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New Treat, New Compostable Packaging

New Treat, New Compostable Packaging

We’ve launched our newest snack bar – an all butter bar of crumbly caramel sea salt fudge enrobed in Belgian milk chocolate!

Not only are they absolutely delicious, but we’ve wrapped them in compostable cellulose packaging! We’ve been working on sourcing a new non-plastic wrapper for quite some time now, and we’re so pleased to have finally found a material that is plant-based, yet remains hard-wearing!

What does this mean exactly? It means that it won’t pollute our wonderful environment. Once you’ve enjoyed your fudge, simply place the wrapper into your compost bin and watch it decompose. We’re told it can take around 26 weeks, but with this glorious weather we’ve had, ours was gone in just over 4!

Buttermilk’s Caramel Sea Salt fudge bar packaging composting at home in just 4 weeks!

Tracy, Buttermilk’s MD, was recently asked why finding compostable packaging had been a priority: “Sustainability is an important part of Buttermilk’s ethos and we were keen to find a plastic-free solution so that customers can enjoy an on-the-go treat, knowing that the packaging will not end up in the oceans.” Explained Tracy.

“Being based in Cornwall means we’re surrounded by beaches so we see first-hand the importance of incorporating environmentally-sustainable packaging materials. We very much believe customers will agree with us that this is a step in the right direction.

The best news? These scrumptious treats are now available on our website to buy either singly or as case of 30. They have a great shelf life, so will keep in your cupboards…if you can resist!

Florence’s Fudge Nut Flapjack Recipe

Fudge Nut Flapjack recipe

This week we’re offering you the perfect picnic saviour in the form of this super-speedy Fudge Nut Flapjack recipe.

Simple, easy and ever-so scrumptious, this flapjack recipe can be tailored to your tastes by changing the fudge and inclusions. Florence paired our best-selling crumbly Caramel Sea Salt fudge with crunchy hazelnuts, a dream combination that meant these particular flapjacks didn’t last too long in the Buttermilk office! So whether you’ve got friends coming round for a coffee or you’re heading out for an afternoon on the beach with your family, these flapjacks will go down a treat!

Makes 12 

Equipment

  • Mixing bowl
  • Wooden spoon
  • Saucepan
  • Weighing Scales
  • 20cm x 20cm baking tin
  • Baking paper

Ingredients

  • 250g of Buttermilk crumbly Caramel Sea Salt fudge
  • 50g of unsalted butter
  • 250g of oats
  • 60g of Hazlenuts
  • A sprinkle of Cornish Sea Salt – table salt would be fine too!

Method

  1. Heat oven to 200 degrees/180 degrees for fan ovens.  Line your baking tin with baking paper.
  2. Add 250g of fudge to a saucepan and heat over a medium heat. Stir thoroughly until it becomes a sauce-like consistency.
  3. Add the butter in small chunks (technical term) and continue to stir until mixed with the fudge sauce.
  4. Remove from heat.
  5. Weigh out 60g of hazelnuts and break into smaller pieces, halves is perfect. We find the best way to do this is to add the nuts to a plastic bag, place on a chopping board and crush with a rolling pin.
  6. Empty the hazlenuts into a mixing bowl and add 250g of oats. Mix thoroughly and slowly pour in the fudge and butter mixture – the sauce may look tempting but resist trying as it’s very hot!
  7. Once the wet and dry mixtures are combined spoon into your lined baking tin and pat down with a spoon to level out – it doesn’t have to be too perfect as homemade always looks better!
  8. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes or until slightly golden on the top. Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 20 minutes before cutting.
  9. Enjoy!
The Best Day of the Year

The Best Day of the Year

 

It’s almost here, the best day of the year. The 16th June is National Fudge Day!

Why National Fudge Day?

If you’re wondering why a national awareness day has been devoted to our favourite form of confectionery, it’s simple. This day was created to raise awareness of the heritage of fudge and to encourage people both nationally and internationally to enjoy a taste of this British-made treat. We’ll be celebrating with a bake from our friends at St Ewe Eggs…all is revealed at the end of this post.

Inside the kitchen

We’ve been making fudge since Betty and Elsie opened our Padstow shop in 1964 and today our craft-confectioners still use the same traditional methods to ensure our sweet treats are utterly delicious!

So, what does that include? Well, lots of stirring for a start! Our chefs blend high-quality ingredients in huge copper pans over open flames. The ingredients vary depending on the flavour and treat that they’re making. The bubbling mixture is then poured onto huge trays to set before being cut or broken by hand. Of course there’s a lot more steps and specifics to making our award-winning fudge, but we can’t give away all the secrets can we.

Our innovative team is always coming up with new flavours with Earl Grey Tea and Gin fudge being the latest additions to the popular line-up, alongside traditional favourites clotted cream

and butter tablet. One flavour, however, always comes out on top: the crumbly Caramel Sea Salt Fudge – and with good reason, it’s divine!

I want to be involved…

So this fudge day we invite you to come and get involved! Tracy McDonnell Goad, Director of Buttermilk, said: “We often hear lovely stories about how much our fudge means to people. Often, their first taste of it is while on a childhood holiday in Cornwall, so it is fitting that there is a whole day devoted to this delicious treat. No matter what your favourite flavour is, celebrate with us!”

Where can I find you?

We’ll be at the Royal Cornwall Show on the 7th, 8th and 9th June with delicious goodies for you. You can also choose from our huge selection of fudge bars at the Buttermilk shops in Port Isaac and Padstow. If you’re closer to the capital than Cornwall, then have no fear: We’ll be at the Taste of London Festival at Regent’s Park from the 13th-17th June. We’re on Amazon too!

Wherever you choose to spend this fantastic day, we hope it’s filled with smiles, laughter and lots of scrumptious treats. Enjoy!

Can I make a scrumptious bake?

You can indeed. Our friends over at St Ewe’s Eggs have teamed up with Chef Fiona NZ to create a recipe that is simply mouthwatering – Gooey Earl Grey Fudge Brownies! Our crumbly Earl Grey Fudge, which uses British Tea from Tregothnan, adds a delicate edge to this indulgent recipe. Try it our for National Fudge Day – you won’t be disappointed!

Fudge Brownies

Buttermilk brings home silver at DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2018

Buttermilk brings home silver at DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2018

Cornish confectioner Buttermilk has won a silver DBA award for its recent rebrand at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards 2018.

The family-run confectionery brand worked with Falmouth-based creative agency Kingdom & Sparrow to create a brand that reflected its heritage while bringing it up-to-date.

The DBA awards recognise projects that demonstrate design’s tangible effect on a business, by focusing on its strategic and commercial value.

Kingdom & Sparrow was shortlisted alongside some of the UK’s largest, most successful design agencies working with international brands like Unilever, Mars and Carlsberg.

The Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, presented the awards at the event at The Brewery in central London.

Kingdom & Sparrow transformed the Buttermilk brand and designed a range of packaging for premium ‘sharing packs’ and gift boxes suitable for supermarkets.

The rebrand was a huge success and Buttermilk has since exten ded far beyond the South West. In the UK they have displaced all other confectionery competitors in Sainsbury’s and Waitrose. They’re exporting all over the world so customers from the US, Europe, Australia, Hong Kong and beyond can enjoy their Cornish-made confectionery.

What’s more, Buttermilk’s growth is contributing to local jobs and the county’s economy.

Tracy McDonnell Goad, Director at Buttermilk, said “After using insight to determine our strategy to create a national and international brand, it has been fantastic to partner with Kingdom & Sparrow. A true Cornish collaboration”.

Kingdom & Sparrow specialises in building and designing for food, drink and lifestyle brands all over the world but are proud of their success working with a local company.

Managing Director Daniel Gradwell said “We’re so proud to have received this award, especially because it’s all about how our design has proven effective for our client.”

The Brewery in Central London where the Awards took place.

About the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards

Entered jointly by client and designer, the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards are an annual event that provide powerful evidence that design thinking combined with business acuity can bring about the right conditions for business transformation to occur. The shortlisted winners have been selected through two rigorous rounds of judging, by a panel made up of design and marketing heads from leading brands and organisations. The 2018 winning case studies prove that design can drive growth in global businesses, bring brands to life experientially, stimulate brands, businesses and initiatives back to growth and prove its power to persuade and be a critical enabler for competitive advantage. Nowhere is the quality and effectiveness of the design industry’s offer more evident than across the winning case studies in the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards. They prove why now, more than ever, design is a sound commercial investment.

 

 

 

Hello Cornish Collaborations!

Hello Cornish Collaborations!

Here at Buttermilk, we’re proud to be Cornish. We love a good surf after a day in the kitchen, we’re a sucker for a hot pasty and don’t get us started on ruined castles…

So, we decided it was time to start celebrating Cornwall through the delicious treats we make. No, we haven’t made a castle-flavoured honeycomb and we’re saving the pasty-brittle for 2018.

We’re excited to announce the launch of our two new flavours; Cornish Gin Fudge and Cornish Earl Grey Fudge. They’re unbelievably tasty, a little bit different and Cornish through and through.

Cornish Gin Fudge

Cornish Gin Fudge

Cornish Gin Fudge made with Tarquin’s Gin

We’ve teamed up with Tarquin at his Southwestern Distillery in Polzeath. He makes his gin in copper stills over open flames in small batches – yes, just like our treats! The gin is made using handpicked local violets and fresh orange zest creating an aromatic infusion in our traditional, crumbly, all-butter fudge. Doesn’t get much better than this…

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cornish Earl Grey Fudge

Truro-based Tregothnan tea is home of England’s first ever home-grown tea. We’ve sprinkled flecks of their gorgeous Earl Grey leaves through our buttery, crumbly fudge to create a quintessentially Cornish treat with a beautiful Bergamot taste.

A perfect addition to a Cornish Cream Tea.

 

 

 

 

We’d love to know what you think of our new additions – get in touch!

Show your love a little differently this year

Show your love a little differently this year

With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, thinking of something to do that’s original, intimate and that doesn’t require re-mortgaging the house can sometimes turn into Mission Impossible.

Rather than needing to bring in special forces, or just succumbing to that restaurant down the road, we’ve thought of a few alternative date ideas in Cornwall that will guarantee romance and memories you won’t forget.

MAKE SOME FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND

Walking barefoot in sand is holistic no matter who you’re with but there’s no better feeling than doing it with your best friend and other half. Take a stroll along Watergate Bay and stop in for lunch at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant where you can both enjoy a fusion of Italian cuisine using local Cornish influences and ingredients. And if you really want to push the boat out, check into the Watergate Spa after lunch to get truly pampered.

 

LOVE IS IN THE AIR

Although the open-air Minack Theatre doesn’t show anything through the Winter months, you can still wander through the ancient, grassy terraces or sit and gaze at the ocean. The theatre is open from 10am-3pm for visitors in February, so grab a coffee, remember your camera and enjoy some quality time in breath-taking settings.

 

GET LOST TOGETHER

It was only twenty-five years ago that Heligan’s glorious gardens were discovered; shrouded under a blanket of weeds. Now known as The Lost Garden’s of Heligan, the expanse of botanic mutations and exotic explosions of beauty will be sure to get the chemistry going between you. Wander through the enchanted 200 acres enjoying the romance, adventure and nostalgia that will prevail.

 

THAT’S THE TICKET

Why not show your other half you’re in this for the long-term with tickets to the Rock Oyster Festival? Look forward to a weekend together this summer of camping, dancing and eating in the magic that this festival guarantees. Oh, and don’t forget to book a place in Kernow Springs, the festival’s hot tub field…your other half will thank you!

 

BE SWEET

What could possibly be better than waking up to a selection of delicious, mouth-watering and lovingly hand-made confectionery? We’ve got a lovely Cornish Bundle of our favourite Buttermilk flavours, featuring classic clotted cream fudge, award-winning peanut brittle and everything in between…have a look for yourself here.

In the kitchen with James Strawbridge – Fudge board

In the kitchen with James Strawbridge – Fudge board

Britain is going baking crazy, so we decided to get in the kitchen too, and created a delicious fudge board. But not just any kitchen, the amazing new kitchen at the Haverner’s in Fowey, and not just any chef, we spent the day cooking with James Strawbridge. Ring any bells? You may have read one of his cook books or spent time watching his adventures with his Dad, Dick Strawbridge.

 

James Strawbridge cooks with Buttermilk treats

We spent a day cooking with Buttermilk treats at the Havener’s Fowey

The plan was to see what exciting recipes we could come up with using Buttermilk treats! It was a lot of fun and amazing to see how many recipes you can create with a bit of fudge, honeycomb or brittle.

Over the months to come we will be sharing some of these recipes with you, as well as a few of our own. Last month Jordan shared her flapjack recipe, and the team are working on more ideas as I type.

We thought we would start with a simple one – the fudge board recipe – to get you started. Using some fresh fruit, and an array of fudge, honeycomb and brittle you can create the perfect alternative to pudding, or a great accompaniment to coffee. If you can get your hands on some edible flowers, then even better!

Read the full recipe here.

Buttermilk fudge board

The fudge board – a great alternative to pudding, or a treat with coffee

 

Buttermilk are the most awarded confectioner in the South West

Buttermilk are the most awarded confectioner in the South West

We are really excited to announce that we have just won 5 Taste of the West awards! More than any other confectioner in the South West.

We have been awarded gold for our Chocolate Almond brittle, and four awards for our fudge, including a silver for crumbly Chocolate fudge and highly commended for smooth Clotted Cream, crumbly Caramel Sea Salt and crumbly Vanilla fudge.

Tracy McGoad, managing director, said: “We are thrilled to win the awards, and for our focus on quality and flavour to be recognised. In particular, it’s great to see success for our new Almond Brittle, developed as part of a range beyond our traditional offering of fudge.”

This year Taste of the West celebrates 25 years of supporting the region’s food and drink industry.
It is now the UK’s largest independent regional food group with over 1,000 members in the South West, covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

We are off to Badminton Horse Trials

We are off to Badminton Horse Trials

Next week the Buttermilk bus will be hitting the road and heading up to Badminton Horse trials for the first time. We are going to be appearing in the Rural Crafts avenue alongside some other fantastic producers from Wednesday 4th May until Sunday 8th May 2016.

Pop to see us to try some crumbly or smooth fudge, crunchy brittle or chocolate coated honeycomb.

Badminton Horse Trials started in 1949, many years before Buttermilk existed, and has been held in the grounds of Badminton Park ever since.

Cornish producers collaborate to create gin-flavoured fudge

Cornish producers collaborate to create gin-flavoured fudge

Artisan confectioner Buttermilk and Cornish spirits producer Southwestern Distillery have collaborated to produce two brand new fudge flavours.

Buttermilk worked closely with Tarquin Leadbetter, founder of Southwestern Distillery to create limited edition Tarquin’s Gin and Pastis fudge products for Craft Gin Club members. The limited edition treats packs of gin, pastis and vanilla fudge are now available to purchase via the Buttermilk website.

Managing director, Tracy McGoad said: “We have long been big fans and customers of Tarquin’s, and are really impressed by his artisanal skills and passion. Like us, he uses traditional techniques and quality ingredients to create products in small batches.

“It has been great to collaborate with another Cornish producer to create something fun and a little different.”

The fudges have distinct flavours with juniper and orangey coriander notes from the gin fudge, and a sweet aniseed flavour from the pastis.

Tarquin Leadbetter said: “I’ve been buying Buttermilk fudge since I was a child, popping into the Padstow shop during school holidays, so it was a fantastic idea to collaborate with these brilliant confectioners that are only a few miles down the road from the distillery, and produce something really special.

“Tracy and David were really enthusiastic to be involved and we couldn’t be happier with all their hard work. The results are excellent. The proof is in the pudding!”

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