Nancy Kalish '82

Founder & CEO, Rule Breaker Snacks

After 25 years as a journalist for major national publications (Prevention, O the Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Parents, the New York Times), a certified health coach, and a healthy menu restaurant consultant, Nancy Kalish ’82 came up with a great tasting, vegan, allergen-free brownie recipe and founded Rule Breaker Snacks in 2015. She aggressively sold her way into distribution and retail accounts, assembled a team with deep natural foods business experience, and came up with additional sweet snacks, all with a common first ingredient: chickpeas. But Rule Breaker Snacks are so chewy and delicious, you’d never guess.

Today, Rule Breaker’s soft-baked brownies, blondies and bites are sold in 3000+ stores nationwide, including major chains such as Kroger, Wegman’s, Stop & Shop, and 7-Eleven, as well as on Amazon, and other online platforms. Rule Breaker Snacks are also sold at military commissaries across the country as well as overseas, at many colleges and universities, and at newsstands—including the Faber News at Princeton Junction. Nancy has appeared on radio and TV many times, including the Today Show and Shark Tank, and will be appearing on QVC on April 20th.

Nancy is also a former senior editor at Cosmopolitan Magazine, is the author or co-author of several books, and earned her M.S. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She lives in Brooklyn NY with her husband, Steve, her goldendoodle, Oscar, and an office filled with brownies and blondies.