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January Competition

Dear Customers,

A bit of fun for the New Year.  Can you guess which flavour of Raw Chocolate Pie is our top seller?  The first six correct answers will be rewarded with a prize of The Vegan Celebration Box.  Just email me to rawchocpie@gmail.com with your suggestion.  No clues, but it may not be the most obvious choice!


The Vegan Celebration Box which will go to the first six people who make the correct guess.

Deets and I have kept the range of Raw Chocolate Pie and Fudge very simple this year for obvious reasons.  However, on seeking your advice about the range, many of you asked for a raw hot chocolate.  We therefore introduced this Autumn, the Raw Hot Choc Bombs which have proved incredibly popular.  Two things – firstly, thank you for a great idea and secondly, one of our customers suggested putting the “Bomb” in a black coffee to make a mocha.  I have just tried it and she is absolutely right, it is delicious. Thank you, Elaine.  You can find the Bombs on the Gifts & Offers page.   


New Year’s Day sunrise on Trencrom Hill

On New Year’s Day, I took the dogs up Trencrom Hill at dawn. It was a stunning morning and the photograph above does not do it justice – the sun was rising on one side and the moon riding high on the other – marvellous.  Still, it provides the excuse to send you best wishes for the New Year.  The other day, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel was on television again, and I always love this quote from the film – “Everything will be alright in the end and if it’s not alright, it’s not the end”.  I think I shall hold on to that thought for the next few months.

Take care,
Debby

10% Discount

Dear Customers,

I do hope you all had as good a Christmas as is possible in the current circumstances.  Ours was extremely relaxed which was great, Deets and I recognise we are very lucky.

With the sale season badly damaged by various lockdowns, I thought it would be good to bring forward our normal January sale. So, from today until 5th January, we are offering a 10% discount on all online sales.  I am so sorry not to be able to run this for a longer period but it is just not doable in these difficult times.

Chocolate is a comfort food but raw chocolate is so much more.  It is packed full of vitamins and minerals – vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E and minerals magnesium, calcium, zinc, iron, copper and potassium. It also contains protein and fibre which is particularly helpful for vegans.  Add to that the facts that raw chocolate is both a powerful antioxidant and a boost to mood and brain function, one should feel positively virtuous eating it! It is perfect for January “blues”.

The mud continues to be impressive on Trencrom Hill so before the storm hit, I took the dogs to the beach very early on Boxing Day morning.  It was spectacular and not another soul about.


The calm before the storm

We will continue with a free Wonky Pie with every order and I will try to send you a flavour you might not have tried.

It remains for me to send you very best wishes for 2021 from Deets and I.

Take care,
Debby

Christmas Last Posting

Dear Customers,

The pre-Christmas mad shopping bonanza seems to me to be more frantic than usual, I suppose because this year it is somewhat more complicated, to put it mildly. 

 Let me tell you where we are at – all orders received by noon tomorrow (Monday, 21st) will go out first class tracked by Royal Mail.  Royal Mail say that their last guaranteed first class positing is Tuesday, 22nd but it is reported that there is a backlog so I am a little nervous about Tuesday.  Having said that, we are open Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday and will dispatch immediately all orders we receive and we are also open between Christmas and New Year.  

Alternatively, if your order is valued at £40 or over, we can send it by FedEx who really do deliver next day but someone does need to be at home to receive it. If this is a good option for you, just put a note on your order form to say you would like it to go via FedEx.

I am not sure what the weather has been like around the country, but it has been terrible here, constant rain and wind.  Trencrom Hill is totally waterlogged and extremely muddy so this morning I took the dogs on the beach instead.  It was raining and misty but strangely beautiful and as you can see, Lupin was being a bit of a poser!


Lupin on Carbis Bay beach

I am keeping the free Wonky Pie with every order into the New Year and I do try to add a flavour you might not have tried.  

So, all that remains is for me to say, from both Deets and I, that we hope you all have a good Christmas break, not an easy one for many of us, I know, but hopefully, the best it can be.

Take care,
Debby

Christmas Mailing

Dear Customers,

As we get closer to Christmas, one of the things which worries us all about ordering online is whether the goods will arrive in time. As you know, we are a very small Cornish business, many of our customers now feel like friends and it is very important that we get it right for you.  So please do not hesitate to call us (01873 739034) or email if you want anything special or packaged differently as a gift – our job is to get the gifts you want to where they are supposed to go and in time for Christmas

Also, if you are wishing to send your gift direct to the recipient, do include on the order form a message you would like sent with it.  I will put each message on a lovely Whistlefish Christmas card so that your present comes across as a very personal one.


Christmas is coming!

Officially, the last posting day for Christmas, via Royal Mail 24 hour tracked, is Tuesday, 22nd December but to be on the safe side, please could you get your orders in to us by Monday, 21st.  If you are likely to be out when the postman arrives, do please give us instructions as to where the parcel can be left. We will be open for business up until the 24th and between Christmas and New Year.

2020 is a year none of us will ever forget but for Deets and I, the abiding memory we will take forward is of the incredible kindness and support you have given us since March.  The words of encouragement, the cards and messages, the thankyous and the way you have cheered us on to keep going -frankly, it has been overwhelming.  


THANK YOU xx

So, a very big thank you from us both. There is no way we could have done it without you.

Take great care,
Debby

Vegan Celebration Box

Dear Customers,

To celebrate the fact that November was Vegan month, I introduced the Vegan November Box which has proved extremely popular.  So, now we are in December, I have renamed it The Vegan Celebration Box and you can find it on our Christmas and Gifts pages.  It is very good value at just £10 and if you buy two it means that postage is FREE.


The Vegan Celebration Box £10

It contains our most popular Winter pies – Festive (of course), Date & Walnut, Ginger, Naked Combo, Very Berry Pocket Pie and our new Raw Hot Choc Bomb for making a most delicious hot chocolate…and, of course, you don’t have to be vegan to enjoy it!

When our children were very small, a neighbour made us a wooden advent calendar. It shows my elder daughter, Lucy and sons, Michael and Charlie, standing by our local church which is in the middle of a field.  There is no Deets because she was yet to be born. 


Our long suffering advent calendar

All through their childhood as soon as the advent calendar went up there was considerable competition as to who would open which window. It means a great deal to me because the children absolutely loved it (and still do) even though it contained no treats.  I also consider it to be one of the true miracles of Christmas in that after 28 years and several house moves, I still have all the pieces!

A free Wonky Pie will continue to be added to every order.

Best wishes,
Debby

November Competition

Dear Customers,

I need help again, please, but this time it is your children’s help I am after. We have come up with the idea of producing RAW CHOCOLATE BUTTONS aimed specifically at introducing children to raw chocolate.  Deets and I have been experimenting with flavours and have developed some interesting ones but we really need your input.


Our first attempt of raw chocolate buttons

So ideas please from the children in your lives and there are 10 tubs, each containing 12 Raw Hot Chocolate Bombs, to be won for the best ideas.


10 tubs of Raw Hot Chocolate Bombs to be won!

Could you, or your children, please email suggestions to rawchocpie@gmail.com and we will select the 10 best.  If many children have the same idea, as usual Deets will draw the winning name out of a hat. The competition ends next Sunday, 6th December.

This is a bit of pre Christmas fun but with serious intent. If children’s palates can get used to less sugar at a young age, it will last them a lifetime.  When I was young, I added sugar to coffee and tea but managed to give it up in my twenties. Now, I literally can’t bear the taste of sugar – it is just a question of palate training. As well as the risk of obesity, there are many children to consider who suffer from lactose intolerance and problems with gluten who would be able to eat chocolate again if we can produce some tasty Buttons.

Thank you so much for the marvellous response to our FULL HOUSE offer. It has to be one of the most successful offers we have ever run. Deets and I are really grateful for your support and by Tuesday we should have all orders on their way to you.

A free Wonky Pie with every order continues for another week.

Take care,
Debby

Black Friday

It is that time of year again and I am very pleased to tell you that we are going to be able to offer the same BLACK FRIDAY DEAL we have done for some several years now. THE FULL HOUSE (12 Raw Chocolate Pie in a gift box) for just £15, down from £27, a massive saving.


THE FULL HOUSE for just £15

 It makes a great Christmas gift which we can send direct to your family or friends with a message.  If you wish to order now to take advantage of the offer but want delivery nearer Christmas, just give us instructions as to when you want it sent out. Or, of course, you could just buy it for yourself, you really can’t afford not to do so! The offer runs from now until next Sunday, 29th November.

On the subject of Christmas presents, people tend to fall into two categories, don’t they – those very organised, whose presents are all bought by December and people like me who leave everything until the last minute and then badly panic. My daughter (and chief raw chocolate maker), Deets falls into the former group. She has already FINISHED her Christmas shopping…and wrapped it!


Deets - job done!

I am full of admiration. Deets is brilliant at choosing presents, too.  If any member of our family is stuck as to what to buy someone, they just ask Deets and she comes up with some stunning idea.  

Anyway, good luck with your shopping, not easy this year, one way and another. The free Wonky Pies will still be coming out to you with every order.

Take care,
Debby

Christmas & George the Cactus

Dear Customers,

I have been rather slow this year putting up the Christmas page on the website. This is due, partly because with just Deets and me working, there are not many free hours in the day but also, I suppose, because of the uncertainty surrounding Christmas.  Still, the page is up now and I do hope you will like it.  I am particularly pleased with this year’s Christmas hamper  - see below


The Christmas Hamper

All our raw chocolate and raw fudge have a sell by date of at least until April, 2021 so are perfect for Christmas ordering.  If you are sending a gift direct to family or friends, do include on the order form a greetings message which I will transfer on to a Christmas card to include with the gift. If you want to order now for delivery nearer Christmas, that’s fine too – just give us a preferred delivery date.

We have had a strange tradition in our house for many years.  Instead of a Christmas tree, we decorate George the cactus with lights, baubles, the works, even the Bethlehem star.  I bought George from the flower tent at Thame Agricultural Show when I was 4 years old and we have been together ever since until he sadly died.  He was about 3 inches tall when I bought him and he grew to be over 9 feet.  He particularly enjoyed the conservatory at Halzephron Herb Farm and some of you may remember our shop on the corner by Smeaton’s Pier in St Ives.  He had pride of place there and I swear loved the attention.


George

So Christmas 2019 was George’s last.  I am not sure why he died, old age maybe.  We have taken at least 100 cuttings over the years and I have three remaining “sons of George”, none quite large enough yet to double as a Christmas tree. It looks like I will have to bow to convention and buy one!

All orders will continue to receive a free Wonky Pie and I am going to start again slipping into each order the occasional sample of a flavour you may not have tried.

Take care,
Debby

Friendship and Gift Boxes

Dear Customers,

Just after my 10th birthday, my well-meaning parents sent me off to boarding school in Kent.  It was fairly grim – Army surplus beds, no hot running water and ghastly food. The saving grace was meeting Di, another bewildered 10 year old, and forming what was to become a lifelong friendship. There have been years when we have seen very little of each other – marriage, children, work getting in the way – but every year we meet on 7th November and sink a few wines! The significance of the date is because it was my Mother’s birthday. When she was alive (and she lived to be 100), she would join us and we would toast all four parents who, over the years, had become friends too.  In fact, much to our fury, they used to go on jolly holidays together while we were left incarcerated in our ghastly school.  

In recent years, Di has helped me sell Raw Chocolate Pie at shows and festivals all over the country, at Olympia, Royal Cornwall Show, Abergavenny Food Festival, Macmillan and many other vegan and food festivals. 


Di at The Royal Cornwall Show 2018

This year, of course, there have been no shows and equally, yesterday, we were not able to meet for our annual toast to our parents, the first time we have missed the date in decades.  But the wonderful thing about true friendship – it endures, no matter what. With this in mind, I have been very struck this last week by the number of gift boxes – particularly The Lockdown Box and The Vegan November Box which you have sent out to friends and family. We don’t have to meet to show our feelings


The Lockdown Box (on the left) and The Vegan November Box

Both boxes offer a significant saving so, in difficult times, you could just treat yourself, I am sure you deserve it!

The free Wonky Pie continues to go out with every order (the pie is perfect, it is just that the wrapping machine has wrapped it untidily.)

Take care,
Debby

World Vegan Day 2020

Dear Customers,

Today is World Vegan Day, the beginning of November which heralds a month of vegan celebrations. I think we are all aware that veganism is a growing phenomena and it is reckoned by the end of 2020, at least two million people in the UK will be vegan.  To celebrate, I am introducing “THE VEGAN NOVEMBER BOX”. It costs £10 which represents a saving of nearly £3 on normal prices and it contains : 1 Festive Pie, 1 Ginger Pie, 1 Date & Walnut Pie, 1 Naked Combo Pie, 1 Very Berry Pocket Pie and 1 Raw Hot Choc Bomb - all vegan, of course! 


The Vegan November Box

The sell by date on all products is now into April 2021 so this would make a great Christmas present.  Having said that, I am hoping you will buy one for a friend, then eat it and then have to start all over again!

One of the problems with becoming a vegan is absorbing enough protein. My younger son, Charlie, with rather unfortunate timing, decided to become a vegan when he started at university. Within weeks, he looked very pale and wan. I dashed up to Bath with a sprouting kit and some seeds and beans for sprouting and he was back on track in a couple of weeks.  Aduki Beans, in particular, contain more protein, pound for pound, than a filet steak. (See our website page on Sprouting).

Making vegan chocolate and fudge in rural West Cornwall means that my neighbours are all farmers so you would think they would disapprove of what we do.  Actually, quite the contrary, a number of them are regular customers and our nearest farm actually sells Raw Chocolate Pie and Fudge from their dairy.


A welcome visitor to our back door

To prove the point, this is a recent visitor to our back door! We are all very friendly and although our products are vegan, most people buy them because they like them!

Free Wonky Pies continue with every order.

Stay safe and thank you so much for your continued support.

Debby

10% discount and free wonky pie with every order

Dear Customers,

It has been a weird and beastly week and if anyone mentions the word “unprecedented” one more time, I shall not be responsible for my actions. So, while keeping cheerful is currently not easy, don’t forget the two particularly relevant properties of raw chocolate – it contains powerful antioxidants and also boosts mood and brain function, reducing depression and lethargy…..and it is much more fun and tasty than traditional medicine!

The most cheerful thing I can think of doing is to offer you a 10% discount again, starting right now and ending on Sunday next, 1st November.  In addition, we will continue with a free Wonky Pie with every order for another week.  (For those of you who missed last week’s email, a Wonky Pie is an untidily wrapped pie caused by our wrapping machine going temporarily haywire but the pie itself is perfect).


Wonky Pies with the compliments of Pearl, the wrapping machine!

We do have some good news. As you know, since March, my daughter Deets and I have been battling away on our own to keep the business going. As from 1st November, Donna is coming back to join us, only for a day a week to start with but it feels like we are moving in the right direction at last.  Donna and I started working together when she was 15 and I hope she won’t mind me saying that was over two decades ago, so you can imagine she is very much part of the family.


Porth Kidney beach

This random photograph of Porth Kidney, where I walk the dogs, was taken last Summer. It is such a beautiful place.  I suppose I have just added it to this email to remind us all that Spring and Summer will be round again, and things will be better.

Take care,
Debby

Free "Wonky Pie" with every order

Dear Customers,

I have had an idea which I hope you will enjoy.  I have talked to you in the past about our wrapping machine, christened PEARL.  An eye wateringly expensive piece of equipment, we were all terrified when I made the commitment to buy her three years ago.  However, it turned out to be the best decision ever.  During lockdown, having PEARL was the only way Deets and I could keep the business going as we would never have been able to hand wrap the pies as well as make and dispatch them.

However, PEARL does have a darker side.  She will run perfectly for hours on end and then without any warning, she has a complete fit and the pies start coming out with untidy, scrunched up wrapping.  She is completely random in her choice of flavours to muck up, her bad behaviour is a complete mystery to us and the lovely engineer to visits us from time to time.  I have tried shouting at her (before you say anything, I agree that talking to an inanimate object is not a good sign). In the past, it was not a problem, we simply opened up the bars, chopped them into sample pieces and sent them out with wholesale orders but, of course, sampling is not allowed at the moment.  So, we are going to give them to you.


Wonky pies

With every order from now until next Sunday, I will send you a FREE “Wonky Pie”.  The pies themselves are perfect, it just that the wrapping is untidy.  Of course, we could remove the packaging and put them through PEARL again but wrapping them twice does not feel environmentally friendly.  On the subject of the Planet, I am absolutely desperate to stop sending out the pies in poly boxes but I just cannot find an alternative which is not drastically and prohibitively expensive. I have tried sheep’s wool and various sorts of bio-degradable plastic pouches but they cost a fortune.  I have scoured the internet but without success.  If you have any ideas, I would be so grateful to hear from you.

The “Wonky Pies” are displayed on George the cactus who is a story in himself for another time.

Please take great care, 
Debby

Free Fireside Companions Pack

Dear Customers,

The dogs and I love Trencrom Woods, which lie at the base of the Hill on the far side from the Raw Chocolate Pie kitchen. The dogs’ enthusiasm for the woods can be summed up in a single word – squirrels. They run in mad,  fruitless circles watched on, I am sure, with much amusement by the squirrels. They are hopeless hunters, thankfully. I love the woods because they are so peaceful, despite the squirrel hunting, a perfect place to be before the start of another mad day. There is something very reassuring about trees.


Autumn coming to Trencrom Woods

In Spring, the floor of the woods is covered in bluebells, in Summer the leaves are so dense, they turn it into a ‘deep, dark wood’ with hardly a glimpse of the sky. Now, in Autumn the floor is carpeted in leaves and we can see the sky again.

By the time I got back from our walk yesterday evening, it was virtually dark and very cold and this gave me the idea of a FIRESIDE COMPANIONS PACK. A cup of hot raw chocolate and a chilli pie seemed the perfect answer, so here it is:


FREE “Fireside Companions” Pack

WITH EVERY ORDER PLACED BETWEEN NOW AND NEXT SUNDAY YOU WILL RECEIVE A FREE “FIRESIDE COMPANIONS” PACK and believe me, they really are perfect companions – I know because I have tried (more than once)!

Grim times are here again but remember chocolate, particularly raw chocolate, lifts the spirits and boosts energy and like trees, it is very comforting.

Please stay safe,

Debby

Free Nut Pie and Goji & Pumpkin Pie with Every Order

Dear Customers,

There is a lot to get through this week.  Firstly, for the second week running, there will be two free pies sent out with every order, regardless of the size of your order – this time Goji & Pumpkin Seed and Nut.


These two pies are free with every order placed between now until next Sunday, 11th.

There is a reason for this, I need your help. Once again, I want to introduce a new product suggested by you.  Many of you have asked for a top quality bag of mixed nuts and dried fruit. I have regularly in stock organic mixed nuts (NO peanuts, not even a trace), goji berries and cranberries dried in apple juice (no extra sugar).  So, what else would you like to see in the bag? I have to admit, I am offering the two free pies as a sort of bribe to hopefully persuade you send me an email with your ideas. You know I am always very grateful for your views.

Talking of fruit, last Tuesday, 29th September, was Michaelmas Day.  It celebrates the day St Michael threw the Devil down to hell and he landed on a  prickly blackberry bush. Whether it was due to the prickles being very sore or simply the indignity of it all, Satan flew into a tantrum. He cursed the fruit, stamped and spat on it and even scorched it with his fiery breath. This is why you must never pick blackberries after 29th September for fear they may be devilishly contaminated. You have been warned!


The statue in the chapel on St Michael's Mount, showing St Michael casting out the Devil.

St Michael is very close to the hearts of those of us lucky enough to live around here.  The reason, of course, is the proximity of St Michael's Mount, which is very much on display from the top of Trencrom Hill and much loved by us all.  At dawn, seen from the top of the Hill, The Mount is backlit by the rising sun.  It looks totally marvellous but quite unreal, like an illustration from a child's story book.

YOU WIN! I said last week would have to be the last one until nearer Christmas when we put in your orders samples of flavours you may not have tried.  I have had so many lovely emails about this, I felt I had to do it for one more week. Thank you for your kind words.

Take care,
Debby

PS The Raw Hot Choc Bomb is going down a storm. I can take no credit for this, it was your idea.

Free Naked Pie and Combo Peanut Pie with Every Order

Dear Customers,

Our top selling pie is Pink Himalayan Salt, in fact sales have always been massively ahead of all the other flavours.  As well as being a pie in its own right, Pink Himalayan Salt also puts in an appearance in the Peanut Combo Pie, which is half Peanut Butter Fudge and half Pink Himalayan Salt.

It has been a pretty miserable week for all of us, one way and another, so Deets and I thought it would be good to offer you a cheering gift since you are so very kind to us.


Pink Himalayan Salt and Peanut Combo free with every order for just one week.

So, for one week from today, with every order you place, regardless of its value, you will receive the above two pies, worth £5, absolutely free of charge.  Remember, though, if you spend £20, postage and packing is free too!  Also, with every order you will continue to receive samples of flavours you may not have tried but I am going to have to stop this offer next week until nearer Christmas.

What an extraordinary little island we live in.  At the beginning of the week we had all the doors and windows open, I had to put chill packs in the chocolate parcels I sent out and the dogs needed a hose down after their walk because they were so hot.


Lupin is very pleased to have the log burner going again. That is supposed to be my chair.

By last night, I had to light the log burner because it was so cold – we don’t run to central heating.  As you can see, Lupin my lurcher absolutely hated the idea! The Brits always get accused of being obsessed by the weather – small wonder. A friend of mine from Oxford visited Cornwall for the first time last Autumn. Being a very thin strip of land between two coasts does make West Cornwall a trifle volatile.  After a day down here she said – “It’s extraordinary, you have all four seasons in a single day”. I couldn’t disagree.

Please take care.
Debby

Free Hot Choc Bomb With Every Order

Dear Customers,

Deets leads a double life.  Entirely unaided, she makes approximately 3,000 Raw Chocolate Pie and Raw Fudge per week. No small achievement in itself but when an ear splitting alarm goes off on her phone, she drops everything, races to her car and becomes a coastguard.

From when she was very small, she has been an outdoor girl.  Those of you who remember Halzephron Herb Farm might also remember Deets, always out on the headland playing with the ponies, goats, sheep, hens and ducks we kept in our small animal farm. Like many of the young people who live in St Ives, she trained in catering, first at Blas Burgerworks and then Halsetown Inn before joining me and taking over production.  She is very good at her job and loves it but ask who she really is and I think first and last being a coastguard is enormously important to her.


Deets the coastguard

Of course, she always gets a call when we are at our most busy, shouting at me to take over as she rushes past.  She also maintains that if she plans an early night, no sooner has she got into her pyjamas and made a cup of tea than off goes the alarm! When she returns from a call out, I am always very relieved to see her back in one piece and, as you can imagine, I am enormously proud of her.

This week with every order placed, you will be getting loads of free stuff.  You will receive a sample of the Raw Hot Choc Bomb I mentioned last week, also made by Deets in her spare time!


A free Raw Hot Choc Bomb with every order

And also samples of flavours of Raw Chocolate and Raw Fudge which you may not have already tried.

Have a good week, stay safe.
Debby

Raw Hot Choc Bomb With Every Order

Dear Customers,

I am really spoilt for choice with the marvellous ideas you sent me a couple of weeks ago.  What I am going to try to do is to make up samples of various of your suggestions and send them out to you when you place an order.

Overwhelmingly, what many of you requested was a raw hot chocolate so that is where I have started.  With every order placed in the coming week, I will send out a free sample of a proposed RAW HOT CHOC BOMB with full instructions.  We have tried it with various milks.  It is great with cow's milk but Deets and my favourite is putting the Bomb into oat milk.  For children, almond milk is good as it is sweeter without the need for sugar.


Bertie checking out the Raw Hot Choc Bomb

Bertie may need little introduction to many of you.  He is our very favourite and very best professional model.  He first modelled for us in an O2 promotion for Easter 2018.  The location for the shoot was the sand dunes above Porth Kidney Beach.  It was blowing a minor but spiteful gale, spitting with rain, freezing, Bertie had just had a long day at school and he was only three.  The light was awful so it was not a quick process but through it all Bertie smiled and remained jolly and positive while the rest of us were miserable and shivering!  He is complete star and as you can see he loves the proposed RAW HOT CHOC BOMB!

So, it is your turn now – please let me know what you think of the Bomb and if you like it, I will have a double pack for sale on the website by next weekend.

I am continuing with the free samples with every order of flavours you may not have tried.  You have given me some lovely feedback on this.  By sending you samples and involving you in the decisions as to what we should be selling, I hope we are creating the nearest we can get to the shop experience and hopefully a real feeling of customer involvement.  With just Deets and me running the business at the moment, it is so helpful to have you looking at the range with a fresh pair of eyes, so thank you for all your help.

Please take the greatest care,
Debby

PS The St Ives mug Bertie used for his raw hot chocolate came from his mum's and aunts' shop – website www.thestivesco.co.uk

Thank you, a lovely surprise, 10% discount continues

Dear Customers,

Firstly, a really big thank you for your wonderful response to my request for help in deciding on new products.  I received over 300 emails, and I will reply to each and every one of you.  I really am most grateful for your suggestions, advice and some really fabulous ideas.  Deets will draw the winner out of the hat tomorrow.

The reason I haven't replied to your emails before is that on Monday I had a lovely surprise.  The last few months have been hard for all of us and Deets and I are very aware of how lucky we are, not only to have a job but also one which we love. It has been hard work, though – 7 days a week.  On Monday, my elder daughter, Lucy, her husband and my three grandchildren arrived at Chycoggan and swept me off to the Scilly Isles for a surprise 3 day break. It was totally magic. We walked, we swam, we talked and slept. We stayed on Bryher which was delightfully quiet - it pleased me as I am in danger of becoming something of a recluse!


Grandchildren Lily, Fred and Isobel on Bryher

Spending time with my grandchildren, having seen so little of them in recent months, was particularly special.  Lily has been a brilliant helper at food festivals in the past – heaven knows when we will be able to do that again but she is determined to start selling Raw Chocolate Pie again soon.  It was great to also have time to stop and think and with all your many ideas to work through, I am now raring to go!

Everyone does seem to be enjoying the little samples we are putting in each order so I will continue with that and the 10% discount for as long as I can.


Red Squirrels on Tresco.

Sorry, this is totally random, but I had never seen a red squirrel before so I thought I would share this photograph with you.

Take care,

Debby

A year's supply of Raw Chocolate Pie to be won

I have probably driven you mad since the beginning of March regaling you with stories about my children, dogs, house martins, Trencrom Hill, jelly, swimming and even my Grandmother.  Sorry! Today, I want to ask for your help. 

I want to increase the range of what we offer on our website and I would be so grateful if you could give me your ideas as to what you would like to see there. As far as I am concerned, it does not have to be all about chocolate – though any ideas for raw chocolate products would be good. However, everything on the site does have to be vegan and health giving. No Junk!  Could you email me with your ideas to rawchocpie@gmail.com and the winner will receive a year’s supply of Raw Chocolate Pie (52 bars).


The prize

I can’t choose the winner by selecting the best idea because some of you may make the same suggestions.  So, I am going to put the names of everyone who has emailed their ideas into a hat and ask Deets to pick one at random. The prize winner can choose the flavours and I can send your prize out monthly, quarterly or all in one go – whichever you prefer.

It’s a bit of fun, yes, but there is a serious intent behind it.  I need to try and build the business back to where it was before the virus and I want to do it by offering a good range of healthy food products.  Raw Chocolate is a fabulous anti-oxidant, energy boost and brain food and I want to build on that too. Perhaps we should be offering more superfoods, herbal medicines, health drinks, maybe I should develop our own raw chocolate smoothie mix – I would be so grateful for your ideas.

The free samples of flavours you may not have tried will continue to be included in every order and the 10% discount continues too.

Take care,
Debby

Granny Ada, hating fudge, Nelson & a free Raw Combo Pie

Dear Customers,

My father's mother, Granny Ada to me, was a thief on a massive scale!  She had green fingers and could grow anything and everything.  Wherever she went, she kept in an extremely large handbag a little velvet drawstring purse. Inside was a tiny pair of scissors with mother of pearl handles. These where the tools of her trade, she took tiny cuttings of every plant which interested her, and most did. I remember a day out with her at Kew Gardens, you can imagine what went on.  I was old enough to be very embarrassed and frightened she would get caught. She didn't, of course, she never did, she was a pro.


Granny Ada with a pigeon friend.

Granny Ada grew up in Blakeney, on the North Norfolk coast. Her father, Giles, was a sea captain, regularly crossing the Atlantic.  When Giles was a little boy, he and his father rode together to Burnham Thorpe, a nearby village.  They joined the villagers, Giles was lifted onto his father's shoulders and they watched Admiral Lord Nelson leave his home for what turned out to be the last time, his destination - Trafalgar.  So, I knew someone, who knew someone, who waved Nelson off to Trafalgar. It is interesting how, through a family tree, great events in history seem so close.

Sorry, I have drifted off the point, which is that every time we met, Granny Ada gave me a box of fudge, which I absolutely hated - too sweet, too cloying and I didn't like the texture. Luckily, Granny Ada did and so used to eat most of the box.  However, when it was suggested to me that as a Cornish business, we should really be producing a vegan, gluten free fudge, I was sufficiently scarred that at first I resisted.  However, the temptation became overwhelming to try and produce a fudge which was not only a dairy free, gluten free, with no added refined sugar but also one which I would actually like.  It was not easy, particularly as the added requirement was to use raw ingredients.  We got there in the end, I really like it and now our sales of Raw Fudge rival Raw Chocolate Pie.

So, in honour of those of you who, like me, are not natural fudge eaters, I am including a free Raw Combo Pie with every order from now until Sunday next, 16th August.



Raw Combo Pie is half Naked Raw Chocolate and half Raw Vanilla Fudge, so I am easing you in gently to fudge eating!  If you would prefer your free pie to be Peanut Combo, just say so under "instructions" on the order form.

Free samples of flavours you may not have tried will continue with every order and I am hanging on to the 10% discount for the time being.
I should really have named one of our fudges after Granny Ada.  Maybe I will.

Take care,
Debby