Stephanie - Founder & chief fancy pants
Stephanie's baking started early in life, cracking eggs into mud and receiving a suitable spanking for it. Today she is a qualified Professional Chocolatier creating Artisanal Chocolates and confections. Her dedication and creativity finds its channel in bringing her customers delightful alternatives-to-the-ordinary to amaze their senses. Internationally recognized as one of South Africa's best chocolatiers.
From chasing chickens around the farm to canning food and baking traditional foods at home is what sparked my passion to persue my career in the culinary industry. Today I'm a caramel expert. I love working with vibrant colors. Coming from a family that is creative in the kitchen also encourages me to always be open minded, adventurous and willing to push the boundaries when it comes to experimenting with confectionery products.
Tossing around flour and baking powder in my mom's bakery is what sparked my interest in the culinary arts. Currently completing my culinary degree but quickly became the tempering expert at Jack Rabbit. Colour, shapes and turning nothing into something is what sparks my creativity.
Palisa hails from the mountains of Matatiele in the Eastern Cape. She does agriculture in her spare time. She loves adventure, traveling, cooking and not forgetting the willingness to learn and help other people. Working with chocolate was the most fascinating experience and she's definitely made the most of it.
The passion for cooking and the love for service started with my Grandmother who made vatkoekies for a living. Though I never pursued this at the start, I later left my job in the motor industry to pursue my love for baking. I then completed a diploma in pastry through Capsicum Culinary. I have spent a few years raising my kids and on a part-time small business making cakes and other goodies for a variety of clients. Then I recently had an opportunity to join Jack Rabbit Chocolate studio. The art of working with chocolate has been the most fulfilling job.
It started with taking empty tins and putting in some soil and water. I would burn myself and try again, even if I didn't know what I was cooking. The passion of experimenting grew bigger, I then followed my mother to her kitchen where she would allow me to use her old metal cups to cook with on her precious stove. I would explore with anything that I found in her kitchen that you can put into your mouth. I looked at how she would mix things up to make good food, I would try to do better than her but no one would enjoy my food...they would always try to make me feel better by telling me to try again, but it would still taste bad - I was better at baking. I'm a food lover and I also want people to enjoy all that I make. That is what drives my passion of making the best not only food but also the best chocolate.
I have never been an enthusiast of any kitchen, until I met my husband. Now I am a self-proclaimed foodie, willing to try anything to broaden my palette's horizons. I am most excited to be able to learn some amazing new skills from the very best chocolatiers in South Africa - nay, in the world! I am counting my lucky stars to have the opportunity to be part of the Jack Rabbit team - I mean who wouldn't want to be surrounded by yummy chocolate goodies all day, every day?!
When delivering orders
We are proud of each chocolate piece sold and delivered to our customers. They are each carefully created and require some special attention when being transported.
- The chocolate bonbons are temperature sensitive and therefore cannot be exposed to heat.
- We only do national deliveries when we are able to create a cool environment for our chocolates while they are being transported.
- While our chocolates are placed into containers with the utmost care, we cannot determine how they will be handled once they leave our store.
- Deliveries in Pretoria and Johannesburg are normally done by our team of chocolatiers and therefore a little more expensive.
You are always welcome to visit us in-store to collect orders.
Friends of Jack Rabbit
Our trusted colleagues, partners, collaborators and friends. We frequently work together, and so we have them listed here should you need additional fabulous items to give your function or event that extra something special!
Whisk Away Ice Cream
The WhiskAway team discovered a love for making ice creams and sorbets. Our range of luxury, artisan products are all handmade, and free from artificial additives. With our ice cream cart, we cater for all events including weddings, birthday parties, christenings, etc. Unique flavours, exclusivity and personal service are what WhiskAway is all about, as well as the desirable option of custom flavours on demand. More info here.
Lucky Bread Co
The coolest Catering for your next function, We use Lucky Bread for all of our catering needs! More info here.
Web, marketing & design
Seventh Season Creative
Seventh Season Creative is a design studio nestled in the suburbs of Pretoria. Even though our main gigs are websites and digital marketing, Jack Rabbit sometimes lets us design cool packaging for them. We like trees and pancakes (separately) and also coffee. More info here.
Event planning & styling
Konfetti Love was born in 2016 and specialises in bespoke event planning, decor styling and creative consulting. From beginning to end. From concept to finish. Konfetti Love pushes creative boundaries to create lasting impressions and turn your idea into something spectacular. More info here.
Custom lollipops & candy
The Lollipop League
The Lollipops League makes whimsical small batch candies and lollipops. Established in 2012 we now have a range of 30+ unique flavours that are as delicious as they are beautiful. We also love to collaborate with customers to make their own one a kind lollipops. More info here.
Swank and Flair
Bespoke gift boxes for him, for her, for baby, for corporate and all occasions! With us your options are endless. Let’s work together to create the ultimate lasting impression. More info here.
The Tasting Room
The Tasting Room aims to bring the flavours and atmosphere of a tasting experience in the Cape’s finest vineyards to the heart of Pretoria. Enjoy a range of tasting flights - from the more traditional wine, cheese and olives to the unusual, such as chocolate, coffee and macarons. The Tasting Room embraces local suppliers and producers, big and small, while creating jobs and forging relationships between consumers and makers. More info here.