Its been so long since we've done a blog!
You guys have kept us super busy of the last few months which we are super grateful for. We've also been working on some very cool projects with some amazing local producers which we can't wait to share with you, as well as having some really exciting things planned for the rest of the year.
Since we last caught up back in January we've had an amazing valentines day, easter, subs boxes, collaborations, our first markets of the year, the small matter of more local downs and then finally as I write this the start of sitting in and enjoying meals out once again, and i'm not sure about you all but for us it has been a crazy rollercoaster that has challenged us, taught us a lot, developed us and allowed us to try some new things.
Over this time we have had the opportunity to collaborate with some amazing local makers and create some fantastic new exclusive sets, such as the gin and vodka sets we've created with the Sheffield distillery using their award winning drinks. This is brewed down the road from us in Chapeltown Sheffield and makes it the perfect partnership to create these chocolate sets that are available direct from Sheffield Distillery at www.sheffielddistillery.co.uk
Rhubarb & custard Gin
St Clements Vodka
Roasted Rhubarb Vodka
London Dry Gin
Apricot & Elderflower Gin
We've also had the pleasure of working with a local honey producer called More Bees Please who again are local to us and produce some of the most amazing Honey! Below is a sneak peak at one of the first truffles we have created for them and if you where part of this months subs box you would have had the chance to give it a try. This is the mascarpone & honey truffle (think warm summers day whilst eating honey and yoghurt and this is the truffle)
These are perfect to accompany a glass of wine, and look super cool with their bee patterned bottoms.
Alongside our collaborations we've been working on some new products and flavours which you'll start to see over the next few months alongside some returning summer favourites as well as our new summer truffle box which is made up of, passion fruit and pistachio, Ruby & Rhubarb and Strawberries and cream and then the box is finished off with our Champagne and strawberry truffles for the perfect mix.
This month we also launched the first in the series of our truffle pops the Wonka Pop! This creation is a mix of chocolate ganache, mallow fluff, brownie pieces and raspberries which is then dipped in chocolate and topped with popping candy and you guys went mad for these selling them out extremely quickly. But never fear we have another ready to launch in the next couple of weeks which is called the 'Champagne Pop'.
Left - Champagne Pop
Above - The Wonka Pop
Here at Cocoa drop we are really conscious about the environment and over the last few months have taken the steps to ensure that our packaging is more eco friendly so we can do our bit for the enviroment. The bags we know use for some are biodegradable meaning that once they hit the soil they will fully decompose within 22 days and meet all the BI standards for both food and the environment.
We also have some exciting news about our Chocolate workshops!
We are now able to offer our chocolate workshops once again. These sessions are either 1-1 or for 2 people and are a great way to understand more about chocolate and have your own go at tempering and making chocolates as well as learning the basics of chocolate ganache, all in our new workshop. These sessions run for 2 hours and a great way to learn something new, great for birthday presents, or even for any aspiring chocolatiers to learn more. Check out the workshop tab for more info or send us a message. All our sessions are covid - 19 secure and we follow all the procedures needed.
Well that's a whistle stop tour of what we've been up to over the last few months and we promise we'll back monthly with our blogs to keep you updated with what's happening and the chocolate world we live in. In the mean time this month is Rich's birthday so as a way of celebrating we want to give you all a birthday treat from us of 10% all orders between now and June 1st. All you need to do is use the code ' birthday' at the checkout for your 10% discount. The code can be used as many times as you like over this time period.
Enjoy and thank you as always for the all the support as it means the world to us.
Much chocolate love
Nat, Rich and the cocoa droplets