Hot Hot Hot!

I love summer, I really do, and I dislike complaining about it being too hot, particularly when we’ve had such cold weather up until now. It’s just that the heat plays havoc with chocolate production. This week the air-conditioning came into its own as temperatures soared in the kitchen. I’d love to be able to throw open all the doors and windows and enjoy the sunshine, but that not only pushes the temperature up to levels that make it impossible to produce well-tempered chocolate, but we end up with flies all over the place as well. Instead, we have to pull the blinds down and crank up the aircon.

The pace has been nice and steady this week as we start production for our September and October shows. I know that from the 1st of September we’ll be working flat out until Christmas Eve, so I like to get ahead of the game if at all possible. Any time off during these months is a bonus.

I’ve decided to do a lot less of the summer festivals and shows this year. The main reason behind this is that the weather is never kind to us during these months. If it’s a lovely summer day we run the risk of going into meltdown and have to spend the day moving the tables to avoid the sunshine if we’re outdoors. And if it’s not a lovely summer day it’s generally wet and not the kind of weather which brings the public outdoors.

That said, the weekend after next is the Essex Food and Drink Festival at Cressing Temple Barns. We’ve gone for a spot in one of the barns, which is usually reasonably cool!

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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