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Find a variety of dark, milk and white chocolates at Serendipity Chocolate Factory, which is run inside Master’s Hand Candle & Company Gift Shop in Tekamah. Photo by Omaha World-Herald.
Making chocolates a labor of love

Each piece of candy is a work of art at Tekamah shop

By Todd von Kampen WORLD-HERALD CORRESPONDENT
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Several generations of family chocolate-making secrets provide the special charm one finds at Serendipity Chocolate Factory, one of several enterprises run by Susie and Scott Robison inside Master’s Hand Candle & Company Gift Shop at Tekamah.
The Robisons pride themselves in creating individual works of art with each piece of dark, milk or white chocolate sold by the piece or by the box. Though the recipes have been passed down over many years, the couple say they inherited their love of chocolatemaking from Susie Robison’s mother, “self-confessed chocoholic” Kathryn Petersen. The factory can assemble wedding favors, gift boxes or baskets and corporate gifts.
Master’s Hand sits along U.S. Highway 75 about one mile south of Tekamah.
Highlights
You can get free samples of Serendipity chocolates, including Sea Salt Caramels, Almond Toffee and 18 kinds of fudge.
Other products sold at Master’s Hand include the Robisons’ long-burning para-soy candles, floral arrangements, fragrances, purses, jewelry, “diva-wear,” home-décor items and antiques.
Special features
Tours of the chocolate factory, the candle-making process and the floral shop are available by appointment.
“Ladies’ luncheons” (including soup or salad, entrée and chocolate desserts) are available by reservation for $11.99 each.
Decorating demonstrations are offered for groups.
Did you know?
Master’s Hand was founded in 2003, when Susie Robison — then a single parent — and her daughter and son (then 16 and 6 respectively) began making candles to support their household. The business’s offerings reflects “all the things that we have loved learning to do,” Susie Robison said.
On the calendar
Spring Fling and Junque on the Green (flea market), featuring “the best Easter egg hunt this side of the Mississippi” and other activities, annually the Saturday before Easter. Fall Junque on the Green, Sept. 12-13.
Sneak Peek Christmas Open House, Oct. 9.
Red Hat Christmas Extravaganza, including activities for Red Hat tea groups, decorating demonstrations, wine-tasting and tours of Huston House and Bryant House in Tekamah in November.
Need to know
Website: Seredipity Chocolate Factory at Master's Hand Candles
Phone: 402-374-2003 or 1-888-363-2003
Address: 3599 County Road F (South U.S. Highway 75), Tekamah, NE 68061
Admission: Call or email info@mastershandcandles.com.
Hours: 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday, closed Sunday.

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