About Urge Chocolates
Urge Chocolates started in 2010 as a home based business, growing from just a hobby in 2008. Now a boutique chocolate manufacturing company for several well known customers, Urge continues to break new ground with more and more customers with a vision and creative idea. Known for creative concept pieces and high quality products, we offer a variety of services and product lines for all to enjoy. From pocket chocolate bars and candied beer nuts to custom creations, branding and more. There’s always something new in the works. We help bring the vision to fruition.
It’s been a journey that continues to grow. Inspired by a trip to BC’s wine country and a love of food. Our owner and head chocolatier, Dirke Botsford is a a constant mode of creating new concepts. Some would say he is a die hard foodie and a “bing watcher” of food tv. Dirke on the other hand looks it as a more of a medium to showcase his craft. As Dirke says, ” you never know where inspiration is going to come from, it just happens. So let it happen.” So like many chefs and artists, their work takes you on a journey, a story both visually and conceptually. As a chocolatier, and creator of many custom creations as well as classics. Urge chocolates and Dirke Botsford want to take you on a journey showcasing exquisite pairings, exotic tastes and visually inspiring confections.
It has taken years of playing with different ingredients to create some of our unique flavour blends and combinations. Combine that and the science of working with couverture chocolate, its a perfect pairing.
“We’ve come along way”says Dirke. From playing in the kitchen at home to now, professionally trained and making creative chocolates and confections, it’s quite the change from his past in the print and design industry.
Start with an idea, ingredients that make you think and get inspired. Add creativity, spirit, things you love, a dash of humility and humour, and plenty of room for surprise. Test. Share. Refine. Repeat. Simple yet effective. Our recipe to making divine chocolates, and to life.
From the age of three he’s been selling caramels, chocolates and candy, not his own mind you but those of his grandfather. Someone who enjoyed his sweets. During visits with his grandparents, he would often sneek caramels and candies from the coffee table bowl, some would be eaten but the rest hidden only to resurface as sellable goods to guests. Who could resist buying delicious treats from a three year old?
That’s where it started. His grandfather was always one to have a candy of some sort in his pocket, he enjoyed the gift of giving a little sweetness to help brighten someone’s day, often getting a smile in return. He thrived on it and Dirke isn’t that different. He loves seeing people enjoy his handmade chocolates and confections.
Of course he hasn’t always been a chocolatier, he’s often asked what he used to do, waiting for the story of transformation. It was a big transition, he admits. Starting as a commercial journeyman printing press operator migrating to a software technical support specialist and then into chocolate. A die-hard foodie, baker and lover of wine, he always enjoyed being in the kitchen creating. “It’s relaxing and therapeutic” he says, with chocolate you can’t rush it or you’ll ruin it. You learn patience very quickly.
During a tasting at one of his favorite wineries he was presented a pairing of ice wine within a chocolate cup, it was a perfect pairing. In an attempt to recreate the experience he tried to find the chocolate cups to no avail. So it just made sense to him to try and make them and this is where he started to dabble in chocolate.
“The greatest thing about working with chocolate is even if you make a mistake, you can melt it and try again” he says. “Then you either learn from it or you’ve created something exciting and new.”
An honest, curious approach to the craft of chocolate applies to business for Dirke as well. Urge has built a reputation for personal service and highest quality–and it’s one that Dirke is determined to continue building. “I love what I do,” he says of his role as owner and head chocolatier of Urge Chocolates, “I’m lucky enough to be able to continually discover and develop new flavour combinations that blow your mind, and to share them with family and friends. Making chocolate is an incredible way to be able to do that.”