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The past few weeks

This poor blog has been very unloved over the past few weeks, so here’s a bumper picture post showing what we’ve been up to & where we’ve been.

Frodsham Market 22/05/2015
Set up at Chester Uni with our lovely new banner for the last Chester Food Fest until September. Just taking a moment for a bit of stall browsing before the lunch time rush! We had lots of beautiful marshmallows, chocolate bars, and handmade chocolates with us, alongside boxes of dark chocolate dipped candied fruit.

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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!).

New Mallows - Easter 2015
4 flavours of fluffy mallows – Mandarin & Cointreau, Raspberry & Rose, Mango & Passion Fruit, and Milk Chocolate Swirl

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UK World Chocolate Masters 2015

Chocolate is one of the greatest and most versatile ingredients in a pastry kitchen, and certainly one of the most popular. It’s one we also use an awful lot of, so when we received an invitation to watch the UK heats of the 2015 World Chocolate Masters competition, we were quick to book a train down to London and head off for a couple of days of chocolate extravagance.

minion egg
One of the chocolate eggs on display at Westminster Kingsway College, I’m pretty sure it’s an octopus, but we couldn’t shake the feeling that it looked like a minion….(banana?)

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Santa’s web-elves built us a shop!

Our new website also sees the launch of our online boutique, so for the first time you will be able to purchase a selection of the most popular Eponine chocolate and confectionery products online for delivery straight to your door. No more waiting for the next market near you!

We’ve started out with a selection of Christmas treats like our ever popular Ultimate Mince Pies and their possibly even cuter Mini Mince Pie cousins. You can also purchase a selection of our new confectionery tins, and place pre-orders for our Luxury Jewelled Christmas Cakes, fed (liberally) with VSOP cognac and perfectly matured in time for the big day.

We will be slowly adding other items to the boutique over the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled for future announcements and maybe the odd special offer, or sign up to our newsletter to be kept up to date via email. As everything is freshly made without artificial preservatives, we are intentionally releasing some shorter shelf life products (e.g. fudge) closer to Christmas to ensure that all gifts ordered throughout December will be fine into the New Year………………if they last that long!

All our Christmas specialties and gift boxes will also be available at our Christmas market events between now and 20th December (you can see our market dates on the Homepage).

If there is a particular product you are looking for and can’t find in our online boutique, or you would like to discuss creating a bespoke gift hamper, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.

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New and improved original recipe website

We are delighted to announce that after a lot of typing, many cups of tea, and even more banging of heads against keyboards, the new Eponine website is ready for launch! We’ve designed it to look similar to the old website, but better looking and with more features and content.

You can still find a list of our upcoming market events on the homepage, where you can now also sign up to our mailing list to receive event and product news, updates and special offers.

White 4 Tier Wedding Cake

 

 

We’ve also done a bit of restructuring of the menus to bring you more information about our bespoke wedding services, including luxury chocolate wedding favours and couture wedding cakes.

 

 

 

Hope you enjoy checking out and using the new website, but please remember that we are patissiers not web developers, so if you find a bug or broken link please let us know! Of course if it’s the greatest website you’ve ever seen and you would like to compliment us on our patisserie-based-web-design-studio-not-at-all-made-on-my-laptop-at-2am endeavours, please leave a comment below!

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Is this thing on?

Things are moving ahead slowly but surely with the development of Éponine as a real business venture. We are currently negotiating the details of a premises so we can start baking without having to beg, steal or borrow someone else’s kitchen. Sadly this won’t come with a store front, but we are working on getting ourselves into farmers markets and similar events throughout Liverpool. 

If all goes to plan, things should really be taking off in the next few weeks, so we’ve started up this blog to chronicle our misadventures and keep you guys up to date with what’s going on as we get things up and running.

Here goes nothing!