New shop is sweet like chocolate for brother and sister duo
Owning a chocolate shop must be every child's dream, but for one brother and sister team it has become a reality.
Professional chefs Guy and Su Bennett from Wimbledon have worked in some of the most prestigious London hotels over their combined 18 year career including The Ritz, Claridges, Roux Fine Dining and No 1 Lombard Street.
Now they are striking out on their own and indulging in their passion for all things sweet having opened their own chocolate shop.
SUGU Chocolates in Durnsford Road opened in April and prides itself on selling individually handcrafted chocolates, many spray painted by hand, of every flavour you could imagine from cherry bakewell and coconut caramels to maple syrup and pecan.
Su said: "With chocolate its all about how you temper it and the amount of crystallisation in the chocolate.
"We base it all on eye and samples.
"The more you do it the more you get used to it.
"Guy comes up with a lot of the flavours.
"Sometimes he will tell me a flavour and I will say I’m not quite sure people are ready for that."
Using origin chocolates, those made from cocoa beans sourced just from one place, and unique flavours the pair are forging their own chocolate dream with the aim of bringing new and exciting flavours to the world of chocolatiering.
Miss Bennett said: "A Cuban chocolate will have a tobacco peppery flavour whereas a mesquite origin chocolate could have a bitter sweet flavour with a hint of liquorice.
"It’s all about where they are grown and the temperature."
The duo's chocolate selection changes with the seasons with their autumn range including pistachio and cinnamon and chilli flavoured delights and have previously paid homage to Wimbledon’s greatest sporting event through their sweet treats.
She said: "In the summer we had some really different flavours going on.
"We had a fruit burst chocolate, strawberry smoothie flavour and a Pimms chocolate for Wimbledon which was really nice.
"We are doing something that we both really enjoy and we always have new ideas."
SUGU Chocolates, 401 Durnsford Road, Wimbledon Park, SW19 8EE; suguchocolates.com
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