“I think almost every person likes chocolate. I mean, there are very few who don’t,” says Laura Waitze Zuckerman, a Bridgewater resident who parlayed her own passion for chocolate by starting Yummie (908-285-1494; yummiecookies.com), a mail-order confectionery, in December 2004. Using Parisian chocolate, Zuckerman makes chocolate-covered pretzels, graham crackers, marshmallows—her Top Hats consist of three marshmallows covered in milk chocolate, white chocolate, and toffee—and much more. This month, in which we celebrate both Easter and Passover, she’s featuring delicately colored chocolate eggs, Butterfly Kisses, Baby Bunnies, and milk-chocolate–covered matzo sandwiches filled with either peanut butter and caramel or marshmallow and caramel.
For Zuckerman, who has a background in retail fashion—and whose runaway enthusiasm for her confections is probably what inspired Al Roker to run a segment on her last October on his Roker on the Road Food Network show—selling and marketing her products is clearly as much fun as making them, which she does at her Bridgewater home. Exhibit A: the Meteorite, a popcorn ball covered in caramel, milk chocolate, and M&Ms. It looks like it’s from outer space, and the taste is out of this world. Yummy!