Chocolate Making

Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Check

We’ve been busy making Festive truffles all week. I spent most of Friday decorating 500 Christmas Pudding truffles, which required a good number of tea breaks to give my eyes an opportunity to adjust from the close work! This weekend we’ve been exhibiting at the Cressing Temple Chistmas Fair. Cressing Temple Barns is a stunning setting, but boy it was cold this weekend! The sleet on Saturday made setting up a little challenging, and the grass car park became a slalom. With front wheel drive I was a little nervous about us getting out in the evening, but we managed to find a reasonable spot and escaped with nothing more than extensive mud spatters. Sunday was dry but very, very cold so it was time to break out the thermals and thick layers, as the barns offered us very little warmth. We were grateful for the mulled wine on offer at a couple of the stalls! Our Festive collections continue to go down well, and we were pleased we’d restocked on the Advent Calendars as these are selling very well at the moment. So it’s more of the same next week. In some ways I’m glad I’m too busy to go out on my regular morning runs, as it’s a good excuse not to go out in the cold first thing!

Christmas Countdown

Our Festive packaging arrived this week and we’re really pleased with the finished boxes. It meant we had a few late nights packing and wrapping to get our Harvey Nichols order ready to ship as these are only going to retail in the Harvey Nichols stores and direct from us. Over the weekend we’ve been at the Wherstead Park Christmas Show. It was the first time we’d exhibited at this show and had heard great things about the event in terms of sales and footfall. Unfortunately the weather was against us this year, with torrential rain on Saturday leaving people reluctant to leave home, and I can’t say I blamed them when I saw how bad the weather was! As we were indoors all day with no external view we’d had no idea. However, our Festive collections were well received by everyone there and our Advent Calendars have proved extremely popular. Earlier in the week we were invited to the launch of a new hotel in Colchester. The Blue Ivy on North Hill is a beautiful boutique hotel and restaurant with a mouthwatering menu. Some midweek bubbles and delicious canapes were well received by the team in the middle of a very busy work week. So now it’s back to the kitchen. Christmas is definitely looming as our work days get longer and longer whilst the order book doesn’t seem to be getting any smaller. We wouldn’t have it any other way!

Chocolate Truffles

Chocolate Making Workshop

Yesterday we had another Chocolate Making Workshop at Slamsey’s Art. I love the venue here as it’s a lovely open and airy space. We had five people on the course, so with a smaller group we were able to do a few more techniques, including chocolate lollipops, (more…)

Fruit Gin Truffles Made Exclusively for Ely Gin Company

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 (more…)

Merry Christmas Everyone

We’ve now officially finished work for 2014. All deliveries have been dispatched. The chocolate tanks are empty and the kitchen is clean. Before we switch the lights off I just wanted to stay a big thank you to each and every one of us for your support over the last 12 months. It’s been a phenomenal year for us, (more…)

Christmas is Almost Upon Us

Well Christmas 2014 is almost upon us. Our last production day is looming and our days are full of packing and shipping orders in time for Christmas. The last date for posting to guarantee Christmas delivery is Saturday 20 December, so if you’re planning on ordering some Choctails for Christmas we need your orders in by midnight on Friday 19 December (more…)

Disappointment at the Flavours Winter Show

There are times when you agree to do a show and within a couple of hours realised you’ve made a big mistake. The Flavours Winter Show was just such an event. Friday was supposed to be a Trade day, but there didn’t seem to be many trade buyers around. (more…)

Choctails After Dinner box collection

Back from Salon du Chocolat at Olympia

I’ve just got home from the long journey back from Salon du Chocolat at Olympia. Much as it’s great driving through London, past the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace and down the Mall, it wasn’t much fun being stuck on Tower Hill after a car caught fire on Tower Bridge. (more…)