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Updated: February 12, 2014 20:53 IST

On the cocoa beat

SHILPA SEBASTIAN R.
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In bright colours and shapes. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.
The Hindu In bright colours and shapes. Photo: Bhagya Prakash K.

Ragini says she can create anything with chocolate

Her name is Ragini Raj Vemala. She is 30 years old and has a passion to create something beautiful. Just that her raw material is chocolate. That’s right. She melts, moulds and creates chocolate displays as well as makes gifting options.

“I have been making chocolates for the last four years. It is only now that I have plunged into it full time,” says Ragini, who then trained herself in the basics of chocolate-making and later took off to London to study the art of chocolate displays and advanced skills of working with chocolate.

“Chocolate displays”, she explains, “are showpieces that can be used as art displays. They can be used in hotels, birthdays, weddings or any special occasions and can later be relished too.”

Ragini says that she can make anything from this cocoa product — flowers, animals, trees or a house.

“People know more about chocolate today. So many take to making it. We get the tempered and the non- tempered varieties in the market. So you can use whichever suits your need and pocket and start making your own treats. The reason I got into making chocolate was thanks to my mother. She is into art and can literally create anything from anything. For me the same passion comes alive when I see chocolate. It can take any shape, form or texture. I do not need a mould to make a shape out of it. But I try and use the piping bag to create my designs. And I also smell of chocolate most of the time and simply love it,” she explains about her passion.

She says that she avoid moulds as they are boring. “After a point they all look the same. So everyone will be using the same moulds and creating the same shapes. I don’t want to be like that. I want my treats to stand apart.”

For Valentine’s Day, Ragini has come up with a range of special cocoa treats with hearts and the colour pink.

Ragini has also come up with gifting boxes made from chocolate itself, which can then be filled again with anything you want. Then there are strawberry and heart-shaped boxes along with assorted, coloured and various sizes of lollipops.

Her dream is to win the ‘World Chocolate Masters’, an international chocolate contest. Besides simply going gaga over chocolate, she says she wants to stand apart and give her best when it comes to flavour and design.

You can follow Ragini on www.facebook.com/BiteDelight

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