The Circleville Pumpkin Show is in full swing (it's open through Saturday) with pumpkin cooked up in all sorts of sweet edible ways, from pumpkin pie to pumpkin cookies. As you're traipsing the food vendors this weekend, look for The Bexley Chocolatier, a new local chocolate maker that opened an online store earlier this year.

The Circleville Pumpkin Show is in full swing (it's open through Saturday) with pumpkin cooked up in all sorts of sweet edible ways, from pumpkin pie to pumpkin cookies. As you're traipsing the food vendors this weekend, look for The Bexley Chocolatier, a new local chocolate maker that opened an online store earlier this year.

The shop is making its Pumpkin Show debut this week, offering three festival-exclusive flavors: Dundicut Pumpkin Spice (with dundicut peppers, caramel and pumpkin spice), Caramel Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Chai. Chocolates are available in a sample box of three for $5, and in chocolate bars that are $4 each.

The chocolatier behind the treats is Bexley native Michael Gillam, a Culinary Institute of America grad who honed his craft several years ago after an Achilles injury limited his mobility. To keep himself occupied, he began playing with chocolate, putting cocoa butter in an airbrush nozzle to add a splash of color to the exterior of his treats. The result are Bexley Chocolatier's signature candies, molded in geometric shapes, that you could argue are too beautiful to eat.

"They're like little pieces of art," says co-owner Josh Lusiak. The collection includes flavors like Ghost Chili Caramel, Matcha Green Tea with Clover and Honey and Ginger Lemongrass. They're making more traditional flavors like Mint Meltaway, Dark Chocolate Salty Caramel and Strawberry Balsamic, too. Twenty-five flavors are staples, and others rotate seasonally; Gillam and Lusiak source local ingredients as much as they can.

The duo have sold their Belgian chocolates online, catching the attention of corporate clients like Express and festivals like Taste of Bexley. Since they're looking to carve a niche as a small-batch chocolatier, you may not find them at the supermarket anytime soon. But they do hope to be on a few small store counters by the holidays, including Katzinger's Deli.

For more, visit bexleychocolatier.com.