Gourmet fudge made by Blackthorn Foods in east Belfast is now being sold in London by natural and organic specialist Whole Foods. The US-owned retailer is the latest in a string of new customers for Blackthorn’s handmade and hand wrapped fudge products, marketed under the ‘Melting Pot’ brand.
Other recent customers include Donnybrook Fair’s upmarket stores in Dublin, shops at three museums in the Irish capital including the prestigious National Museum of Ireland. It already supplies museum shops across Northern Ireland including the stunning Ulster Museum in Belfast.
Blackthorn, a Great Taste Awards winner in 2009, has a strong commitment to innovation and recently launched the first Manuka honey fudge to hit the market along with a chocolate fudge.
A family owned Belfast business, formed and managed by sisters Jenny Lowry, Dorothy Bittles and Cathy Johnston, Blackthorn specialises in award winning handmade fudge.
Jenny Lowry says: “Our traditional fudges are made the old fashioned way by hand, using only the finest ingredients and all our products are hand wrapped. Flavours range from the original butter fudge to the baileys and white chocolate and award winning honeycomb and chocolate.”
The company has struck gold at successive Great Taste Awards, often described is as the Oscars of the food industry.
A Great Taste Award is the authoritative, independent standard for the UK and Ireland’s food sector. Entries have also been attracted from other parts of Europe. Awards are graded in three gold standards, starting at one gold star and rising to three.
Blackthorn Foods is the second successful business formed by the entrepreneurial trio. They previously owned Salad Fayre, Newtownards, a specialist in premium salads and other convenience foods. They sold this business and started Blackthorn Foods, an artisan fudge maker with a recipe provided by their father and using high quality ingredients.