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.