VIDEO: Dawn’s summerhouse chocolate factory

A HITCHIN mother who recently opened her own chocolate business in a summerhouse at the bottom of her garden has put her success down to a “now or never” attitude.

Dawn Fry runs a series of chocolate workshops from her own mini factory at her house on Hampden Road.

She started her business 18 months ago after being made redundant from her job as a management developer.

“When I was made redundant, I basically thought, well it’s now or never,” said the mother of three. “It’s the best job in the world really. I had already come up with the concept and friends inspired me to go for it.

“The summerhouse was already there, but it wasn’t refurbished. It was actually built as a family den, but I took it over!

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“My kids love it. My daughter takes an interest in it and helps out a bit, but my sons are just interested in eating it.

“I do all sorts of events. I’ve had hen parties, children’s parties and corporate events too. I’m doing everything by myself at the moment. It’s a brilliant job for me as a mum, as I can fit it round everything.”

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Dawn’s factory consists of a big tank of chocolate, which she tempers herself, as well as a variety of chocolate-making tools and products.

She can run up to five workshops a week, with up to eight people at any one time.

“I tell people about the chocolates as they make their own,” said Dawn.

“They can use lots of different fillings, then we taste some chocolate, and we package it all nicely so it can be taken home as gifts. I think people see it as a therapy or treatment; people don’t mind spending money on it and treating themselves.”

To book a workshop or for further information, ring Dawn on 07966 365515 or email

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