We spent last weekend out and about at the Real Food Festival where we met lots of people and feed them all chocolate. We particularly enjoy introducing people to new flavours, and our MD’s favourite game is giving people Basil & Lime chocolate and making them guess the flavour. It always gets a great reaction and lots of new fans, as does the ever-popular Sea Salt milk chocolate bar. We were also making thick, rich hot chocolate in shot-glass sized doses as pick-me-ups.
We shared our stall with the Grenada Chocolate Company, who we have worked closely with for years – we sell their chocolate in our shops and through our wholesale department and include some of their Grenada chocolate in our artisan bars. Their bars come in 60% and 71%, and people who say to us ‘I don’t really like dark chocolate’ often change their mind upon tasting the 71% Grenada, which is surprisingly mellow and fruity. They had a lot of interest and everyone enjoyed comparing the bars and seeing the fresh cocoa pods they had brought over from the GROCOCO farm, which smell nothing like chocolate at all. In fact, the fruit around the bean tastes a little like a sharp lychee.
We were in a nice position with plenty of aisle space so we had various people in the chocolate world stopping for a leisurely chat to, including Willie Harcourt-Cooze and people from the Seventy Percent website and Chocolate Week. It was wonderful to see so many other chocolatiers there too, so all in all it was a very nice weekend!
I’m sending the team back out on the road again for the Foodies Festival at Hampton Court over bank holiday weekend from 23rd-25th May, so if you’re there please come and have a taste. And remember, if you’re asked to guess, it’s probably Basil & Lime…