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  • Sep 19

    White chocolate …REALLY?

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Weekly Blog

    White chocolate is, to put it mildly, divisive. Some love it. Some disdain it. Some even challenge if it merits being called “chocolate”! We’re going to put this to the test as we taste three classic white chocolate bars with Tim Lovejoy, Simon Rimmer and guests on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch at 11am UK time […]

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  • Sep 12

    Milks vs Mylks vs M!lks?

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Weekly Blog

    Walk into any specialty coffee store or health food store and you’ll be accosted by a dizzying array of plant based ‘mylks’ (read on for an explanation of this spelling). And craft chocolate is increasingly in on the act too (a hat tip to the likes of Solkiki and Forever Cacao whose vegan background inspired […]

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  • Sep 05

    Beware being asSALTed

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Weekly Blog

    To tickle your taste buds and spark your interest, here is a quick quiz to kick start this week’s blog entry: According to the UK’s Department of Health, reducing the average intake of which additive by just one gram per day would save over 4,000 premature deaths in the UK per year? Salt? Sugar? Fat? […]

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  • Aug 29

    Save the Dates: 15th-17th October, 2021

    By Nick Saxby  ·  News and Announcements, Weekly Blog

    After what seems like forever, we are DELIGHTED to announce a CRAFT CHOCOLATE TAKEOVER of Canopy Market in Kings Cross, London, on the weekend of the 15th-17th October. It’s a great way to celebrate Chocolate Week in the UK. Canopy Market is outside (but covered), and very easy to reach. It’s been over eighteen months […]

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  • Aug 22

    Myths about Calories

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Weekly Blog

    One of the most misleading dietary rules is “count the calories and you’ll lose weight”. Calorie calculations are based on experiments made over a century ago that even then were acknowledged as “broad brush”. Quite how a unit of measurement originally applied to steam engines and then adapted by nutritionists who stuck people in copper […]

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  • Aug 15

    Why You Should Always Have Room For Craft Chocolate

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Weekly Blog

    Ever felt really full after the main course of a meal … and then suddenly some ice cream, chocolate cake, or other dessert is offered and magically somehow you are hungry again? You aren’t alone in this. Indeed, scientists have studied this and come up with a scientific explanation for the condition that’s called “sensory […]

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  • Aug 10

    Vanilla vs. Vanillin

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Weekly Blog

    Natural vs. Artificial Flavourings The distinct flavour which we know as vanilla may not be as straightforward as you think. Its popularity is evident in its staggering rise in price from $20 a kilo to over $600 in the space of a decade. However, the image of natural dried vanilla pods adorning packaging may not […]

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  • Aug 08

    Casa Cacao

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Weekly Blog

    Even in normal circumstances it’s pretty hard (and fairly expensive) to experience a restaurant that has twice been awarded #1 by The World’s 50 Best Restaurants. And in a time of travel restrictions, given that this world beating restaurant is in Girona, Spain, this is even harder. So we are DELIGHTED to be able to […]

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  • Aug 02

    Why We SHOULD Add (a little) Sugar to Chocolate

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Weekly Blog

    Sweetness and sugar are hugely complicated. And they are also hugely controversial. As far as chocolate is concerned, Epicurus was right. As he advised: “Be moderate in order to taste the joys of life in abundance”. The addition of sugar to chocolate IN MODERATION can be wonderful. But too much sugar (as in most ultra-processed, […]

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  • Jul 25

    Celebrate summer with craft chocolate ice cream!

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Weekly Blog

    Let’s start with a question with a surprising answer (unless you’ve guessed from the above picture!): Which was the first item, after drinking chocolate, that chocolate was used as a base ingredient and ‘cooked’ with? Chocolate Ice Cream? Chocolate Mousse? Chocolate Digestive biscuits? Chocolate Brownies? Chocolate Cakes? The answer is chocolate ice cream; we’ve a […]

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