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Living the Sweet Life
Living the Sweet Life

By Catherine Zacchi

One of the secrets to happiness can be found on a T-shirt:.“Life is uncertain. Eat dessert first!”

On one level, it justifies indulging our sweet tooth during the holidays. On another, the credo tells us to figure out what we really want out of life and go for it while we can. That’s exactly what several West Virginia dessert makers have done. The goods they create and their approaches vary greatly, yet they all share a common passion.


DeFluri's Fine Chocolates
“The holidays are one reason I love chocolate,” said Brenda Casabona, who co-owns DeFluri’s Fine Chocolates in Martinsburg along with husband Charlie.

Holl's Swiss chocolates
The holidays bring sweet memories for Dominique Holl, third-generation chocolatier and president of Holl’s Chocolates Inc.

SweeteeZ treats
Officially opened in 2002, SweeteeZ really began with Sharon Gravely’s childhood spent baking with her mother and grandmother in the kitchen of her Beckley home.

Crazy Baker
Baking struck a passionate chord in Hall Hitzig, owner of The Crazy Baker in Renick.

Wooden Spoon

The Wooden Spoon makes high-quality sorbets and ice creams and has a catering service offering party trays, sandwiches, and menus with southwest or international flavors.

Cool Job
For a maker of flavored ices, Ziegenfelder Company comes with some very warm ties to family and community. The company has operated in Wheeling, W.Va., since it was founded in the 1860s. For nearly as long, it has been managed by descendents of the same family.
Cool Job: CEO leads 140-year-old ice pop plant

For a maker of flavored ices, Ziegenfelder Company comes with some very warm ties to family and community. The company has operated in Wheeling, W.Va., since it was founded in the 1860s. For nearly as long, it has been managed by descendents of the same family