Baba Joon is no stranger to sweets.
As his grandchildren will tell you, Baba Joon always has a treat for them when he walks through the door – a peppermint, a piece of chocolate, a juicy orange…or a Chocolate Chewie. It’s always been this way, even before they were born.
Even before Chocolate Chewies existed, Baba Joon knew a little kindness and a little something sweet have the power to brighten anyone’s day.
Over 40 years ago, Baba Joon (Dear Father in Farsi) arrived on American soil, full of anticipation in living his “American Dream.” A single father of two boys, he embraced the American lifestyle with passion. Always an entrepreneur, he went from driving someone else’s taxicab in Washington, D.C. to owning his own cab, making his own hours, and because of his commitment to excellence and genuine hospitality, was considered one of the best D.C. cab drivers (of course keeping a few candies on-hand never hurt). Following his pursuit of The Dream, he soon opened a print and copy shop called Modern Office Supplies in Northern Virginia. Always ahead of the curve, he sold more mechanical pencils and roller ball pens than any other retailer in the area.
Fast-forward to 10 years later. Baba Joon found himself in Northern California. Here, he found new love and 2 more kids (girls to even things out). As his entrepreneurial spirit led, he opened a series of stationery stores, and it wasn’t uncommon to walk in and find one of his four kids behind the counter.
Baba Joon has always taken to heart the phrase “family business,” and he had a loyal clientele because of his commitment to quality, customer service, and respect.
Grass never grows under Baba Joon’s feet; it wasn’t long before a new venture called out. After visiting a local café that offered fresh breads and pastries, he and his wife Annie found their calling. In 1983, Our Daily Bread, a French Bakery and Café, opened its doors. Freshly baked French breads, pastries and cakes, croissants, sticky buns, cookies, fresh roasted coffee beans, and cappuccino, were all a part of this story long before the phrase “tall skinny sugar-free vanilla latte” was around. All four of his children grew up behind the counter at Our Daily Bread. Parents walked in with their own children, knowing that Baba Joon would have a smile and a sweet for their young ones.
To this day, talk to any long-time Almaden Valley resident and they’ll remember Our Daily Bread fondly.
1983 - Our Daily Bread French Bakery & Cafe
Did we mention that he was always a bit ahead of the times?
Baba Joon was constantly creating something new and exciting—he was never satisfied with the status quo. Before the days of, “Low fat! No cholesterol! Low carb!” he saw an opportunity to create something delicious that would appeal to young and old alike.
The original Chocolate Chewie was born and became an instant success.
He baked them five days a week, selling out nearly every day. No one cared that they were low-fat, gluten-free, and dairy-free – that was a bonus to the fact that they were seriously delicious, and he couldn’t keep up with the demand.
Even after Our Daily Bread closed its doors, Baba Joon never forgot about those cookies.
In 2006, he made the decision to share Chocolate Chewies with the world. It’s still a family business, of course. His oldest daughter works side by side with him, and one of his sons retails Chocolate Chewies at a very successful pizzeria – Pizzanista! – in Los Angeles.
Today, Baba Joon’s Chocolate Chewies are available in over 20 different flavors. Dubbed as “little chocolate miracles” they are just that - a sweet and happy delight that will brighten anyone’s day - just like Baba Joon does.