Sunday has fast become my new favourite day of the week. Why do I love it so much you ask? Well, it’s my day to delve into my foodie passion and take an in-depth look into one of our vendors.
I’m always truly delighted at just how much effort goes into creating the products that adorn the BoroughBox.com shelves. I’m fascinated by the ever-present zest it takes to not only make these amazing products, but also to continue to run an artisan business, and not ’sell-out’ to a larger corporate for substantially more money.
The producer I’m featuring in week’s ‘Vendor Spotlight’ could have easily succumbed to this mass market temptation. My taste buds are forever thankful they haven’t done so.
Did someone say chocolate? Did someone mention cocktails in the same breath? Yes, a sassy and clever lady has crafted the perfect combination of both.
That’s right, today we’re taking a look at Essex born “Choctails,” the birth child of the lovely Simon and Hilary Delaware.
Simon, like any man would, takes full credit for the suggestion of putting cocktail flavours into the chocolates Hilary created as part of her chocolate making hobby. And like all good men, he knew when to back off and let the wife take over.
Like the majority of artisan foods, production of Choctails began in the home kitchen, and soon had to move to a bigger, dedicated facility. But to this day, Hilary continues to pay the same loving attention to each and every choctail creation. The Belgian chocolate is derived from high-quality and sustainably sourced cocoa, and this same quality insistence is required from each and every ingredient.
I can only imagine the dedication it takes to perfect the art of the fine chocolatier. And it must require more hours than.
In learning and perfecting the art of the chocolatier, Hilary has put in more hours than her Grandmother’s Grandfather clock, and she continues to lovingly create every choctail sold.
Now, just to be clear, we’re not talking about those cherry brandy liquor chocolates your Nan used to let you try when you were 10 years old. The ones which burnt the back of your throat and made you feel both grown-up and sick at the same time.
We’re talking sophistication here, and you need to stop thinking in terms of Dark, Milk and White chocolate with some kind of alcohol thrown in for good measure. Choctails have been crafted to create a cocktail experience and the chocolate is considered an ingredient for the cocktail itself.