Archive for February, 2013

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In the mag!

Filed in Blog, News, No Category by on 27th February 2013 0 Comments • views: 1159

We were very excited when Cheshire Life asked to come along and see a preview of our Easter Collection.

It was a great day. Kirsty, their photographer,  arrived first. As we had everything ready our own photographer Hollie of Rivington Photography was also there to photograph the eggs.

We prepared all the eggs and selections that we were offering for both Mothers Day and Easter. Both photographers were completely inobtrusive as we worked around the chocolate room.

Emma the journalist arrived, and I felt I had so much to say that poor Emma had barely five minutes to sit down before out came a tirade of what had been happening with the Chocolate Cellar in the past year.

Since we closed the shop in December 2011 we have kept a fairly low profile in order to get used to our new way of working. We have been working with farm shops, cafes, bars, hotels, schools and also on our online shop.  Behind that change we carry the same values and principles. It was really good to stop and think and talk about the business and how we have adapted to current times.

Thank you Emma for listening and providing us with the opportunity to pause for a while and think!

Here are some photos that Hollie took. The full Easter collection will be online very shortly and will also be on sale at the International Market in Liverpool from 28th to 31st March.

 

 

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Love begins at home…

Filed in Blog by on 9th February 2013 0 Comments • views: 1170
chocolate heart box

A fully edible chocolate heart with a lid

“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.”  – Mother Teresa

 

I love this quote. For me it shows what Valentine’s Day is all about.

Many people seem to find Valentine’s Day a stressful time.

Quite often couples agree not to do much on Valentine’s. Men are then baffled when their partner presents them with a gift on the day with an expectant look on their face. There is then a sudden panic as one tries to arrange an amazing experience for their partner that they can present them with as a surprise on Valentine’s Evening. We have often been called in to save the day last minute!

From a female perspective I would say it is not about the gift itself. Obviously there is a certain standard that the gift should pass. It is more about the gesture. It is about the thought and effort that has gone in to the gift. It is about feeling valued, and knowing that you weren’t an afterthought on the way home from work. It is about the delight you feel when you go through the mechanics of untying the ribbon, opening the box and finding a little treat just for you.

We have put together a few tips that we think are important – we hope you find them useful:

  • Plan ahead – look around you. When you start to see pink and red in the shop windows with lots of hearts everywhere it is time to think about what you would like to do for Valentines. The date does not change – it is always on 14th February.
  • Keep it a surprise – most people love surprises!
  • Consider the recipient – think about what your Valentine really likes. Find out if they prefer milk or dark chocolate before buying that box of chocolates!
  •  Wrap it – even if it is in a ready-made gift bag.

 

If you do come to the conclusion that our chocolates would make the perfect gift, here is the link to pre-order www.thechocolatecellar.co.uk/shop

Heat and the effects on Chocolate views: 52

So … today I should really be in the Chocolate Room making shot glasses for La Finca Elvissa, La Finca Bodega and Tapas Tapas. Its a hot sunny day and as I am not yet in a temperature controlled industrial unit I am stuck! It is too warm to work with chocolate today. I do […]

Another thank you! views: 95

Once again I would like to thank everyone and anyone who has been kind enough to vote / nominate The Chocolate Cellar. I was so happy to have been listed in Good Taste Magazine’s Power List: 100 women in Food and Drink. It was amazing to see my name listed with many good friends in […]

Unicorns, Dinosaurs and Workshops views: 116

So Easter was a little bit manic with making Unicorns and Dinosaurs. We were overwhelmed with the lovely comments we received as feedback to the eggs we made. Thank you so much – we are delighted that we were able to bring so much happiness with our little treats. We have been a bot behind […]

Spicing it up! views: 254

As Valentines is coming up we have put together a little list of some of our favourite spices to add a little bit of heat to the proceedings. As well as Chocolate, Raw Oysters, Strawberries and more, spices are often cited as being aprodisiacs and are often use in many cultures when preparing recipes for […]