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  • Jul 20

    What is Craft Chocolate?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    We believe strongly that craft chocolate is the future of the chocolate industry. It tastes better, it’s better for you, and it’s better for the planet. That’s because craft chocolate makers are concerned with ethical trading practices, sustainable agriculture, and great-tasting chocolate. They’re all about the amazing variety and depths of flavour to be found […]

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  • Jul 12

    How to Store Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    At Cocoa Runners, we’re big fans of savouring chocolate. It’s one of the best things about Craft Chocolate: it’s designed to be savoured a few small pieces at a time. This means we often have half a dozen bars on the go at any one time, enjoying them in turns depending on our mood, the […]

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  • Feb 05

    How to Taste Chocolate: Savour, Don’t Scoff

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    Wait a moment! Before you scoff all your new craft chocolate at once, take a moment to read our thoughts on how best to taste and savour your chocolate. Slowing down and savouring will allow you to discover amazing flavours and textures you’ve never experienced before. Did you know that chocolate has over 400 distinct […]

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  • Nov 08

    Ecuadorian Cocoa: Attack of the Clones

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Geography, What is Craft Chocolate?

    According to a recent discovery, Ecuador is where ‘chocolate’ consumption originated.  New archaeological evidence suggests that Santa Anna Florida is the first location where we can trace “drinking chocolate” (sorry Mexico – this appears to pre-date the Olmecs by a millennium or more).  Unfortunately, despite occupying a vital place in the history of chocolate, high-quality […]

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  • Jul 31

    How to Read a Chocolate Bar Label

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    Have you ever found yourself staring at two bars of chocolate and trying to work out why one is £1 and the other over £5? And if it’s really worth spending more? The aim of this post is to help you make an informed choice by giving you some insider tips on what to look […]

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  • Sep 19
    Menakao Cocoa Nibs

    What Are Cocoa Nibs?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    There has been a lot of buzz about cocoa nibs recently, but what exactly are they? What are cocoa nibs? Cocoa nibs are pieces of crushed cocoa bean. Once the beans have been fermented, dried, and roasted, the next step in the making process is to “crack and winnow”. Cracking involves crushing the beans into […]

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  • Apr 14

    What Is “Small Batch” Chocolate?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    “Small Batch” chocolate, explained in three striking photos.

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