About Us At Artisan Chocolates by Saffire
What you can expect from Artisan Chocolates by SaffireThis website will give you just a small flavour of what we do. Should you not have visited before, you will need to prepare for the smell and taste of our chocolate. Our unusual combinations of flavours and the wide range of bars and novelties helps us offer you options for that special present or event. And should that not be enough, you can watch us making chocolates and even take a Chocolate Experience Workshop with us.
Our HistoryAt Artisan Chocolates by Saffire all our Artisan Chocolates, Truffles, Bars and Novelties are hand-crafted, filled and wrapped by us, in our Shop. Artisan Chocolates by Saffire was started by Angela, as a ‘new hobby’ when she retired in 2004, the business quickly grew from farmers markets, into what is today, a small and successful business, out-letting to a few bespoke local farm shops & delis. Angela’s son, Gary, and his wife, Sharlene, joined Saffire about 10 years ago. Kathrin, their daughter and Angela’s grand-daughter joined the business nearly 7 years ago. Three generations of a family working together reinforces the family business idea.
Visit our shop and Kathrin will probably greet you. She has an infectious smile and despite her youth, she is very knowledgeable about our business. The chocolate we use and the products we make. Kathrin loves coming up with new ideas and ways to promote our business, check out our social media and you will see just how enthusiastic she is, so it’s not surprising that we have given her the responsibility for our social media accounts.
Gary & Sharlene
Gary is an artisan chocolatier and his main responsibility is the production of our exciting new range of truffles although he will turn his hand to most things, including creating the weird, wacky and fabulous. Check out the World’s Most Expensive Chocolate Shoe that he has developed. Each one takes over a week to make and is not for eating! Click Here. Sharlene (affectionately known as Charlie) is at the heart of our business. She keeps us all on track to meet deadlines, monitors and rotates stock, labels, packs, makes the coffee and answers the phone and e-mails. Not only that, she has so many skills that she can step into any other role at short notice. More recently she has become responsible for producing our wide range of pocket bars. If you telephone our shop it will probably be Sharlene who speaks to you.
Angela is our senior artisan chocolatier. She develops and makes our wide range of bars and novelties and will also make truffle if needed. She is integral to the development of new flavours and lines, including our highly prized Single Origin range of bars. Angela runs our Chocolate making workshops as well as being our link with various networking groups. She is a Valedictorian Graduate of Ecole Chocolat and has an extensive knowledge of chocolate, its properties, ingredients, legislation and allergens.