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Sasha’s Sweets Kitchen – A home based business success story

February 18, 2021   ·   0 Comments

Turning your passion into a viable business is something many people would love to do.

What better way to earn a living than to be your own boss and spend your time doing something you enjoy?

The Provincial government recently released information to help Ontario residents who are considering starting a home-based food business with guidelines regarding foods that are considered low-risk, are non-hazardous, and do not require refrigeration.

The idea is to help people who would like to turn their recipes into profit while maintaining provincial guidelines regarding health and safety for food products.

Tottenham resident Sasha Lee Haughian was already ahead of the game when she started Sasha’s Sweets Kitchen out of her home just over a year ago and began selling her fudge to retail outlets, private organizations and parties, and at local farmer’s markets.

The quality of her product and the variety of flavours proved very popular and customers quickly became repeat customers.

Sasha learned to make fudge when she was a child, and became serious about it a decade ago.

“I’ve been making fudge since I was a kid with my grandma and my mom. I’ve been doing it as a hobby for about ten years,” Sasha explained. “I did a lot of farmer’s markets. I started out at the Aurora Farmers’ Market and I still go there every Saturday from May to October. Then Adjala opened their Farmer’s Market (at the administration building) and I went there. Through the farmer’s markets I had people wanting to order for everything from wedding favours to corporate event favours to retail stores wanting to sell it in their store.”

The success of her products prompted Sasha to create her own at-home business, and Sasha’s Sweets Kitchen was born.

She built a commercial kitchen at her residence that complies with all the health and safety standards and has a side door for customers.

“It got to the point where I wanted to grow my business and turn it from a hobby to a legitimate business,” Sasha explained. “You just can’t cook from your home kitchen if you want to do that. I looked into it and to do this you have to have a separate kitchen with the extra sinks and things like that.”

Her new commercial kitchen was built to follow the provincial guidelines and a public health inspector arrived to ensure everything was in order. Sasha got the green-light and her new commercial kitchen was up and running.

She makes her fudge in around 50 different flavours and it is now being sold in specialty stores around the region.

Keeping her enterprise local, Sasha sources her ingredients, milk and butter, from Sheldon Creek Dairy – a well known local family run dairy – and creates the fudge which is then placed in the Dairy’s store for sale.

She even makes a special fudge with goat milk and butter from a farm near Newtonville.

Sasha’s fudge is delicious and makes for a special treat both at home and if you are looking for something special to add to a party, wedding, or any kind of special event.

She maintains a social presence on Facebook.

Even during these challenging times Sasha is still working in her kitchen and can provide easy curbside pickup for her customers.

You can place an order with Sasha’s Sweets Kitchen by calling 289-894-0112.

By Brian Lockhart
Local Journalism Initiative Reporter



         


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