Edited by BrumHour.
#BrumHour was invited to attend a chocolate event by SuzieSpeaks. So Julie Wallis took about 3 seconds to accept the challenge. Here is Julie’s blog:
By Julie Wallis twitter.com/Nicenic63
Chocolate Quarter, Birmingham
The Chocolate Quarter is Birmingham’s newest artisan chocolatier, a proper family run and owned business.
Mum Maninder and dad Kempes are assisted by son Jay in this wonderful chocolatey emporium. Stocking an array of edible delights such as hand crafted chocolates, biscuits, candy sushi, gold covered almonds and proper Aztec hot chocolate, Chocolate Quarter really is a gem in the Jewellery Quarter.
I felt I had won the golden ticket upon entering the shop on the corner of Spencer Street!
The first thing I found out is that Chocolate Quarter is not so much a shop, but more of a chocolate experience, a rich and surprisingly creamy hot chocolate was my first taste of this. This hot chocolate is made the traditional Aztec way with water and molasses rather than milk, as the milk flavour can mask much of the chocolate subtleties. Jay talked me through several different chocolate varieties. The nicest, in my opinion, being from Madagascar, different countries produce different cocoa beans which all have different qualities much like wine grapes.
Next, a hands on chocolate making experience which allowed us to create our own caramel truffles, with plenty of help from Jay we all managed to create some pretty amazing looking goodies. We had lots of fun as well as learning a lot about tempering chocolate, why white chocolate is not really chocolate, decorating, how to best melt chocolate at home for cooking and even how to eat Chocolate to fully enjoy all the flavours.
We went on to enjoy a wonderful chocolate fondue with fruit, biscuits, doughnuts and honeycomb. All washed down with a glass of fizz!
The chocolate-making experience is available for parties, and a great alternative idea for hen nights or team building events. At fifty pounds per person, it seems pricey but I can guarantee you will have a night to remember and you do get to keep your fantastic creations. Chocolate Quarter is not licensed to sell alcohol but guests are welcome to bring a bottle to private events.
Jay, Maninder and Kempes then showed me some exclusive chocolate they had created for a wedding. The bride had tried to get bespoke chocolates in her own design and colours without success until she approached Chocolate Quarter who were willing and able to help her create the perfect wedding favour. You don’t get service like that from a major chain. Chocolate Quarter are also able to provide chocolates for corporate events.
The selection of exquisite handmade chocolate is breathtaking. The choice is overwhelming and the Jewellery Quarter is the perfect setting for these precious gems.
I decided to top up my own handmade chocolate selection, and purchased a coffee & cardamon, a strawberry & balsamic, a Marc De champagne, a freshy which is zesty lemon and lime in white chocolate and an aztec gold which is dark chocolate with chilli & lime.
They also have a range of chocolates coming out for Father’s Day which include a bacon chocolate, now before you dismiss bacon chocolates I can tell you that after trying one the old adage of “Everything’s better with bacon” is true! Bacon chocolate has a smokiness thanks to smoky whiskey flavours which wrap around the bacon. With a more savoury undertone rather than a sickly sweetness bacon chocolate has to be tried to be appreciated. A chocolate for people who love the peaty, smoky qualities of whiskey and bacon.
So remember , next time you’re in the jewellery quarter, pop in and say hello. You are sure of a very warm welcome, Maninder could not be a more hospitable host. Friendly, welcoming, chatty and very genuine with a real passion for their art the whole family make you feel like long lost friends and will even give you a free sample of the day with no obligation to purchase. Also remember Chocolate Quarter when you’re looking for a beautiful gift for someone special, you’re sure to find something to delight.
I think the whole experience for me was summed up by a friend of mine, who upon hearing I was visiting Chocolate Quarter told me “If I was going to perform a heist anywhere in the jewellery quarter then it would be at Chocolate Quarter” although I’m not encouraging anyone to burst in wearing balaclavas!!
#BrumHour received this experience for free via Suzie Speaks and Chocolate Quarter. #BrumHour is not being paid to write this content. #BrumHour doesn’t encourage heists! (Just so we are clear!)