When happy accidents result in some Sweet Temptations

Sometimes it’s the happy accidents in life that are responsible for our greatest joys. An unplanned trip with friends, a spontaneous dance in the street or even an impromptu session in the kitchen. All it took was one rainy afternoon and pleading children to direct Anita Labuschagne into her own kitchen, where she decided to try her hand at her grandma’s tamaletjie recipe – a sweet toffee like concoction well known in Afrikaans and Malay cultures. The rest, well, it’s a Sweet Temptation of course.

The candy striped confection’s brand name came about quite naturally, as a familiarity that would make people feel like they couldn’t resist a treat. Despite studying accounting and IT, Anita is in her happy place in the kitchen creating decadent sweets for people to enjoy: “I’ve always been an entrepreneur at heart and I have always had some sort of sideline business whilst working in a corporate environment.”

Anita spent two years making her sweet and intriguing flavoured toffees from home in Somerset West, but since the success of her business, they have relocated to a small factory close to home. A huge benefit for the business is having a daughter and son-in-law, who are both qualified chefs, working with Anita at Sweet Temptations: “Their young and inquisitive minds always come up with some wonderful, yummy flavour combinations that are a cut above the rest.”

Inspiration is also rich from customers and their interesting requests for flavour combinations, as well as the endless research required to keep up to date with the latest confectionery trends. Diemersfontain Pinotage Toffee anyone?

With the ever-changing needs of the public, Anita finds herself navigating the creative journey with pride and an unwavering commitment to always deliver premium quality ingredients and world class service to their valued customers. She keeps her quality to high standards by testing and tasting all that is created, but she jokes that this does results in gaining a few centimetres on the hips. But then each business comes with sacrifices and these are oh-so-sweet.

For Anita, waking up every morning ready to tackle something you love is what keeps her feeling driven and motivated to run her business: “We deliver what we promise. We promise premium quality, indulgent products and as always, excellent service.”

As one of our exclusive birthday partners, Sweet Temptations have created 3 uniquely South African flavours only available on Yuppiechef.com. Can you resist a little rare and sweet temptation? We didn’t think so.