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Lakeway Area Hot Spots
Mother / Daughter Make a Sweet Team
Make no mistake about it; Rita and Susan Key are artists. Their
medium for artistic expression is perhaps the most delectable,
delicious and popular in the United States. The mother and
daughter team can create practically anything imaginable using
Rita is a former home economics teacher who took a candy making
class years ago. She immediately got hooked. She soon started
making chocolate confections for family members and friends and
eventually taught the craft to Susan who started making treats
for her school friends.
After graduating high school, Susan went to college where she
earned a degree in food science and technology.
Now, what started out as a hobby for the two women has now
become a lucrative business.
The two chocolatiers opened their own chocolate shop in Talbott.
The response from the community was reminiscent of the “Field of
Dreams” in which a ghostly voice beckons “If you build it they
The women have made the chocolate and the customers are coming
Located at 107 Lakeshore Road, “The Chocolate Ladies” can make
anything their customer’s heart desires.
“We like a challenge,” Rita said. “Recently we had a man who
wanted to give his father a chocolate car for his birthday. We
made him a blue car. We can make chocolate in any color. Our
concept is chocolate made to order.”
There is something magical about childhood and a candy shop.
Stepping into the shop their displays conjure up images of
“Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” or Sammy Davis Jr.’s
tune “Candy Man.”
At The Chocolate Ladies, everything is edible. From the
chocolate jewelry boxes, the chocolate Easter bunnies and even
the Easter baskets made entirely of chocolate, it’s like the
song says, “You can even eat the dishes.”
Though they work with all shades of chocolate, the colored
chocolate sculptures are created using white chocolate poured
into molds. The coloring is done with candy color.
Their displays offer a delightful blend of treats that would
satisfy any sweet tooth. From chocolate lollipops to chocolate
pretzels, chocolate covered Rice Krispy treats, cherry almond
bars, bon bons and more.
What makes The Chocolate Ladies so unique is they can create any
chocolate for any holiday or occasion.
“We can provide chocolate creations for weddings, company
events, Christmas parties or any special event,” Susan said. “We
had a wedding where the bride and groom both liked horses. We
created some mints shaped like horseshoes. It’s amazing what we
can do. We have molds for any event and organization. We can do
special chocolates for the Boy Scouts, the Gideons and any
The women proudly support local charities such as the Relay For
life, SCHAS (Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service) and the
recent Heart Gala. The Chocolate Ladies is open Monday through
Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information call
Area Hot Spots" by Mike Williams