Jane and Sue’s Hey Splendid
Jane & Sue’s Hey Splendid is primarily a purveyor of fine chocolate. We are sisters, chocolatiers, and bakers. Using premium ingredients, thoughtfully sourced, we create delicious and beautiful chocolate bonbons, bars, and seasonal creations. We also make decadent sauces, (salted caramel sauce, chocolate hazelnut sauce), our vegan granola made with organic ingredients, and most recently, we are developing some delicious gluten free baking (it is possible!!). We use fine Belgian chocolate, choosing only chocolate that is part of a program to support the cocao farmers and producers in their country of origin. We strive to use organic and local ingredients whenever possible.
Later this month, we hope to have our new retail shop in Stanley Bridge open. This new space will provide us with a larger production area and a small retail space.
Both of us have been self-employed in the past. Years ago, Sue had a restaurant and tea room in Hamilton Ontario. For a time, Jane worked there, too. And from that time - throughout our lives, through the birth of our children, their growth to maturity, and our own separate paths for several decades, we dreamed of some day having a business together - sharing our love of good food. And finally, we were able to make that happen.
Sue came to PEI in 2002. Retiring from a career as a cardiac sonographer in 2015, Sue enrolled in the Pastry Arts Program at the Culinary Institute that same year. Jane had a career as a veterinary sonographer, operating a her own successful mobile veterinary ultrasound service in Ontario. As our plans and dream grew, Jane made the giant leap, sold her business, and moved to PEI in 2018. And so began Jane & Sue’s Artisan Bread and Chocolate.
Pivot and Pivot and Pivot!
The success of Jane’s organic sourdough breads was HUGE. Sue made the croissants and pastries, and of course, chocolate. We were delighted and overwhelmed with the response and started making plans to expand our production from the separate kitchen in our house, to a new dedicated space.
Early in 2020, our baking came to a screeching halt. Jane discovered she had developed baker’s asthma and a wheat allergy. She is unable to even be in the same building where flour is being used. Sadly, we had to discontinue the bread baking and reshape our business model.
We decided to focus on the chocolate. It was exciting to create new recipes and flavours, now that we had the time. Our plans for the new production space continued, and after searching for a new home for our business, we found it in Stanley Bridge. We signed the papers and were the proud owners of our new space the middle of March. A week later, the Island and the country shut down with the pandemic.
Like so many other businesses, we began to reinvent ourselves. The Farmers Markets were closed so we began to offer our products online. Thanks to Amy and Verena at HeartBeet Organics, and Sharon at Bloom House Florist, we were able to salvage our Easter and Mothers’ Day Chocolate sales.
Our new shop will showcase the world of chocolate. We will offer a selection of products, including bars, bonbons, seasonal treats, sauces and beverages Our hand painted chocolate bonbons are unique to PEI. It is our hope to offer chocolate tasting sessions, as the COVID restrictions ease. We are also developing our online store to compliment the shop.
COVID has taught us to never take anything for granted. It has also taught us that we are more resilient and creative than we realized. While change is difficult, we always learn and grow from it.
We our always so grateful for our customers. We are delighted and encouraged that they like our creations.
We have been encouraged and supported in our efforts by women who own and operate their own business here in PEI. The support we have received from these women in business has been truly AMAZING. Thank you so much!
Perhaps the most important thing we have to offer is this: If you have a dream, go for it. Never give up. It’s never too late to make your dream come true.
Where To Find Us
You can find us at the Summerside Farmers’ Market on Saturday mornings year-round. Our chocolate is also available at
- Farmacy & Fermentary in Charlottetown (order online at Heart Beet Organics)
- The Mill in New Glasgow, (Emily Wells Restaurant and Marche),
- Samuels Coffee House in Summerside or in Avonlea Village.
We also have products available online, and we are happy to put together custom orders upon request.
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