| Isaac Bendele
“Everyone deserves to treat themselves, to be pampered,” says Tim Dick the “Fudge Master” at Schmidt’s Fudge Haus in German Village. Creating chocolaty delights to brighten someone’s day is something in that Tim takes great pride. This is Chocolate Month and as we dig ourselves out of winter,
When watching all of the ingredients become tasty and beautiful treats, we felt almost like we were watching Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory with The Candy Man playing over and over in our heads. Tim is full of smiles, laughter and, as any respectable sweet maker, the occasional song too!
The old-fashioned process starts when sugar is added to a beautiful copper kettle, Belgian Coco powder is carefully sifted with cream and butter is added shortly after. He heats the mixture to around 236 degrees and then pours it over a thick and beautiful marble table to help with an even cooling process. The fudge is folded and stirred carefully as it cools, gaining its creamy, yet firm texture. The sense of nostalgia with the traditional fudge process is exciting and brings up many joyous childhood memories. If you happen to be in the store while it’s being made, it is quite a show.
As the smell of chocolate fills the room, so does the sense of joy, and the rising number of smiles on the faces of visitors in the shop is infectious. Tim has many stories of visitors coming in the shop after having a rough day and buying treats as gifts for others. “I take such joy bringing a smile to people who come to visit. I love bringing them back to that feeling they had when they were a child discovering the joy of sweet chocolate,” says Tim. Even adults love sampling all the different selections and are surprised at his willingness to experiment and try making new creations.
Tim’s positive energy is overwhelming. With his animated expressions, many can’t help but to smile when meeting him. He prides himself on taking negative conversations happening around him and refocusing them on positive feelings.
Bringing his creativity and passion to the business in ways few could imitate, Tim seems to have the perfect outlet for his skill and personality. Coming into the fudge haus you may be expecting the feeling of a normal retail establishment. What we found was a sense of excitement and joy in the air. I can’t help but think this positive energy finds its way into the chocolate creations being enjoyed.
As we celebrate chocolate month, just meeting Tim Dick turned out to be a wonderful surprise. We are reminded that as we get distracted by the chaos in our lives, the sometimes gloomy Ohio winter or that day when nothing seems to be going right, sometimes we need to stop and find that special treat to enjoy a happy moment of indulgence. Take a moment, treat yourself to some chocolate and have a better day.