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About Sandy and CMF

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Welcome to Chocolate Making Fun!

chocolate class with 4th graders.

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My name is Sandra Nakashima, and I am passionate about cooking and, in particular, the art of making chocolate candies.

My Culinary Journey

My culinary journey began at a young age when I discovered my love for cooking. By the time I was 12, I was already preparing family meals and experimenting with different flavors and techniques. As I grew older, I pursued my passion by working at various small independent food locations, honing my skills and expanding my knowledge.

One of the significant milestones in my career was when I had the opportunity to work at Maruki Tei, a Japanese restaurant in Kaneohe, Hawaii. There, I gained valuable experience in prep-work and further developed my understanding of the intricacies of Japanese cuisine.

Later on, I moved to California and joined the team at General Hospital in Eureka as a cook and diet technician. For 12 years, I dedicated myself to creating delicious and nutritious meals for the hospital’s patients and staff. It was during this time that I realized my true calling – the art of chocolate making.

Drakes' Glen Creations

In 1999, my son and I embarked on an exciting venture together, Drakes Glen Creations. We established ourselves as a wholesale manufacturer, operating from our kitchen space at the Arcata Culinary Center. Our chocolates were not only sold in local stores but also crafted for special non-profit groups and events. Additionally, we offered retail sales through our website, allowing chocolate lovers from all over to enjoy our creations.

Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic and my son’s health condition led us to make the difficult decision to dissolve Drakes Glen Creations in 2021. However, retirement didn’t quell my passion for chocolate making and teaching others. I found myself yearning to share my knowledge and recipes with fellow enthusiasts.

Chocolate Making Fun

And so, Chocolate Making Fun was born. Through this website, I aim to empower and inspire individuals of all ages to create their own delectable chocolate candies. I firmly believe that anyone can master the art of chocolate making with the right guidance and a sprinkle of creativity. Over the years, I have had the pleasure of teaching both the young and the old, witnessing the joy that comes from crafting something delicious from scratch.

Join me on this chocolate-filled journey as we explore various techniques, share recipes, and unlock the secrets to creating mouthwatering chocolate treats. Together, let’s indulge in the sweet pleasure of chocolate making.

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Have you ever wanted to learn chocolate making? Let Sandy bring the fun to you and your friends.