Aaron Hale has always loved to cook, so he decided to join the Navy as a cook. But in 2006, when the wars in Iraq an Afghanistan were both in full swing, he felt like he had to do more to help.
That’s when he left his job as a cook and decided to become a technician for the explosive ordinance disposal team, which is responsible for detecting and disarming explosive threats.
In 2011, he was in Afghanistan when he was set out to detonate an IED. He started making his way toward the IED with his evidence kit and metal detector, and thought everything would be okay since there was little risk because it was already rendered safe.
But what he didn’t know was that about 30 meters away, there was a secondary device that hadn’t be detected yet. It exploded and punted him in the air.
When he looked up, he couldn’t see, but just assumed is helmet was in the way. When he went to lift his helmet off his head, he realized he wasn’t wearing one. He had just unfortunately lost his sight in the explosion.
Medics immediately tended to him and he was airlifted to the hospital. After a couple surgeries, they told him that he would be blind forever.
Although he felt lost and depressed, he found comfort in making fudge, and he was good at it.
He began making so much fudge that his wife, McKayla, started giving it away to people because it was more than they knew what to do with. Soon, people were coming back for more.
Hale finally found his purpose, that not only made him feel significant, but one that brought happiness to others.
That’s when he started his fudge business, “Extra Ordinary Delights.”
From Tiramisu to strawberry, Hale’s delicious fudge does not disappoint, and has even earned him an awarded grant from Nantucket-based non-profit Holidays For Heroes, to help with his business.
Learn more about Hale’s inspiring story in the video below, and click here to visit his website.