Not everyone could cook up the idea for a business overnight. But that’s pretty much what Milly did. On the back of Covid-19 and the subsequent fallout, Milly was looking for a new opportunity. A chance discussion with her partner and an innocent little ‘for lease’ sign was pretty much all it took…
“In a past life, my partner was a fudge and chocolate maker,” explains Milly. “One day he was reminiscing and saying how he would love to make fudge again but didn’t feel excited about the selling side of it. So I piped up and said ‘I could sell it’. And here we are.”
Milly was true to her word, originally setting up shop in a neat wee corner of Waikuku’s Old School Collective. Here, stacks of generous squares were displayed beautifully beneath the glass counter, some with swirls, some shimmering, others with an unexpected yet ingenious biscuit base. Recently, Milly has moved her business online where customers are treated to a rotating selection of over 10 flavours including crème brulee, ginger crunch, boysenberry and white chocolate, rum and raisin and chocolate afghan. School holidays bring out delights such as goody-goody gum drops fudge and licorice lolly fudge. And for the traditional fudge lovers there are of course the good old favourites like chocolate and Russian. All hand made in North Canterbury each flavour is as divine and dangerously moreish as the next.
In addition to the fudge range, customers can add beautiful handmade chocolates from De Spa chocolatiers to their cart, along with an appealing selection of old-fashioned boiled sweets. If you simply can’t decide (we understand!), there are gift boxes and mixed packages galore, each as scrumptious as the last. Milly also stocks a carefully selected handful of specialty grocers in North Canterbury and Christchurch.
Why North Canterbury? We had a caravan at a beach in North Canterbury and one day saw an open home sign, and thought let’s have a look… We bought the house and have never regretted it. Love the lifestyle and not being in the city.
What is your favourite thing to do in North Canterbury? Just enjoying listening to the birds and hearing the ocean in our backyard. And I love gardening, which is just as well as we have plenty of it!!
Name your top three North Canterbury brands (other than your own!): This is easy and in no particular order: Kells Kitchen in Amberley (fantastic food, excellent service, and plenty of parking). Railway Tavern Bar, Amberley – the best fish and chips ever! (you can ring and place your order, easy!). Mr Yunan in Hanmer Springs, Thai Restaurant (they deliver to your motel, great service and really awesome food).