Sweet Pís hopes to hook Lake Country on creative, healthy chocolates, toffees
Fatherís Day is opportunity to reel in chocolate fish, owner says

By Josh Perttunen - Enterprise Staff

June 12, 2014

Sweet Pís Pantryís hand-crafted chocolate fish are inspired by Lake Countryís marine environment and owner Sharon Pavichís father, who was an avid sportsman and outdoorsman.  
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OCONOMOWOC - Sharon Pavich of Sweet Pís Pantry in downtown Oconomowoc hopes that those who are seeking to reel in that last-second Fatherís Day gift consider her hand-crafted chocolate fish.

The creations, she said, are inspired by the natural environs of Lake Country and by her own father, an avid sportsman and outdoorsman who exposed Pavich and her nine siblings to the outdoors.

ďHe took us all ice fishing and fly fishing,Ē she said. ďAnd when he came back from hunting, heíd always have candy bars in his satchel. I always went for the Heath bar.Ē

Pavich would later be inspired to create her own chocolate and toffee, using all-natural ingredients. What started as a part-time venture at the Oconomowoc Winter Farmers Market four years ago has expanded into a full-time operation complete with a production kitchen. In February, Sweet Pís production facility and retail outlet opened in the Old Theater Mall at 169 E. Wisconsin Ave.

Pavich said she intends to have new offerings for each season. The fish are part of the ďSummer by the LakeĒ season. All are made of creamy, solid Belgian chocolate. The larger bass comes in 12-oz. and 6-oz. sizes, whereas the mint chocolate minnows are 1 oz. each.  Both fish varieties are available in either milk or dark chocolate.

In her Sweet Pís Pantry venture, Pavich said she wanted something where she combine her background in interior design with her background in food. She had owned her own catering business in Chicago for 15 years prior to moving back to Wisconsin.

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