Five years after surviving the natural disaster that swept the entire country, proud survivor Ms. Dionne Gant, otherwise known as Ms. D, has established herself in Atlanta as an old-fashioned candy maker and business owner.
Ms. D has sold her products across the country, but you can find her original shop right down the street at the Sweet Auburn Market across from Cafe Campesino.
“I relocated here five years ago after Hurricane Katrina,” Ms. D said. “I wanted to literally find myself in a place of peace after the devastation and loss.”
Ms. D’s journey wasn’t an easy one. After the hurricane had come and swept up her entire life, she and her family were relocated to Mississippi, Alabama, and then finally to Atlanta.
“The people in Atlanta have showed so much love and compassion,” Ms. D said. “One day, I will make the people of Atlanta proud.”
Ms. D’s candy-making business is something she considers to be a “lifelong journey,” using a recipe she’s perfected for over 25 years.
Before finally deciding to open up her own candy business, Ms. D was going through a divorce of 20 years and decided that it was time to focus on matters that pertained directly towards her happiness- making cakes and candy.
She currently sells pralines in nine different flavors including coconut, almond, walnut, pecan and several other flavors.
Ms. D carries classical snacks such as trail mix, candy apples, praline apples, caramels and the Triple Flavor World Famous Popcorn (caramel, butter and cheddar flavor). Another interesting menu item are the pratzels, which are praline-covered pretzels.
Ms. D sells her products regularly to 166 different businesses in Atlanta, such as to vendors and at restaurants. She also bakes and delivers cakes to any ordering parties.