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Newbury's 'chocolate man' melts children's hearts at sugarcraft session

Steve Ambrose

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Newbury's 'chocolate man' melts children's hearts at sugarcraft session

NEWBURY’S ‘chocolate man’ demonstrated the dark art of making the scrumptious confectionery at a session hosted at a Newbury church hall on Valentine’s Day.Some 26 children and 10 adults at St John’s Church hall learned about the chocolate makers’...

NEWBURY’S ‘chocolate man’ demonstrated the dark art of making the scrumptious confectionery at a session hosted at a Newbury church hall on Valentine’s Day.

Some 26 children and 10 adults at St John’s Church hall learned about the chocolate makers’ technique of tempering (a melting/cooling process to give the chocolate perfect snap and shine), at a demonstration by Mark Willis, the owner of
Alresford-based company The Cake and Chocolate Man Ltd, before trying the method out for
themselves.

“We were making chocolates by tempering chocolate and adding a caramel filling,” said Louise Embling, one of the organisers of the sugarcraft group for children and adults, which meets up at the hall each month.

The children then made chocolate lollipops dusted with sprinkles. “The children loved it. It’s so 'hands-on,” said Mrs Embling.

A former chairman of the adults’ Sugarcraft group, chocolatier and cake-maker Mr Willis had made a welcome return to the group, said Mrs Embling. He is also a member of the Sugar Craft Guild and whose icing techniques culminated in gold medal success at a regional competition at Brighton in May 2013.

Next month, the Cygnets sugarcraft group for younger members (children aged between nine and 16), are icing sugar lily flowers. The entrance fee is £5, including all equipment and materials.

For more information or to book, email cygnets@newburybsg.co.uk, or visit www.newburybsg.co.uk

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