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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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Temperamental Chocolate: The Art of Tempering

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

I started to make chocolates at home when I was about 8. To my shame, my first endeavours were with ‘cooking chocolate’; a very stable and easy medium to work with – mostly because it’s not really chocolate. It contains vegetable fats instead of cocoa butter, and still tastes a bit chocolatey but the texture is rough and […]

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Top Tips for the Perfect Picnic

By: Bridget Hamilton in Events, Food and Drink

Up in the North East, it looks as if the weather may brighten up just in time for July. And as last week was National Picnic Week – a celebration of the great outdoors, comfy blankets, and innovative ways to store potato salad – we’ve compiled our top tips for a spread that’s spot on. Get […]

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Why is Vintage So in Vogue?

By: Bridget Hamilton in our story
Davenports Chocolates Vintage and Polaroids

Whether it’s a ‘Make Your Own Bunting’ workshop or buying outfits exclusively from Oxfam, there’s no doubt about it – we love all things vintage. But where did the obsession stem from? Ahead of our Fathers’ Day #VintageDad competition, we took a look at three of the reasons behind one of this decade’s biggest trends. The […]

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Jane Williams – Story of a Chocolatier

By: Michael Williams in our story
Huge Cup of Hot Chocolate

Jane Williams (nee Davenport) has worked as a professional chocolatier since September 2000. She has travelled extensively throughout Europe, gleaning much from a wider European dedication to chocolate. Not only has she visited various chocolatiers and exhibitions in the course of her work, she has also previously lived in Austria, Switzerland and Germany. Extremely passionate […]

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