Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there. The children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar plums danced in their heads.
But, who are the creators of those delectable treats? It’s not the cheerful St. Nick with a little round belly, that shakes when he laughs like a bowlful of jelly. The magical sweets are created by the Candymaker, also known as a Confectioner. These sugar-rush masters make it difficult to settle our brains for a long winter’s nap. They have the ability to take simple ingredients, the right amount of time and heat to manifest treats we literally dream of!
A career that is fueled by a love of sugar is not meant for everyone. We asked Candymaker, Davina Soondrum aka @misswonka, what inspired her to venture down the path of sweets.
I could not think of anything more addictive than making others happy by something I created.
She is a self-proclaimed sugar pusher at heart and found inspiration from such icons as Sylvia Weinstock,
Jacques Torres from the PBS show Dessert Circus,
and Marcel Desaulniers, author of “Death by Chocolate”.
These three idols, however, did not spark the sweet tooth within Davina. They just encourage it. Roald Dahl’s whimsical tale of a young boy and his adventure in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was what excited her passion for confections.
This fantastical tale ignited Davina’s imagination and will forever be the catalyst of her career.
I am the maker of music, the dreamer of dreams
Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
When we first met Davina she was a candymaker at Shane’s Confectionery but has since then moved on.
Today she creates delightful goodies as the pastry chef at Lacroix while simultaneously working on her pet project called “Hey, Sugar”. With her personal confectionery circus where she see herself as the ringmaster. “Hey, Sugar” allows her to research and develop chocolate bars, infused cotton candy sugar, hand pulled sugar confections, and gummies. YUMMY!
There are exciting things to come from Davina and we can’t wait to try all over her tasty treats.