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Maybe because it’s almost Mother’s Day, or maybe because its spring, but doesn’t EVERYTHING feel just that little bit fresher? It’s the time of year when nature starts to shake off the holds of winter, and I constantly have a smile on my face, taking in the onset of spring. Lighter mornings, lighter evenings, it’s no coincidence that the first day of spring is also the International Day of Happiness.
The stores, too, have taken on new a life; they’re awash with girlie loveliness. Delicate pastel greeting cards, anything you could possibly want in yellow, and a riot of pretty spring flowers. It was whilst picking up a bunch of tulips, at my local florist, that I notice this effortlessly stylish chocolate bar - ‘Bunch of Roses’ (how apt), by Creighton's Chocolaterie (how come I’m only discovering this brand now?) What caught me eye was the wrapping; a pretty flower sleeve, in a pastel pink wrapper – so delightfully boho, so delightfully girlie. Described as ‘Creamy white chocolate, flavoured with delicate rose and scattered with a rainbow of edible flower petals’, I’m not a fan of white chocolate, but I loved the packaging, so I bought two. At just £3.75, it’s the perfect girlie birthday, or Mother’s Day treat.
Like I say, though not a fan of white chocolate, I was totally drawn by the brand; everything about it is everything I love. Treating yourself (yes please!), or someone special, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t love this as a gift.
The Mother and Daughter team, Lucy Elliott and Andrea Huntington, began on a journey, in 2010, with just the learned knowledge of an Italian confectioner, a marble slab, and a handful of moustache-shaped chocolate molds. Named after Great Granny Creighton, they opened their chocolaterie in the small town of Leighton Buzzard, in the spring of 2011. The aim was to create a design-led chocolate brand, whilst keeping the exclusivity of a hand-made artisan product, eye-catching packaging, and a sense of style!
Fast forward a few years, Creighton’s Chocolaterie are now stocked in Liberty London, Fenwick, Brown Thomas and other high-end independent confectioners, together with gift stores around the world. In August 2012 (and again in 2014) they were awarded a gold star in the Guild Of Fine Food's Great Taste awards.
Creighton’s make all of their products in small batches, by hand, with the best Belgian chocolate and quality ingredients. Collections change seasonally, much like a fashion brand (how cool?), with limited edition flavours and designs appearing alongside their year-round range. Their small team design, make and pack everything in-house, to ensure it always meets their high standards. They approach everything with a light-hearted, British sense of humour (their original moustache lollies flew off the shelves), so you can always be sure that you'll find something to make you smile & your tastebuds tingle in their chocolaterie.
PS: Needless to say, one of bars didn’t make it to Mother’s Day! I can, however, report that it’s dreamy; such a delicate flavour, and not too sweet. But you’d better hurry, the ‘Bunch of Roses’ chocolate bar will soon be disappearing to make way for new flavours. Personally, I can’t wait to try the zingy Rhubarb & Custard bar.
This is not a promoted blog, just me, chatting about an awesome little chocolate bar.