My name is Sarah, I’m 43 years old, soon to be 44 but I feel like a 21yrs old, and I have been on a mission to eat myself thin, with the main focus on sweet treats, which are lower in sugar and calories than those you find on the shop shelves. Like many of my customers, I understand the struggles of weight loss and maintaining those losses. Back between Sept 2015 – Sept 2016, I lost 68lbs by following Weight Watchers and have kind of maintained that weight loss for a year now,even eating chocolate EVERY day. Im updating this in April 2018 to add that I now follow both Weight Watchers and Slimming World so I can cook food that can be enjoyed by both plans.
I’m married to Michael and we have a beautiful little boy called Alfie, who also has a keen interest in chocolate (EATING), or as he puts it choc choc, I feel like I have created a chocolate eating monster at times.
I started Sarah’s Creative Kitchen back in Jan 2016, after taking voluntary redundancy from my job in the city, and my main focus was on healthy eating, cooking and recipe sharing, which I still do via my facebook and instagram page.
In September 2016 my life changed dramatically overnight, from running healthy cookery demos at my home in Southchuch to training as a chocolatier. I started by making dark chocolate treats for myself and family, then it suddenly developed into making packs to sell at Farmers Markets and School Fayres, and this then lead me to opening up an online shop and now here we are, making around 12,000+ packs each month and delivering to the whole of the UK, Scotland, Ireland and Wales, whole of EU and soon to be expanding to International sales.
I make lots of different types of chocolates, from bite sized chocolate shapes, discs, bars and truffles. As well as making to sell, I run masterclasses at my new factory, dates are published on my website when available.
In November 2017 I took a big leap of faith in my business and signed a 5 year lease on a big factory unit in Southend, which we moved into in Jan 2018 after spending two months building kitchens, cupboards, work areas to make it easier to have all the staff working still while I was not around and to reclaim my home, as it took over my life for almost 14 months.
We stock lots of gift ideas which can make great presents, and seasonal themed goodies and bespoke orders.
Most of my stock is made fresh to order, so basically when you see stock go live, we then make it after it sells, some orders can take up to 10 days to make and ship out, but that’s all explained in our Terms and Conditions.
I am registered with the Local Authority and have a 5* Hygiene Rating, and am fully insured. Currently I have 8 staff working with me, and I am looking to expand externally to have shops stock our chocolate as well. I did want to alter part of my factory but we are not able to do that now due to being so busy and taking up all the space now with machinery.
If you have access to Instagram, you will see lots of posts of chocolate, my family, my meals, me and the team, as we post each day and I do love a live story.
Thank you for popping by to say hello and I hope to be able to make chocolates for you very soon. You can find all my products to buy on the main shop tab, and there are several different allergy categories as well to help you decide, from vegan, vegetarian, products made with gluten free foods, white, milk, banana, strawberry and dark chocolates.