Wouldn’t you though?
There is a chocolate factory in Woolmer Green, close to Knebworth village. There are no chimneys puffing out chocolatey smoke although I have seen the odd marshmallow cloud hanging above it. For many years it has been quite a secretive place, in a rectangular blocky building, rather boring to look at. And then one day, it changed its name to The Secret Truffletier, and despite its new name it is less of a secret and more open to visitors. There had always been a small shop on site, but now it’s got a cafe, where you can sip hot chocolate while watching chocolatiers icing white chocolate swirls onto the shells of Easter eggs.
I realise that I could be struck down for cracking open an Easter egg during Lent, but that is exactly what I did, muttering Hail Marys under my breath while I chomped my way through this salted caramel egg. I still have some shell left – are you calling me greedy? – but the truffles have all gone. They are absolutely delicious, as is the eggshell. This egg is £18 and I’ll be keeping the box for whatever needs squirrelling away.
If you do go to visit The Secret Truffletier, the minute you step over the threshold, you will be offered chocolates from a tray. On the wall there are some vintage moulds. The Secret Truffletier has been making chocolates since 1911. The chocolate comes from Switzerland, and everything is made in Herts.
You will also find similar gifty eggs in the same range as the salted caramel one scoffed by yours truly. Seriously dark, champagne pop, and seriously milk. And there are loads of other Easter gifts, including hot cross bun thins and Lady Eggwina.
The Secret Truffletier 61 London Road, Woolmer Green, SG3 6JE Open: Mon – Sat, 9am-5pm.