MEET OUR MEMBER SERIES
Welcome to our Meet Our Member Series where we will be getting up close and personal with our members. We want to give you the opportunity to learn about what our members have to offer and help you plan your big day with all the insider tips! We are delighted to introduce to you Trace Clay from The Chocolat Story to learn why artisan chocolates are the perfect wedding favour.
THE CHOCOLAT STORY
ARTISAN CHOCOLATIER BASED IN LINCOLNSHIRE
My name is Trace Clay and I am a self-taught chocolatier and also the founder of The Chocolat Story and Lab Cocoa. We are a small local independent business; our speciality is making exquisite custom handcrafted artisan chocolates.
WHERE IT BEGAN
I first started to research into the science, art and skills behind chocolate making back in December 2016. I already held a passion for both art and food, so I began experimenting with different flavours. Once I had an idea of which flavours worked well together, I then turned my hand to my creative side. Understanding how to make my chocolates stand out from the rest led me to discover coloured cocoa butter. It literally was a colour explosion and this is where things started to take off.
CREATING THE DREAM
After forcing my family members to constantly try my chocolates (resulting in them gaining a pound or two) I was confident enough to share my chocolates on my social media platforms. As a result of this, I created a small amount of custom which continued to grow. So much so that, returning customers gave me the ability to turn a small hobby from my kitchen, into a full-sized workshop! Now I have the pleasure of running small chocolate workshops for local young people and SEN (Special Educational Needs) schools.
Let’s not forget about our specialist wedding chocolates. Chocolates at any wedding are the greatest crowd-pleaser, a statement, a winner and who doesn’t like chocolate!
The Chocolat Story’s ultimate aim is to make your day extra special, to make your “Dreams come true”, get your guests talking, add that extra memory and take everyone on a chocolate adventure they won’t forget.
Our chocolates are hand-made from bean to chocolate, decorated with bright and unique colours and filled with fresh organic ingredients. In addition, we have created so many unusual ways to display our chocolates, from decorative boxes for favours, chocolate platters for centrepieces, extras for the sweet table, or a grand display to give that wow factor instead of a cake!
ONE TO ONE SERVICE
When it comes to chocolate, everyone has different tastes and preferences. Which is why The Chocolat Story offer an exclusive personal one to one service. Taking each of your guests on a tasting adventure, adding that element of elegance to your special day. Choose from their Chocolate Usherette, Chocolat Statement Board, Cocoa Bar or the Cocoa Sensation Station.