That lasts, he said “until you graduate and then you sleep for a month.”
“I mainly focused on chocolate there,” he said.
To become a true master chocolatier — a specialist chef who makes confectionery from chocolate — takes years of perfecting the art of working with chocolate. But if his truffles are any indication, Marsh is well on his way.
“I serve a niche that Norman doesn’t really have,” he said. “There’s only a handful of people in the state and really, only a handful in the U.S., who do professionally handmade chocolates.”
That hasn’t stopped him from building a clientele here.
“One of my biggest challenges is ingredients,” he said. But Marsh said he cannot compromise on ingredients in order to create the most delightful and delicious confections. In addition to chocolate and other truffles, he makes a wide range of confectionery treats.
Wedding favors and candy buffets for special events are two good markets for his unique product, but he also makes confections for other retail outlets.
“I do some resale sales,” he said. “For the moment, walk-in is carrying me through.”
He hopes to build a reputation for weddings and as a unique idea for corporate gifts. Having invested in his hometown, he believes there is a market here for his product.
For chocolate lovers, one bite is likely to be habit forming of these unique confections.