About Slab

 

Lovingly Handmade …

  • Making of shots - Slab Artisan Fudge

 


Me and my husband Steve have owned and run Bliss Ice Cream Parlour in Cowes for almost 10 years, and in winter 2014 I decided to use the off-season to teach myself the art of fudge-making!  We figured it would compliment ice cream well and give us something to sell on days when the weather wasn’t so great (which, let’s face it, is fairly often!)  We also realised there wasn’t a well-known fudge brand on the island, which seemed quite a gap in the market considering how popular fudge usually is in seaside towns.

So 3 cold winter months were spent practising a plethora of different recipes in my home kitchen – many a batch of fudge was made – fudge that didn’t set, fudge that spat at me, fudge that turned to concrete.. but eventually things started improving and I started to get the “feel” of it (and an accurate sugar thermometer!) and tweaked my recipe until finally I felt I had a fudge that I loved and that was delicious enough to sell to the public!

We began selling it in our shop, then the option of attending a weekend Christmas Market at The Garlic Farm was offered to me and I figure why not – our shop was closed and I had nothing better to do – little did I know that I would sell my entire stock on the first day!  Suffice to say there was a very late night of fudge making that night along with a 5am cutting and wrapping session!

From there on I decided to attend any local fetes, food markets, fairs etc and even had a stall on The Parade in Cowes Week (which involved 4 solid weeks of fudge making in advance!)  Steve set us up a website to enable us to accept orders online,  and more recently we decided to attend  a vegan festival with a newly developed line of vegan fudge which proved such a success that we have since attended our biggest events to date – Vegan Life Live in London and Manchester and VegFest in Brighton – all a lot of work but hugely successful and we now find the majority of our online trade is for vegan fudge!

After a very busy Christmas with an almost unmanageable influx of online orders, we felt it was the right time to take the next step and we opened a Slab shop in January (next door to our ice cream parlour!) where all our fudge is made (still by hand, on the stove-top).  We now have a regular income from online trade, attend major events regularly and have several wholesale businesses we supply to both on the island and on the mainland.  And of course we’re so proud to have our first premises the public can visit to top up on supplies and watch fudge being made!

Rachel + Steve x


 Produced on the Isle of Wight

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Slab Fudge at The Little Gloster Christmas Market 2016

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Bliss Ice Cream Parlour

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Our sister company – the small but mighty Bliss Ice Cream Parlour in Cowes on the beautiful Isle of Wight.

Click here to link to the Bliss site !!!

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Bliss is a fresh ice cream parlour based on the Isle of Wight. We specialise in homemade ice cream,  milkshakes, fruit smoothies, freshly ground coffees, tea infusions, decadent hot chocolate and gourmet confectionery. Come find your Bliss!

 

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