Interview – Lisa from Freda’s Peanut Butter

When did you first make peanut butter?

We first started making peanut butter around 3.5 years ago after we were inspired on a trip to New Zealand in a camper van called Freda.

How was your first attempt?

The first attempts were not great! I blew up the first two food processors that I had, but then we invested in some better kit and we got much better results.

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Tell us about your ingredients?

Our peanuts are high oleic from Argentina. We’ve learned a lot about peanuts, and in our opinion these are simply the best. Everything we add is organic with the exception of Chipotle chillies and Cornish Sea Salt.

Is there anything you are particularly proud of?

Since we started using these peanuts we’ve received some fabulous awards. Three Golds, two Silvers and a Commended from Taste of the West and a wonderful two Gold stars for our Coconut flavour from the Great Taste awards.

What is your best selling product?

Our best seller has always been the Cornish Sea Salt flavour – it’s the simplest of them all – just peanuts and sea salt, nothing else. Incidentally, our Chocolate flavour peanut butter has been having a little rest but we will be launching our Chocolate Orange flavour just in time for the Exeter Chocolate Festival!

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You will be able to buy Freda’s peanut butter, handmade in Cornwall, at the Exeter Chocolate Festival. See you there!

Interview – Amanda from Langley’s Rocky Road

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What got you interested in chocolate?

At birth I think – I have always loved chocolate.

When did you first make chocolate?

I started to make my product when I adopted my 2 children and it quickly became a family favourite, always made on special occasions and a firm favourite at the office.

How was your first attempt at making chocolate?

Like a beginner, awful now I look back but also a really important part of my journey.

How and from where do you source your ingredients?

I love to use local ingredients where I can, there is nothing quite like Cornish seasalt and combined with lime (a childhood flavour) makes for my surprise flavour.

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Anything you are particularly proud of about your products?

I have come into the industry as a complete beginner, I love the reaction that I get from my customers and the lovely comments always make everything worthwhile.  I love the thought that I am inspiring my children to be entrepreneurial and to do what they love.  The seven Taste of the West awards in my first year of trading have been the icing on the cake.

What’s your best-selling product?

Lime & Seasalt has now overtaken my classic Orange.  I love this as it is a flavour inspired by my Dad and his loves, so has real meaning for me.

What achievement are you most proud of?

Actually starting my business – it was hard to leave my career as a Solicitor where I had been Managing Partner of a firm which I have seen through a merger of 4 practices.  To change to doing something so creative was a big decision but I love what I do, the challenges and rewards.

What are your ambitions for the future?

To develop as a business – I would love to grow and to be able to pass my passion on to other people.

What’s your mission statement?

As a small business its really simple – to produce the best product I can to delight my customers.

What’s your favourite type of chocolate?

One of the things I love about chocolate is its diversity – so I don’t have a favourite and it very much depends on my mood.  I love to try new flavours and to be surprised!  My most recent delight was a Ruby Chocolate with a lemon centre – delicious!

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Amanda will be at the Exeter Chocolate Festival in November, and at the Torbay Chocolate Festival next April. But, if you can’t wait that long to get your hands on some of her award-winning Rocky Road, you can buy on her website by clicking here!