the home of Ballard's Fine Chocolates

the home of Ballard's Fine Chocolates


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Happy Easter Bunnies & Eggs

Happy Easter Bunnies & Eggs

Why not have a go at making your own Easter eggs? Here are some top tips on getting Easter eggs or bunnies out of plastic moulds: Carefully temper your chocolate Ensure you have a thick enough coating of chocolate in your mould. Coat it twice […]

The History of Chocolate…

The History of Chocolate…

Although today, chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes, we have only been eating it in its solid form for about 160 years. Prior to this, chocolate was mixed with water and spices and poured between two containers to make a frothy drink. Chocolate is […]

Create delicious ganaches and fillings…

Create delicious ganaches and fillings…

Learn how to make different chocolate fillings, including hazelnut praline, fudge and Turkish delight or perhaps you fancy Belgian truffles made using a variety of ingredients to generate delicious flavours. All dipped and decorated to produce professional looking creations.

Finding the best raw chocolate…

Finding the best raw chocolate…

Learn about the many different types of chocolate and where to source them and how a cocoa pod eventually ends up as the luxury chocolate that we all know and love.

The art of tempering chocolate is an important skill for any chocolatier

The art of tempering chocolate is an important skill for any chocolatier

Explore the different methods for tempering chocolate to produce a shiny crisp coating. Understand and appreciate the variety in flavours and fluidity, expose your taste buds to exotic chocolate flavours from around the world.  

Boxing your chocolates for a professional look…

Boxing your chocolates for a professional look…

Let us show you a variety of packaging options available for chocolates, providing you with gift ideas for any occasion.