Updated: July 29, 2020 07:10 PM
Created: July 29, 2020 05:38 PM
NORTH CREEK - Inside a repurposed home built in the 1880s, Barkeater Chocolates is creating a 2020 delight.
Barkeater peanut butter cups, a popular mainstay of the North Creek company's product line, are getting a technological boost.
Until recently, owner Deb Morris and her chocolatiers would hand roll each ball of peanut butter that would fill the cup.
"Hand rolling was definitely a slow down for us," said Morris.
Now, a new machine custom-engineered by Fronhofer Design of Glens Falls brings some automation to the process. They call it "Plop."
"That's the best way to describe how the peanut butter comes out. We plop it out of the machine."
"Plop" became fully functional just a few weeks ago and it's already paying off because sales of peanut butter cups are taking off.
"Peanut butter cups are outselling everything else, sometimes 2 to 1."
Not bad considering they expanded during a pandemic, but the company which sells its products at its store on Route 28 and more than 200 retailers across the country, is accustomed to a little adversity.
"Barkeater Chocolates started in '08 in the middle of a recession, which was fantastic timing," Morris said sarcastically. "And then we unveiled six new peanut butter cups, and a new bar incidentally, right at the beginning of a pandemic."
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