• Feb 21

    Is our chocolate Fairtrade?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    One of the questions we most commonly get asked at the end of our virtual tastings is, “Is our chocolate Fairtrade?” That’s a fantastic question – and it’s a great sign that so many people are thinking about ethical consumption. But for chocolate, Fairtrade is a complex issue, and it’s worth exploring some of the […]

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  • Feb 14

    I Savour, Therefore I Am – A Unique Human Ability

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The Science of Chocolate

    Amongst warm-blooded mammals, humans have a number of unique traits, including: We communicate with extensive vocabularies and a wide range of sound We run on two legs holding our heads high (birds aren’t mammals and lizards are cold-blooded) We can detect flavour via both our mouths and our noses (through our sense of smell) All […]

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  • Feb 11

    Compare the Difference: Milk & Dark Chocolate

    By James  ·  The Science of Chocolate

    See how the addition of milk changes a chocolate bar! These pairs of bars are all made by the same maker using the same beans – the only difference is the cocoa content and addition of milk. Notice the differences in texture and mouthfeel, and see how the sweetness of the milk changes the beans’ […]

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  • Feb 05

    How to Taste Chocolate like a Pro

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of 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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  • Jan 31

    Half term activities for kids and adults this February

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings

    February is always a tricky month. And this February looks as if it will be a tough one.  Christmas is long gone. Lockdown is still with us.  The weather is (most likely to be) grey.  But on the plus side, we have Valentine’s Day coming up (see here for some gift ideas).  The days are […]

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  • Jan 24

    Is Chocolate an Aphrodisiac?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The Science of Chocolate

    Is chocolate an aphrodisiac? Clearly this would be GREAT news for chocolate makers But when you look at the history and science it starts to get a little “shaky” . There are a few tantalising suggestions from science as to why chocolate could be considered a “food of love”. And its romantic properties have been […]

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  • Jan 15

    How did chocolate spread around the world?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Today, chocolate is everywhere. From North and South America, to Europe, Africa and Asia, all the way to Australasia, chocolate is consumed and/or produced in vast quantities. But that wasn’t always the case. Less than 500 years ago, it was confined to just one small corner of the globe. So how did chocolate spread around […]

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  • Jan 10

    Veganuary and Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings, The World of Chocolate

    Many people attempting Veganuary each year ask us: “Can I still eat chocolate?” Well, great news – you absolutely can! In fact, most of the chocolate in our library is vegan. Dark craft chocolate, so long as it isn’t a flavoured bar with a non-vegan ingredient, is perfectly fine for Veganuary. Be careful buying dark […]

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  • Dec 16

    Update on Holiday Delivery Deadlines

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Uncategorized

    So first and foremost, a huge THANK YOU for all your support this year at our Virtual Tastings and your passion for Craft Chocolate. We’ve been incredibly grateful for all your orders this holiday season.  Indeed, we’ve been blown away by your enthusiasm.  So thank you.  And a huge thanks to our warehouse team of […]

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  • Dec 01

    Craft Chocolate in Conversation with Vanessa Kimbell

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Craft Chocolate in Conversation

    Vanessa Kimbell is a legend in sourdough, baking, fair trade, the gut microbiome and much, much more. During the course of the evening, Spencer Hyman will be chatting to Vanessa about her Italian mother, how she first began working in the village bakery in France as a child, why she fell in love with bread […]

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