Monday, 24 December 2012

December Twenty-Four...Now its Time to Close the Door!

It December twenty-four, there is probably no need to write anymore!

We will close the doors by 3...

Then at home, we will be!

The Elves will take off their little hats,

And leave their shoes upon the mat!

For tis the season to be jolly,

And deck the halls with boughs of Holly!

We hope your Christmas is really fine,

And we will re-open on December 29!

A Merry and Safe Christmas From Everyone At Nutpatch Confectionary!

Friday, 21 December 2012

December 21,22 and 23...Save Some Gingerbread For Me!

Time to think about Santa snacks! I remember carrots and beer as santa snacks, when I was a child. The carrot for the reindeer and the beer for Santa. You would have to feel sorry for poor old Santa if all he got was beer at each household! What about some cookies? Gingerbread cookies?

I leant to make gingerbread in high school cooking class. It is one of those recipes that has been really useful and I have made it nearly every year! 

Anyway to go along with all things festive, I have included some pictures below of my gingerbread making day, so your enjoyment!

Monday, 17 December 2012

December 17,18, 19 and 20...Ensure the Chocolate Supplies are Plenty!

I don't know about you, but I am getting excited! It's almost time to count the sleeps!

Make sure you don't leave it too late to pick up you Christmas orders and supplies from the shop!

Saturday, 15 December 2012

December Fifteen, Sixteen...

Two more shopping weekend before Christmas!

Time to consolidate, take stock and ensure all the gifts are covered!

What about a Christmas Puzzle? 

Friday, 14 December 2012

December Fourteen...Watch the Christmas Balls Gleam!

Who doesn't love Christmas decorations? More to the point, who doesn't love chocolate Christmas decorations?

This year Christmas balls have been overwhelmingly popular, so sadly if you are reading this now its probably too late to purchase any, as these sold out at the end of November! Nonetheless I thought you might still appreciate looking at them anyway!

Thursday, 13 December 2012

December Thirteen...Time to Get Wrapping!

So the tree is up, its now time to clear all the hiding places of gifts, get them wrapped and under that Christmas tree!

What better way to finish off your gift than with a chocolate Christmas gift tag from one of our trees in store?

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

December Twelve...12 down, 12 to go!

We are half way there, there are now 12 days to Christmas! Things tend to heat up from here on in. You all know what I am talking about too! You know, the shops are busy, its hard to get a parking place in the city, everyone is stressed to the max trying to get their shopping done!

At the Nutpatch there is not much space to get stressed in! For those who have visited the shop, they would know that it is rather small! We like to take the time with our customers to help them with their selections and answer any questions. We aim to make a visit to the shop a delightful experience! So escape the hustle and bustle this Christmas at the Nutpatch Shop. Remember it can get busy in our store, but we are always here to help!

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

December Eleven...Christmas Tree Up!

Those of you who have been following the blog, may have noticed that each day to our blog advent calendar had a rhyme. What rhymes with 11, other than words like heaven, seven and Kevin, non of which were very helpful in my Christmas rhyme or I had already used them!

Anyway the tradition in our house is the Christmas tree cannot go up until after December 11. Why you may ask, well December 11 is the last birthday in the household. So today or any day after today out comes the Christmas tree! Now there is the debate of living tree versus plastic tree. A few years ago we sent the parents out to purchase a Norwegian Spruce in a pot to be decorated. We had always had living trees, either in a pot or when we were younger one that had been harvested or brought from the side of the road! There was something nice about the smell, the 1000 scratches you would get putting  on the decorations and the fact that it would drop pine needles all over the carpet! Of course by the time all the pine needles had just about fallen off, it was about 12 days after Christmas and time for the tree to be taken down!

Behold that day when we thought we were getting a real living potted Norwegian Spruce and this huge (and I cannot emphasise the huge enough) white box arrived. Correctly stamped Norwegian Spruce, but in a box none the less! My sister and I were somewhat devastated for about the first hour. Once we were over the initial shock that mum and dad had brought a plastic tree, we ventured to open the box. 

Wow-wee it was spectacular, in three parts this tree stood over 3 metres high, and even had 'real looking' pine needles, ok granted there was no authentic pine needle smell, but it sure did scratch just like the real thing! Not only that the branches were perfectly placed, and the decorations sat perfectly in every branch! Truly we were converted! 

As children we had always admired the Myer Christmas Trees, all perfectly and symmetrically decorated. One year I remember the lady in the Christmas shop giving us advice on how they managed to get the decorations perfectly placed! Now there it was, in our own home, a perfectly decorated Christmas Tree! The decorations had been selected with much scrutiny and a colour scheme was set and adhered to! So there you have it, our Christmas tree story! Don't get me wrong I still love the real deal, those huge beautiful looking pines in all their glory, like the ones they would be donated each year from someones property to sit out the back of the Argyle Street Car park near Habitat.

Anyway Happy Christmas Tree Decorating!

Monday, 10 December 2012

December Ten...Chocolate Hazelnuts Then?

A simply delightful gift, our locally grown roasted hazelnuts coated with premium dark and milk Belgium chocolate!

Sunday, 9 December 2012

December Nine...Send the Folks a Line!

Are the Christmas cards sent out yet?

What about a chocolate postcard, for that little bit of fun!

Saturday, 8 December 2012

December Eight...Now You Know It's Getting Late!

Can't decide what to buy? Pressured for time? Not sure who likes dark versus milk versus white chocolate? Rest assured we have the answer...

Nutpatch Gift Voucher!

Friday, 7 December 2012

December Seven...A Box of Chocolate Heaven!

Don't know which chocolate to select! Why not try the ultimate sampler?

36 of our handmade premium selection! A extra special indulgence!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

December Six...Get A Caffeine Fix!

Ok so we are six days into December, and I feel like I am prepping you for a big sports game! Are you keeping up with the festive pace? Are you feeling a little tired from all the preparations, work Christmas  parties and social functions? Have no fear Nutpatch Chocolate coated coffee beans are here!

These are strong little beans and believe me when I say you only need to have a couple to get that instant caffeine hit! Don't eat the entire pack in one sitting as I am sure you will feel rather unwell!

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

December Five...Keep Festivities Alive!

Festive Christmas Nougat, a special edition for the Christmas period! It comes in chocolate with Almonds or with a festive selection of colourful fruits and nuts, to brighten up your Christmas table!

Tuesday, 4 December 2012

December Four...Try Petit Noir!

You are in for a treat today. I would like to introduce to the blog the Petit Noir! This creation features salted caramel, encased in dark chocolate, with a peanut ganache, topped with black river salt!

Its sold individually and is a rather large log chocolate, probably best to share, but note I did say probably! I have eaten a whole one of these and it truly is a temptation for the senses!

If you think its all a bit too much but would still like to try, then there is also Petit Noir Junior!

Monday, 3 December 2012

Sunday, 2 December 2012

Sunday Chocolate Article!

What a surprise it was this morning when my sister, who had walked to buy a newspaper had the wind inadvertently pick up the newspaper and out flew the entertainment guide. There on the payment lay the guide with none other than our father on the front page! Our favourite chocolate man and his little Kettering shop bringing so much joy to so many people!

His proud daughters have included the pictures on the blog in case you missed it!

December Two...So Much More to Do!

Christmas Hampers, why not make December Second Christmas Hamper day!

At Nutpatch we have many Christmas Hampers full of a variety of our products to delight ever the most difficult to buy for family member or friend!

Alternatively you can select a few of your favourite products and we can make them up for you into a hamper. If you are thinking you would like to do this, then best come in early and pick out what you would like, to give our Christmas Hamper Elf enough time to package it all up for you!

Saturday, 1 December 2012

December One...Time to Have Some Fun!

Deck the Halls, Jingle Bells, We Wish you a Merry Christmas, its time to crack out the Christmas Carols! Listen to them on your way to work in the car, ensure you sing to them and its sure to brighten your day (or make other road users wonder what exactly you are on about as they pass you on the road)!

So its December 1, there is no denying it now, Christmas is on its way!

By now you should have made the Christmas cakes and puddings, if you are intending to make them! Its not too late if you are contemplating making some types of Christmas cakes, you know the ones that don't need months worth of marinating for the dried fruit! I made 10 this year, they are all wrapped in foil awaiting to be wrapped in cellophane to be given as gifts!

While at the Nutpatch shop we don't supply Christmas cakes and puddings, I thought todays post should be about cakes and puddings. If you want one or are thinking about getting one, go out today and either get your ingredients or find a nice place that makes them! There are plenty of great store brought puddings and cakes to be had, find the one that takes your fancy, purchase, and then tick that off the to do list!

Nutpatch Advent Blog Posts!

Welcome to the festive season followers of the Nutpatch blog! I hope you are all surviving the lead up to the festive season! If you are reading this we are most certainly in December and the count down is on!

Over the next 24 days I am going to write a post a day (or nearly everyday), to help you get inspired for Christmas and help you with ideas for those difficult to buy individuals! Not that there is anything wrong with being difficult to buy for, lets face it who doesn't love a challenge!

Anyway think of this as your own blog advent calendar! Who knows what you will find each day!

Sunday, 18 November 2012

Happy First Birthday Nutpatch Shop!

The 20th of November marks the first anniversary of the Nutpatch shop first opening for retail sale in Kettering!

Its been a great first year and we would like to extend our appreciation to all our customers who have visited over the past year! 

We look forward to your continuing support, and look forward to offering more unique products in the coming years, as well as establishing our chocolate master classes.

Happy First Birthday Nutpatch Shop!

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Advent Calendars!

Did you have an advent calendar as a child? You know the paper little pre-perforated doors with a festive background motif, and the thin chocolate behind the little door? Or if you were unlucky the chocolate had dropped out of its little holder and fallen to the bottom of the calendar? The anticipation of Christmas, those 24 doors of slightly varying sizes and the thought that on the 25 day, the magic was here! 

My sister and I used to share an advent calendar. We would alternate days, all in anticipation of this small piece of chocolate and helping us mark time to the big day! 

I remember we would hassle mum for this calendar the minute they hit the shop shelves, until we were old enough to realise the chocolate was always just slightly disappointing! I do smile quietly to myself these days as I walk the shops full of such advent calendars and listen to all to familiar cries of 'oh but mum please can I have one,' 'mum you know I will be good', 'no mum I won't open it before December 1!'

Now it would be foolish to think that a chocolate shop wouldn't have an advent calendar, and well last year we did not! Last year the elves had exhausted their efforts stocking the shop for opening, but this year, oh yes this year they have been on the ball! This year you can purchase one of our wooden advent calendars, which has the added bonus of being refillable for many years to come, and have it filled with handmade chocolates from the Nutpatch selection! This should avoid disappointment when you open the little door! And should you open the little door just a tiny bit ahead, for that sneaky peak, you can always save face by coming in and replacing said chocolate and no one will ever know!

If you are interested in one of these advent calendars then please come in early, as stocks are limited.

Go on indulge yourself and embrace the spirit of Christmas!

Cake, Cake, Cake!

Let's face it, who doesn't love cake? I think most people would answer yes to loving cake. I myself love the stuff. If I could live in a cake shop I think I would be eternally happy! Well until they would have to roll me out the door that is! Everything in moderation! In the first few years of my professional career cake provided me so much comfort, that was until fitting with my last comment about being rolled out the door, my clothes started to get tighter, and while it was great to think the washing machine was shrinking the clothes, it probably wasn't the most reasonable explanation!

Anyway now that cake is more of a treat and less of a stress buster, I would have to say special occasions are the best times for cake.  

At Nutpatch confectionery we have been helping others celebrate their special occasions with personally designed and crafted cakes. Made to order these cakes can be anything you would like them to be! I have included some pictures below of some of our most recent cakes, for you to feast your eyes on (that sort of feasting is strictly calorie free)! 

If you would like to order one of our unique cakes, please feel free to drop into the shop and talk with John or Sarah, who would be more than happy to help you with your ideas and give you a quote!

Baby Showers

Special Birthday's

Marking Special Achievements!

Friday, 9 November 2012

Father Christmas and Another Year Has Gone By!

Christmas day is getting closer with each sleep! Can you believe we are in November? I can't! I know I have mentioned it in previous posts, but where has the year gone? When you think about it, time is time and it can only pass at the same rate, but perhaps as we get older our perception of the rate time passes changes. Anyway because its July in my head, I have struggled this year with getting into the preparation phase for Christmas (and usually I am well into it by now)! Luckily the Nutpatch Chocolatiers have not suffered from this same delusion and are well into the swing of making handmade goods for Christmas. On the other hand I have just managed to soak my kilograms of dried fruit in brandy and honey, in order to make my traditional Christmas cakes! Last year I was slightly ambitious and made six times the recipe, which makes 13 cakes of various sizes! This year I have settled for a four times the recipe, and well we will just have to see how that works out! But tradition is tradition and so it must go on!

This Christmas is our second year in our beautiful chocolate shop! Yes we are soon to be days away from our 1 year anniversary! We have so much more in store this year for your enjoyment. Today I would like to share with you Father Christmas. Anyone who came in to the shop at Easter would have noticed Giant Easter Bunny and well Santa is of a similar size! He has already been rather popular with many orders placed for this wonder work of art! Made in milk, dark or white chocolate Santa is sure to satisfy most chocolate lovers! He is made to order, so if you think you might like one on your Christmas table this year, then drop in to the Nutpatch shop and place your order sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment!

Sunday, 30 September 2012

Citrus Blast!

To the untrained eye you might wonder what on earth the picture is below, and to be honest no one would blame you! But these would have to be one of my most favourite things in the Nutpatch shop and believe me when I say I have tried a lot of what is on offer!

These unsuspecting little gems are lemon and orange peel sticks coated in dark Belgium chocolate and I love them! I have just eaten two bags of them while writing today's posts!

We also make Citrus Blast, a kumquat containing block form dark chocolate, with orange and lemon peel, which is highly enjoyable!

That's Amore!

Anyone who has ever started anything would know there is a first for everything!

A first love.

A first kiss.

A first date.

At Nutpatch our first chocolate was the Amore, named appropriately after the Chocolatier's wife!

This chocolate is a perfect balance of hazelnut praline, hazelnut nougat flecks and a little bit of love all hand wrapped in a beautiful coloured foil!

Perfect for that special someone, that first date, in anticipation of that first kiss or to celebrate the first moment of union at a wedding!

At Nutpatch nothing says love more than Amore!

Available is a variety of coloured foil wrappings, in boxes of 4, 8, 16 or individually! Try one today, or savour the delight with that special someone!

Avaliable Individually!

In Boxes of Various Sizes!

Or in Large Quantities for Special Occasions and Weddings!

It's Begining To Look A Lot Like Christmas!

Hello Blog Followers,

Apologies to those of you who follow the Nutpatch blog, the blog writer has been slack over winter! You may have noticed a few changes as you look around the blog, mainly the addition of new pages and information.

The highlight of the week has been the start of the Christmas preparations. I felt overwhelmed the last few weeks when shopping that the Christmas decorations are already for sale, but we are a short 12 shopping weeks away from the big day! Before long the Christmas carols will be playing in the store, to add that festive charm! I will admit right from the start, I love Christmas music, much to my sisters disapproval!

So 12 weeks out from the big day our Christmas Chocolatier Elf has started handmaking the special treats!

There are many new things on offer this Christmas and some of the old favourites too. We have chocolate Christmas tags, CDs, postcards, decorations and balls! Then there is chocolate santa and many of his friends such as Speedy and Co! Our Chocolate Christmas Trees are sure to be a hit this year. We can also make to order Christmas Hampers full of all your favourite Nutpatch products. Be warned order early to avoid disappointment! Many of our products will only be made to order!

Chocolate Christmas Balls

Meet Speedy, he is made to order and is a crafty little snow man who loves the snow and his snowboard!

Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Ultimate Chocolate Cookie...

I have discovered the ultimate in chocolate cookies...Now be warned right from the start these were a test to see what they would be like and are not for sale, but they were so good I had to share with you my delight. 

Here's how it goes. I bought a packet of Coffee A Go Go Earthquake cookies (which I have spoken about in previous posts and are the most wonderful chocolate cookies ever made, in my opinion) and then the Nutpatch Chocolatier enrobed them for me in dark chocolate. OMG! The heavens could open and swallow me alive, they really are the supreme chocolate cookie experience!

It was the first time I had seen our enrobing machine in action and it was really amazing. It's tiny conveyor belt, feeding the items to be enrobed through what could only be described as a mini chocolate waterfall! They emerge through the other side delicately coated in dark chocolate...which is exactly what happened to my cookies! Some may say it's too much chocolate for the already chocolate packed cookie, but that just begs the question, when is there such a thing as too much chocolate?

I have included some pictures for you to dream about! Sweet dreams:)

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Change is in the Air!

For anyone who has driven past our shop lately you may have noticed things have changed. After over a decade our much loved petrol and service station owned by Roger and Deb has closed. While the petrol and shop side are now closed, the service centre will be operating as usual, as will Coffee A Go Go and Nutpatch of course! Over the coming months you will start to see changes occurring, and you will have to watch this space for developments!

We wish Roger and Deb all the best in their pursuits from here and wait in anticipation of the changes that are just around the corner!

Coloured Pencils!

I don't know about you, but I have always loved coloured stationary. Paper, pens, pencils, you name it! There is something special about coloured stationary, how the paper feels and smells and the anticipation of what might be made! When I was at school I loved the tins of powder paint. To be honest I hated powder as a medium, and lets face it I was never going to be an artist, but opening their little lids to reveal these amazing array of colours was somehow always fascinating! Its not just the colours but the order of the colours and how they all seem to go together.

Recently the Nutpatch confectioner made coloured chocolate pencils and you know what, it sparked in me the love I have for coloured stationary! To this day I cannot resist coloured pens. The fact I spend my entire professional life writing in black or blue ink has never stopped me from owning an array of coloured pens. Most recently that has included purple, deep red and green fine liners, mostly because I loved them, but the pretext on which I bought them was for writing my exam notes! It is funny how a new pen suddenly makes it seem like a huge task is suddenly manageable!

Anyway if you get the chance you should check out the chocolate pencils...I think they are awesome! I have included a few photos below, some of the photos are not a clear as I would like, but you will get the general idea! Can't you imagine these being used with a giant clip board?

Happy stationary hunting!

What Happened to May?

I usually think of January of the month that goes without you really realising it had even started! By the time you get over Christmas and then New Years, and all the public holidays, its February before you know it. But this year May has come and gone, seemingly without me even noticing! Suddenly I find myself five days into June...midway through the year! I don't know about you but where does the time go? You may have noticed the lack of blog post for all of May (oops), but illness has slowed me down in every way possible! I had some exciting things to share with you all too, like all the new treats that were created for mothers day...but now we are in June and mothers day is well behind us! Fear not we still have lovely new treats in the shop to treat you for winter.

So I look out my window today and its definitely winter. Days like this make me think of Heathrow airport in the UK, because the only times I have been to England its been grey, foggy and wet...which is pretty much what I am seeing now! Its cold out now and the chances to see the sun seem very limited!

Whats good about June? Well I was born in June which pretty much makes it the best month of the year! Then there is the shortest day of the year...which while its dark and not much fun, it means every day after that the days are getting longer and the warmer weather is on its way! Don't get me wrong I love the winter, you can layer up in warm clothes, sit by the fire, eat warm soups and of course eat chocolate! Or if not eating chocolate having a hot chocolate, because today is definitely the weather for that! June is also when you realise the year is halfway through! Maybe we should make our New Years resolutions again in June, because I don't know about you, but the ones I made in January haven't I say we start again and make the most out of the second half of the year!

Anyway enough of being philosophical for now and more about chocolate. There is change in the air at our chocolate shop and I look forward to sharing that with you over the coming months!

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Good Weather...If You're A Duck!

The weather has been damp and grey of late...perfect if you are a duck! I thought I would take this opportunity to introduce a very special duck...Clara!

Clara is somewhat of a loyal friend in the Nutpatch shop. She looks longingly into your eyes with her hand painted chocolate orange eyes and somehow manages to brighten your day! I think she is beautiful in her dark chocolate splendor! So come on in sometime and meet Clara and one or two of her friends!

Go Go Gets Enhancements!

Driving past Coffee A Go Go lately you probably have noticed some changes! The Go Go girls have undergone an upgrade and for some of the girls a few desired enhancements due to popular demand! Thanks to Brigg's sister Ingrid, the girls now look as brilliant as ever! You may have noticed the addition of the most wonderful coloured yellow to the girls outfits, which really lifts the mood on some of these grey sunless days we have been having of late!

Semi-circular garden beds have been added, planted out with seasonal herbs, cornflowers and many bulbs which will delight and surprise us over the coming months! Then there is one of my favourite new additions...the river stone entrance which now creates a East meets West ambiance to the place! It's such a relaxing place to sit, have a coffee and catch up with the local community in Kettering!

Congratulations Brigg's and keep up the good work, everyone at Nutpatch is mad about your cookies, coffee and hot chocolates!

New Closed Sign!