Having been passionate about working with Chocolate since I was 18, now 25, I have finally reached the stage where I can start my own business, making and selling handmade chocolates from our kitchen in the North Yorkshire Moors.
Sourcing high quality chocolate from Belgium and Switzerland, this is then melted down, tempered and moulded. The ganaches are made from scratch, using fresh cream and piped into the moulded chocolates. These then are sealed and sent to you freshly made.
The name was suggested to me by family, knowing I was struggling to come up with one.
Having checked up on it I found that Itzamna was one of the gods of the Mayan Pantheon and he had instructed humans in the proper cultivation of cocoa and maize.
This made the name tie in with other interests of mine, mythology and history and I couldn't say no, despite how often I have to explain where it comes from.
Behind the name
For now my plan is to get my chocolates into local shops, cafes and the like, as well as to participate in farmers markets, artisan markets and such whilst I develop and expand the range.
Someday I hope to make my own chocolate from the bean to the bar, sadly, it is a very time consuming process and like the vast majority of smaller chocolate businesses in the UK I have neither the free time nor the equipment to do so.
This does not detract from the skill required to make and develop the products however, after all we do not require bakers to churn their own butter.
As such I have taken the liberty to try samples from as many different chocolate providers as I could and chose the best ones possible for my products ensuring the highest quality products.