Maritime Marzipan Confectionery, owned by Mike and Jessica Fritz, offers chocolate treats hand-made right here in St. Peters Bay. Marzipan is a traditional European almond-based treat, and Maritime Marzipan combines classic marzipan with new and local flavours such as Receiver Coffee, PEI Sea Salt or Maritime Madness Habanero Honey, covered in high-quality Belgian chocolate and shaped into a variety of forms.
The couple’s business launched in Q4 2017 out of the commercial kitchen space at the St. Peters Complex. Mike is the one who makes the marzipan treats, and Jessica who is working full-time in Charlottetown supports the family business part-time in a sales and marketing function. Their products were first sold at the Victorian and other Christmas markets in town, and are now available at a variety of stores across PEI. You don’t have to go far to find the goodies: Check out MacDonald’s Rite Stop year-round, and the seasonal Maritime Marzipan store at the Landing. Next to an established product line, seasonal products keep coming out. Fritz Chocolates is the sister brand that was added in the summer using the same Belgian chocolate to create solid chocolate treats in fun shapes. Besides their own retail shop, and wholesales to other retailers, Maritime Marzipan offers a wide variety of customized products such as print on chocolate for business or individuals. Contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. After the first successful year in business, the Fritz family was looking for an adequate and dedicated year-round space for their growing production, and found it at the Complex. An archway transformed two old class rooms into one big production facility. Once plumbing was in, Mike outfitted the new space with custom countertops, chocolate melters and the needed kitchen essentials. Distinct areas for packaging, storage and administrative work – all overlooking the beautiful bay – make this new work space a more productive and efficient one. While recent efforts are targeted towards off-island sales, in 2019, the couple will also expand their seasonal business in St. Peters from selling their chocolate treats and serving specialty coffee to offering breakfast and sandwiches at a new coffee shop at the Landing. Follow Maritime Marzipan on Facebook to stay up to date. Happy New Year!