Mulled Wine and Mayhem

Our Festive Chocolates have been so well received at Harvey Nichols that they needed to place another order this week. It’s meant all hands to the deck and frantic rescheduling of workloads but the one thing I’ve learned about the run up to Christmas is expect the unexpected!

We’ve had two events this week. The first was on Wednesday evening at the Reigate Grammar School Christmas Fair. My niece is currently at the school, so it gave me an opportunity to catch up with my sister and her family as well. As a bonus, both my sister and I won raffle prizes. Of course, a trip to Surrey meant we’d had to give the van a good clean after the previous weekend’s mudslide!


The second event was the Marks Tey Hotel Christmas Fair on Sunday. The event was really well organised and well advertised, so we had a busy event and sold out of several of our lines. That’s always a plus because, even though it means we have to restock the following week, it makes packing up at the end a heck of a lot easier and quicker!

With no events on Saturday we managed to take a couple of hours out to go over to Wheeler’s Wine and choose our Christmas tipples, which was a pleasant interlude before getting back to packing and wrapping. I even managed a run on Saturday morning, which was definitely needed after all the quality control I’ve been doing this 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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