At Gerladton Hill, Bute, you’ll find the Green family and, in particular, Lynn – wife and mother of three – at the helm of her toffee and sweet creations business.
Back in 2006, Mrs Green began the business which would later stretch to supply corporates and wholesalers with her products, as well as small business and special gift occasions.
Mrs Green originated from Ohio, in the USA, and after marrying her Australian husband, Milton, moved to the family farm in Bute in 1988.
Her move to Australia meant leaving behind not only her family and friends, but her favourite chocolate almond toffee.
When she completed both high school and university, Mrs Green worked for a family-owned chocolate business and, here, they served what would become her favourite toffee chocolate – nowhere in Australia made the same thing.
For many years, her enjoyment of this toffee was limited to acquiring it on infrequent visits back to Ohio, and the odd surprise parcel sent from her family.
This was not frequent enough and so, she decided to begin researching recipes and testing them out – she eventually found one and with a bit of tweaking, she’s made it her own.
As her recipe was defined she would often rely on friends and family to taste-test her trials and it was here, following many years of making it for them, a friend asked for her to provide some in her home for guests to enjoy – from this point the business began to take off.
Working mainly from home since 2007, Mrs Green created her items for mainly wholesale, but they’ve been seen at weddings, retail sales and markets.
At Geraldton Hill, it’s a one-man-band and Mrs Green has grown her brand from one item to ‘20-odd’ products. But she’s now looking to move her business to Adelaide – where she often works from on a weekly basis.
“I am at the point of broadening my horizons,” Mrs Green said.
Since the journey began in 2007, Mrs Green said some of her best customers had been the locals from throughout the Yorke Peninsula.
Mrs Green focuses on selecting only the finest ingredients to maintain the highest quality for the ultimate chocolate experience.
Mrs Green said her words of advice for someone hoping to take the leap included to get it right the first time, be thorough, get your packaging correct (this was what people remembered) and to learn to ask for help.
“Follow your instincts and your gut instincts and it will never let you down.”