Tastes like Christ­mas

Cho­co­latier serves up Christ­mas cre­ations at the Breadalbane craft fair

Journal Pioneer - - COMMUNITY - BY DESIREE AN­STEY

There were no pine nee­dles to be found on this Christ­mas tree – be­decked in ed­i­ble milky white, dark, and brown pre­mium cho­co­late or­na­ments made en­tirely by hand.

“It started dur­ing our last power out­age and I couldn’t make cho­co­late, so I thought I can melt some on the wood stove,” mo­tioned Sue Humby at her cre­ation that had a few shop­pers at the re­cent Breadalbane Small is Beau­ti­ful craft fair sali­vat­ing at the scene.

“I made the cone and then started fill­ing it up with stars and gin­ger­bread dec­o­ra­tions.” Un­der­neath the tree was a ta­pes­try of gin­ger­bread truf­fle squares, brown but­ter caramels with pe­cans, pep­per­mint cho­co­late squares, pre­mium cho­co­late bars with dec­o­ra­tions of berries, nuts, coco nibs, and P.E.I. sea salt, as well as cho­co­late Christ­mas cal­en­dars, and melt­ing Mor­ley to name but a few.

“The Mor­ley is a cho­co­late shell pig that makes a hot cho­co­late,” she ex­plained. “A mix goes in­side the shell and it in­cludes home­made marsh­mal­lows, so when you melt it in a pot it dis­solves and the mix comes out. You stir it up and there you have hot cho­co­late.”

Humby started her ca­reer work­ing in a res­tau­rant with her sis­ter, Jane. While in their twen­ties they dreamed about branch­ing out on their own, but that would only hap­pen af­ter re­tire­ment.

“I com­pleted the Pas­try Arts pro­gram at Hol­land Col­lege af­ter my re­tire­ment, and then started mak­ing choco­lates to sell at the Summerside Farmer’s Mar­ket this year. My sis­ter Jane came from On­tario to join me here for this year, but she is the ex­pert with the sour­dough bread,” shared Humby.

The sib­ling’s ul­ti­mate goal is to run their own cho­co­late shop. “We’re not there yet, but we have our sights set,” smiled Humby, while not­ing their fo­cus is on qual­ity, not quan­tity. “We feel strongly about us­ing or­ganic lo­cal in­gre­di­ents and sus­tain­able pre­mium cho­co­late.”

Joan Sut­ton, the or­ga­nizer of the craft fair, was among the 18 ven­dors selling hand­made items.

Sut­ton, a P.E.I. land­scape pho­tog­ra­pher, says the funds raised from the craft fair will go mainly to­wards re­pairs in the com­mu­nity cen­tre, which is where the event was housed.

“It’s just like a house and things fall apart and you have to fix them, but this is a very ac­tive and sup­port­ive com­mu­nity,” she said with a warm smile.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Jane and Sue’s Sim­ply Splen­did items that can be made to order, visit www.heysplen­did.com.

DESIREE AN­STEY/ JOUR­NAL PI­O­NEER

It was a sweet stop for those go­ing about their busi­ness when paus­ing for breath at Sue Humby’s booth that fea­tured a beau­ti­ful cho­co­late and sour­dough bread dis­play.

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