REGINA – Sierra Antosh (9) was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes two years ago. Now she sells chocolates to help others with the same disease.
Sierra said it all started with a single form of silicon.
“So I washed that out and we had dark chocolate chips, so I melted that and frozen it,” the young chocolatier explained.
It didn’t take long for the news to reach family and friends. More than 400 chocolates later, Sierra has several smaller shapes in the game to create new shapes, including pineapples, gingerbread men and more.
Once the chocolates are attached and shaped, they are bagged for sale. A portion of the proceeds will go to Diabetes Canada to raise awareness and fund devices such as insulin pumps.
“This is how other kids like me can get a pump or a cure,” said Sierra.
The latest line of candy made on Sunday has Rice Krispies inside, but there are plenty of other options too, including strawberry and a white chocolate and chili pepper flavor.
Sierra says it’s the caramel-filled guy she loves to make the most.
“It’s one of the harder ones, but it was one of the first ones I actually did so it’s special to me,” said Sierra.
Shaun Antosh, Sierra’s father, said the orders had really started to branch out outside of Regina.
“We get jobs for two to three dozen at a time from people in Fort Qu’Appelle, from people in town, and some go to Australia, we have been told,” Shaun said. “So she’s getting a fan base.”
Sierra sells her chocolates through her mother’s Facebook page and the family said they are preparing for a round of Easter chocolates.
“Then after Easter is over, we’re going to reevaluate her and give her some time to be a kid,” Shaun said.
In the meantime, the chocolate factory is running at full speed.