Fudge fans can look forward to two new bespoke flavours thanks to collaborations between award-winning Cornish confectioner Buttermilk and two neighbouring producers.
Buttermilk has brewed up a partnership with Truro-based Tregothnan Tea to create a fantastic buttery, crumbly Earl Grey fudge with notes of Bergamot.
Tregothnan Tea is the home of England’s first-ever homegrown tea and the current owner Lord Falmouth is a direct descendant of Earl Grey himself.
Annabel Percy-Hughes, marketing manager at Tregothnan Tea, said: “Tregothnan has a rich Cornish heritage dating back to 1334 and a reputation for pioneering botanical firsts. It is with great excitement we have collaborated with Buttermilk to create this Earl Grey Fudge. It is a celebration of the fine flavour of Bergamot synonymous with Earl Grey and a celebration of the premium products lovingly made in Cornwall.”
In another local collaboration, Buttermilk is launching a delicious Gin Fudge after the success of a limited edition Tarquin’s Gin fudge product made last year for Craft GinClub members. Buttermilk worked with Southwestern Distillery to develop the product further and give it a permanent home within the range.
The gin is made using handpicked violets plus orange to create an aromatic infusion, and much like Buttermilk, Padstow-based Southwestern Distillery cooks up its products in copper stills over open flames in small batches.
Tarquin Leadbetter, owner of Southwestern Distillery, 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 McDonnell Goad, director of Buttermilk, is proud of the family-run firm’s Cornish heritage and delighted to work with local manufacturers that share the same ethos.
She said: “These delicious treats are exceptionally tasty, a little bit different and are perfect with that other Cornish staple, Cream Tea. It’s been great to work with local producers to produce something fun and Cornish through and through.”
The two new flavours are available in 150g bags costing £3.99 from major stockists plus Buttermilk’s own shops in Port Isaac and Padstow. They can also be found in a number of independent farm shops, delis and online at www.buttermilk.co.uk