Hot Chocolate Sauce, Saving Animals Becomes Powerful Couple For Women Of Palm Beach County
BOCA RATON, Florida – In a vegan kitchen in Boca Raton, Carol Chapius does magic.
When she’s not in the kitchen, boarding and rescuing animals at Loxahatchee Groves is her happiness.
“I myself have two horses, eight pigs, a sheep, a goat, two chickens and six cats,” Chapius said.
When the coronavirus pandemic first struck, Chapius said she unfortunately had to shut down the pension business.
“The animal rescue is survived by the money I earn from animal boarding. When the market collapsed, I couldn’t save animals anymore,” she said.
After spending his entire life saving animals, Chapius decided it was time to spice things up.
She called her good friend Jennifer Swiger for ideas. It was then that the two said they had struck chocolate gold.
The two expanded the Fire Hiney brand of sauces, and their most popular mix quickly became hot chocolate sauce.
“She calls me in the morning, and she asks me what I’m doing, and I said, ‘I’m making hot chocolate sauce.’ And she says, ‘What?’ “Said Swiger.
Hot chocolate sauce was born.
“We call it the five-second after-party,” Chapius said. “It takes five seconds for the heat to kick in. You get that pleasant, sweet, dessert flavor, and then that heat lights you up.”
Chapius and Swiger said proceeds from Fire Hiney Hot Sauces go directly to national awareness and support for animal rescues.
Chapius said that was the real reward.
“Why can’t I use my expertise to travel the country to educate, renovate and rehabilitate shelters across the country? I want to write checks to shelters across the country so they can do what I’m doing,” Chapius said.
“The education is also about how to renovate the facilities. I use tiled walls.… I am cage-free and have been doing this for 30 years.”
Swiger, who is now a co-partner with Fire Hiney, is inspired by the idea.
“Carol just put every person and every animal all the time, sometimes even on top of herself,” Swiger said.
Plus, she and her team travel, sell products, and educate people on their mission.
Since Fire Hiney Hot Sauce went live, several restaurants in South Florida have purchased the bottles.
Click here for a list of these restaurants or for more information on how you can purchase bottles to support animal rescue.