Account
  • Sep 13

    Myths about Calories

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Health & Eating

    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 […]

    Read more

  • Sep 13

    Veganism

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Veganism

    Whether you’re attempting Veganuary or are one of the 1.5 million veteran vegans in the UK, you’ll be pleased to hear that chocolate is not completely off the table: Quite the opposite! Chocolate can be a bit of a milky minefield, so here is a handy guide on choosing the right bar. Not Just for […]

    Read more

  • Sep 13

    Is Sugar Addictive?

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Health & Eating

    This article is for the ‘chocoholic.’ Those who love chocolate and find themselves eating a lot of it. If you are concerned about addiction, please consult a medical professional for appropriate support. Biological Addiction The question “is sugar addictive?” is an interesting one. From a biomedical perspective; the current research suggests that sugar is not […]

    Read more

  • Sep 12

    Milks vs Mylks vs M!lks?

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Veganism

    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 […]

    Read more

  • Sep 07

    A sugar by any other name would taste as sweet?

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Health & Eating

    While an excess of sugar in mainstream chocolate conceals flavour, small quantities of sugar in craft chocolate functions to add a sweet balance to the bitter flavours of cocoa. Did you know that there are ways to do this with ingredients other than table sugar? The various substances that impart sweetness to chocolate can provide […]

    Read more

  • Sep 05

    asSALTed … Why It’s Worth Taking Salt A Pinch More Seriously

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Health & Eating, Science

    Salt is an intriguing addition to craft chocolate and a critical culinary tool, but it also can be a major problem. Humans need a (small) amount of salt per day to survive, but ‘in excess’ is also incredibly harmful. Indeed overdosing on salt was an approved suicide mechanic for aristocrats in ancient China. Today this sort of overdosing is […]

    Read more

  • Aug 18

    Health & Eating

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Health & Eating

    Chocolate, for many, is a “guilty pleasure” – something naughty to indulge in whenever we fancy a sweet treat. But how “guilty” does it have to be? How much of a crime is consuming a small bar of our favourite (ideally craft) chocolate? It goes without saying that craft chocolate is better for you (physically), […]

    Read more

  • Aug 04
    milk chocolate tasting

    I’m a Chocoholic and I’ve Signed Up for Veganuary – Should I be Worrying?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Veganism

    Christmas may be over, but our love of chocolate is unremitting. Brits eat on average 11kg of the stuff each year. We love it. But you’ve signed up for Veganuary and you’re worried you’ve bitten off more than you can chew… Don’t Panic!  We would happily bet a bar of the stuff that chocolate won’t […]

    Read more

  • Aug 04

    The New Kid on the Block: Vegan Milk Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Veganism

    Milk chocolate. With a name like that, it couldn’t possibly be vegan. But how about mylk chocolate, as it’s sometimes dubbed? If you’re one of the 1.5 million vegans in the UK, or simply a curious dairy-alternative dabbler, there’s good news: plant-based alternatives have landed on the craft chocolate scene.  Mylk, You Ask… The plant-based […]

    Read more

  • Aug 04

    Myth Busting: Is Dark Chocolate Vegan?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Veganism

    Eating chocolate makes us happy, and the darker it is, the more serotonin (a.k.a the happiness chemical) is released. But can vegans reap the benefits?  In a Nutshell Yes! In fact, pure dark chocolate should only ever be made from cocoa beans and sugar, with the optional addition of cocoa butter (which, despite its name, […]

    Read more