It all started nearly
ten years ago when Jeanne Fleming and Jessica
Bard were asked to make the hors d’oeuvres for
an opening at a local art gallery. The show was
entitled: Shrines and Altars. So, we decided to
make a goddess entirely out of food, wine flowing
freely from her breasts, and providing everything
from nibbles to dessert. We were inspired by the
Tibetan goddess Tara–a Green Tara–the Goddess
of Compassion and the Goddess of the "god-less"
in that she was a totally accepting goddess who
welcomed all into her protection whether they
were direct followers of her or not or whether
they worshiped any god at all. That was the spirit
we wanted for our original creation: a generous,
welcoming and warm goddess.
Our Goddess turned out
to be a massive project, taking the skills of
a sculptor, who carved her in Styrofoam to our
specifications. A trip to the local beer making
guys showed us how to make wine mysteriously flow
from her breasts. That information and a few hundred
dollars worth of fruits, vegetables, and candy
later, we began what turned into a week long project
for both of us. In the end, we developed a philosophy
for our food goddess and a raison d’etre for every
piece of food that she offered up to the amazed
opening night crowd. No one ever figured out how
we made the wine flow on request (into specially
made cups!). The children finished off the candy
in her beautiful headdress and our local Green
Man kept stealing her beautiful, huge, strawberry
nipples (we came prepared to replace them, of
We affectionately call
her Tara, but of course, she was our own creation
in Tara's spirit. Over the years we have remade
Tara many times–in many different media, but the
ones that were always the most colorful were the
ones made of candy. It was during one of these
extravaganzas that we thought to make Chocolate
The next step was the Footprint and we were on our way!
We wanted to make something that would make people happy. We couldn't think
of anything more happy-making than chocolate. But we also realized that chocolate is intensely divine
and that making chocolate is a form of prayer and eating chocolate is an offering to the body and the
spirit. After flowers, chocolate is the offering most pleasing to the gods and goddesses of nearly
every culture . What better than an offering, a prayer and dessert all in one–the Chocolate Deities.
Chocolate Deities are handcrafted of excellent quality Belgian, fair-trade dark, milk and white
chocolate by family chocolatiers in the Catskill Mountains of New York. Each one carries with it
the story of that particular deity and implicitly a wish. Our designs are unique to our company,
accomplished by a design and sculptural team that includes Jeanne Fleming, Jessica Bard, Natasha
Brooks-Sperduti and Cristina and Diego Cid of
Creators of Legend. We can custom make any
deity you may require, given enough lead time. We look forward to working with other designers who have
creative ideas for our confections.
We thank our Musical Muse and Goddess, Julia Haines, for the beautiful music
that greets you when you are on our website, that comes from her CD Thunder Perfect Mind, her original
composition based on the only Gospels written in the female voice!
Call us at 845.758. 5519 Email Us at firstname.lastname@example.org.