Budding young chocolatier’s winning idea hits Suffolk Co-op shelves
PUBLISHED: 15:29 06 August 2020 | UPDATED: 15:29 06 August 2020
You can now buy 11-year-old Olivia Cresswell’s Nutty Stars at your local East of England Co-op store.
Olivia Cresswell, of Shotley Community Primary School, has just launched her very on chocolate after winning a regional competition last summer.
The competition – which was run by the East of England Co-op in partnership with local chocolatier Hadleigh Maid – challenged youngsters aged between nine and 11 to design a brand-new chocolate bar, with the winner’s idea going on to become a reality and sold East of England Co-op Food stores across Suffolk.
Beating some stiff competition, Olivia Cresswell was crowned the eventual winner thanks to her ‘Nutty Stars’ design – which incorporates hazelnuts, white chocolate, dark chocolate and marshmallows.
Her idea was then taken to Hadleigh Maid’s test kitchens, where the recipe and packaging were refined, perfected and made retail-ready.
However, akin to real-life product development – the project wasn’t without its hiccups. When Covid took hold around the country, the project was temporarily suspended amidst social distancing restrictions.
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Olivia and the project team then worked together to find new ways to keep on track and bring her exciting design to life.
Priced at £2.99, Olivia’s ‘Nutty Stars’ are now hot off the production line, and making their way to selected East of England Co-ops in Suffolk – including Manningtree and Felixstowe supermarkets, as well as Holbrook, Hadleigh and Rushmere Food stores.
Each pack contains three tasty stars, all wrapped in plastic-free packaging that has been designed by Olivia herself.
East of England Co-op president Sally Chicken said: “The original aim of the project was to explore the full life-cycle of food production. We wanted the students to be able to explore, in a real hands-on way, how the food they see on shop shelves is designed, created, packaged and transported.
“The project has been a huge success and really brought to life the whole process in an exciting and engaging way. Olivia and her peers have seen first-hand all the work that goes on behind the scenes to get food from local factories to our customers’ baskets. What a fantastic end result - I can’t wait to sample one of the winning stars myself.”
East of England Co-op’s Holbrook Food store branch manager Sharon Mayhew added: “It’s a privilege to be one of the stores stocking Olivia’s creation. The Nutty Stars look fantastic on our shelves and it’s wonderful to know they were designed so near to us – just six miles away – by a talented local school pupil. Unsurprisingly, they’re proving quite popular.”
All profits from the sale of this limited edition, locally-made treat will go to Shotley Community Primary School - with the East of England Co-op pledging to bolster the amount so that at least £500 is donated to the school.
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