by Samantha Rain, Henley Bridge Development Chef
As chocolatiers we are constantly hunting for the next big thing and striving to up our game.
With people likely to be spending more time at home this Christmas, luxury chocolates provide a decadent treat for when family and friends come to visit – as well as being a beautiful Christmas gift.
Handmade chocolates ooze opulence and Christmas offers the perfect opportunity for chocolatiers to showcase their wares and let their creativity run riot.
Chocolate is such a versatile ingredient to work with, and the beauty of having the knowledge and ability to make your own chocolate is that it means you are completely unique. The key is to constantly experiment with weird and wonderful flavour combinations and moulds, and make them your own. It is what will set you apart from the competition. Create your USP – it is what customers will remember you for and what will keep them coming back for more.
The Sosa Freeze-Dried Fruit Powders are available in an array of fabulous flavours and are a great place to start. Their intense flavour makes them perfect for enhancing your chocolate creations. Simply adjust the amount of powder to your desired flavour or pair them up to invent delicious flavour combinations.
At Henley Bridge, we use a specialised chocolate refiner to grind together our chocolate, cocoa butter and our chosen flavours.