MEXICO CITY – In a celebration like Mother’s Day, when chocolate can’t be missing, some artisanal popsicles with personalized messages are the best allies for kids, from the shyest to the most affectionate, who don’t dare say out loud, “I love you.”
For the past four years, artisan chocolate-maker Samantha Carrion has been producing these candies, which make it easier to say “All happiness, mom,” or that she’s the “best mom in the world.”
It’s a symbol of love and affection, and of letting mom know what you really think of her,” said the creator of Sweet Cake Mexico in an interview with EFE.
Carrion offers her artisanal chocolate popsicles all year long for special dates and events like baptisms and weddings, but for Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day (celebrated on May 10 in Mexico) she makes products with special fillings.
Hidden inside the crunchy, bittersweet chocolate covering are nuts and cherries, a fruit she reserves for those special occasions because, she said, its intense red color is an allusion to love.
For such reasons, giving chocolates on Mother’s Day is more than a mere gesture: “Mother symbolizes happiness, she gives us joy in the home,” and that is what is reflected in this little detail.
Besides giving mom an innovative candy on a stick, the popsicles come with a wafer stuck on the chocolate that bears a heartfelt message. Because, Carrion said, “there are people who find it hard to say ‘mom, I love you.’”
Among the popsicles are also some with funny messages that sound just like so many Mexican moms, like “Because I’m your mother, that’s why,” or “When you have kids you’ll understand.”
This reflects a “diversification” strategy, because very often the chocolate popsicles are given to women by people who aren’t their children.
“You can give the popsicle to a girlfriend who is a mother with a message that doesn’t say ‘All happiness, mom,’” the artisan said.
She noted that another special detail is that cacao originated in Mexico and is fundamental to its gastronomy: “We even use it in mole – it’s something very special to Mexicans.”
At the moment of tasting it, chocolate brings happiness: “They say it cures everything from hangovers to heartbreak,” and there’s nothing more important for a child than to see he has pleased his mother.
Carrion dreams that in the future she will manufacture her own chocolate, but for the moment, she has a much nearer goal – to establish her company on the market.
“You don’t find these chocolate popsicles in a shopping center or a candy store. So I’d like to give people the chance to buy my products in a store,” she said.