In this post, I’ll tell you how my love-affair with homemade chocolates started. Frankly speaking, the then a small start has now become a passion.
After my engagement with Sumit (my husband), one day (sometime in 2009) I thought of gifting him home-made chocolates made by me. Actually, chocolate was his first love, I came a lot later in his life.
I had never tried my hand with chocolate-making. So, I started my chocolate-making endeavor with hits-and-trials and browsing through few books. Those were the days (in 2009) when smart phones were not-so-common in India. Also for a non-techie person like me, it was not a usual thing to search recipes on Google.
Finally after some research I made the chocolates and along with Sumit I had gifted it to my elder brother. My brother tasted and instantly loved the chocolates. Though, he didn’t missed the chance of pulling my legs for not coming-up with this idea of chocolate-making for him – after all he is also such a big chocolate fan.
I was eagerly waiting for Sumit’s response. It was really a sense of satisfaction to know he really loved the chocolates. He was completely overawed by the fact that I actually learned chocolate-making for him. He suggested me to continue refining my new-found skill. Truly speaking, I was also enjoying making chocolates.
Whenever, I used to get time, I tried and experimented to learn finer nuances – like blending different flavors, colors, fillings etc. Post marriage as well, with encouragement from family, I kept my interest in chocolate-making, and whenever time permitted I gifted chocolate gift baskets to friends.
In my several trials I learned quite a few things about chocolate making like which flavor blends well with dark chocolates and white ones and other. With the support of my loving family I started taking small orders. I remember my first order was of 400 chocolates given by dear friend Premlata Rajesh for Christmas celebration in her office. She herself is a passionate cook and writes about her cooking adventures. You may check her blog here.
So after delivering my first order successfully I got confident “yes, I can do it” and continued taking small orders. Parallel to this designing was going on actively so I couldn’t divert my much attention to expanding my chocolate making interests.
But after birth of Narayani (my daughter) I pursued my chocolate making interest again as jewelry designing was on back seat. I again started by accepting orders for children birthday party return gifts
I feel if you doing something with honesty and dedication, path gets paved for you. Automatically links get joined one by one and chain is formed. I started getting other personalized chocolate gifts orders too.
Later few of my friends got interested in learning chocolate making. With support of family and friends conducted my first chocolate making workshop. It was quite an experience and I totally enjoyed myself. It was during the workshop I realized how much I enjoy teaching such creative things. This clicked the idea of conducting painting and art and craft workshops.
So one thing led the path for the other things and my creative journey continued. Friends I’m sharing all these things as I believe if I can do all this along with a small child than you can do too.
Keep yourself occupied in something or the other. Try different things, read good books, learn new skills and follow your passion with whatever resources available to you.
My Bhaili, come out of your comfort zone; throw yourself into the unknown there are lots of opportunities waiting for you. If you have fire to do something then don’t worry about failures, take a plunge.
Leaving you all with few lines by Mark Twain:
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”