AUGUSTA, NJ – “We’re the best known secret in Sussex County,” Pat Halligan-Kissel said with a smile, as the Sussex County Chamber of Commerce celebrated the official ribbon cutting recently of her store, Grammy’s Chocolate and Fudge Parlor.
The store, located at 85 Route 206, in the former Stark Appliance showroom, opened last Christmas, Halligan-Kissel said, and had the ribbon cutting deferred several times, including November 1, after Hurricane Sandy hit the county.
The ribbon cutting finally took off without a hitch, or hurricane, and was commemorated with Halligan-Kissel, local business owners and chamber members, Frankford Township Mayor Gary Larson, and other invited guests.
“It’s wonderful to have a new business to open up within the town, that offers true sweet treats, and a variety of gift ideas,” said Larson. “One can only benefit from it.”
“It’s great to see another business thriving in these economic times,” said Tammie Horsfield, Sussex County Chamber of Commerce President. “It’s great to have the opportunity during the holiday time, to have this business, with great gift opportunities.”
Horsfield and the other guests admired Halligan-Kissel’s chocolate place cards on display, for the Thanksgiving table. A giant chocolate cornucopia was another Thanksgiving treat those at the ribbon cutting ogled over. The cornucopia was overflowing with decadent treats, and Halligan-Kissel said can be custom-filled with items such as chocolate covered popcorn or pretzels, holiday non-pareils, candy corn, and other mouth-watering sweets.
For the Thanksgiving orders, Halligan-Kissel suggests those interested call ahead, and, items can be prepared custom, with advance notice.
Halligan-Kissel said 90 percent of the items are made on the premises.
Many of the recipes Halligan-Kissel uses have been handed down from her grandmother, who had her own store.
“We joked that my grandmother started the depression, with all the candies she would give away,” Halligan-Kissel said.
Her store, “Grammy’s” is named in honor of her grandmother, the name Halligan-Kissel's children called her grandmother.
Previously, Halligan-Kissel had a candy shop in Bergen County, which closed in 1997, when she started a real estate business specializing in relocation moves. Once Halligan-Kissel and her family moved towards the Sussex County area, she said she decided to start up her chocolate, and candy business again.
“Instead of selling houses, I’m making chocolate ones,” Halligan-Kissel said.
One of Halligan-Kissel’s specialties, and, what she is known for, is her fudge. On the day of her ribbon cutting, she had traditional varieties of chocolate walnut, and peanut butter flavors. She had some other unique blends, such as raspberry chocolate swirl, raspberry vanilla swirl, caramel apple, pumpkin pie, and caramel apple.
In addition to the seasonal chocolates, Halligan-Kissel sells truffles, Jelly Belly jelly beans, sugar free candies, chocolate Braille cards, chocolate covered apples, chocolate dipped strawberries, chocolate spoons, gourmet coffee (including loose beans), gift baskets, Italian Cookies and pastries, and more.
She also specializes in non-food items including wedding invitations, Mylar balloons, and wedding, and baby shower favors.
Halligan-Kissel emphasizes with all of her items, she has something for everyone, in every price point.
As for starting her business in Sussex County, Halligan-Kissel said, “I like Sussex County. The people are great, everyone’s nice here.”
Grammy’s Chocolate and Fudge Parlor is opened Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Fridays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Click here for the store’s Facebook Page. The store's telephone number is: (973) 38-FUDGE ((973) 383-8343).
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