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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

Celebrating Pearl's 4th Birthday

Dear Customers,

I feel confident in saying that I think those of you who have been involved in the running of a small business will agree that it is not easy!  Of course, it is absorbing, stimulating, exciting and often fun but interspersing all that are serious dollops of terror.

My most terrifying Raw Chocolate Pie decision was the purchase four years ago of “Pearl”, our wrapping machine.  Pearl (so named because she is completely precious) was eye wateringly expensive, as was the wrapping material needed to wrap our 10 varieties of Raw Chocolate and 6 Raw Fudges.

Deets and I travelled to Leeds to find the right machine and see it in operation wrapping our pies.  It looked so easy on the factory floor of the manufacturers.  The first hurdle was actually getting Pearl into the shed we had built for her. Our farmer neighbour lifted her over the fence on a forklift, I couldn’t look!


The arrival of Pearl

None of us had ever operated machinery of this sort before and there was a great deal of trial, error and bad language in order to get Pearl set up. Now however, four years on almost to the day, Pearl has saved us.  By restricting our products to largely machine wrapped, Deets and I have been able to keep the business going.  Hand wrapping by the best wrappers clocks up 100 pies an hour, Pearl does 60 pies a minute.

The very first Raw Chocolate Pie I made was NUT. You will see below how I started wrapping the pie and how Pearl does it now.  Quite a contrast!



To celebrate Pearl’s 4th birthday, for one week from today, I will include a free Nut Pie with every order as well as samples of pies you may not have tried and 10% discount continues.

I have made plenty of stupid decisions in my working life but Pearl wasn’t one of them.

Take care,
Debby

The Joys of Sea Swimming - Free Goji Pie

Dear Customers,

My mother was Cornish and my father was largely brought up in Blakeney, on the North Norfolk coast.  This meant our Summer holidays were either spent on the North East or South West coasts – quite a contrast. In Norfolk I learnt to sail and row little flat-bottomed boats which could skim over the mud flats in just a few inches of water.  In Cornwall, I learnt to body board and discovered the joys of a proper pasty.  In both places, I also learnt to love swimming in the sea....and still do, not in a wetsuit, mind, that would be cheating!

My favourite spot for swimming in St Ives is Bamaluz Beach.  It is a funny little rocky beach at the far end of town. The ideal time to swim is when the tide is either half in or half out when you can go into deep water very quickly with no time to chicken out.


Last Friday morning at Bamaluz

It is a dog friendly beach, too, though Spud, my jack russell, really does not enjoy it.  He will not go in water above the knees, which in his case is about 3 inches off the ground! After the initial shock of cold water, I find there is nothing so soothing as a swim in the sea, troubles seem to fade away and I always come out invigorated and ready to face the day.  And then what?  Sitting on a rock with a coffee and a piece of Goji & Pumpkin Raw Chocolate Pie, of course.


Goji pie at Trencrom

Goji & Pumpkin pie is the ideal snack after exercise.  Goji Berries are a real energy boost and the pumpkin seeds make this pie particularly high in protein. So, to celebrate the Summer ahead, I am going to include a free Goji & Pumpkin Pie with every order from now until Sunday next, the 26th.

Also, to all orders, I will continue to add samples of flavours I think you may not have tried in order to recreate the shop experience.  AND THE 10% DISCOUNT ON ALL ONLINE SALES CONTINUES.

Take great care,
Debby

Nominate Your Lockdown Hero

Dear Customers,

Like all of us, I know being a carer is a very special profession. However, it was not until my husband, Alan, became terminally ill two years ago, I realised just how special.  Mandy or Kathryn came in twice a day to help with his care. They were kind, efficient, practical, knowledgeable and the greatest fun. Most importantly, Alan loved them but so did I, my grownup children, the dogs and even the parrot who very quickly learnt to mimic them, causing much hilarity!  We still keep in touch.

The lockdown has been difficult for everyone to a greater or lesser degree but over and over again, we hear how it has brought families, neighbours and communities together, which gave me the following idea.

Do you have a Lockdown Hero, someone who went the extra mile in this very difficult time?  It does not need to be a key worker – it could be family, friends, a work colleague, the random kindness of a virtual stranger.   If so, and you place an order with us during the next seven days, we will send a Pocket Pie to your nominated Lockdown Hero as a thank you present, completely FREE OF CHARGE.

How it works is just fill out the order form as normal and in the box named “Instructions” on the form, add the name and address of your nominee. I will then send them a Pocket Pie with the enclosed note below.  



Unless you state otherwise, I will send the Madly Mandarin Pocket Pie as this is the most popular, but if you would prefer an alternative, I will try to meet your request.

Sending out samples with your orders of flavours you may not have tried is proving very popular.  We will keep this going and the 10% discount for as long as we can.

I’m going to send Mandy and Kathryn a Pocket Pie too.

Take care,
Debby

10% discount on everything continues

Dear Customers,

My first boss was a man named Tom Parker. He was a Sales Director of Associated British Foods and had a dingy office in the Corn Exchange in the City of London, just a hop, skip and a jump from The Tower of London. Tom was a passionate believer in helping young people establish a career.  I was only 19 when I joined him but right from the beginning he said, “take as much responsibility as you like.  Make a mistake once and I will back you to the hilt, make the same mistake twice and it’s off to the Tower with you.”  Of course, I made the same mistake twice on several occasions, his bark was awful to behold but he never bit!

I am worrying so much about the young today, unable to plan for the future, with the job market shrinking before our eyes. A good mentor is such a help, not only did Tom teach me about sales and marketing, he gave me confidence. After leaving him, shortly after my first daughter was born, I set up a childrens’ clothes business called Tartan Cottage, which ultimately I sold to Damart. Halzephorn Herb Farm followed and now, of course, The Raw Chocolate Pie Company. He taught me to see every problem as an opportunity and I suppose this is what we all need to do now, to think outside the box, to be flexible.

When this pandemic is over, or at least under control, I am not going to open another shop or even attend shows and festivals.  I am going to try and give you the shop experience online.  To start with, from now on with every order you place, you will receive samples of flavours you haven’t ordered.  Being able to sample has always been a big feature of the business and that shouldn’t stop now.


samples ready to come out to you

I am going to try and develop the blog to include recipes, nutritional advice and ideas as to how to use our raw chocolate, fudge and superfoods and I would so appreciate any ideas you have for developing the site.

Tom has been dead for many years now, but I hope he realised how much I valued his advice and the fact is, I am still following it to this day. 

Take care,
Debby

Samples By Post

Dear Customers,

Aside from our family and friends, what has kept Deets and I going over the last three months has been the wonderful orders and kind comments from so many of you….and after that, of course, it has been our dogs! The loyalty, the unconditional love, the fact that they have to be exercised, come rain or shine, and the cuddles at a time when there is no one else you are allowed to hug…what would we do without them? 


So here we are, Deets and her dalmatian/collie cross, Zac (aged 10), me with jack russell Spud (aged 5) and whippet/bedlington terrier/deerhound cross Lupin (aged 6).

Deets acquired Zac from a farm on Bodmin Moor when her brothers went off to University and she was still living a home.  He has been a constant companion to her ever since.  A bit of a bull in a china shop is Zac but there is not a mean bone in his body.  Lupin joined the family at a time when I had no other dogs.  I was working hard and travelling quite a bit and I decided she was needy…. hence the arrival of Spud. How wrong was I.  Lupin settled down to become a very laidback character, while Spud, of course, being a jack russell, has attitude and never lets me out of his sight.

So back to Raw Chocolate Pie.  Our offer of The Full House for just £17 (a saving of £10) continues up to and including 1st July.  It is a great offer and makes a lovely gift.  I have been thinking about how to give you more of the experience you would have had in our shop.  As a trial, I am going to add to your orders some bite sized samples of pie flavours which I think you may not have tried before.  With food in particular, tastes vary so much, so I thought trying before buying might be a good idea.  I would really appreciate your feedback on this.

Take care,

Debby

Full House Special Offer

Trencrom Hill, home of Raw Chocolate Pie, is, as I have mentioned an ancient site, an iron age fort and before that settlements going right back to Neolithic man. There is also a ley line running across the Hill so it is not surprising that it is a place where various ancient festivals are celebrated throughout the year.  Whether followers of any religion, or none, people can often be found, usually at dawn, doing something they believe in, whether it be religious, zen yoga or following some ancient traditions and folklore.  On Easter Sunday this year, just when we were heading into our darkest period of the virus, as dawn broke, the dogs and I stumbled upon a complete orchestra and choir singing hymns right on top of the hill. It was amazing. This weekend, of course, it was the Summer Solstice, the longest day, a celebration of the sun and Summer, marked not just in Western Europe but across the world, ancient and modern and, one likes to imagine, by the Neolithic men and women of Trencrom Hill.



This festival, plus the fact, that at any rate for the time being, we seem to have turned the corner so far as this awful virus is concerned, made Deets and I think we should do something special.  Every year on Black Friday, we do an offer called The Full House which is our 12 Raw Chocolate pies in a gift box. This would normally cost £27 but we reduce it to just £17. 


‘The Full House’

It is always a big success and we suddenly thought, as it has been a rough period for us all, why not run the offer now, after all we do have something to celebrate, however cautiously.  The offer runs from today until the end of June and does not interfere with the 10% discount which continues on the rest of our range for as long as we can.

I have a particular soft spot for these seasonal festivals.  Deets was born on 21st March, the first day of Spring.

Take care,  
Debby