MULU Chocolate Ltd, was founded in 2007, when during a month long ‘escape from reality’ to Cornwall, Ben & Kaycee Fordham were introduced to raw chocolate. After the initial elation with the idea that chocolate could be good for you, and a bit of 'hands on' research, they realised that the raw chocolate products on offer, were not really comparable to the best commercial chocolate. They concluded that chocolate lovers interested in health, were being a little short changed when it came to raw chocolate indulgence!
With this in mind, Ben set about making his own raw chocolate, and creating the ‘perfect’ recipe. In the beginning there were no moulds or machines – just Ben in a Cornish cottage kitchen, with the kids milling about and Kaycee reading yet another book. It was only when they returned from Cornwall that the real endeavor began, equipment was purchased and a dream began to unfold.
Ben spent many months absorbed in chocolate alchemy, and his dedication to perfection resulted in three amazingly beautiful raw chocolate recipes; the foundation for what was to become their very first raw chocolate range.Kaycee supported this process with research and plenty of encouragement; trouble shooting, sourcing ingredients, finding suppliers, developing the branding, packaging and website and generally devoting herself to the co-creation of a new way of life, together with Ben and the children.
The MULU brand launched its original range in 2008, and Ben & Kaycee slowly developed new products over the next few years including MULU Organic Raw Chocolate Buttons "Created by Parents for Children Everywhere" and their unique and amazing MULU Organic Solid Raw Chocolate Easter Egg. The business quickly expanded and the family decided to move from their humble Essex based production premises to a larger 'creation location'... In Devon! This move fulfilled a long held shared aspiration for Ben & Kaycee, providing the opportunity they were looking for to live simply with their growing family.
MULU Raw Chocolate is now handcrafted in a purpose built, environmentally friendly space on the edge of beautiful Dartmoor and Ben & Kaycee feel ever more inspired to develop new & exciting MULU Organic Raw products.
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