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18th birthday – A Career in Chocolate

By: Jane Williams in our story No Comments

I recently celebrated my 18th Birthday. As a chocolatier, that is! Having started working at Burgers Artisan Bakery in 2000, fresh out of university, I was keen to learn everything I could from Master Chocolatier Philippe Burger, and to scour the world and the internet for new skills, ingredients and chocolate experiences. It seems quite […]

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Great Chocolates of the North

By: Jane Williams in Food and Drink, our story

When I heard that the Great Exhibition of the North would be coming to Newcastle in 2018, I felt inspired to create chocolates celebrating the heritage of the region. These events only come round once in a life time, the last time it came to town was 1929. I am also celebrating a personal anniversary, […]

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Downloadable Chocolates!

By: Michael Williams in our story 5 Comments

Davenport’s Chocolates Launch Innovative and Affordable Chocolate 3D Printer Chocolate 3D printers have been around for a while. Stated simply, if you can pipe or extrude a material then you can 3D print it. (Honestly; just Google / Youtube it.) The potential for food production has long been investigated and developed. Who doesn’t want a […]

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Mahoosive Easter eggs – How do you make yours?

By: Michael Williams in how to..., our story

Huge in-store promotional Easter Eggs for E. H. Booths Ltd. We all love our jobs at Davenport’s Chocolates – the smell of chocolate that greets you as you get to work, sampling the freshest of chocolates off the enrober and generally working as a team in our little artisan chocolate factory. But even then, some […]

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Raspberries & Roses: A Roulade Recipe for Summer

By: Jane Williams in how to..., recipes

Every June, a pink climbing rose grows up the side of my parent’s house in Marlow. During my teenage years, I would particularly remember the raspberry scent of these ‘Albertine’ roses as I walked down the side of the house into the garden. For me, it is evocative of summer parties in the garden, Marlow […]

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A Very Foodie Christmas

By: Bridget Hamilton in Food and Drink

Many of us bemoan the rows of stocking fillers that fill our supermarket shelves in May, but when Christmas really does¬†roll around it’s hard not to be excited by it. Even the biggest Scrooge can be won over by Christmas food – be it a slice of chocolate log or a pig in a blanket, […]

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Choc on the Tyne: an Interview with Lindisfarne Winery

By: Bridget Hamilton in Food and Drink, our story 3 Comments

Nestled only a few miles off the coast of Northumberland is the ‘Holy Island’ of Lindisfarne, a treat for wildlife lovers, photographers, and foodies alike. It’s an exciting historical area and we’re lucky enough to have it right on our doorstep. Although we have made bespoke chocolates for Lindisfarne Winery for several years, mixing their […]

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How to Make: Chilli Hot Chocolate

By: Jane Williams in how to..., recipes
espresso shot of hot chocolate

Hot Chocolate is one of my favourite things to make when the chilly weather draws in. As time has gone by, my hot chocolate has developed in strength and spice, and I thought I would share my latest Chilli inspired version with you. This hot chocolate is so rich (and so full of chocolate) that […]

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It’s Our Birthday! 10 Factory Facts

By: Bridget Hamilton in our story

  1. ¬†Davenport is Head Chocolatier Jane Williams’ maiden name It was Jane Davenport who dreamt of starting her very own chocolate factory all those years ago… and despite being happily married, we all agree that ‘Williams’ Chocolates’ doesn’t have quite the same ring to it. 2. This is what our boxes used to look […]

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Jane Williams goes Back To School

By: Bridget Hamilton in our story

Back in the summer, pupils from Ashley Primary School paid a visit to the chocolate factory to learn all about chocolate production. Several weeks later we received a package full of their thank you letters! With the new term beginning for lots of pupils in the UK this week, we made a list of the […]

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