Just a year ago, Jennie Hales didn't know anything about comic cons. Now, she’s making geeks buzz over her Star Wars, Marvel and otherwise geek-themed chocolates at Utah’s nerd fests.
This year's Salt Lake Comic Con will be her fourth. Along with last year's SLCC, Hales, owner and maker at The Truffle Cottage, had chocolate booths at this year's Salt Lake Comic Con FanX and Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle.
“I had a friend who called me last year to tell me she was going to a comic convention,” Hales says. “She said, ‘I think I could get you a booth,’ so I spent days seeing what kind of nerdy chocolates we could make.” Her geeky treats include a s’more-flavored Millennium Falcon, mint and cookies and cream Boba Fett and dark chocolate pomegranate Darth Vader.
“Star Wars stuff is always popular,” Hales says. “Every year, we try to expand on Star Wars.”
Nerd culture aside, The Truffle Cottage creates novelty chocolates and truffles in the shapes of eye balls, hand tools and more. “Doctors use my chocolates at their presentations,” Hales says. “I had one psychologist who gave out our chocolate brains.”
Hales isn't only concerned about the shape of chocolates, though—taste matters. “We have so many different flavors we do with white chocolate,” she says. “I really like the salted caramel truffles, but if I were to choose a favorite white chocolate flavor, it would be lime and coconut.”
And if you're tired of all the geekiness, Truffle Cottage also makes regular-shaped chocolates.
Spoiler Alert: At this year’s Salt Lake Comic Con, Hales will bring new Harry Potter goodies. And this Halloween season, look for chocolates in the shape of Chucky, Freddy and other horror-movie icons.
The Truffle Cottage is located at 119 E. 200 South, Pleasant Grove. Sign up for the Truffle of the Month Club and/or Novelty Truffle of the Month Club at thetrufflecottage.com. And visit Hales' booth, number 2326, at Salt Lake Comic Con, Sept. 4–6.