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An Unsung Hero

Our focus is family.  Our mission is chocolate.  During the holidays there is much talk of being thankful.  For us it is always about being thankful for family.  We are perfectly imperfect always.  There is an unsung hero in all of this commotion we call the family business.  My mother Martha. Or as Patty from Charlestown likes to say "Mahthah". Behind every good man is a great woman and my mother is no exception to that statement.  The fact that the woman raised five children and can still remember her own name is a feat in itself.  We were not...

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Unhinged

It's the little things that drive you crazy. I have had this conversation with my Dad on a number of occasions.  You fight your way through the big stuff.  Unexpected surgery during a busy holiday season?  Put your head down and get the job done.  Band together, family first, take care of who needs to be taken care of and figure out who is going to hold the fort until we are back on smooth seas.  As a unit we handle the big stuff. Back to the little things.  For example, a price gun that runs out of sticker tape...

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In Defense of the Peanut

Today Roxy and I spent some time conversing over peanuts.  I know it sounds like a rather strange topic of conversation but here is how it all began.  Roxy's job for the morning was to weigh and bag two cartons of "fancy nuts" for resale.  So we pondered over the box of fancy nuts.  There are no peanuts in a box of fancy nuts.  So the question is who decided that peanuts are not fancy nuts? Peanuts have feelings too. Somewhere along the way someone made the decision that a peanut was lower class in the nut world.  Like it's not good...

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The First Day of Candy Canes

The first Saturday of the first weekend of November always brings the first day of candy cane making for the season.  Phew that's a lot of firsts right?  This little cherub in the picture is Izzy, 5th generation candy maker.  Izzy was busy today making her own candy canes.  The perks of growing up in a chocolate family.  How many kids get to do that? Candy cane making is a little tense in these parts. I know other business's do it and pull it off without a hitch but for some reason it is always and big deal around here.  Candy...

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A Leap of Faith...

A Leap of Faith...

Change is never easy.  How cliché right?  But alas it is the truth.  Thirteen years ago today we put our foot into the world of e-commerce with our first website.  It was a huge leap of faith at the time. Today we take another leap going live with a whole new website that we have been working on for months. A labor of love and arguments it has been, as four sisters worked diligently on different parts with Mom and Dad weighing in from time to time. Family is what makes us different in this Vermont chocolate business.  Family is...

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