Ein Prosit! We are suffering a little today, having been to Colchester’s first Oktoberfest yesterday. We had plenty of beer and banter throughout the afternoon session, Simon wearing his finest lederhosen and myself in a dirndl. It wasn’t quite the same as being at the real thing in Munich, but it was a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

Earlier in the week I took the plunge and found myself a personal trainer. Whilst the running goes some way to evening out the calorie count from the inevitable chocolate I have to eat, I’m still in need of some toning up, so I decided to seek help to get me into shape. Hopefully I can make a decent start before Christmas and try to slow the inevitable weight-gain the festive period springs on me.

On Thursday I had a day in London for the Barry Callebaut chocolatier’s event. It’s a great opportunity to network with people from the industry and we had some interesting talks and demonstrations throughout the day. We talked a lot about healthy options for chocolate and even more about sustainability and helping the coco farmers build a better life. We also had the opportunity to try some new gelato products. It didn’t fit in too well with the new health regime, but they tasted good!!

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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