Belfry Chocolates gives away giant Easter Bunny

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Flowers and chocolate are a natural pairing for many holidays and special occasions.

Lachlan McGurk, of Bern's Flowers & Gifts in Alliston opened Belfry Chocolates just over two years ago as a complimentary business to his flower shop on Victoria Street West.

He had been a steady customer at an existing chocolate producer in Stayner, sourcing all his chocolate from there to be sold in his flower and gift shop.

When the owners of the Stayner business decided to retire, Lachlan made the decision to purchase the business and start his own chocolate production.

The shop produces Belgian chocolate and comes in everything from plain chocolate bars and flavoured chocolate to special items like wedding favours.

“We brought the equipment in here and got a lot of training,” Lachlan explained of launching a new business. “We had two months of training and I went on a course in Montreal. We then re-branded the business to Belfry. We make everything on site. We've developed our own range of chocolate bars. We also do custom chocolate for things like engagements with their names on the chocolate.”

Their products are sold in the flower shop as well as at other locations in the region and even in several estate wineries in Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Lachlan came up with the idea of creating a giant Easter bunny for the holiday.

The bunny was displayed at several businesses around town and people could enter to win it have and have one long lasting supply of chocolate.

If you did a selfie with the bunny and posted it on-line, you were given five extra ballots to be entered in the draw.

A draw on April 1, determined the winner.

The bunny is big enough that even if you are a real chocolate lover, it would still probably take you a year to put it all away.

Flowers and chocolate are the perfect match when it comes to giving someone a special gift.

Brian Lockhart, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, New Tecumseth Times