Leading Her Own Chocolate Revolution
Wetherby News - Friday 18 December 2009
A short nutritional healing course has led to a fledgling confectionery business for one Wetherby mother-of-two.
Jane Nicholls, of Wharfe Grange, has only been selling her handcrafted dark chocolate Sweet Revolution for two months but already she's selling more than 50 bars a week at Wetherby health store, The Good Life.
Eighteen months ago Jane started a Nutritional Healing Foundation course from home which was affiliated to Salford University. It was while she was on the course that she disovered the alleged health benefits of eating nutrient-rich cacao beans. She began experimenting with the beans in her kitchen using her children as tasting guinea pigs and, in her words, the rest is history.
"Initially I used my children as the guinea pigs as it was them that really inspired me to start the business because I wanted to find a chocolate product that was healthy for them to eat. After lots of trial and error I came up with this product and The Good Life started selling it for me on October 1. Now I'm supplying them with at least 50 bars a week. I spend two or three hours a day in my kitchen making the chocolate which is made from raw cacao which has not been heated and is therefore really good for you because it still contains all its nutrients."
Jane admits the chocolate market is competitive but she's determined to try and expand her business over 2010 and develop new flavours and varieties. "I'm looking at all sorts of options at the moment," said Jane. "I could expand myself or look at getting a licence. The product is currently stocked at health food shops in Harrogate, Knaresborough, Boroughbridge and York, but I'm always trying to get it in more stores" she added.
"I'm also continuing to work hard on the packaging with a Harrogate-based graphic designer who has been really good at helping me launch the product."