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Libbi Carl and Matt Hulley with their chocolate jam

Libbi Carl and Matt Hulley with their chocolate jam

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Some of Sheffield’s most successful artisan producers are joining forces to create a unique range of imaginative culinary treats...

Two of the key players are Matt Hulley of Just Preserves and Libby Carl who runs Cocoa Chic.

They got together a few weeks ago after Libby approached Matt with an idea.

“I wanted to add something different to my existing handmade chocolate range and having researched the new venture I thought it would be fun to produce a line of chocolate-infused jam,” she says.

“These products aren’t being manufactured anywhere else in South Yorkshire and I wanted to show people other ways of enjoying the taste of chocolate.”

The two experimented with a range of flavours and came up with a number of new lines including Chocolate Orange Marmalade, Raspberry Jam with Essence of Chocolate, and Hazelnut Praline Spread.

Then they took them along to Beeches of Walkley for a Saturday morning tasting session with members of the public.

“It was a perfect chance for us to test the new lines and ask for some feedback regarding flavour and texture,” says Libby.

And after getting the thumbs-up from customers, the chocolate jams are now in production.

That’s not the end of the story, because Libby and Matt are continuing to work together – a savoury range of chocolate-infused chutneys and relishes is next on their list.

They are also collaborating with other local producers...

Libby is developing a new chocolate line using Sheffield Honey and Cafeology coffee.

And Matt has just unveiled a new Tomato Chilli Pickle with Henderson’s Relish.

“It’s great with burgers, sausages and bacon butties, or with strong cheddars,” he says.