26-year-old Whitley County native learns baking from grandmother, soon-to-open bakery

26-year-old Chelsea Taylor discovered her love for baking five years ago when her grandmother Bonnie Shepherd began teaching her how to make peanut butter rolls and homemade fudge.

“My grandmother finally taught me after I got married,” said Taylor. “And I started making peanut butter roll. Well, she always got mad because I made it better than she did...because I’m a perfectionist when it comes to how my candy looks.” She said, “It just started from there and I’ve learned other recipes ever since.”

Since that moment, Taylor started whipping up sweet treats for friends and family in Whitley County, and the positive feedback has shaped her love for baking over time.

“They say, ‘it melts in your mouth’ or ‘it takes like a slice of Heaven’,” she said. “And If I can make pretty candy that tastes good, and it makes others happy...that makes me happy!”

After baking for parties and baby showers and selling sweets at local events, she decided to make a Facebook group to take up more orders. The Facebook group has since grown to 1,500 members.

Now, Taylor will open her very own bakery shop called Chelsea's Creations, located at 109 South Fourth Street, across from Dayspring Health in downtown Williamsburg.

Chelsea's Creations will offer homemade peanut butter rolls, pumpkin rolls, chocolate fudge, peanut butter fudge, buckeyes, chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry tacos, and pretzel rods, as well as special offers for the holidays. In addition, she is now offering a holiday candy tin for the Christmas season.

Prices range from individual candies at $1.50 or $2, a dozen buckeyes or Oreo balls for $10, a dozen chocolate-covered strawberries for $15, to a whole peanut butter roll for $40.

Customers can dine in or carry out as seating will be available along with a coffee bar and soft drinks as you satisfy your sweet tooth!

Chelsea’s Creations will tentatively open on Saturday, December 3.

If you have any questions or want more information, call Chelsea Taylor at 606-304-9859.

Samantha Walden, Staff Writer at The Kentucky Daily

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