OUR meeting took a different format this month. After singing Jerusalem, Vice President Pat introduced our speaker, Jackie Roberts, 'The Chocolate Tailor'.
After teaching at Stoke College for a number of years, she decided she wanted a change and after considering various options and loving chocolate, she decided to try out working with that.
She enrolled in a half-day course in working with chocolate at Slattery's, near Manchester, to learn the basics, and after trying out her experiments on her workmates and getting a good response, went back to Slattery's to do a more intense course and became a Chocolate Tailor, making bespoke products.
She gave us a brief history of chocolate, how it began in 300AD by the Aztecs and became more popular in the1600s, and then due to mechanisation in the 1800s was developed by Cadburys, Frys,Terrys etc. Cadbury,being Quakers, hoped the the drink would become an alternative to alchohol.
We tasted the little pellets from which she makes her chocolates, smelled the various flavourings and (best of all) tasted the end product, delicious lemon flavoured white chocolate, Champagne Truffles, dark mint choc. She told us that dark chocolate with a content of 60-70 per cent cocoa, a small amount every day can help to prevent heart disease. What better reason can you have?
She had a variety of hand-made products for sale, even a high heeled shoe, so we all indulged in some treats.She was thanked by Pat.
Joan then went through the correspondence.The competition of a Chocolate Box was won by Sheila Brooks with Margaret Stevenson winning 2nd and 3rd place.The raffle was won by 1st Cath Johnson, 2nd Noreen Cotton, and 3rd Shirley Blakeman.
Teas were served byPat Ashton and Pam Ramsey and we all went home after a lovely evening.
Next month the speaker is Leslie Jackson from the Leek Post & Times.