of Heaven was born out a challenge. In 1999, our founder, Peg Throop, was listening to a church message about investing time, talents, and finances in order to multiply impact. At the end of the message, as Peg left the church, she was handed an envelope containing a ten dollar bill. The church members were asked to return the money ten months later along with any additional funds that were earned by investing it. “I’m really good at two things: eating chocolate and procrastinating.” says Throop 

After four months, she came across a great deal on top-quality chocolate. Peg used the chocolate she purchased with that ten dollars to drizzle over homemade caramel corn, put it in coffee cans and delivered it to some local school secretaries. After much raving about the drizzled caramel corn, she started making it and selling it. “I went back to church in November with $800,” Peg says. Taste of Heaven began.

Since its inception, Throop always knew that that proceeds from the business could impact her community. Over the years, Taste of Heaven has linked arms with he Kalamazoo Gospel Mission and local churches to provided fundraising and job skills training. In 2005, Taste of Heaven connected with Youth for Christ of Kalamazoo (YFC) and continues to contribute all proceeds to the programs and the ministry impact that YFC has in and around Kalamazoo.

From a ten dollar challenge to a successful small business. Taste of Heaven continues to operate on the principles that started this whole tasty sensation. Psalm 34:8, “Taste and see that the LORD is good! How blessed is the person who trusts in him!”



Making Carmel CornMinistry

Taste of Heaven provides financial support for the ministry of Youth for Christ but also has impacted the lives of many in our community.

Ministry happens directly through Taste of Heaven by the production of our products. Many area youth and volunteers work to produce and sell our gourmet gifts and treats. Our volunteer staff is made up of area youth, community service workers, students, senior citizens and church groups. We partner with local youth organizations by welcoming a variety of volunteers. From local schools to the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Justice System, we provide a place where young people learn job readiness skills. Our mission is to help young people gain job training skills and find encouragement through the Word of God!

About Youth for Christ

YFC reaches young people everywhere, working together with the local church and other like-minded partners to raise up lifelong followers of Jesus who lead by their godliness in lifestyle, devotion to prayer and the Word of God, passion for sharing the love of Christ and commitment to social involvement.