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Children’s Parties

Filed in No Category by on 15th June 2019 0 Comments • views: 147

We had our first children’s birthday party at the new unit today.

Frantic preparations took place as we waited the arrival of the birthday girl and 11 of her young friends and their parents.

We were delighted to work with the fabulous deli across the road from us, Boysenberry.  They put together a  fabulous children’s box for the party food and a platter of sandwiches for the parents.

The workshop went well and lots of questions were asked about the making of chocolate.

The children made a delightful selection of chocolate treats to wrap up and take away with them.

The birthday girl was very happy! 

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Back to work!

Filed in No Category by on 11th June 2019 0 Comments • views: 134

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So those of you who follow us on facebook and instagram will have seen that we’ve been off on our holidays and spent time with family as well as seeing delightful patisseries and chocolateries in sunny Paris as well as having a lovely afternoon at the House of Lords with fellow Small Biz heroes and the small business charter.

Back to work now and we have workshops scheduled on 30th June for adults and children’s workshops for the summer holidays will be sorted this week.

Hope you have a fabulous week and rain doesn’t dampen your spirits too much!!

Heat and the effects on Chocolate

Filed in No Category by on 23rd May 2018 0 Comments • views: 563

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 have a small air conditioning unit but it really is not enough to control the temperature on very warm days.

Chocolate needs to be heated and cooled and moved around in order to be tempered. Tempered, in lay terms, means that the crystals that are in the chocolate work together properly and will set beautifully. So when cooled the chocolate will shrink away from the mould. It will look nice and shiny and have a clear crisp snap.

On warm days it is tricky to cool it enough and sometimes this causes the chocolate to have a “bloom” or a cloudy look on it. This often makes it looks like the chocolate has gone off and many people I know would bin the chocolate! All that has happened is that the chocolate has lost its temper! So it is not as strong as it was and will be softe when eating it.It won’t be amazing but it is still chocolate and it does still taste lovely!

 

To learn more you can book on to our chocolate making workshops – the next one is 16th June!

 

So, instead of struggling to fight with temperatures, I will enjoy the weather, take time to tend to our herbs and enjoy the garden and possibly work the night shift!

Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!

 

Another thank you!

Filed in No Category by on 30th April 2018 0 Comments • views: 590

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 the Food Industry and many women that I admire and respect.

From the bottom of my heart … a very huge thank you for your wonderful and continued support.

 

Bala

In the news!

Filed in No Category by on 27th November 2017 0 Comments • views: 836

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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