This time, the filming of the second season of the television series “Anne”, was a more welcome experience. Last year, Millbrook Valley Chocolate owners Stephen and Jackie Flamminio had just taken possession of the former pizza shop location and were rushing to complete their renovations to open their doors for the Christmas season, when their efforts were restricted by filming which blocked access to their shop. This year at the end of the action, the film crew came into and cleared out most of the store’s inventory, making for some long nights in the kitchen as the couple prepared new stock for their busiest season.
The couple now prepares most of their chocolates themselves, with the exception of some specialty items. They find the local tastes lean towards the exotic, to which they cater with flavours incorporating a variety of spices and some chocolate-covered ginger. A loyal following is developing for some items such as a monster-sized, dark chocolate-coated peanut butter cup, made for a special client each week. Last week they introduced a new truffle incorporating a local beer, which has also been an instant hit.
When they brought in Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream, they expected the hand-dipped cones to be a seasonal offering but due to popular demand have since decided to keep a few flavours available all year. They have also introduced baked goods provided by Baked4U, located in Peterborough off Brealey Dr., including cookies, squares and scones for consumption with their French press coffee, Sloan brand teas or a custom made hot chocolate beverage served at one of the rustic tables or for take-out.
The couples’ handiwork is not limited to chocolate production. In addition to its sumptuous product lines, the shop boasts hand-made display cases, tables and tasteful decorations that take full advantage of the ceiling height and exposed brick walls crafted by business owners. Drop into the store for a treat for yourself or a special gift for someone on your list. KG