A cocoon of chocolate!
I honestly don't think it's possible to pass Huttons Chocolates and not stop to dreamily gaze at their window display! The pretty display of sweet treats makes your mouth water and you just can't resist going in!
I'm stood inside the chocolate cocoon that is Huttons and silently wondering if I can justify testing everything! In the interest of research of course!
It's time to chat chocolate with Kay!
(Between you and me, I'm hoping to be made an honorary tester 😉)
Tell us the story behind your fabulous shop!
Sarah have you lost weight?!
(I'm not kidding these were the first words from Kay's mouth! I'm taking that not only as a compliment but also as permission to eat more chocolate - Thank you Kay! 😀)
Anyway, to back to the story...
We wanted the opportunity to run a small family business that would put our catering background to good use and to also involve our love for chocolate.
(A love I share! 😍)
Hutton's was established in 1901(!) and we took over the shop in 2003 having never been in retail before and ready for a new adventure!
A while later, Stefan decided to take on the role of making the chocolates on a small scale and went on a course to learn! His Mother's Swiss origins might have had something to do with it! Since then we've made our own chocolates.
We went on to expand the business by introducing our chocolates to local hotels and now we have relationships with over 40 local businesses!
Where does the magic happen?
We have our own workshop where Stefan works his magic.
During high season we're continually producing! We have three tempering machines, one for milk chocolate, one for dark and one for white, and hundreds of moulds!
What's your personal favourite?
Ooooh our handmade truffles...
(Kay drifts off into a chocolate dreamworld while she tries to decide on her favourite one!)
Champagne truffle! Yes that's my favourite! 😀
(Her excitement gives me the impression she'll be indulging the moment I leave!)
What's the customer's favourite?
Definitely our sticky toffee pudding chocolate! I mean who doesn't like sticky toffee pudding?!
Be honest, do you eat chocolate every day?!
It's the question I get asked the most! I never get sick of chocolate and I have some with my morning coffee and afternoon coffee.
(I'm tempted to adopt this routine...I think I'd be smiling just as much as Kay 😀)
What do you like most about working in the Lakes?
It has to be the people.
We meet so many people from different places, and we have a fabulous local following. Our regulars often visit to buy their usual or simply pop in for a natter, we like to catch up with them and give a friendly experience every time they visit. It's the beauty of independent retailers.
Describe your typical day off
My day off involves some work!
I catch up on jobs outside of the shop, I run deliveries to people, just yesterday I was delivering to Grasmere Gingerbread where we supply them with our chocolates.
I catch up with friends and I love time with my new Granddaughter Primrose! She's 6 months old and a real little miss sunshine!
I love simple things,what's your simple pleasure?
An evening walk after work is my simple pleasure.
It's the start of my time out after a day in the shop and we're in the perfect place for walking! I also love family time, and, a glass of something pink is a real simple pleasure.
What's new at Huttons?
We have lots of new ideas in the pipeline so watch his space!
We're currently creating edible chocolate bowls for a company called Black Milk Cereal in Manchester!
Our latest creation for the shop is our mermaid chocolate bar. A bar of milk chocolate decorated with peals, seahorses and sparkles!
(What's not to like about that?!)
Any words of chocolatey wisdom for our readers?
Huttons truffles are health food for the soul.
And finally, do you need a taste tester?
(Obviously she doesn't realise I'm quite serious!)
You'll have to join the queue!
(Apparently it's a long one!)
Did you know?
Huttons can help you with wedding favours for your special day in the Lakes!
Get ordering to spoil your guests!
You have even more excuses to enjoy Huttons Chocolates because they make their own Easter eggs and seasonal novelty items 😁
If you're not in the Lake District but can't resist treating yourself, Huttons sell their delicious treats on their website!
You can follow them on social media!
(I promise you mouth watering photo's and chocolate cravings!)
A big chocolate smudged thank you to Kay!
If our chat has left you with chocolate cravings, get yourself down to Huttons now!
If you see me there, tell no-one - what happens in Huttons, stays in Huttons!😉
Well, that's it from me and my chocolate cocoon.
I should probably leave and allow Kay to consider my taste tester offer...
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