Meet the Crafters: The Baker’s Fudge
Sandi Baker, the fudge maker has such a ‘sweet’ ring to it, don’t you think?
Sandi is the talent behind The Baker’s Fudge and her business came out of her own wedding party favors! “we wanted to give our guests a handmade gift and decided on fudge. Shortly after the wedding we moved to Scotland for five years. When we returned to Nova Scotia, friends and family often asked about the “Wedding Fudge” so we decided to come up with a business name and try it at a fair. It was a bigger hit than we could have imagined!” Sandi says she’s always been creative in the kitchen, but it’s become a serious business over the past few years. This will be Sandi’s first Halifax Crafter’s Show, so make sure to stop by her table and sample some handmade yumminess!
What is your process for making fudge?
The simple steps are gathering the right ingredients, cooking it very carefully and letting it dry properly. It cannot be rushed. I make fudge in the traditional way and keep it to small batches. Once the fudge is ready, we hand cut each piece into blocks and wrap it up. We then offer a hand stamped paper bag so that it makes a perfect gift for under $10.
What part of the process is most rewarding?
I make the fudge up fresh the week of the fair. It can get very busy and I totally get caught up in the process. My reward is when I’m at the fair connecting with people. It’s such a good feeling to know that the hard work is behind me and that people really appreciates my craft.
Where do you get your inspiration?
All of the important women in my life baked when I was a kid and I wanted to be like them. Inspiration also comes from family, craft fairs, and my love for cook books! I also really enjoy watching The Great British Bake Off TV series.
Why do you do what you do?
I do it for simple reasons. I love to make people happy. My favorite interaction with the people I meet is when they connect with a nostalgic memory. Fudge is like magic, it instantly makes people go to “that” place. It’s a personal connection to their past. I like that!
What do you listen to while you work?
I like to change it up. From inspirational Ted Talks to Netflix documentaries, but when my kitchen gets louder, I switch to music and listen to anything from Lukas Nelson to Daft Punk. I can always rely on Elvis Presley to get me moving.
An artwork or artist you love?
A local artist I admire is Kyle Jackson. He has been painting Halifax since 1985. I particularly like “Halifax – A view from Bedford Basin” It’s cool.
Favourite time of the year?
You can’t beat a Nova Scotian fall, the colours are out of this world.
What’s your favourite way to procrastinate?
I like to be outside. Taking my kids to the beach, going for a bike ride or a walk in the woods.
What are you most excited about the Winter Market?
It excites me that I can find something for everyone on my Christmas shopping list! These will be gifts that I am thrilled to give. I can’t wait to see what I’m going to find for myself too!
When you’re not selling at markets, where can we find your work?
You can find us at both Pete’s To Go locations, (Hollis Street and Dalhousie Student Union Building) or you can contact me directly. I happily get a lot of orders through Facebook.