Most of the women in the world might admit to two major weakness – chocolate and shoes. How about if something that mixes both of our weakness together – a chocolate shoe? Maybe doesn’t sound like something we would wear, but they sure look yummy and they are selling like hot cakes!
Cake maker Frances Cooley, owner of Clifton Cakes in Bristol, launched the range of chocolate shoes after discovering a vintage chocolate shoe mould in Belgium. She added her own designs to the shoes and she can barely keep up with demand despite the £21 price tag.
She said: ”People are wowed about them because it’s the perfect gift for a woman – chocolate and stiletto shoes put together. ‘They’ve been selling like hot cakes. This past year sales have been incredible. ‘They’ve been sold alongside pink champagne at some stores as well, and I could see someone drinking the champagne right out of the shoe.”
Mrs Cooley started her company ten years ago after leaving her career as a graphic designer to pursue her passion for sweets. The mother-of-two still heads the successful business from home, supplying to more than 25 local boutiques and delicatessens.
To create the mouthwatering footwear she hand-pipes a design into the mould and fills it with tempered Belgian chocolate which shrinks slightly as it cools. She then pours out the excess and leaves the coated mould to set before finishing each shoe by hand with handcrafted frills and rosettes. Now her unique designs have become so popular that they have garnered attention from high-end retailers in London – including luxury department store Liberty.
She added: ”A friend, who is a French chef, had a meeting at Liberty in London and he suggested that I accompany him in case they might be interested in selling my cakes. ‘They were immediately interested in the shoes and started talking about packages and designs. ‘About six months ago I got my first order from them, and as well as selling my products, Liberty has also used my chocolate shoes for promoting events.”Source: www.telegraph.co.uk
Price tag –
- £8.50 for a small 8cm pair
- £21 for a large 17cm single shoe.
Next she needs to create my next favorite thing – a handbag. But wait she is already created one!
If my man is reading this one, please please please surprise me!