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  • Nov 30

    Our Two Cents on Tony’s

    By Alice  ·  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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  • 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

    Thanksgiving: More than Black Friday

    By Nick Saxby  ·  History & Culture

    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

    What’s a great pairing?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Taste & Flavour

    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 Cocoa Runners  ·  History & Culture

    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 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 19

    Christmas Craft Chocolate Takeover of Canopy Market

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  News and Announcements

    Join us for another Craft Chocolate weekend at Canopy Market from Friday the 10th until Sunday 12th of December ­– the perfect time to make a dent in your Christmas shopping list and to indulge in some little festive treats for yourself.   Canopy Market is a weekly independent market at King’s Cross, held under a […]

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  • Nov 02

    Vanilla: A Cross-Modal Understanding

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Taste & Flavour

    The influence of vanilla on the flavour experience of chocolate involves more than simply the taste buds. Vanilla is remarkable in how it works on different foods and different cultures because of its ‘cross modal’ characteristics. To explain this, consider these two questions: If you think of vanilla, which word would you associate it with? […]

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  • Nov 02

    Savouring, Slurping, Spitting, and Saliva

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Taste & Flavour

    Snap, Sniff, Swirl, Savour As we’ve learnt through our virtual tastings with wine and coffee experts, the first step to savour a wine or coffee is to ‘sniff’ and then to ‘slurp’.  A HUGE variety of aromas and flavours immediately emerge as you sniff (otherwise known as orthonasal olfaction).  Then, when you slurp, a whole […]

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