heavenly-chocolate-eggs-18What better way to get into the mood for Easter eggs than to spend a morning with award winning chocolatier Tracey Kindred from Heavenly in the wonderful Carmarthenshire village of Llandeilo.  There was a wonderful display of chocolate eggs for sale with something to suit everyone’s taste, including eggs decorated with skull and cross bones as well as the more traditional eggs decorated with pretty flowers, but forget about the designs of the eggs, the most important part of a trip to any chocolatiers is the taste of the chocolate and I can happily sum up the smell and taste of the chocolate on offer here as indulgent.

heavenly-chocolate-eggs-20When I arrived at Heavenly, Tracey and her team were enthusiastically putting together a wonderful collection of totally unique Easter eggs to be displayed as part of their Easter egg exhibition.  As I watched the award winning Heavenly girls work their magic with chocolate and amazing create one-off chocolate masterpieces I was told that the inspiration for the exhibition had come after visiting the Chocolate and Ice Cream Show in Rimini, Italy in January.  heavenly-chocolate-eggs-22Whilst the huge range of Easter eggs and chocolates on display in the shop were more than impressive, the eggs being created for the exhibition were the most memorable; as they were made from the winning designs submitted by local school children in a competition run earlier in the year.  Seeing the original child’s drawing transformed into a piece of chocolate art is amazing and I can only imagine the delight and pride that the competition winners will be feeling this Easter.

heavenly-chocolate-eggs-24Now there is only one thing that can top the delectable delights of Easter Eggs and that is the ‘Chocolate, Pudding and Ice Cream Festival’ that is held by Heavenly each November, ooh I know where I’m heading this winter.

My chocolate egg making efforts will be somewhat more conservative than the ones going on at Heavenly, but my motto is ‘it’s the licking the bowl that’s important’, and I’m guessing that’s why I am not a chocolatier.

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About Seren Charrington-Hollins

ABOUT SEREN-CHARRINGTON-HOLLINS Describing my work through just one job title is difficult; because my professional life sees me wear a few hats: Food Historian, period cook, broadcaster, writer and consultant. I have a great passion for social and food history and in addition to researching food history and trends I have also acted as a consultant on domestic life and changes throughout history for a number of International Companies. In addition to being regularly aired on radio stations; I have made a number of television appearances on everything from Sky News through to ITV’s Country House Sunday, Holiday of a Lifetime with Len Goodman , BBC4’s Castle’s Under Siege, BBC South Ration Book Britain; Pubs that Built Britain with Hairy Bikers and BBC 2’s Inside the Factory. Amongst other publications my work has been featured in Period Living Magazine, Telegraph, Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail and Great British Food Magazine and I write regularly for a variety of print and online publications. I am very fortunate to be able to undertake work that is also my passion and never tire of researching; recreating historical recipes and researching changing domestic patterns. Feel free to visit my blog, www.serenitykitchen.com