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Helen's treat for chocoholics

Hellen Buff
Hellen Buff

Chocoholics are in for a treat as an entrepreneur brings a new type of chocolate to Rutland.

Helen Buff believes she is the first person in the county to bring ruby chocolate to the market.

It is made from specially selected cocoa beans which create a dusky pink colour and a hint of berry flavouring.

Helen, of Thistleton Road, Market Overton, said: “The response from friends and family has been positive. It’s quite a different flavour.”

The 47-year-old works as a book-keeper but runs Helen Buff Handmade Chocolates on the side.

She was introduced to chocolate-making by a neighbour and went on to study courses at the Chocolate Academy in Banbury.

She then had to build an extension to her kitchen to house the growing business.

She said: “Chocolate is my real passion and my husband Nick blames this for his expanding waistline.

“Ruby chocolate is being hailed as the fourth chocolate next to milk, white and dark. I’m not sure it will overtake them as the most popular but it is something new and exciting.”

The new chocolate is the result of 13 years of research and has been hailed as the biggest revolution in the chocolate market for 80 years.

Vogue magazine named it as one of the must-buy treats for this summer.

Helen’s chocolate is available to buy as buttons or bars from the village shop in Market Overton.

Helen will also host a stall at Chocfest in Melton Mowbray in November.

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