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Christmas Gift Collection 2015

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and our online boutique is full of festive treats and gift ideas.

For a classic Christmas gift, why not give our Christmas Chocolate Collection? There’s three box sizes to choose from, all handmade and filled with festive flavours including clementine & clove caramels, Irish cream & nutmeg and cinnamon praline.

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Christmas Chocolate Collection – filled with festive flavours, these handmade chocolates make a perfect gift for every chocolate lover

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Macs and Snacks

It’s been a really lovely week at chocolate HQ!

The week started off with a bespoke macaron order for a wedding dessert table. We’d matched the shell colours and fillings to the theme, filling pale dusky pink ones with raspberry compote and white chocolate and the sea green shells with white chocolate flavoured with fresh lime and toasted coconut. It was really lovely to be sent a photo of how they looked as part of the beautiful display, and we really hope everyone enjoyed demolishing it!

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We’re all going on a summer holi….. nope back to work!

Our festival season came to an end (at least the ones we had booked for the Summer have all been and gone), and we could really use a holiday…. which is why we went straight into a week of product testing, markets, client visits and tastings. The world of chocolate never rests!

First up a little experimentation with new chocolate decorations. I was quite pleased with this red speckled pattern, although my dear colleague thought it looked like someone had been stabbed. A quick coating of bronze made them look a little less what we had dubbed “crime scene chic”, and a lot more appropriate for their maple caramel and pecan praline filling.

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Trying a new chocolate design, affectionately dubbed “crime scene chic”…. These eventually became maple caramel and pecan praline chocolates., as part of our latest seasonal selection box.

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Markets, Mallows & More….

We have recently started working with the food scientists at NoWFood Chester University, testing a selection of our products for things like shelf life, so hopefully soon you will be able to find them popping up on a few shelves in the future. We have therefore been invited to the monthly Food Fest, held in the small hall of Chester University from 11am-2.30pm, and will be there this coming Friday (24th April), followed by our usual West Kirby Farmers’ Market on Saturday 25th April.

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Egg-citing events ahead

Thank you to everyone who visited us at West Kirby Farmers’ Market last Saturday, it was great to see the market so busy! There were lots of Easter gifts being purchased – hope everyone enjoys them next weekend.

With the Sun finally making an appearance, we welcomed two new summery additions to our marshmallow range – mango & passion fruit, and mandarin & Cointreau. As always our mallows are made with only natural ingredients, and the colour comes from real fruit juices and purees. It was funny to watch what started out as a bright orange mandarin mixture whip up to an almost pure white mallow. Just to confuse you (and us!).

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4 flavours of fluffy mallows – Mandarin & Cointreau, Raspberry & Rose, Mango & Passion Fruit, and Milk Chocolate Swirl

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Hopping our way to Market

We were out braving the cold in Altrincham Market last weekend, but kept warm by good coffee and good company from the other traders.

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Easter collection at Altrincham Market, 22nd April 2015

We’re very happy to report that we are moving back indoors this weekend, and are in equally lovely company at West Kirby Farmers’ Market. If you’ve been keeping track of our ever growing Easter collection, we will have the entire range on offer at West Kirby, alongside our usual confectionery. We also have some new marshmallow flavours for you to try, and our very popular milk chocolate dipped honeycomb is back, alongside our latest creation – “Hot Cross Buns”.

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“Hot Cross Buns” – Spiced almond marzipan studded with vine fruits and candied orange, enrobed in creamy milk chocolate with a white chocolate cross. Tastes just like a hot cross bun, only better!

So if you’re looking for handmade eggs, or something a bit different for Easter this year, make sure you catch us from 9am-1pm on Saturday 28th in St Andrew’s Church Hall, Graham Road, West Kirby CH48 5DE. You can also pre-order all of our Easter products for collection from the market, get in touch if you would like to place an order.

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Easter and Mother’s Day 2015

This time last year, we had only just started up, and Easter came and went without us being able to do much about it, so it has been great fun playing around with our range for this year!

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“Scrambled Eggs” – Hand decorated hollow eggs with bright splashes of colour in our creamy house milk or white chocolate

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The Golden Goose

It’s almost the end of the month, and time for West Kirby Farmers’ Market – see this month’s newsletter here.

Alongside our usual confectionery, we will have some special ideas for Mother’s Day on 15th March. We will also be presenting a sneak preview of our Easter range, which you will be able to pre-order for collection at the next market, or at the Hoylake Food Fair on the following Sunday (8th March).  You can also now find our Easter range on our Online Boutique. If you would like to reserve anything to pick up at the market this Saturday, please let us know.

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The Golden Egg – Our luxury gold Easter egg filled with salted caramel chocolates

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The goose has got fat – Christmas

The Christmas holidays are nearly here, and we are rounding off 2014 with our usual visit to West Kirby Farmers’ Market on 20th December. Pop down between 9am and 1pm for your last minute Christmas presents, or perhaps to stock up on mince pies. We also have a small number of traditional and jewelled Christmas cakes left, which will be available at the market.

Luxury Christmas Cakes

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Marshmallow ghost army?

West Kirby Farmers’ Market took a spooky turn this past Saturday! As you can see from the snaps below, we went a little mad with the Hallowe’en theme……
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Our bat mascot was very much admired by the market goers, so much so he had to take refuge in an apron!

 

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