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Sanibel Sweet Shoppe to be featured at Community House Potluck Dinner

November 8, 2017
By MEGHAN McCOY (mmccoy@breezenewspapers.com) , Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

This month's potluck at the Community House will feature chocolate courtesy of the owners of the Sanibel Sweet Shoppe.

The potluck will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8. Those who attend are asked to bring a dish to pass - an appetizer, entree, side dish or dessert - for six or more. For those who do not have time to prepare a dish, stop by anyway. A $10 donation is appreciated.

Tim and Beth Musser, owners of Sanibel Sweet Shoppe, opened their shop at Palm Ridge Plaza the summer of 2015. Beth said they kind of fell into the chocolate and fudge business by chance after purchasing some of their cases from a gentleman who was retiring from his candy store in Fort Myers. She said the gentleman became Tim's mentor as he taught him how to make fudge and chocolate.

The proper equipment, the right ingredients and a little bit of finesse has taken the couple into their third season on Sanibel. With a couple years under their belt they have learned that during the summertime the families visiting the island gravitate more towards the fudge, while their winter customers purchase the vast array of chocolates they make.

The biggest seller is chocolate covered bacon. Buckeyes are another huge hit.

"We try to keep a nice variety of chocolates and fudge," Beth said.

They currently have three varieties of pumpkin fudge, in addition to some other favorites such as peanut butter, red velvet and salted chocolate caramel. Beth said they will have peppermint fudge closer to the holidays.

In addition to the chocolates and fudge, Beth also has an assortment of baked goodies that she makes from scratch. Some of the staple items that are always available include cupcakes, key lime tarts and mini cannoli's.

"I've been baking since I was a little girl," Beth said.

As a youngster she baked with her mother, who taught her the secrets, which eventually turned into Beth being the designated baker for the holidays.

"Baking is about exact measurements, precise chemistry," she said of what she enjoys most.

The sweet shop also has a selection of Italian Ice.

During the potluck tonight, Beth will share a brief history of chocolate, as well as talk about the different types of chocolate. In addition, she'll also share some of the health benefits documented about chocolate during the monthly event at the Community House. The art of how to temper chocolate will also be a topic of discussion.

Beth said they will have "yummy" samples of their chocolate to hand out during the potluck.

The Musser's will also make an appearance at the Taste of the Islands, which is scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 12, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. They will have Italian Ice, key lime tarts and fudge available.

The Sanibel Sweet Shoppe is located at 2330 Palm Ridge Road.

 
 

 

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