I might have reached the pinnacle of my candy making career . . . my candy bars were used as a marriage proposal on Valentine’s Day! This story starts long before Valentine’s and might just make you tear up so get some tissues ready. I ran a kickstarter project back in November to raise funds for equipment for my new retail store front and commercial kitchen. The reward I was most excited about was for bakers to create their own one-of-a-kind candy bar to be named after them and sold in store and online. Six lovely bakers picked this reward and submitted their ideas for their candy creations in early January.
A few days later I received an email from one of the bakers elaborating a little on what he was thinking about for his candy bar and well, I’ll let him tell it . . . “If you are amenable to it, I was thinking of incorporating the candy bar into my marriage proposal to my boyfriend, Thomas. I know you could name the candy bar after a person, but I was hoping for “Key to My Heart”. The name is a reference to a family tradition from my family. At age 13, kids are given a key that represent the key to their heart. The key is held onto until you meet that person who you want to have the key to your heart. I will be using my key, instead of a ring for the proposal. My thinking was to explain the name of the candy bar and the proposal would follow the explanation.”
I seriously got chills when I read the email and spent the next week trying to make his candy bar taste as sweet as the proposal would be. The “Key to my heart” candy bar consists of an almond and dried cranberry shortbread topped with pineapple jellie candy, enrobed in dark chocolate and topped with toasted coconut and slivered almonds. The first round of shortbread was not almond-y or craisan-y enough, and the first round of pineapple jellies was not the right consistency.
I really wanted this candy bar to be as perfect as possible, not just because I only want to put deliciousness on my shelves, but because this sweet creation was going to be part of a marriage proposal. Could you imagine my shame if the proposal was issued and the newly engaged couple bit into a just OK candy bar? I would hate for a new engagement to start off on a sour note when it should be the sweetest.
I used a picture of the key on the label. I also included two extra “test” candy bars with a special message.
Here is a picture that Jimmy posted on facebook.
It just makes me so happy to be a part of this wonderful moment in two people’s lives. It’s not everyday that you get to create a special candy for the sole purpose of sharing love.
The Key To My Heart candy bar will be available online very shortly for a limited. Who knows, this might be one candy bar that makes an appearance for Valentine’s Day every year.
Lots of love and congratulations to Jimmy & Thomas,
LydiaTags: engagement, gourmet candy bar