Marcellus (WSYR-TV) - From corner candy store to nationwide chocolate sensation – people are trying chocolate pizza everywhere, and it’s a unique product made only in Marcellus.
Now, the Chocolate Pizza Company is expanding.
The company is opening its first storefront outside of Central New York in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The dessert is made with premium chocolate, blended with English toffee. And in just two and a half years, 24-year-old Ryan Novak has transformed chocolate pizza from a single corner-store product into a nationally-known product.
”We're bringing CNY all across the country. You could be in Colorado, you could be in Texas, you could be in Florida, but you're still going to be eating a CNY made product,” said Novak.
Novak and his employees make, label, and pack chocolate versions of wings, drumsticks, and pizza continuously, filling orders for 700 wholesale accounts in 42 states.
Just this month they've made 6,000 drum sticks made of pretzels, caramel, nuts, and chocolate; as well as 12,000 chocolate pizza slices.
Novak has taken off one day in several months. He’s driven by more than a sweet tooth. Novak says his love for chocolate pizza is rooted in his childhood experiences and the memory of his mother.
“My mom died when I was 9. We would go to the chocolate pizza location together – we'd buy gifts, we'd eat chocolate together. So it's a personal feeling for me...brings back memories so I can feel like I'm doing a lot of stuff to connect with her through what I do here,” Novak said.
The Chocolate Pizza Company is currently hiring – and they need more people to help make their chocolate at their Marcellus location.
More information is available on their website