From its beginnings as an ancient addition to spicy Aztec drinks to its first induction in- to the mainstream culinary world as a sweet treat, the power of chocolate can be seen in many cultures worldwide.
Alicia Helsley is trying to make her mark on the chocolate map from her Oklahoma residence.
Fat Daddy Sweets is a candy and sweets company she operates from her northwest Oklahoma City home.
Helsley started Fat Daddy Sweets in December after encouragement from friends. She started with cookies and baked items. Later, she started making candy and truffles.
In time, the candy became immensely popular while the cookies lagged behind.
Helsley said everything that can be made at home, she makes. She uses candy suppliers in the metro area and the local grocery stores to provide all the ingredients needed to make her delicious sweet treats.
Fat Daddy Sweets tries to use products made in Oklahoma whenever possible, she said.
Helsley’s operation was featured in Martha Stewart Weddings magazine in July.
Helsley said magazine editors contacted her in March about an article about handmade custom wedding favors. She sent in her dark chocolate truffles and spicy dark chocolate truffles. Then her story went to magazine racks nationwide.
Helsley said that when she was about 9 years old, she watched her mom making candy in summer and baking in fall and winter.
"Over the years, I learned how to do it myself,” Helsley said.
Self-taught, she has quickly proven herself as a candy maker.
Helsley said she is seeking a kitchen space to expand production and perhaps lead to her opening a store.