The Chocolate Studio is open, finally. We had a great open day recently with lots of visitors who came to see what we are up to. I opened the factory so people could see the stone grinder making chocolate and enjoy marshmallows and milk chocolate. We had some coverage in the local Peoples magazine:
A few days later we did our first messy truffle-making class with Penny and Mary acting as guinea pigs and Lindsay leading the session.
The Grimsby Evening Telegraph came and joined in and gave us a great spread a few days later:
We’ve published dates for demonstrations, skills classes, tasting and truffle-making sessions and events for children. Check out Facebook page for details, dates and costs or email me. Lindsay did the first demo which covered making Filled Chocolates. It’s a side of the chocolate business that I know nothing about as all I do is make chocolate and chocolate bars. Making ganaches, filling moulds, hand-tempering and decorating chocolates is a whole new world. Lindsay made beautifully moulded pralines and raspberry truffles. Who’s going to dive into the samples first:
Our first session for kids went very well too. They made and decorated lollipops and truffles and took them home – or ate them in the car.
Here are some up-coming things:
KIDS SESSION – 11th
August, 10-11am. Rolling truffles, making lollies, decorating everything. Good fun for £10 per child
CHOCOLATE TASTING & MESSY WORKSHOP – 16th
August, 6-7.30pm. Tasting our bars and truffle making £25 per person
DEMONSTRATION – 18th
August 5-6pm. Making chocolate animals. £10 per person
SKILLS WORKSHOP - 30th
August 4-7pm. “Truffles” – a hands-on practical workshop £60 per person
In all cases you get a 10% discount on all purchases from the shop and take home everything that you make. If you want a chocolate-making class of any kind please let me know. I can offer a short group class or a one-on-one two day full course covering bean selection, roasting and conching and anything else in between. Let us know if you want to attend and we’ll put your name on the list.
Judith Lewis has been reviewing chocolate and encouraging people to taste and enjoy it for many years. She gave us a shout out in one of her recent interesting pieces:
We’ve added a new feature to the shop on the website – “Duffy’s Choice”. It’s a way of asking for a rotating selection of bars and getting a different one each month. We do everything and make al changes manually so we could always do it if you asked but now there is an official option. I won’t send out the Panama 100% unless specifically asked, even though I love it, because it can be a bit much for some people.
I was interviewed by Radio Humberside two weeks ago (Lara King, Sunday 23rd
), and I am booked in to do an interview with Andy Comfort next week (Wednesday 9th
) and to record for The Radio 4 Listening Project.
I’m always wary of making any health claims for chocolate as there is so much research on the net that turns out to have been paid for by a big chocolate company and that makes me suspicious. I still take everything with a pinch of salt (a small one, naturally, and only as a part of a balanced diet….) but this article in the Economist makes interesting reading. I hope it is accurate…
A new blog that reviewed a couple of our bars did an e interview too:
The International Chocolate Awards have announced the results of what they call the European Semi-Final. I’m proud to say that we won the following:
UK Gold and European Silver – Guatemala Rio Dulce 70%
European Silver – Nicaragua Chuno 70%
European Bronze – Honduras Mayan Milk 61%
I spent yesterday morning visiting the White Rabbit Chocolate Shop & Café in Beverley. Great coffee and award-winning chocolates is a good combination and we are looking at collaborating on future projects together.
As usual I have picked a name out of the hat (Annabel; she has been contacted) and she will get these bars. The winner will get all three of the Award-winning bars to compare, contrast and to enjoy.
The Nicaragua Chuno 70% dark chocolate
The Honduras Mayan Milk 61%
The Guatemala Rio Dulce 70% dark chocolate