Chocolate Tree owner inducted into hall of fame

By Jaime Dailey - bio | email

BEAUFORT, SC (WTOC) - Pat Green, the owner of the Chocolate Tree in Beaufort, is getting some internation attention. Green was inducted into the International Candy Hall of Fame.

The Chocolate Tree in Beaufort is the place to be if you have a sweet tooth. There are so many treats to chose from.

"One of my personal favorites is our marshmallow. We make our own, we do a vanilla and a raspberry. When I'm stressed, that finds its way into my mouth," said Green.

Green started the Chocolate Tree more than 30 years ago.

"Originally this was just a hobby, making candy at home for friends and family and gift-giving," she said.

And now her store ships chocolate and gift baskets all over. Green says while the recipes are sweet, it's the people that have made the business a success.

"I think the secret to success has been the ownership of the community. When people come in and bring their visitors and friends, they don't say this is Pat Green's Chocolate Tree, they say this is our little candy shop," Green said.

Now her passion for making chocolate has landed her into the International Candy Hall of Fame.

"I was like, 'me, why me. I don't understand this. I"m just a little fish in the pond.' I was just very, very flattered to be nominated," she told WTOC.

She was recently inducted in Florida, joining an elite group of candy legends world wide.

"It was amazing. It was as close to the Academy Awards as I'll ever get. Only you can only get it one time in your lifetime," said Green. "This is a great culmination of a career. I'm planning on retiring after this fiscal year and my son and my sister will be taking over the business so this is a nice way to go out."

Green assures chocolate fans shouldn't worry, the recipes won't be changing.

Green was inducted into the International Candy Hall of Fame earlier this month during a black tie ceremony in Florida.

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