Monday, May 27, 2024

Catharine Sweeney and Elaine Hsieh of EHChocolatier. (Photo: EHChocolatier)

EHChocolatier, maker of artisanal candy bars and distinctively decorated bonbons since 2009, is closing April 28, founders Elaine Hsieh and Catharine Sweeney said in an email Tuesday. They are “pursuing different paths,” with Sweeney opting out of cooking and business for the foreseeable future.

“Catharine will be retiring to spend more time with her family as well as traveling, gardening and whatever else life brings,” while Hsieh will be “exploring new opportunities and collaborations.”

The founders called it “a bittersweet moment.”

“As we reflect on the past 14 years, we are filled with a deep sense of gratitude for all the wonderful memories, experiences, and relationships we have built with our loyal customers and dedicated employees,” the founders said. “Although this decision was not an easy one, we believe it is the best one for us.”

In a biography on the site My Digital Publication, food writer Andrea Pyenson described what led to the start of EHChocolatier in 2009:

They met over a wedding cake. When a mutual friend asked Elaine Hsieh and Catharine Sweeney to make the dessert for her nuptial celebration, the women – who did not know each other at the time – could not have predicted the eventual outcome: that 12 years later they would form EHChocolatier, producing artisanal chocolates and bonbons in the Somerville building that also houses Taza Chocolate and Fiore di Nonno cheese.

EHChocolatier is now at 145 Huron Ave., Huron Village, Cambridge,

Hsieh will still be reachable through EHChocolatier’s Instagram page and LinkedIn, the email said.