Mella began making fudge for a local sweet shop in Bantry when she was in school. Fifteen years later, having worked in a variety of different spheres, she decided to set up her own business making fudge.
Gradually her kitchen enterprise grew in scale and now she works from her own unit kitchen in Lisavaird Co-op, outside Clonakilty, West Cork. The fudge comes in four flavours – vanilla, rum & raisin, walnut and chocolate.
Regarded as the industry Oscars, The Guild of Fine Food’s Great Taste Awards are the UK and Ireland’s most prestigious accolades for fine food and drink. Mella’s Fudge has won a Gold 2 star Great Taste Award for the Vanilla flavour, while the Rum & Raisin and the Walnut have each received a Gold 1 star. The Chocolate won silver in the Irish Food Awards 2009. Mella’s Fudge is the only fudge made in Ireland to have won such awards.