Force Majeure

It’s been a busy week with retailers and hotels wanting chocolates for Valentine’s Day as well as wedding favours and our usual volume of online orders.

Mid week we had a night out in London to see Eddie Izzard’s latest tour. He’s a big favourite of ours and we’ve seen him live on several occasions. We even met Mr Stevens in the bar.

It’s also the time of year when we plan our events for the next twelve months and that’s never an easy task. There are some, such as the London Chocolate Show, which we plan to be at every year, but there are some we’ve never done and it’s then a gamble as to whether we feel we can get the return on investment as exhibiting isn’t cheap these days. Additionally, there are key weekends when there are so many events going on that we struggle to decide which event is going to be the best for us to be at. The last weekend in November is particularly difficult. It’s the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Market, which we’ve been to a couple of times, and is always worth attending. There are plenty of local events happening that weekend, but the key event is the BBC Good Food Show at the NEC, which is the one we’ve decided to exhibit at this year. I’m quite excited about spending some time in Birmingham, as I lived there for a number of years, and it’s always interesting to see how places change. It’s also my first time exhibiting at the NEC, so doubly exciting!

On top of all that, there’s still new flavours and new ideas to develop, so I’d best get back to planning my week!

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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