I love chocolate! It's always been a big part of my life, and some of my earliest childhood memories are of making and eating chocolate as a child in South America.
I resolved to set up CHOC Chick to promote the pure goodness of chocolate in its raw state and bring the delights and benefits of raw chocolate to everyone.
I must also confess: I never spent a lot of time in the kitchen. As a working mum, cooking was more of a chore and never a relaxing experience for me. What really surprised me was how simple and enjoyable making raw chocolate was, and how much I enjoyed experimenting and thinking of new ingredients to add.
The more I read about the benefits and properties of raw cacao, the more amazed I was that cacao ingredients weren’t a household staple and a healthy alternative for baking, frying, cooking, hot cocoa, smoothies and chocolate making… the applications were endless.
I started making large quantities of chocolates for my family, friends, dinner parties, school fairs and any occasion I could find. Sunday mornings in our household became infused with the smells of melting cocoa butter and chocolate powder. To this day, my daughters adore helping me make (and of course eat!) the chocolates.
This rediscovery was too good to keep to myself and my circle of friends, so I resolved to spread the word and make easy-to-use raw chocolate kits available to others. And so the first CHOC Chick Kit was born.
My lovely company has grown fantastically (or should I say CHOCtastically) since the online shop went live in 2009. We're now stocked in many wonderful retailers and stockists throughout the UK and Europe (Holland & Barrett, Whole Foods Market, John Lewis Food Halls, Harvey Nichols, Ocado, Planet Organic and Infinity Foods, to name a few!).