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Filed in No Category by on 27th November 2017 0 Comments • views: 38

We were delighted to be in the news in the Guardian for Small Business Saturday.

This Saturday is the 5th Small Business Saturday. We are so excited to be part of this amazing campaign which encourages all to support small businesses close to you.

Small Business Saturday UK is a grassroots, non-commercial campaign, which highlights small business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The day itself takes place on the first Saturday in December each year, but the campaign aims to have a lasting impact on small businesses. In 2017 Small Business Saturday is on Saturday, December 2nd.

On Small Business Saturday, customers across the U.K go out and support all types of small businesses, online, in offices and in stores. Many small businesses take part in the day by hosting events and offering discounts.

Once again, we are delighted to be part of the Winter Arts Market on Saturday. Over 200 small businesses all under one roof. What a fabulous opportunity to meet your local small business.

If you haven’t been before come along and see how awesome this event is. We can guarantee you will be wowed by the beauty and atmosphere.

Time:10am to 7pm

Date:2nd December

Place: Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, St James Mount, L1 7AZ Liverpool – 10am to 7pm

If you can’t make this please look for other events that are running across the country and support some little indie near you.

Thank you

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Moulds and Chocolate

Filed in Blog, No Category by on 20th November 2016 0 Comments • views: 677
Moulding chocolate is one of the topics we are often asked about when we do 
chocolate demonstrations or workshops.

So firstly - let's talk about the spelling. From the Grammarist website, here
is clarification whether it should be mold or mould! ...

Mold vs. mould

American English has no mould, and British English has no mold. In other words, the word referring to (1) the various funguses that grow on organic matter or (2) a frame for shaping something is spelled the same in both uses, and the spelling depends on the variety of English.

Secondly when making chocolate a mould is any vessel that you can pour chocolate in to and then replicate the shape.

It is possible to use bowls as chocolate moulds and then stick two together to make a giant Christmas bauble.

In order for chocolate to come away from a mould properly it really needs to be tempered … or crystallised. Once the chocolate is tempered then it can be poured into the mould and left for between 20 minutes and a couple of hours to set (depending on the size of chocolate you are making)

Once set the chocolate shrinks enabling it to be tapped out.

Once the chocolate has been released from the mould it is important to then refine it in order to make it look pretty 🙂 – here is a chocolate shoe once released from the mould and put together:

 

And then here is the shoe finished:

 

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Embellishment is key to some products as this enhances them – whereas on some it really isn’t needed.

There is a vast array of materials that can be used to make chocolate moulds – silicon, polycarbonate, PET, metal. Each chocolatier has their own preference of materials.

We prefer to use Polycarbonate but do use others as and when needed as well.

 

Hopefully you’ll have a chance to make some chocolate in mould this christmas – and whatever material you use we do hope that they come out beautifully 🙂

The Chocolate Cellar at REX Liverpool

Filed in No Category by on 13th August 2016 0 Comments • views: 588

We are delighted to be working with REX Liverpool – our real hot chocolates, chocolate truffle cake and Rocky Road are available in their new cafe – Tea-Rex!

We will also be running chocolate workshops from here.

In case you haven’t been to REX – It’s a take on a modern department store.

There are fabulous local artists and makers popping up.
It really is a home for local independents and is a friendly place where you can just pop in and browse and not feel awkward.
We think its fabulous – but take a look for yourselves. Rex is on Bold Street in Liverpool – just opposite the exit from Central Station on to Bold Street 🙂
FORTHCOMING EVENTS:6th August – Liverpool Loves – Pier Head, Liverpool7th August – Port Sunlight Dog Show and Family Fun Day, Port Sunlight8th August – Our hot chocolates, truffle cake and Rocky Road available at REX Liverpool

11th August – the first of our chocolate making workshops at REX Liverpool

13th August – Wirral Farmers Market

27th August – West Kirby Farmers Market

We are also planning Family workshops and Dabble workshops in August and details will be posted very soon.

 

Its all been about workshops for a while!

Filed in No Category by on 24th June 2016 0 Comments • views: 569

We have been mad busy since Christmas with Chocolate Making Workshops. We have had the privelege of running workshops for hen parties, 50th Birthdays, Family Bonding, Team Building and for schools.

We are now taking bookings for the September term for workshops that tie in with the curriculum.

In the meantime, we are getting ready for the St Georges Hall Summer Arts Market which takes place this weekend (25th and 26th June). This is an amazing venue and the artists taking part in the market are so talented! We are delighted to be part of this and are really looking forward to being part of that great buzz! Macaron making and strawberry dipping is going a little crazy here!

We are planning to be at a number of events in Liverpool and on the Wirral – we will post these on our calendar here!

Hope to see you soon 🙂

 

Workshop dates

Filed in Blog, Event Details, No Category by on 22nd February 2015 0 Comments • views: 1115

Hello and we hope that you had a lovely pancake day, a fabulous half term and are looking forward to Spring and Summer … we certainly are!! A big thank you to all who came to our Birthday Celebrations at Wirral Farmers Market and congratulations to the ten Golden Ticket Winners. We’re looking forward to the workshop in April. Dates for our workshops are listed below.

We would also very much appreciate if you would kindly take time to vote for us in the Hotel Indigo Flavours of the Neighbourhood competition. (It just takes 2 clicks) It is a competition to celebrate, showcase, as well as serve the local communities around Hotel Indigo as well as their guests. Our entry is here: Hotel Indigo flavours of the Neighbourhood. 

Workshops

29th March – 11am to 1pm Dabble Workshop

26th April – 11 am to 1pm Dabble Workshop, 2pm to 5pm Creative Workshop

26th July – 11 am to 1pm Dabble Workshop, 2pm to 5pm Creative Workshop

25th October – 11 am to 1pm Dabble Workshop, 2pm to 5pm Creative Workshop

15th November – 11 am to 1pm Dabble Workshop, 2pm to 5pm Creative Workshop

Details of all our workshops can be found here: workshops [http://www.thechocolatecellar.co.uk/workshops]Private workshops can be arranged for 6 or more people

Vouchers for the workshops can be purchased from our online shop

Where we will be until now and Christmas… views: 98

As usual we are out and about with our chocolate over the festive period. Here is a list of where to find us: Our chocolates can also be ordered online and picked up from Bidston Village. Treats are also available at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral, Claremont Farm, Greens of Oxton and Stollies. 5th November – River […]

Chocolate and Flowers … The perfect match? views: 234

    We have had an absolutely crazy week – we started off on Monday with a lovely Chocolate and Wine pairing event with the lovely Sam from Chester Beer and Wine. We love collaborating with Sam and are planning a few more pairings … watch this space!   On Thursday, we went to the […]

Baltic Market views: 297

We were really excited to be part of the farmers market at the Baltic Market yesterday. We registered our interest as soon as we heard that a market was going to be running there – just by the old Cains Brewery. For years we have thought that Liverpool was crying out for a local market […]

Chocolate and Wine Tasting views: 337

We’re really excited to be collaborating with Chester Beer and Wine – a fabulous local Beer and Wine shop. If you haven’t visited them yet do pop in and have a look at their amazing selection of wines! (And beer… but we’re not really beer drinkers at The Chocolate Cellar!) We will be with them […]