Thursday, 30 July 2009

Editor of Homes & Interiors to launch new chocolate business

Former editor of glossy magazine Homes and Interiors Scotland Sandra Colamartino has turned her back on the magazine sector to launch a new confectionery business which combines her two passions - books and chocolate. The Chocolate Library, based in Edinburgh, creates chocolate bars designed to look like books with packaging that opens so that buyers can read an article about the subject on the cover of the product.

As well as offering its own products, The Chocolate Library has already expanded to offer an extensive private label service ranging from bespoke products being created for single bars for hotels through to complete packaging ranges for large organisations.

Colamartino said: “I launched the first range of chocolate bars, Landmarks of Scotland, in the spring of 2008 with the help of renown illustrator Iain McIntosh. He created a fantastic set of drawings to go with the series and it was a bit of an experiment to test the market. These bars attracted a lot of interest and requests came in from companies keen to develop their own unique bars in a similar style.”

‘It’s a bit bonkers, I’ll admit.” she says. “But it’s exciting to be working on something totally new and there certainly does seem to be a demand for the product. Oh, and of course I can eat as much chocolate as I like and pretend that I am proof reading!”

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