Chocolatiers 'make people happy at Easter'
To chocolate lovers, chocolatier Maria Maher has possibly the best job in the world.
The 28-year-old spends her days making and tasting hand-crafted chocolate sweets in Cocoa Atelier's laboratory in Dublin's Park West.
The Cork woman, who studied food science in University College Cork, is currently in the throes of Easter which is her busiest time of year. It takes three to four days to make each batch of ganache sweets, and three chocolatiers to fine tune each one.
"It's really small-batch chocolate making," she says.
The chocolatier is passionate about her work and she said Easter is a particularly rewarding time.
"It's a really nice job making people happy - both the eaters and the makers," she said. "It's the joy of chocolate making. Everyone has an opinion on chocolate, and at Christmas and Easter everyone wants chocolate."
With taste testing being an integral part of her job, Maria concedes she resists eating chocolate away from work.
"You end up not eating so much chocolate in your spare time," she says.