It’s that time of year again when all Chocolate lovers can embrace Chocolate in all its glory. Chocolatiers up and down the country will be launching new products, holding special events and celebrating why we all love chocolate.
Currently I have lots in the pipeline; on Tuesday and Wednesday of Chocolate Week I will be holding special tastings in my shop. Customers will be able to try the different single origin chocolate I use as well as selected flavours from the counter.
On Friday and Saturday things will spice up with our much loved Hot Chocolates launching for the Autumn/Winter season, they will be available to take way. Packs containing all the ingredients and our recipe will be available, so customers can enjoy the Hot Chocolates at home.
We will also be making and sampling Chocolate Cocktails through Friday and Saturday. I’m currently sifting through lots of recipes trying to find an exciting mixture of delicious cocktails to tickle your taste buds!
I am also working on several new chocolates for our Shropshire Chocolates range and these will be unveiled throughout Chocolate Week.
To add a little more sparkle to Chocolate Week I will be offering 10% off all Christmas pre-orders, and any customers spending over £10 between the 8th and 14th of October will receive a small box of chocolate inspired macaroons handmade by Julia.
If you would like any more information about the events I am planning to celebrate Chocolate Week or you’d like to book a group talk/ presentation please contact Julia on 07814113156 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you didn’t know this week (10th-16th of October) is Chocolate Week; it’s a week to celebrate all things chocolate. Hopefully this week you’ll get the opportunity to try new chocolates whether it is bean to bar showing the true flavours of different beans or delicious
Importantly I hope everyone gets a chance to try chocolate which is single origin and ethically produced the difference in taste and quality is amazing.
To celebrate Chocolate Week I will be launching a new chocolate box called Shropshire Chocolates, all the chocolates are made by myself and are all available from Toot Sweets. The box will showcase local produce and flavours associated with Shropshire. The box will also showcase the work of a local artist called Norma Lamputt, who has specially designed the
front of the chocolate box. The box will be launched this Saturday at our shop in the Market Hall in Shrewsbury. Chocolates will be available to taste as well as information about each chocolate, and Norman Lamputt.
From tomorrow through to Saturday I will be sampling different chocolates from my wide range of Award Winning Chocolates and will be on hand to talk about all things Chocolate. I will also be running competitions for people based in Shropshire; these will be running on Facebook and Twitter. I will be giving away a prize everyday, which can be collected from our shop or in some cases sent in the post.
This Saturday I found out that I had won 2 Gold Stars at the Great Taste Awards run by the Guild of Fine Foods for my Shropshire Lavender Truffle in Dark Chocolate. Some of you may remember that last year I won 1 Gold Star for my Shropshire Lavender Truffle in White Chocolate. I also won 2 Gold Stars for my Dark Chocolate Butterscotch in 2010.
I’m really glad to see that a little bit of tweaking to my Lavender Truffle has meant I have won 2 Stars. To make the Lavender Truffles I use Lavender grown by Shropshire Lavender and locally sourced cream. The truffle has a very creamy consistency and is encased in delicious chocolate (It’s available in White, Milk and Dark).
Once I have the feedback from the judges I will post some of the details 🙂
If you don’t know much about the Great Taste Awards I’ve listed some interesting facts from their website below
- 7482 products were entered this year by over 1500 companies.
- All the tasting is blind and 350+ judges are used; they range from fine food retailers, chefs, restaurant critics, food writers and other industry experts.
- Of the 7482 products entered 1686 of them were awarded 1 Star Gold, 608 products were awarded 2 Gold Stars and 114 food products received the special 3 Gold Star.
I’d just like to take the opportunity to thank all my lovely regulars and hopefully after reading this post some of you might take the opportunity to pop into my shop in the Shrewsbury Market Hall.
I can still send chocolates out my mail order as well, so please email ( email@example.com ) me if you’re interested