Thursday, January 31, 2019
Newbury Weekly News
Cocoa Ben’s wants to share a passion for chocolate
WHAT started out as a hobby has become a full-time passion for 28-year-old Ben Marshall, who dreams of one day opening his own shop in Newbury. Using all his own recipes, it takes him around three hours to make and pack a batch of 200 truffles. Ben says his signature treat is Champagne and Cointreau, but his offerings of salted caramel, raspberry and Madagascan dark are also rather special, particularly if you are hoping to woo your Valentine. The chocolatier’s passion for chocolate-making became his new life goal after visiting a cocoa plantation in Granada. He said: “I started doing it as a hobby – because obviously we all love a bit of chocolate. “I wanted to do something more creative… I’m very passionate about doing what I love and making that your work. I went to the Caribbean and that sold it for me. “I want to end up doing it full time and make a regular income from it. And although his creativity is growing with each batch, Ben
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His delicious chocolates can be found online at cocoabens.co.uk, or are available to buy in the Dew Pond and independent coffee shop Harrison’s Coffee in Northbrook Street. “I wanted to do something I love. The first goal was to try it as a hobby, and now the shop and full-time is next.” So if you want to indulge your loved one, what better way than with some local, homemade chocolate from Cocoa Ben’s. Visit www.cocoabens.co.uk
says that the ethics of his mouth- watering creations are also becoming ingrained. “It’s all fresh. I want as little colouring or additives I can possibly get – that’s why I changed to Casa Luker [a Colombian cocoa supplier]. “I want to support the actual producers of the cocoa, not the cheapest I can find, and that means they are paid a fair price. “I also want to get more into the vegan side.”
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