Baravelli’s Win Five Academy Awards

We won! Announced today, we are the proud winners of no less than FIVE 2018 Academy of Chocolate Awards. 

The entries came from over 45 countries and were judged by the royalty of the chocolate world, including Luke Frost of Valrhona and Keith Hurdman from Felchlin. Also part of the panel of judges were Andrew Baker of The Telegraph, Charles Metcalfe MW and Spencer Hyman of Cocoa Runners, as well as some of the UK’s most prominent chocolate bloggers and food writers. Up against some tough international brands such as Hotel Chocolat we won! 5 times! Sorry, did we already mention that? 

We were competing among some amazing international brands and we are so proud to have come away with 5 awards for our chocolate.

Here’s a list of our 2017 winners: –

BRONZE – Flavoured Dark Chocolate Bar – Snowdon Pudding 72% Madagascan Sambirano (based on an old steam pudding recipe and flavoured with lemon zest)

BRONZE – Filled Chocolate – Alcohol Ganache – Blue Slate Gin (from the local Dinorwig Distillery)

BRONZE – Filled Chocolates – Fruit, Floral, Spice or Infusion Ganache – Gingerbread Ganache

BRONZE – Filled Chocolates – Nut Filled – Hazelnut, muscovado and raspberry praline

BRONZE – Filled Chocolates – Nut Filled – Honey roast almond and bee pollen praline (using honey produced by local bee keeper John Ankers)

If you know Baravelli’s then you will know that we are passionate about our chocolate and in using locally sourced ingredients and we are delighted that two of our chocolates feature other local producers. We love where we live and work and collaborating with other producers and artists means that together we are taking North Wales to the global food and drink stage.

The Academy of Chocolate was founded in 2005 and campaigns for better chocolate and to promote a greater awareness of the difference between fine chocolate and the mass-produced chocolate confectionery which most of us eat. We in the chocolate world covet their awards and means that we are competing at the highest level in the chocolate world.

The Academy Award Winners – On Sale Early Next Week. 

The selection contains: 1. Cashew and sesame praline (white), 2. Hazelnut, muscovado and raspberry praline 3. Blue Slate Gin ganache 4. Honey roast almond and bee pollen praline 5. Pecan and muscovado praline 6. Gingerbread ganache

Boxes of 6 chocolates – £6.00, other sizes available.

 

Baravelli’s – On ITV Wales Backing the Bid

We hit National TV! As part of the North Wales Growth bid our very own Emma Baravelli featured on ITV Cymru discussing the impact of the bid on local small business. Filming at our shop in Conwy, Cllr Aaron Shotton explained the benefits of the bid and encouraged local business to #BackTheBid.

Not our usual arena but we think you’ll agree Emma is equally at home discussing national politics as she is making our delicious chocolate.

Meet Coco, the new edition to Team Baravelli

Meet the newest member of ‘Team Baravelli’, Coco, our small and perfectly formed Ape. She’s not quite ready for her first outing yet, there’s some mechanical work that needs to be done and then of course she needs a little painting, sign-writing and then she’ll be ready for the great reveal.

We can’t wait to take Coco out on the road to events, food festivals and of course weddings. It’s still a bit of a secret as to what #BaravelliMagic Coco will have hidden inside her but we know that it’s all something that you’ll love and want. We are taking inspiration from our Italian roots, our exceptional chocolate and a little theatre added into the mix, can you guess what it will be?

Coco is almost 18 years old, she’s a Piaggio Apé 50 Van and started life as a 49cc vehicle but has since been upgraded to 102cc. She had a top speed of around 25 mph, probably now more after the upgrade and on a full tank her range is about 300km. She has 5 gears including reverse, can carry up to 170kg in 1.5m3 and she weighs around 250kg.  Oh and she has handlebars instead of a steering wheel…

We can’t wait for you to see Coco out on the road, updates to follow.

 

 

Baravelli’s – Eat One Keep On – Two for Joy – Easter 2018

Revealed today is our stunning collaboration with  Claudine O’Sullivan the renowned illustrator. The partnership has resulted in a unique Easter gift which combines the gift of art and chocolate featuring a print signed by O’Sullivan and a 10-kilo chocolate Easter egg with the print lovingly re-created in cocoa butter by our very talented food artist Emma Baravelli.

When we created our 2017 bespoke eggs many commented on the fact that they were too good to eat. It’s chocolate, it’s made to be eaten and enjoyed so this year we decided that we’d come up with something that was an Eat One Keep One concept. Working alongside Claudine has been an inspiration and the signed print and egg are the perfect Easter gift for any art lover.

The original illustration is titled ‘Two for Joy’ and the title is captured in this marriage of art and chocolate. The delicious chocolate is a gift that captures the spirit of the Easter Egg and the print will remain with the buyer to remind them of the ultimate Easter gift. The pairing is priced at £999.

You can see the print and the egg in our Easter window and don’t forget we have a whole range of Dragon and Artists eggs starting at just £7.50 each.

Happy Easter to you all from Team Baravelli.

#LibertyOpenCall Baravelli’s Magical Entry

Wow! Just wow….Taking two Liberty prints as her inspiration, Emma Baravelli has taken the Baravelli magic to a whole new level with her hand made and hand painted Liberty Easter Eggs.

Emma originally trained in textile design and the Liberty eggs are the perfect stage to to showcase her talents both in design and of course in the creation of the unrivalled Baravelli chocolate. The eggs are hand made using our own blend of chocolate and then painstakingly hand painted at our shop in Conwy, North Wales.

The Liberty eggs have been entered into the #LibertyOpenCall for 2018 when the products chosen will be stocked in the famous London store in time for Easter. Wish us luck and keep your fingers crossed that we are chosen.

You can add to our efforts to be chosen by liking our post HERE on Instagram

 

Spice it Up for Valentine’s Day with Chilli Cocoacello

Spice up your Valentine’s Day with a unique hand-made gift for your loved one. You create your perfect blend of chocolate liqueur and add as much spice as you dare…..

Our Limited Edition Valentine Cocoacello kits are now on sale and include everything you need to make a very special gift for your loved one. Imagine a hand crafted, unique gift that you can both enjoy and celebrate with this Valentine’s Day, give the gift of Cocoacello and add a touch of spice  to Valentine’s Day this year.

It’s Easy! Just add a bottle of your preferred vodka, mix with the contents of your Cocoacello kit and leave to infuse (and if time is short we’ve tested a 12 hour version which is equally as lovely).

The kit is priced at just £7.99 and now available from our shop in Conwy.

Cocoacello Kits – Your Perfect Christmas Gift – Order Now!

Stuck for that final Christmas gift? What do you buy for the person who has everything? Well of course! The gift of chocolate…with a twist!

Cocoacello – Your Homemade Chocolate Liqueur – Our 2017 Edition is limited to 100 Kits

Cocoacello is a delicious Chocolate Liqueur that you make yourself using our kit. It’s easy, it’s fun and the result is delicious. Prep time is minimal and your Cocoacello is ready to drink in a week.

Why not make up a bottle (or 2) to enjoy over the Christmas weekend?

The kit contains all the ingredients you need and of course the secret recipe. You’ll just need to add your favourite vodka. We like using the Absolut range but choose your favourite.

Cost:

£7.50 / kit (+P&P, we can ship to any UK destination)

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To Order or to Reserve simply send an e-mail to sweetstuff@baravellis.com

 

Baravelli’s – We won! Art & Business Cymru – Go North Wales Tourism Awards 2017

We won! Our very own beautiful dragon in the Arts & Business category of the Go North Wales Tourism Awards. Our entry showcased our collection of haute couture Easter Eggs that were the centre piece of the Harrods Food Hall earlier this year. our very own talented Emma Baravelli painstakingly re-created the designs of Camille Walala on a handful of bespoke chocolate eggs.

 

Our thanks to all the judges, to Jim Jones of Go North Wales and to everyone who has supported us. We won!

 

Baravelli’s – Sponsor Local Swimming Team

Baravelli’s are delighted to have sponsored two events at the local Gele Gators Swimming Club recent championships.

Sponsoring the Girls 11 and under 100m free and the Boys 11 and under 100m free with Jessica Brierley won the girls event in a new Club Record time 1:21.36. Congratulations to both of the winners.

 

Jessica joined our recent birthday celebrations and we took the opportunity to snap a photo of this very talented young lady.

Being part of the local North Wales community is at the heart of the Baravelli’s philosophy and encouraging young sportsmen and women is just one of the ways that support local initiatives.