Tree to Bar talk and tasting for Fairtrade Fortnight

Happy Fairtrade fortnight!

Come one, come all!  We have a great event lined up this Friday as a part of Fairtrade Fortnight here in Clonakilty.  We have two Fairtrade cocoa growers coming to visit from Nicaragua and together we wil be hosting a talk and tasting about how to make chocolate, from tree to bar!  It’s on at 7pm this Friday 3rd March at the Emmet Hotel Clonakilty.    You can purchase your tickets (only 5 euro) here and includes your favorite bar of our chocolate.

This time each year we take two weeks to spend extra time to chat about what we do, and the ethics behind it.  We source our beans from Kuapa Kokoo a Fairtrade cooperative in West Africa whose work has enabled many small communities and groups of farmers to develop, both in financial, community and sustainable terms.  Schools, water sanitation and new industries are some of the most common tangible impacts of the Fairtrade premium, and empowerment, pride and independence are the impacts that aren’t so easily charted.  We will be visiting schools in West Cork and hosting small groups to come and have a look in our workshop.  If you would like to come and take a sneak peek into our micro-factory, just get in touch.


Launch Event – You’re Invited!

COCOA HUSK DESIGNS LAUNCH 11th November 2016 at 6 pmAt Etain Hickey Collections, Clonakilty, Co Cork
We’re delighted that Claudia, our chief cocoa roaster & winnower, is now making Cocoa Inspired garments around the corner from our chocolate factory! Claudia uses Fairtrade Batik’s from the same Fairtrade Cooperatives that we source our beans from in Ghana.
Cocoa Husk (aka Claudia) makes beautiful handmade textiles using Batiks & Hessians inspired by chocolate and West Africa. We import Batik fabrics from ‘Global Mamas’ a Fairtrade cooperative from the region in Ghana West Africa that we buy our cocoa beans from and then Claudia transforms them into beautiful handmade aprons, meditation cushions, napkins and more in her home studio in Clonakilty.
Have a sneak peak in our Etsy Shop
www.etsy.com/ie/shop/CocoaHusk

Fairtrade Fortnight Wrap-Up

We are delightedfairtrade1 to  have had another sunny Fairtrade fortnight here in Clonakilty!  Fairtrade Fortnight runs the last two weeks in February each year with the goal to educate and promote the importance of Fairtrade purchases to consumers & shop owners.  As you probably know Fairtrade affects farmers in developing countries by ensuring they are paid a fair wage as well as a Fairtrade premium which is paid into a community fund which a local board controls the use of, often choosing to build schools, sanitation facilities or grow other local economies.

Our first event was to have an open day here at the chocolate factory and we welcomed some lovely students and locals to show them how we make our chocolate from the bean!

We were also delighted to welcome Omar, a Fairtrade Honduras coffee grower and visit a local school together to talk Fairtrade with the students.   Last but not least we helped throw a Fairtrade cultural brunch – if you missed our chocolate fountain it will make an appearance same time next time!

Next up is Easter – and all web orders over 50 Efairtrade2uros placed before Easter Monday will receive a free medium bunny!!

That’s all for now – all the best from Allison & the Clon Choc Team!

 

 


Earning my Radical stripes (McKennas Best in Ireland 2016!)

We are so thrilled and honored to be included in this year’s McKennas Guide, as part of a small group of food producers listed as ‘best in Ireland 2016’ – thank you John & Sally for such a great review, being considered a radical in this crazy food industry is to me the greatest compliment!!!  (See full review here)

Clonakilty Chocolate

ALL THE BEST PLACES TO EAT, SHOP AND STAY IN IRELAND. A LOCAL GUIDE TO LOCAL PLACES.

 

Alison Roberts is one of that tiny handful of people in Ireland who are changing the world.
Ms Roberts is doing this by revealing to people exactly what chocolate is. Clonakilty Chocolate is showing people that chocolate is a cooking tool, a narcotic, a sublime pleasure, and a tool of good health. In other words, Clonakilty Chocolate is the opposite of what Irish people understand chocolate to be. Being a disrupter like this – a real disrupter – suits Ms Robert’s personality, for she is someone who is simply radical: she has radicalism like other people have freckles, or green eyes. And her quest links her to the other great disruptors of Ireland’s artisan food culture – the farmhouse cheesemakers, the sourdough bread bakers, the craft brewers, the coffee roasters, the rare breed animal specialists – in that she opens our eyes, she helps us to understand that bean to bar chocolate represents not just a food product, but a civilisation, a history, a culture, a way of thinking.
All that from a bar of chocolate?
Yes. All that, and a narcotic deliciousness that is not to be found in any other food.
Clonakilty Chocolate: they do radical.

Assumption Place, Clonakilty, Co Cork
+ 353 85 757 4338
Allison Roberts

Choco-Christmas Film & our Rachel Allen Christmas Appearance!

Phew!  What a wild and wonderful year!  We had such a great year we made a Christmas video to share what we’ve been up to!

Also – in case you missed it – our Rachel Allen Coastal Cooking appearance was last week and we have had a great reaction (though I am still to shy to watch it myself!).  If you want to see Rachel visit us and cook up her Christmas dinner you can watch it on RTE player here:

http://www.rte.ie/player/ie/show/rachels-coastal-cooking-30003578/10506308/

Hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas and wonderful New Year!Allison & the Clon Choc team

Community Powered Christmas Party!

Hear ye! Hear ye!  If you live in Clonakilty, or fancy popping over for the evening, we’re having a community-powered Christmas celebration at Molly’s Winebar this Thursday from 8pm for all of our lovely crowdfunders and friends that helped us get to where we are this year!  We will be setting up a mini bean-to-bar chocolate factory, making lots of chocolatey treats to share and listening so some appropriate Christmassy tunes!  

Come along and bring a friend, this Thursday (Dec 10th) 8pm at Molly’s Winebar!  (Behind O’Donovans Hotel!)

An RSVP would be great so we can have a rough idea of numbers…. rsvp to [email protected] or 085 757 4338.

Merry Christmas one at all.

Allison & the Clon Choc Team


Christmas Workshops & Treats

We’re delighted to announce that we’ll be hosting westcorkpeople ad oct2015 copyfour Christmas workshops this year!  Find out more on our workshop page.

We will also be offering early bird prices again this year for our great selection of Christmas goodies, 10% off all orders placed on Christmas items via the website between November 8th & December 8th so check back and don’t miss out!  We’ll have Sloe Gin Truffles, Christmas Mendiants, Santas and more ready to post worldwide!

 


Taste of the Week!

We are delighted to have our Goat’s Milk bar chosen as this week’s ‘taste of the week’ by CorkBilly.com – thanks Billy!

 

CorkBilly.com - Taste of the Week!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015Taste of the Week. So Milky Milk Chocolate

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CAPTION – One of the bonuses of visiting Clonakilty recently for A Taste of West Cork was the chance to meet chocolatier Allison Roberts at the tasting event in Spiller’s Lane. She was one of the local producers showing their wares and I stocked up on her chocolate bars, including the So Milky Milk bar, our Taste of the Week.

This has no “artificial anything” and is “Gluten free”. Aside from Cocoa, the other main ingredient is Coconut Blossom Syrup. And the milk is not from the cow but from the goat! …….. VIEW FULL ARTICLE

 

 


You’re Invited!

To celebrate the summer and our favorite festival (The Old Time Fair) we are hosting another chocolately event for any and all chocolate lovers to enjoy.  On Saturday July 4th Clonakilty will be teeming with great things to see and do from the Olden Days, we will have our regular spot at the farmers market 12-5, and then at 5pm we will be hosting Clonakilty’s First Ever Chocolate Salon & Gramophone Ball!  Don’t forget to dress in your oldest & finest!

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