Ellen & Claude Update: Thanksgiving 2015

Dan Donoghue

We’re retired…yeah!! It’s been an adjustment, but it has been nice having our own schedule, and being able to do things without worrying about store hours. At age 70 it is about time. Our dog is happy because we have been able to take him to the dog park more often. Our family is happy because we have been able to do things with them that were difficult while we were still working. Our friends are happy because we are more flexible with our time.

We have left The Chocolate Caper in good hands. Dan and Elizabeth not only use the same ingredients and recipes, but they have added many of their own touches and new products. They are patient with us when we come in to say hi even if they are busy. They remind us of ourselves when we were young and enthusiastic and just beginning our new business. We do miss our customers and the many conversations and gifts we shared over the years.

Our letters usually had a few words about what had happened during the previous year. We treated ourselves to a trip to Kauai as a retirement gift. We went to Colorado this summer to attend our god daughter’s wedding in the mountains. We spent 10 days in Rocky Mt. National Park before the wedding. It was wonderful – just a little cold getting out of sleeping bags in the morning.
Since this is part of a blog you will be hearing from us again. For now, we want to wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.
-Claude & Ellen

Ellen, Claude, Elizabeth and Dan


  1. patrick collins
    patrick collins
    December 24, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Hi you may not remember but my wife Linda was in the hospital at the same time getting treatment for her cancer you gave us a box of candy it was good we talked for a while and carried on with our fight. Linda passed on June 7 2002 we were married 34 years 11 months. I just found the empty candy box and looked up the cholate caper on line glad to see you are doing well Linda taught me to enjoy life and family we have 25 grand children 3 great grand children . I met another crazy woman who liked me and DeAnn brought 2 boys and 2 grand children with her have a happy life Pat

  2. Sunny Schubert
    Sunny Schubert
    December 2, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    Congratulations, and I’m glad you’re enjoying your well-deserved retirement, but I will sure miss arguing politics with you! Merry Christmas!

  3. Kathy Pugh
    Kathy Pugh
    November 25, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Congratulations on your retirement Claude and Ellen! I haven’t been back to Wisconsin recently, but when I pass through Oregon on my way to Paoli I always think of you two. What a special couple you are – and so glad you left your business with another special couple, Dan & Elizabeth! Happy Thanksgiving – enjoy family time!

  4. Diane Johannes
    Diane Johannes
    November 21, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Glad to hear you are doing well. .you look great. .we miss you Claude and Ellie, but I love chatting with Dan and Elizabeth too
    Happy Thanksgiving to you all