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  • Nov 30

    Our Two Cents on Tony’s

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Ethics, What is Craft Chocolate?

    Tony’s Chocolonely burst onto the chocolate scene in 2005 with promises of slave free, Fairtrade chocolate and a desire to draw attention to the numerous social injustices within the chocolate industry. The intentions of Tony’s founder, Teun van de Keuken, are powerful and persuasive. And with their characteristically bold packaging, they have brought the issue […]

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  • Oct 25

    Creators, Curators, Connoisseurs

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    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 our 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 22

    6 Ways to Use Cacao, Other Than Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    Chocolate is quite a miraculous thing. Contained within large, brightly coloured, juicy cocoa pods are three to four dozen cocoa beans. But you’re quite unlikely to enjoy the taste of these fresh beans. Only after they have gone through a series of processes can cocoa beans, the raw product, become the chocolate we all love. […]

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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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  • 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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  • Sep 09

    A Chocolate Teapot is useful? Here’s 5 other Chocolate Inventions we love!

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  What is Craft Chocolate?

    It’s no secret that we absolutely love chocolate.  We think it has many amazing and surprising qualities – we’ve already talked about how its potential health benefits. However, we, like many of you, never expected to come across a useful chocolate teapot.  But science is a wonderful thing. So, whilst nibbling on a few of our […]

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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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