Monday, 26 October 2015

Happy Birthday Chococake

A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of meeting Hazel and Wayne who own and run Chococake in Wimborne, Dorset.

Chococake is a cafe and chocolate shop stocking Chococo chocolates as well as locally produced confectionery goods from around Dorset. Both Hazel and Wayne are avid bakers and this shows in their impressive range of baked goods available fresh each day.

The business has been going form strength to strength and on the 3rd of November Chococake will be celebrating its 3rd birthday.

To help celebrate their birthday Chococake and I have teamed up to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a medium sized (16) selection box of Chococo chocolates with a RRP of £14.95.

To be in with a chance of winning this rather scrummy prize all you need to do is fill out the Gleam widget below.

Please note the contents of the prize may differ to the image above.

Terms and Conditions

  • Open to UK residents only
  • Closing date : 9th November 2015
  • If the chosen winner is not local to Wimborne, Dorset and cannot collect then the selection of chocolates will be sent by post.
  • The chocolate selection may contain fresh cream products so it is advisable for them to be consumed within 2 weeks.
  • The chocolates have been produced in a food prep area that has used nuts and may also contain nuts. 

Medium Box of Chococo Chocolates (16) From Chococake

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Chococake - A Chocolate Education

Hands up if you like chocolate and cake ( holding both hands up very high!!).

Recently I visited Chococake of Wimborne, Dorset and found that they have expertly combined both in one shop.

Wayne and Hazel opened up the shop in my local town of Wimborne a little over 2 years ago. They used their extensive knowledge of the catering business and combined their passions of chocolate and cake creating Chococake.

The store stocks an impressive range of Choco Chocolates which are made in the neighbouring town of Swanage. They stock anything that can be made from chocolate...VW vans. 3d robots, football boots, bunnies, chocolate logs, pumpkins...literally anything!!

Hazel and Wayne pride themselves on supplying their customers with quality chocolates and home made bakes using almost exclusively local produce thus supporting local businesses....something that I believe in strongly. For example the nougat and marshmallows are made down the road in Colehill and some of the vodka chocolates use vodka made in Dorset!! The range of home made bakes is immense, both Hazel and Wayne love cake making and have made some very impressive bespoke cakes as you can see below.

If I have to describe Chococake in one word it would be `passionate`. All the staff are passionate about their jobs and their products. Wayne blew me away with his knowledge of how each chocolate is made step by step, he even gave me a mini chocolate lesson on the differences of their chocolate compared to the mainstream chocolates....I was very impressed!

So impressed that I am hoping to be partnering up with Chococake in the next few weeks with an amazing chocolate give away for you lovely readers, so keep checking back to see what we have to offer.

Monday, 5 October 2015

One Proud Mummy

Regular readers of my blog will know that last year Alfie took part in his first race being held during the Bournemouth Marathon Festival.

For his age he was allowed to enter the 1.5k race; the course of which took him along Bournemouth seafront, up and down Bournemouth Pier with the finishing line just before the iconic seafront bridge.

Last year Alfie did the course in 8m 18s. But for some reason Alfie wasn`t as confident as last year and kept saying that he didn`t want to do it as he thought he wouldn`t be able to beat last years time. We explained to him over and over again that the timing didn`t matter one bit; as long as he was having fun that`s all that mattered. Plus with being a year old, having longer legs and more stamina we were sure he`d beat last years time.

Saturday afternoon we made our way down to Bournemouth seafront to find it heaving!!!! This was the events 3rd year and was visibly a lot more popular than last years festival.

Hubby made his way to the start line with Alfie whilst I made a bee-line straight for the finishing line as last year we learned that if you wanted a good view point you would have to get there about 20-30 mins before the race started.

I was stood ready with Jacob and Ben waiting for Alfie to come over the finishing line when all of a sudden 2 out of Alfie`s 3 sets of grandparents appeared out of the crowds to cheer him on!!

We assumed the race had started by the fact that the timer was running above the finishing line, I say assumed as the start line was well out of eye and ear shot so couldn`t hear the starting gun go off.

Due to Alfie`s time last year of 8m 18s I had told myself to get my camera ready about 6 minutes into the race as no-one would of come over the line by wrong was I?? At 5m 30s a young boy came zooming past me to finish in the courses fastest time ever!!

At 6m 50s I heard my mum screaming "he`s coming!!", and sure enough Alfie was sprinting towards the finishing line!! I barely had time to get my camera ready and managed to take 2 not so great pictures of him whizzing past me.

My amazing son had shaved off 1m 19s off of last years time coming in at 6m 59s!!! I was so proud of him I instantly welled up with tears as I knew he`d of done his best to finish so quickly.

When I collected him from the holding pens he had the biggest smile on his face; he didn`t know his official time but he knew he`d done well. When I told him he was so happy it made my heart melt. We collected his amazing finishers medal and goody pack which included a finisher t-shirt which he instantly put you can tell from the photo below he was so proud to be showing off his medal.

I am so proud of you Alfie for completing the race and beating last years time. You will do even better next year in the next age group up and longer race of 2k xxx