A Family Business
Inspired by the chocolates & patisseries of France and their love and dedication to its art.
After attending chocolate courses and training with some of the best chocolatiers to gain an insight into chocolate making, she decided to try to produce chocolates and cakes that reflected her own passion and style.
As a family we have always been inspired by the way patisseries are made and displayed in France. We especially love their chocolate and their dedication to the art of making quality chocolate look and taste the very best in the world.
After spending some time travelling through France in 2007 and visiting many chocolatiers, our daughter Meghan, fresh out of university, decided that she would like to try and emulate the French passion for making some of the best chocolate in the world and so set about training to do just that - make the very best chocolates she could.
Brave new world
Our dedication, passion and patience have lead to a blending of fresh, subtle flavours.
A product that embodies our passion
Developing the passion
We decided the only way to develop this passion was to spend many hours and days practising tempering chocolate and blending flavours to produce the fresh and subtle flavours The Chocolate Kitchen is known for today. Indeed our chocolates are now delivered to many parts of the world including France, Belgium and Italy and further afield to the USA, Australia and New Zealand.
As a business we first made chocolate from our home (Mum’s kitchen!) in 2007 in small but quality batches, while Dad was sent out to test the market for the chocolates we made. This was an invaluable lesson, listening to our customers and what they wanted and expected from our chocolates and the flavours they enjoyed the most.
Based on the edge of Sherwood Forest we found there were lots of farmers’ markets to take our chocolates to and to our delight they sold very well, especially our truffles and personalised chocolate discs and plaques.
In 2009 we moved into a small, newly converted shop in our home town of Retford and although we outgrew that small shop and chocolaterie very quickly, we are still making chocolates in the town. We are now located just a little way down the road on West Street, in our own building with our purpose built kitchen upstairs where we hand make all our chocolates and cakes aswell as running chocolate making courses and parties. Downstairs you will find our chocolate shop and coffee shop - packed full of all our chocolate treats.
A recipe for change
Over time we have developed lots of delicious products and had the opportunity to take on exciting new projects that have taken us in directions we never expected. We still make a huge variety of chocolates and truffles, with new recipes coming along to join old favourites too. Our chocolate making courses and parties have become a very popular part of our calendar, where we enjoy sharing our passion for making delicious chocolates with others. Most recently we have worked on creating our range of hot chocolate flavours as well as new cakes, pastries and scones which are now enjoyed by locals and visitors from far and wide in our coffee shop. We hope you will enjoy them too!