Henley Chocolates – Wootton Wawen – Warwickshire
I had a wonderful afternoon at Henley Chocolates in the beautiful village of Wootton Wawen, about 20 miles South of Birmingham, 2 miles south of Henley-in-Arden and about 6 ¹⁄₂ miles north of Stratford-upon-Avon.
Henley Chocolate produce hand crafted artisan chocolates using real ingredients, sourced locally and sustainably. All of the ingredients used at Henley Chocolate are real ingredients, which means they are grown not manufactured. Half the fruit used in the chocolate truffles come from a local allotment within the village, courtesy of Jennie, who was hard at work making chocolate truffles during my visit.
Henley Chocolates works with local authentic producers at every opportunity, reducing the companies carbon footprint and supporting the local sustainable business community, such as the Shakespeare Distillery, local food markets, hotels, restaurants and other retail outlets within the county and further afield.
“What you see before you, my friend, is the result of a lifetime of chocolate.” Katharine Hepburn
They work with growers co-operatives to source their cocoa beans and Chocolate is also obtained sustainably from Banbury-based Barry Callebaut and their Chillies come from a market gardener in nearby Dorridge.
Henley Chocolates is a sustainable business, reducing its negative impact on the environment by sourcing its energy from solar panels on the roof and its heat from trees in the local Austy Wood. Henley Chocolates have introduced a new source of packaging which is good for the environment, reducing their use of single – use plastics.
I was invited to try my hand at making my own chocolate pizza with the help of their team of friendly chocolate fairies in their newly constructed, purpose built Warwickshire workshop called most appropriately, The Chocolate Shed.
“There is nothing better than a friend, unless it is a friend with chocolate.” Linda Grayson
I was invited to meet Beauty who is an Automatic Tempering Machine and the Beast, a semi- Automatic Moulding machine. I thought they were both wonderful machines, it took all of my strength to stop my wife doing a Vicar of Dibley and getting completely gunged in chocolate!
Making the pizza was quite a simple process. The difficulty was stopping myself from dipping in my finger as the warm chocolate was being poured onto the paper plate. Dark chocolate first then a jug full of milk chocolate to create my design.
“Chocolate says “I’m sorry” so much better than words.” Rachel Vincent
I created a dragon whilst my wife settled for a very colourful pizza, decorated with lots of small chocolate scrapings, fudge and tiny marshmallow. Life is so hard at times. Fortunately at that point our pizzas were taken away to the fridge to cool. At home we tasted the chocolate and it was sensational!
Henley Chocolates is located in on the Yew Tree Farm Craft & Shopping Village which is home to thirteen other business concerns ranging from The Wild Hare Jewellery, The Garden Furniture Centre and Giftivity.
The Chocolate Shed is the place to go to for children’s parties and school groups to see, hear, taste, touch and smell their delicious chocolate. Why not call in and try your hand at making your own chocolate pizzas or hand piped lollipops (weekends and school holidays 11-4) or take a look inside the small shop to see what takes your fancy. You will not leave disappointed!
Henley Chocolates is the ideal place to visit if you love your chocolate and who doesn’t love chocolate? For real, sustainable chocolate, whether its silly chocolate or serious chocolate, you will have a lot of fun discovering it at Henley Chocolates.
“Chemically speaking, chocolate really is the world’s perfect food. ” Michael Levine
Why not treat someone you love with a gift of some traditional, authentic indulgent chocolate? Learn all about chocolate from the resident chocolate fairies by visiting them today?
I really enjoyed my time at Henley Chocolates and look forward to visiting again sometime in the very near future. Beware the seriously hot Dragons Breath chocolate bars. They are described as hot and yes, they are!
The Henley Chocolates Kitchen and Chocolate Shed are always open to visitors, whatever your age. I had a great time!
Chocolaterie, Shop & Parlour, YewTree Farm Craft Centre, Pettiford Lane, Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire B95 6BY
telephone: 01564 794718
So, what is Chocolate?
Chocolate is a typically sweet, usually brown, food preparation of roasted and ground cacao seeds. It is made in the form of a liquid, paste, or in a block, or used as a flavouring ingredient in other foods.