Some Like It Hot …. Chocolate Does Not ….

This weekend was the Essex Craft and Design Fair at RHS Hyde Hall. We always enjoy this weekend as it’s a lovely atmosphere and there’s a wonderful diversity of crafts on display.

The weather was fabulous. Over the years we’ve had howling gales and torrential rain over at least part of the weekend. This year it’s been stunningly hot all weekend, which was great for the visitors, who could sit out and enjoy the live music and stroll around the extensive gardens. Unfortunately it wasn’t so great for the chocolates! By Sunday we were having to be extremely creative in how to keep the stock cool. Luckily we’d only got a small amount of stock left by this stage, which we’ve now got to write off. I really do hate to moan about hot weather but ….

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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