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  • Nov 25

    Thanksgiving: More than Black Friday

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Weekly Blog

    As we rapidly approach the holiday season, we know you are going to be bombarded by the likes of Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and a whole host of other commercially engineered ‘holiday deals’. If you are American, you are fortunate to be able to celebrate Thanksgiving before this onslaught. Thanksgiving is in many ways the perfect sort […]

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  • Nov 25

    What’s a great pairing?

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Weekly Blog

    Most of us have few problems figuring out the missing pair to the below: Salt and P***** Bread and B***** Knife and F*** Needle and T***** Hugs and K***** White chocolate and C***** (OK; the last one isn’t as obvious, but see the image above for a hit, and text below for an explanation) Pairings […]

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  • Nov 25

    From Fasting to Savouring; Advent Calendars and Figgy Puddings

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Weekly Blog

    Although we now associate Advent (and advent calendars) with Christmas and treats, Advent was first celebrated by monks in late 5th Century France, fasting in the run up to Christmas. After a few twists and turns, Advent is now celebrated in very different ways. It’s been commercialised. There are advent calendars costing over $1m! And, […]

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  • Nov 01

    An Experiment (and Treat) for Halloween

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Weekly Blog

    Officially the clocks go back this weekend here in the UK.  We are between Summer and Winter solstices.  And according to many, it’s the start of winter. Plus it’s Halloween this weekend! So, we’d like to invite you to kick off the winter tradition of drinking hot chocolate, with a twist, using the colours of Halloween. […]

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  • Oct 25

    Treats for Halloween (with No Tricks)

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Weekly Blog

    What is associated with the colour orange (and increasingly black, purple and even green), celebrated on the 31st October, emerged out of “guising”, “mumming” and “souling”, is second only to Christmas as a commercial holiday (in the US alone $6bn is apparently spent), and one where over 20% of millennials are now dressing up their […]

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  • Oct 25

    Creators, Curators, Connoisseurs

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Weekly Blog

    What’s the link between the following? Radio DJs, Magazine commissioning editors, Organisers of temporary exhibitions in museums, TheBrowser.com (shameless plug for one of my favourite newsletters!), Neal’s Yard Dairy‘s cheeses, Cocoa Runners’ monthly subscription boxes, virtual tastings, events, guest boxes (and basically most of what we do!). The link (hopefully) is that all the above […]

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  • Oct 03

    Taste, Super-tasters, Flavour, Texture, and More

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  News and Announcements, Weekly Blog

    Starting this month we have a new regular virtual tasting focused on flavour, taste, super-tasters and more. And you DON’T have to paint your tongue blue (we’ve an easier test)! We’ve also some great new ‘one-off’ tastings for the rest of this year (some which we think will make great Christmas presents too): We’ve another […]

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  • Sep 19

    White chocolate …REALLY?

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  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 Spencer Hyman  ·  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 Spencer Hyman  ·  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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