Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Bliss balls

I couldn’t place more emphasis on the importance of eating fresh, unprocessed food.  Having an awareness of the origins and make-up of the ingredients that we cook with is a very important step in the cooking process and one that shouldn’t be underestimated.  Avoiding processed foods and instead starting with fresh, unprocessed ingredients when cooking [...]

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Chocolate dipped candied orange

This post is a wee ode to my Mum for having instilled in me the dogged determination to gift things handmade.  I remember as a young child taking a sheet of white A4 paper and carefully folding it in two, lining up each edge so that it was perfectly square.  Then out came the paints [...]

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Sam’s winning macarons

In December last year, we ran a bake-off down here in the Dunedin product development office. First place went to Sam, one of our electronics engineers, for his amazing chocolate macarons. We have been meaning to share this recipe with you for some time, but with all the work that

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

Salted butter caramels

I love the intangible feeling of Christmas – that big, warm, swelling feeling that rises up inside you.  The closer we draw to Christmas (9 days and counting) the more palpable this feeling becomes.  It’s in the shop windows, it’s in the Christmas trees – strung with lights that twinkle in darkened lounge windows and [...]

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

Easter doughnuts

While I know some of us may find it hard to comprehend (on some level I struggle to believe this myself!), not everyone is a chocolate fiend.  And while I am all about Easter being a celebration of chocolate in all its wondrous incarnations, there is room on my table (and in my belly) for [...]

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Orange blossom marshmallow

This recipe comes to us from Sarah, one of the founders of this blog who sadly no longer works here at Fisher & Paykel. Sarah is a fantastic cook and in her spare time makes and sells beautiful handmade chocolates. Read Sarah’s thoughts on her recipe below:

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Chocolate mousse-filled easter eggs

Being of the non-religious, sweet toothed persuasion, Easter for me is a celebration of chocolate in all its delicious forms. In my humble opinion, these chocolate mousse-filled chocolate eggs are a good place for the party to begin. A perfectly made mousse is deliciously rich, silky-smooth and decadent.

Friday, February 26th, 2010

Tahini balls

I will be the first to admit that this recipe caused a bit of a stir! It evoked some strong reactions from our willing testers, the majority of whom, thinking they were being offered chocolate truffles, were taken by surprise, discovering their intense sesame flavour and nutty texture. Testers’ opinions were very much

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009


Writing my Christmas posts has prompted me to think about what it is that makes Christmas so special for me.  I am not at all religious, nor am I much of a traditionalist, however every Christmas Eve I slip into the back of the local church just as midnight mass begins.  There is something about [...]

Friday, December 18th, 2009


These truffle recipes come to us from Sophie (a.k.a. Fabulous Sophie (because she is)), our marketing guru Sydney-side.  When I first started at Fisher & Paykel, Sophie was based down here in Dunedin, and she always brought a little ray of sunshine (and glamour) into the office.  I have fond memories of these truffles made [...]

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

Almond drops

The 1st December marks a very special day in Auckland’s Christmas calendar.  On this auspicious evening every year just as dusk turns to dark in one of our central city streets, a row of houses light up with the spirit of Christmas.  Draped in curtains of Christmas lights these houses are transformed and it is [...]

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

Espresso fudge

Coffee is the life blood of product development in Dunedin. So much so that certain members of the office partake in a coffee bean pool so that they can enjoy true espresso from an espresso machine without the bite four cups of it would normally inflict on one’s wallet.

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