It's definitely time for hot chocolate!
It's 11 am, the delicious smell of chocolate is in the air and there's already a bustle of excitement in Choccobar!
Customers struggle to choose a flavour and the well choreographed Choccobar team are working their magic.
I'm a regular customer here, not too regular - although I do own a loyalty card... and the hot chocolate here comes with fruit! (One of your five a day and all that! 😉)
So as I settle in and breath in the chocolatey air, I'm going to talk all things hot chocolate with Mark!
What was the inspiration behind Choccobar?
(Mark rubs his tummy and grins, I think I already know the answer to this question! Yes he loves Chocolate - who doesn't?)
When we visit Slovakia, it's obvious that socialising in coffee shops is a big part of every day life for the friendly locals. I love their thick hot chocolate and it makes me reminisce over old skiing trips and hot chocolate thick enough to stand a spoon in!😀
(This I like!)
Between my love for hot chocolate and Slovakian hot chocolate, the idea for Choccobar was conceived!
We wanted to be part of a visitor attraction and the heart of Bowness was the perfect location! After three months of playing with hot chocolate to discover the right recipe and method, (Sounds good to me!) we talked about flavourings and consulted a flavourologist about our ideas.
We're proud to be able to say we use our own flavour range rather than syrups.
What's your most unusual flavour?
We have a friend who cooks with chocolate and created a dish of pan fried chocolate venison, so we thought 'why not?!'
We also do smoky bacon flavour!
Is there a customer favourite?
Salted caramel and hazelnut are the favourites but the top ten includes venison, amaretto, coconut, orange and mint.
We like to encourage different flavours so we offer samples when people want to try something new. We can even change the intensity of our flavours so there's something for everyone!
Do you indulge in a daily dose of hot chocolate?
We have to taste our chocolate, it's called quality control. (Any excuse Mark!) Tasting it also satisfies the craving so we're not drinking it all day!
Have you ever been tempted to drink hot chocolate straight from the bainmarie?... or is it just me?
As I bend my head awkwardly to illustrate what I mean, Mark simply laughs and replies
(Obviously I'm taking that as a yes)
What's your favourite thing about working in the Lakes?
Our customers are interested in what we do and how we do it! It's great to see people being happy in their chocolate heaven and who doesn't love to see a chocolate smile on the kidders face. Not to mention the adults!
Describe a typical day off?
They still involve work!
We have work to do behind the scenes and the usual chores at home. The highlight though is having a meal together and spending time with each-other out of work.
Simply Sarah loves the simple things, what's your simple pleasure?
A good chin wag with family.
We're in the Lakes and we have family in Slovakia and North Lancashire so catching up with them is a real pleasure.
On the work side, seeing our customers appreciate what we do means a real lot.
What's new at Choccobar?
We're always creating new waffles for 'waffle of the week'. This week we have Oreo waffle!
Just recently for Father's day we ran a giveaway, twice during the day a random alarm sounded and the Dad/Grandad closest to being served won a waffle overload of their choice!
Two dads had an amazing waffle filled fathers day!
You've heard of wine tasting, what about hot chocolate tasting?
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