August G…uest #16: De Villiers Chocolate and DV Café

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During a recent visit to Paarl in the Western Cape, we came across De Villiers Chocolate and the DV Café. We had not intended to visit a chocolate factory that day as we were in the famous Cape Winelands where some of the best quality wines in the world are made. We saw the sign and I thought that it would be an unusual experience for our two boys to see how chocolate is made.
The De Villiers Chocolate factory is housed in an old Cape Dutch house and visitors can watch the chocolate making through glass walls.
A chocolate tasting tour was on offer so we purchased tickets and headed into the small room to learn about the art of chocolate making and taste some of the famous DV chocolate. It was very interesting for me to learn about the DV chocolate making process which started in the family’s garage using machines made out of recycled home appliances. We were told about how the chocolate is made using the cocoa bean and how the area from which the cocoa beans are sourced influences the taste of the chocolate. DV sources its beans from six growing areas, namely, Venezuela Carenero, Uganda, Trinidad & Tobago, Venezuela Rio Caribe, Sao Tome and Madagascar, Sambirano Valley. It was such fun to taste the various pieces of chocolate made from cocoa beans from each of these areas and identify the different flavours.
DV Chocolate prides itself that all of its cocoa beans are traceable to farm level and are free from people exploitation. In addition, the company uses UTZ certified cocoa beans which means that they are produced using sustainable farming methods with a focus on teaching farmers better farming methods, improving their working conditions and taking better care of their children and the environment.
The tour guide explained to us how the chocolate is tempered, a process whereby the chocolate is taken through a temperature curve in order to align the chocolate’s crystals and make it smooth, silky and glossy. My son, Michael, was as interested as I was in the tempering process. He was fascinated to learn that the waxy, white coating that formed on his chocolates when he tried to make chocolate witches for Halloween, was actually cocoa butter that had separated out of the chocolate. I already knew how to temper chocolate. I had been using this process for my own chocolate making for a while but it was good to hear about it from an expert. I think the tour guide was surprised by how much I knew and was happy to provide additional information.
After our chocolate tasting tour, we went to the DV Café and the boys enjoyed home-made ice-cream while Terence and I had a really lovely cup of coffee.
Our visit to DV Chocolate factory was very inspiring for Michael and I. Our interest in chocolate and chocolate making has flourished and we have put our chocolate making skills to good use over the last twelve months.
Springbok soccer boys
We created the above Springbok soccer boys cake which used individual fingers of milk chocolate KitKat to create a circular stadium effect. We also baked and decorated a giant s’more comprising of our own vanilla biscuit base and top layer with marshmallows in the middle an melted [and tempered] chocolate on the top. We also decorated our s’more with our own handmade Halloween chocolates.
Halloween chocolates
Last but not least, we recently built a new house for our book character, Sir Chocolate, make entirely of chocolate. This was a great triumph for us.
new house
This is not the end of Michael and my chocolate creating journey and we are aiming to make a chocolate mansion in the foreseeable future.

About Robbie and Michael Cheadle

Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate books series. There are currently three titles available. The fourth book, Sir Chocolate and the Condensed Milk River story and cookbook, will be available in early October 2017. The Sir Chocolate books are for young children aged 3 to 9 years old and include a story, told in rhyming verse and illustrated with Robbie’s unique illustrations made of cake, chocolate and fondant, as well as five simple recipes that children can make under adult supervision.
Robbie Cheadle is also the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town, a chapter book written through the eyes of eight year old Cautious Craig. This book includes some of Robbie’s fondant illustrations with instructions on how to make them. There are also cake recipes included in the book with instructions on how to make five fun party cakes for children.
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Robbie and Michael Cheadle are the co-authors of the Sir Chocolate Book series and Robbie Cheadle is the author of Silly Willy goes to Cape Town


  • August G…uest Post Roundup | The Recipe Hunter
    Posted at 08:55h, 02 September Reply

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  • Jennie
    Posted at 13:29h, 31 August Reply

    Terrific interview with Robbie!

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 23:27h, 31 August Reply

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Jennie.

      • Jennie
        Posted at 04:29h, 01 September Reply

        My pleasure, Robbie. 🙂

  • Christy B
    Posted at 09:56h, 29 August Reply

    Such a great guest post from Robbie and Michael! I worked in a chocolate factory many years ago for a summer while between school semesters. I’m loving the “tour” we took of the factory here and also seeing the soccer boys cake in all its glory 🙂

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 02:40h, 30 August Reply

      What a wonderful experience, Christy. Working in a chocolate factory must have been really fun.

  • Teagan R Geneviene
    Posted at 16:24h, 28 August Reply

    What a marvelous post, Esme. Robbie is such a delight, and her creations look whimsical and delicious. Hugs all around.

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 22:03h, 28 August Reply

      Thank you for visiting us here, Teagan. Hugs right back at you.

  • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
    Posted at 02:04h, 28 August Reply

    Robbie, you simply amaze me. I thought you were planning time OFF, yet everywhere I go you’ve been there before me – and NOW you are writing articles for the blogs of others. And still you find time to bake, write new books with Michael, photograph your creations and get them on your own blog… and so-much-MORE!
    That’s it – I’m bushed just thinking about all you manage to do and am going to BED! 🙂 Actually, it’s 5 AM here so I started out bushed – lol. Fascinating article with quite a few chocolate facts that were brand new to me. Thanks for sharing – and thanks, Esme, for hosting this super post.
    And NOW, I really am putting myself to bed! Little Tink conked out hours ago.
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 06:26h, 28 August Reply

      Yes, I agree, she does put me to shame as well.

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 06:40h, 28 August Reply

      My goodness, Madelyn, you never sleep! I need to sleep eight hours a day but I don’t watch any television so that give me lots of extra time in a day [smile]. I am loving this holiday with lots of time to write poems and pop into blogs in between sight seeing. We are not doing much cooking here but are having simple meals like omelettes and soup so that also gives lots more time. Oh, and the sun goes down really late here as well.

  • Tandy I Lavender and Lime
    Posted at 20:57h, 27 August Reply

    I’m taking a friend to The Spice Route next month and this will be one of our stops.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 06:30h, 28 August Reply

      That does sound very interesting as well Tandy. Just hopped over to your awesome blog. I am so glad I found it. Thanks for visiting, and I love what I briefly saw on your blog. I am on my way to work, but just need to answer a few posts, and yours being one of them. Would you like to also participate in this series?? Please let me know as I will be honored if you see your way open to do a Guest post here with us.

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 06:37h, 28 August Reply

      Sounds great, Tandy. DK chocolate factory is well worth a visit and they have lovely homemade ice-cream as well.

  • blondieaka
    Posted at 19:15h, 27 August Reply

    Chocolate heaven… your creations Robbie….I used to do chocolate work with my daughter..many moons ago and I remember she made her nan one for Christmas and she wouldn’t eat it just wrapped it in cling wrap and put it in pride of place for everyone to see….She kept it for years…Bless her… I want chocolate now…lol

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 19:29h, 27 August Reply

      Chocolate heaven to die for

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 22:26h, 27 August Reply

      That is a lovely story, Carol. I don’t know how she resisted, the smell of chocolate is so tempting.

      • blondieaka
        Posted at 23:08h, 27 August Reply

        Thank you, Robbie, but she didn’t use anything she was bought she liked to save it all and then show people.. clothes anything ..weird she was but a lovely lady…I suppose she thought if she ate it she wouldn’t remember it… they didn’t take many photos then like we do now 🙂

  • usathroughoureyes
    Posted at 16:28h, 27 August Reply

    Gosh you do wonderful works Robbie!!!!! My waistline would be bulging, lol.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:19h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you for visiting Tom and Audrey. Yes I agree with you, if I worked with chocolate as Robbie, then I will be x10 soon.
      Just checked your blog and now would like to know if you guys would be interested to also G…uest Post here on TRH. No need to do a food related post, any post that you would do on your own blog would be awesome. Please let me know. Thanks for considering.

      • usathroughoureyes
        Posted at 07:10h, 28 August Reply

        This is so special of you to consider us as a guest post. At this time though we would humbly ask to pass. We will though be watching your site because we enjoy trying new recipes.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 17:04h, 28 August Reply

          Thanks for your response, but accept this as an open invitation and when you feel ready and up to it, just drop me a note. Take care and hope you will enjoy the tried and tested recipes shared here.

          • usathroughoureyes
            Posted at 06:14h, 29 August

            Thank you for your kind open invitation. And yes we’ll be applying those tried and tested recipes of yours. We love preparing foods and then sitting down to them and savoring the flavors.

          • cookandenjoyrecipes
            Posted at 07:24h, 29 August


    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 22:27h, 27 August Reply

      Thanks for popping in, Audrey. Funnily enough when you work with cake and chocolate all the time it actually puts you off eating it. To much of a good thing [smile]. Have a great week.

      • usathroughoureyes
        Posted at 07:13h, 28 August Reply

        This is interesting. I know I love my chocolate and it always makes Tom smile.

  • shehannemoore
    Posted at 15:56h, 27 August Reply

    Robbie and Michael, living near that factory sure has rubbed off on you both. Lovely pics of amazing creations x

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:23h, 27 August Reply

      Hi Shehanne, thanks for visiting and checking out this awesome post. I totally agree, wish Robbie was close by to help me with an upcoming birthday cake, but alas, I will have to do my own concoction and hope for the best. What do you think, would you be interested to also do a G…uest Post. Not to worry, it need not be food related, you can do any topic. If interested, please let me know. Thanks in advance

      • shehannemoore
        Posted at 03:00h, 28 August Reply

        I would love that. It is so very kind of you to ask. My only requirement is that you come back to my blog. My email is [email protected] if you want to give me a bit more info. It was a pleasure to come by and read Robbie’s post. She is quite a hamster fav over on my blog–which is saying something! Lovely to meet you and thank you so very much. xxxxxxxxxx

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 06:25h, 28 August Reply

          Invite done. I think I already answered your above questions. Should you need more information, please feel free to email me at [email protected] as I am more than happy to answer any other questions you may have. Off to work now, but will respond again tonight.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 17:14h, 28 August Reply

          Wow, I am so honored and flattered. I have emailed the invite to you with some more information. I hope to read some of your books while on vacation soon. Thanks, you do have some lovely stuff going.

      • shehannemoore
        Posted at 03:04h, 28 August Reply

        PS. I can do something food related I am sure. I’ve often had my characters share recipes from their time or place and I’ve also featured recipes in passing in books.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 06:22h, 28 August Reply

          I am so happy that you wish to participate here with us. That will be just awesome and perfect, You can then if you wish do the same as you mention above. I will send you an invite and then you can do it direct on the blog. Just email me the images, approval to use a pic of you, and also add one if allowed, then also approval to link to your blog. Please add your social media links add the end of the post then those who read your post can also visit you. Looking forward to your post.

      • robbiesinspiration
        Posted at 06:55h, 28 August Reply

        Ooooh, I am looking forward to reading both of these interviews. I am sure the Dudes will love Esme, Shey, especially if she brings some of her great dishes with her.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 17:15h, 28 August Reply

          I so hope to get them on board, This is so awesome to meet all and read their blogs and stories and then have them share with other bloggers around the world your stories. Thanks again to all.

      • shehannemoore
        Posted at 09:29h, 28 August Reply

        This is so kind of you. Thank you so much. I will love being here. And the dudes will love having you back. They are very into recipes you know !
        Thank you for the wonderful opportunity xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 22:31h, 27 August Reply

      One of my favourite memories is when my own Nana read me Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Shey. I recall vividly, her reading to me about Charlie stopping outside the gates to breath in the smell of chocolate. Ever since then I have really loved the smell of chocolate.

      • shehannemoore
        Posted at 03:01h, 28 August Reply

        I read that one to my older girl when she was well past having books read. to her. I just wanted to say these words, ‘Chocolate factory.’

    • shehannemoore
      Posted at 03:14h, 29 August Reply

      I got your email and will get onto something today xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      • cookandenjoyrecipes
        Posted at 05:34h, 29 August Reply

        Absolutely no rush. I will check email tonight once back from work. Looking forward to see what you have in store for us. 😊😊

      • shehannemoore
        Posted at 06:50h, 29 August Reply

        No rush here either in terms of posting. I just try to keep up to date with things in case I think weeks later…oops. Anyway I have uploaded a post and there is no hurry at all, so long as I know you got it x

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 07:02h, 29 August Reply

          Took a quick peep, yes I see your post. Got to run to get to work on time, also saw your email. Thanks so much. I will work on it tonight and the post will be published in Sept but I will give you final date later as I already have some others lined up prior to yours. I will provide ping back to your blog as well. I have not read your post at this moment, but will comment via your email tonight, but thanks in advance.

  • D. Wallace Peach
    Posted at 15:53h, 27 August Reply

    Nice! I would love to taste test different chocolates! 😀 Now that’s tasty research.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:24h, 27 August Reply

      Taste testing would be perfect, but then what will happen to my waistline??

      • D. Wallace Peach
        Posted at 17:50h, 27 August Reply


      • robbiesinspiration
        Posted at 22:33h, 27 August Reply

        Small quantities, Esme. My mother always says moderation in all things [wink].

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 06:31h, 28 August Reply

          Robbie, Yes I totally agree, but sometimes that’s difficult to do especially if you have such yummy chocolate at hand.

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 22:33h, 27 August Reply

      It was really most interesting, Diana. Some of the DK chocolates are 90% cocoa; a bit strong for me. I thought it was interesting that they don’t add milk. Their chocolate is made from only cocoa beans and sugar.

      • D. Wallace Peach
        Posted at 04:53h, 28 August Reply

        That is fascinating. Our chocolates over here in the States are probably a slim sampling of all that are available.

  • dgkaye
    Posted at 14:35h, 27 August Reply

    Great stuff Robbie! I love that KitKat cake! 🙂 x

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:25h, 27 August Reply

      It must be a treat to taste any of Robbie’s makings, they do look awesome

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 22:35h, 27 August Reply

      Thanks for visiting us over here, Debby. I made that cake for one of the tea ladies at work. She was so admiring of my cakes and asked for one for her grandson’s birthday. I made it for her as a gift and she was so pleased.

      • dgkaye
        Posted at 06:57h, 28 August Reply

        NO doubt! 🙂

  • Annette Rochelle Aben
    Posted at 14:13h, 27 August Reply

    You visit the best places. I am so hungry for chocolate now. Thank you, so much for sharing!!

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 17:26h, 27 August Reply

      I am not hungry at all, but would ♥ some chocolate

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 22:35h, 27 August Reply

      We try to get around, Annette. I read somewhere that children do their best learning on site [and so do the adults, of course]. Have a lovely week!

  • Smorgasbord - Variety is the Spice of Life.
    Posted at 13:51h, 27 August Reply

    Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    As if those of you who are still in my kitchen had not had enough treats for one day.. Robbie Cheadle and her family visited the De Villiers Chocolate factory in Paarl in the Cape.. Robbie already knows how to temper chocolate and uses for her baking but her sons found it fascinating.. also some great ideas for party cakes.

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 22:36h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you, Sally. This post is a perfect fit for your party days!

  • laura bruno lilly
    Posted at 10:27h, 27 August Reply

    Robbie & Michael: How lucky for Sir Chocolate to live in a place such as you’ve created! Looking forward to see that chocolate mansion become a reality!
    Thanks, Esme, for sharing these ‘treats’ here.

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 11:25h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you for visiting and commenting. We will be sure to share the mansion we create with English chocolate.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 11:33h, 27 August Reply

      Hi Laura – Just popped over to your site. Question to you: Would you be willing and like to do a G…uest Post here as well?? Please let me know. I will be honored to have you here. Thanks for considering

  • Mr. Militant Negro
    Posted at 09:38h, 27 August Reply

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

  • robbiesinspiration
    Posted at 09:26h, 27 August Reply

    Thank you, Esme, for inviting Michael and I over for a visit to your lovely blog. We are very excited to be here and to tell everyone about our visit to DK Chocolate Factory.

  • robbiesinspiration
    Posted at 09:25h, 27 August Reply

    Reblogged this on Robbie's inspiration and commented:
    Michael and I visited The Recipe Hunter today to tell Esme all about our trip to De Villiers Chocolate Factory in Paarl, Western Cape, South Africa. Thank you Esme for hosting us at you lovely blog.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 09:30h, 27 August Reply

      I am flattered for the share to your blog. Thanks so so much. Not sure if you know, but I originate from the Western Cape area. Born and raised there, but now in Canada for 20+ years.

      • robbiesinspiration
        Posted at 09:33h, 27 August Reply

        Oh, I didn’t know that, how lovely. We have relatives in Canada too how immigrated about 20 years ago. Western Cape is a wonderful place.

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 09:50h, 27 August Reply

          Yes for sure, in fact heading there on a vacation next week to see family. I am so looking forward to that

  • nenabakingrecipes
    Posted at 08:06h, 27 August Reply

    Wow you’re very creative

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 09:30h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you very much.

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 09:32h, 27 August Reply

      Yes, truly inspiring nenabakingrecipes – Just love it. Now, how about you also participate in this G…uest Post series. Let me know if interested and then I will email you an invite. Sorry, I could not get your name on your blog nenabakingrecipes

  • Judy E Martin
    Posted at 07:33h, 27 August Reply

    Ooooh, I do love chocolate and love the look of Robbie and Michael’s creations. They appeal to me in so many ways! 🙂

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 09:31h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you, Judy. Sir Chocolate loves the huge chocolate bars here in England and has bought enough to build a mansion back home [smile]

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 09:32h, 27 August Reply

      Chocolate, and good chocolate, Oh my oh my, so yummy

  • Ritu
    Posted at 06:56h, 27 August Reply

    Robbie and chocolate… two of my favourite things!

  • Osyth
    Posted at 06:28h, 27 August Reply

    Oh My! Chocolate heaven indeed … Your amazing creations have me dieing for children to make them for (I’m a tweeny – ‘twixt children flying and producing their own chicks) … dee-lush!

    • robbiesinspiration
      Posted at 09:32h, 27 August Reply

      Thank you so much. All in good time is what my Mum would say.

      • Osyth
        Posted at 11:08h, 27 August Reply

        Wise Woman .. all shall be well as Sister Julian of Norwich had it 🙂

    • cookandenjoyrecipes
      Posted at 09:36h, 27 August Reply

      Yes, its awesome and I have to create a chocolate birthday cake for my 6 year old granddaughter end of September – still have to see how this one will turn out.

      • Osyth
        Posted at 11:09h, 27 August Reply

        Seems like the perfect cake to me! For 6 years old or any age ….

        • cookandenjoyrecipes
          Posted at 11:16h, 27 August Reply

          I have received a request for a chocolate cake, but a totally different theme. I will post, depending on how it turns out early October, as we will only celebrate her birthday on Oct 1st

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