Creator of signature candy visits local chocolate shop

October 7, 2008

By Jim Feehan

Jo Cool knows candy is dandy, but fine chocolate and truffles are divine.

The Nebraska woman behind the signature chocolate confection at Sweet Decadence paid a visit to the Newcastle chocolatier last month. Cool, that’s here real name, was impressed to see her photo on the wall at the chocolate shop and the fact that her homemade recipe has been such a hit.

Jo Cool (left) makes some of her signature candy with Sandra Wixon, owner of Sweet Decadence. By Jim Feehan

Jo Cool (left) makes some of her signature candy with Sandra Wixon, owner of Sweet Decadence. By Jim Feehan

“I’m happy and honored to have a chocolate named after me,” Cool said. “There aren’t too many candies like Jo Cool. I personally like it more than truffles.”

Sweet Decadence’s truffles come in a variety of flavors, including hazelnut crunch, milk chocolate, strawberry, Irish crème, toasted coconut and cabernet. But Cool’s candy trumps the truffles in sales at Sweet Decadence, said owner Sandra Wixon.

Jo’s daughter, RoJane Maybee, of Redmond, remembers how friends and family members in their hometown of Grand Island, Neb., delighted in her mom’s chocolates. 

“Holidays were spent dipping them one by one for holiday platters,” Maybee said.

Wixon bought her house from Maybee and received a sample of the creamy peanut butter chocolate then.

Wixon made Jo’s candy the signature candy at her store on the ground floor of the two-story office building next to Valley Medical Center’s Newcastle Medical Pavilion.

“It was just so wonderful for her to drop on by,” Wixon said. “I had one customer brought to tears when she saw Jo behind the counter making her candy.”

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