Hot footing it behind jewellery making is hand finished chocolates. Note the word hand finished. To actually make chocolate you need to be a chocolatier and make chocloate from scratch - which, to be fair is a craft in itself and nigh on impossible unless you are a master at it with a phd in chockoly making. But to create chocolates from inexpensive Belgian couverture, it is simply that homemade chocolates are actually classed as hand finished. This new trend has jettisoned from seemingly nowhere and lately I have noticed an increasing amount of crafters turning their hand to homemade truffles, nutty delights and lollipop making - including hot choc swizzle sticks.There are basics to get you started which can be found even in Hobbycrafts and then, other than buying tempering machines (a bit pricey unless you don't mind using a bain marie and a thermometer) and getting yourself a food hygiene certificate, there is nothing stopping you from starting a small business with hand finished chocolates. Personally, Id rather get my friend Paul to make me a few swizzle sticks and leave the hand finished chocolates to those that can refrain from dipping their head in the bowl (unike me!).
Also hot on the trail is stampmaking. As photocentric have pretty much cornered this small business opportunity, there is absolutely no stopping you from creating your own polymer stamps from home. Whilst at the NEC, I noticed varying sized machines to help the home crafter start a home business in the art of stamp making. Im tempted myself but, to be fair, I have sourced a stamp maker for my small range due out next week. But those who want to give it a go, google Photocentric.
And these were the only things that caught my eye - that place was ENORMOUS!