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Chocolates That Help The Homeless

January 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Charities, Non profit

Luxury chocolates are about indulgence. They give us little moments of excess in which we allow ourselves a brief bite of lavishness in an otherwise sensible and responsible day.

However the complete lack of any need for such expensive treats can lead to unfortunate traces of guilt when we buy them and this, annoyingly, will usually put us off. In these situations I often think to myself “If only there was a way that I could be helping homeless people to a new chance in life whilst spoiling myself to a face full of chocolate”.

Beyond Boyle has given me a solution, and it’s their new range of Beyond Chocolate Luxury Truffles.

Founded by chef, charity worker and all round lovely man Simon Boyle, Beyond Boyle is a hospitality company that has evolved into a social enterprise. After working with tsunami victims in 2004 Simon returned home and set up the Beyond Boyle Foundation to give greater focus to his charity efforts, and by working in partnership with several homeless charities he has developed a program to give those who have experienced homelessness the chance to start a career in cooking.

Participants begin the two year apprenticeship by learning basic cooking techniques and kitchen regulations, and as they progress to more advance skills they work alongside professional chefs at Beyond Boyles’ own hospitality events. The training is complimented with personal development coaching to rebuild their confidence, the aim being that participants not only achieve paid employment, but are motivated in starting a career. By the end of the program they have all the necessary expertise to cook fine cuisine, with many of those who make the grade going on to work for Beyond Boyle professionally.

If all this behind the scenes stuff isn’t enough then you might like to know that the chocolates themselves are made from ethically sourced, home grown ingredients, and are free of nuts, egg and gluten. They are suitable for vegetarians and are available in dark chocolate, peppermint tea and caramelised orange flavours. You can find them on the Beyond Boyle website or at Waitrose for the special introductory price of £6.49. They taste lovely as well!

So if your looking for a way to be indulgent and responsible then look no further, and if you just want to treat yourself then why not help out the homeless while your at it.


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