The day to day life of a chocolatier

Could Ruby Be The Next Queen?

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Now how do I start this one.......   I know, in the famous words of the Kaiser Chiefs   "Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Do ya, do ya, do ya, do ya, Know what you're doing, doing to me? Ruby, Ruby, Ruby, Ruby"   A luscious, smooth, and fruity delight 'a true gift from nature'   Traditionally in cocoa bean processing, after the fermentation stage (which removes the outer pulp from the cocoa beans) the beans are put out too dry.    At this stage, they are a deep red......., wet........, and intensely sour.   However, this is where the magic begins..... cue the line from the 90's cult classic -...

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A Touch Of Vanilla

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A Touch Of Vanilla, well safe to say that doesn't sound like anything in my life. I mean even the photo looks like the opening credits of a Star Wars film, right?  "I am your Father", well technically, that bar right there was born from an idea, and created by yours truly, so I guess it rather fitting eh? So why 'A Touch Of Vanilla' - Well why exactly, or in this case, why not! My focus over the past months has been on strong, bold and deep flavour notes, I'd left the subtle flavours who can quite rightly hold...

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The Long Road Ahead

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In the early days, I must have had 10-20 ideas a day flooding through my head and to this day I continue to jot them down in my 'big brown journal', not that they stay in there for long. Keeping my creative side at bay is a battle that I'll never win, it's like keeping a secret, but only on these occasions it's more a deprivation, I mean how can anyone keep a tastebud tingling secret from their fellow man, let alone their own tongue.   I'm at my most creative after the sun goes down, and it true to...

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My favourite thing right now.....

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This has got to be one of my favourite things to make at the moment ‘Chocolate Bark’Simple, yet utterly devine.This thin, yet flavoursome sheet of milk chocolate topped in this instance with a decadent array of chocolate fudge brownie, rich and creamy toffee pieces, and finished beautifully with a showering of colourful freeze dried raspberry nibs. The gentle snap as you take a bite confirms the chocolate was in perfect temper at the time of pouring, followed by this rush of flavour explosion, sharp yet sweet raspberry, beautiful milk chocolate begins to melt in the mouth, in comes hints of...

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"Do you eat a lot of chocolate?"

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I often get asked ‘do you eat a lot of chocolate?’ Truth be told, I eat very little. However when it comes to ‘invention days’ the chocolate tasting is relentless, but I’m not one to complain when it tastes so good! Besides in my eyes, it has to be perfect otherwise it’s a halfhearted effort. Each day, like any job has its ups and downs, but creating deliciousness that excites and amazes the tastebuds has got to be up there with one of the best right? ‘Enjoy what you do, and you’ll never work a day in your life’ I...

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