Fruit Gin Truffles

Fruit Gin Truffles

Over the last week I've begun work on an exclusive range of fruit gin based truffles for the Ely Gin Company. It's always fun working on a new project and playing around with new ideas
and January's always a good time of year to do this. We're also working on a range of Valentine's truffles, but these won't be available until next year. It takes a good few weeks to develop a flavour idea, and then we have to test the shelf life of a product to be comfortable that we have the longevity we need. We often find that a flavour which works brilliantly when it's been made will lose some of its character over time. The most notable example was a Pimm's truffle we tried out a couple of years ago. When fresh, it has a lovely zingy Pimm's and Lemonade character but rapidly loses the flavours, so this one is saved for immediate consumption. Once we're happy with a flavour idea we then need to think about how to present it. Do we want to market it as a bar, or as part of a special edition collection? We'e also been looking at a collection of Mocktails truffles. We get the occasional request for non-alcoholic flavours, so I'm putting together a few ideas around this. This is a more challenging project, as the alcohol acts as a preservative in our Choctails, so we need to find other ways to maintain a reasonable shelf life whilst keeping the flavours. divider

Hilary Delamare

Choctails® was founded by husband and wife team Simon and Hilary Delamare. Simon's suggestion of putting cocktail flavours into chocolate took Hilary's chocolate-making hobby to new heights, until in May 2012, the decision was made to turn the hobby into a full time business. The domestic kitchen became a production factory by day, and the dining room was given up to become a place where hand-made chocolate is crafted

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