Tastes like Christmas
Chocolatier serves up Christmas creations at the Breadalbane craft fair
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.
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.