By Jennifer Farnsworth
For Rosemary Keville, candy is more than a sweet treat.
As owner of Keville Handcrafted Chocolates, a state-certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise, Keville specializes in making bonbons, caramels and buttercrunch, all of which hold a special meaning for her.
She said her affection for the candies comes from visits she once took with her parents to Ireland, where they were originally from. She remembers her mom’s love of black licorice and the caramels that her dad looked forward to.
Keville said her father was a master carpenter who taught her how to pay attention to details. As he was starting to find chewing more difficult, she decided to learn how to make the candy in a fashion that he could enjoy.
“I learned to make a soft version for my dad, and I also started making buttercrunch for my mom, something that she loved,” she said.
She is also the owner of Keville Insurance, another Certified Women Owned Business Enterprise. She has been involved in insurance and risk management for over 20 years. At one point, she started bringing the homemade candies to her clients and from there the interest in her handmade treats started to spiral.
Keville Handcrafted Chocolates is located at 100 Saratoga Village Boulevard, Suite 42, in Malta. Opening in that space was over a year in the making.