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Blind chocolate maker crafts recipes using senses


MADISON (WKOW) -- We sometimes take for granted using our five senses everyday, but a Theresa chocolate maker, who's blind, knows that each sense is important when making chocolates from scratch.

Joel Bernhard, owner of Confections for Any Occasion, relies on tasting, smelling, hearing and touching to make chocolates for his business.

He's completely blind and can only see light and dark shadows. Bernhard can't rely on his vision for anything. He's running a successful business by feeling the difference between sugar and flour and smelling the different extracts required in a chocolate recipe.

He's been crafting chocolate recipes since high school, starting about 15 years ago.

"Your other senses are more enhanced. Some are better and some are not, but it's what you rely on," said Bernhard.

Bernhard says the holidays are the busiest time of the year. They're placing corporate and individual chocolate orders. The holidays account for 25 percent of yearly sales for the company.

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