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SWEET TREATS: by Local Artisans

Jan 27, 2011 01:24AM ● By Beth Davis

Hand Crafted Marshmallows

If happiness is chocolate, imagine award-winning artisan chocolates combined with handcrafted artisan marshmallows. Two Indiana businesses are creating the sweet treats—perfect individually or together! The best part? Both companies are strong supporters of our local economy.

At Chocolate for the Spirit based in Shelbyville, owner and artisan chocolatier, Julie Bolejack, creates what she calls, “an indulgence for the soul,” using fresh, local ingredients, as well as an exquisite Swiss chocolate that has earned worldwide critical acclaim. Most of the chocolate is organic or chemical free, and has no additives or preservatives.

Hand Crafted Chocolates


Bolejack uses high quality local ingredients when available, infused in her chocolates to create incredible flavor combinations. All of the chocolates are handmade—from truffles, cocoa mix and bon-bons to toffee, bark and bars—and include flavors such as cinnamon hazelnut, salted caramel ganache, and pecan butter crunch toffee.

Creating scrumptious sweets using all local ingredients is something the partners at 240Sweet have in common with Chocolate for the Spirit. Partners Alexa Lemley and Samantha Aulick started making marshmallows to give their catering customers. The puffs were a hit, and soon, this division of Lemley’s Catering was born.

The marshmallows are made in small batches with local, all natural and organic ingredients. According to Aulick, they first look for local foods to flavor the marshmallows. If they can’t find items locally, they make sure to use organic. The treats include Michigan beet sugar, Ohio glucose and Indiana cornstarch, as well as organic Tahitian beans to make their own vanilla extract. No preservatives, stabilizers, artificial colors or artificial flavors are used in the making of the puffs.

And, although these sweet delights aren’t exactly on the healthy list, this Valentine’s Day, as we all search for the perfect gift, perhaps Bolejack states it best, “We all need little indulgences and treats that make us feel special.”

For more information, including how to order, call Chocolate for the Spirit at 317-518-8842 or visit To contact 240Sweet, call 812-372-9898 or visit

Chef Lemley creates three to four new flavors per week. Of the 70-plus flavors, best sellers include salty caramel, bananas foster and caramelized honey.
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