Meet the Willy Wonka of Newfoundland — originally from Sri Lanka
Posted on January 20th, 2024

Courtesy CBC

This baker’s true passion is his gourmet chocolate business

A man wearing a winter jacket stands in front of an open car trunk, holding a box of colourful chocolates.
Charmiria Meilinda hopes his handmande chocolate business takes off. Originally from Sri Lanka, he now lives in L’Anse au Loup. (Amy Feehan/CBC)

Chamira Milinda is the owner of Chocolate de Champ, a small homemade chocolate business he runs out of his home in L’Anse au Loup, a community on Labrador’s southern coast.

Since moving to Labrador from his home in Sri Lanka in 2012, Milinda has been working full time in a bakery. He dedicates his time outside of work to crafting his unique and handmade chocolate designs and fulfilling his online orders. 

And yes — the movie, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, did play a role in his sweet treat dreams. 

He is in the early days of his business, with his first pop-up sale recently in Corner Brook. But Milinda has big plans for the future and hopes this will be the start of getting the name Chocolate de Champ around the province. 

CBC Newfoundland Morning reporter Amy Feehan spoke with Milinda as part of the show’s focus on Canadian entrepreneurs.

CBC News Newfoundland2 days agoAutoplayChamira Milinda has a dream: to become the Willy Wonka of Newfoundland. Milinda, who grew up in Sri Lanka, learned to make chocolate in culinary school, and now has his own small business called Chocolate de Champ. His goodies look almost too good to eat. See for yourself!

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