A COUPLE quit their busy city jobs to become real-life Willy Wonkas — by buying a chocolate factory.
Mark Owen, 50, and wife Karen, 46, produce 100,000 bars a year and employ 22 workers.
5 Karen and Mark Owen quit their city jobs to become chocolatiers Credit: Wales News Service
The couple, who have three children, had dreamed of making
chocolate, with Karen having worked as a chocolatier as a teenager.
They left their London jobs in 2013 to run Wickedly Welsh Chocolate — a factory, café and visitor centre in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire.
Mark said: “We realised that life is short and Karen had been going on for ages about making chocolate.
“Making chocolate is the best thing we have ever done.
“We love what we do and now make over 100,000 bars of chocolate a year.
“Coming up with new recipes is so exciting.
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“We just want to partner with as many independent retailers as possible. “
5 Karen is living her dream as she whips up a batch of chocolate Credit: Wales News Service
5 The couple produce 100,000 chocolate bars a year Credit: Wales News Service
5 Their salted caramel chocolate is a customer favourite Credit: Wales News Service
5 The couple have become like real-life versions of Willy Wonka, played by Gene Wilder in 1971 Credit: Alamy
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