Lovingly Handmade …
We have owned and run an ice cream parlour in Cowes for the last 9 years. We really enjoy it but since we don’t make our own ice cream (we stock our Island’s own Minghella) and have the winters off we decided 3 years ago to challenge ourselves by learning to make something during our off season that we could sell alongside ice cream in our parlour. I’ve always loved fudge, and we realised there wasn’t really a well known fudge brand on the Island. So I set to task over winter teaching myself to make the perfect fudge!
Now, learning to make fudge was much, much (did I mention much?) harder than I had anticipated. I spent 3 months playing with recipes and practising obsessively over and over again. It wasn’t long before I realised just what a scientific process making fudge is – cook it too hot and it sets like concrete, 3 degrees cooler and it won’t set. Stir it too much – concrete. Etc. It really is a tricky little beast. But I learned bit by bit (batch by batch), and once I was confident with my recipe I began experimenting with flavours. We now have a permanent range of 12 flavours (of which Sea-Salted Caramel is always the most popular), plus ever-changing Limited Edition flavours. My personal favourites are Tiger Butter (peanut butter, chocolate and caramel) and Cookies + Cream – drool!
From there we came up with the name Slab, designed a logo and started off selling the fudge in our shop. I dipped my toe into the world of events but only in the last year have we felt confident to push it further and attend all events that we can along with setting up a website for online orders. We now have our weekly and monthly I Love Wight food markets and throughout the summer also attended The County Show, Bembridge Food Festival, The Garlic Festival, Taste of the South Festival in Poole and the almighty Cowes Week, as well as just this month attending our very first vegan festival with a brand new set of vegan recipes. The response there was fantastic – we sold out and have now booked more vegan events in London, Portsmouth, Brighton and Manchester!
Rachel + Steve x
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Bliss Ice Cream Parlour
Our sister company – the small but mighty Bliss Ice Cream Parlour in Cowes on the beautiful Isle of Wight.
Bliss is a fresh ice cream cafe concept. We specialise in Minghella ice Cream & sorbet, hand-made fudge, milkshakes, fruit smoothies, freshly ground coffees, tea infusions, decadent hot chocolate and gourmet confectionery. Come find your Bliss on the Isle of Wight!