Profile: Rosie’s Chocolate Factory, Wargrave
PUBLISHED: 13:41 18 February 2020 | UPDATED: 13:41 18 February 2020
Rosie Adey grew up in Henley-on-Thames, although recently got married and now lives just outside Reading.
"From picnics on summer days to winter walks with stop-overs in warm country pubs, being outside in our beautiful countryside is the thing I enjoy doing the most when I am not at work," she says.
Rosie started working with chocolate aged nine. "At that point I had no idea my life would lead me to where I am now, I just knew I loved chocolate and I have always been very creative. Around four years ago, an opportunity came along for me to buy some chocolate-making equipment and start my own business, so I took it and haven't looked back. I must say I love my job," says Rosie.
"Rosie's Chocolate Factory is my home from home, my chocolate paradise. For my customers it's a break away from our busy lives where they can spend their time learning about chocolate and making delicious chocolate creations."
Rosie's Chocolate Factory at Sheeplands Farm in Wargrave offers chocolate-making parties for children and adults, team building events and bespoke chocolates, such as delicious truffles, chocolate shoes and even chocolate houses.
"My chocolate-making parties are the most popular and they are also what I enjoy doing the most," Rosie says. "I usually arrive at work a few hours before I have any workshops or parties booked in to give me time to get the chocolate into temper. I then set up for whatever I have got booked in, welcome my customers when they arrive and help them make delicious treats to take home and enjoy. At the end of the day there is always a lot of cleaning to do!"
Rosie is delighted she has a lot of regular customers who come back time after time for workshops and chocolate orders. "Much of my business also comes from word of mouth. I aim to make sure everyone who visits the factory has a brilliant time and leaves smiling and full of chocolate," she says.
"I would not be where I am now without the support of my father, mother and husband. I also have a sister and a brother who are always happy to help me out when needed. Their faith in me keeps me going and inspires me to work harder. My goals for this year are to keep my business running strongly, slowly expanding so I can keep doing what I love for a living."