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  • Sep 14

    Bridge Bars

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Taste & Flavour

    Craft chocolate can sometimes be a little daunting and overwhelming. Some consumers are reluctant to brave the unknown and try a bar made with beans from a place they’ve barely heard of and with a percentage that seems far higher than they are used to. To “bridge” this challenge, craft chocolate makers are crafting bars that […]

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  • Sep 14

    What We’re Doing About Food Waste In Craft Chocolate

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Environment

    Since we started Cocoa Runners in 2013, we have been trying to explain why people should pay a little more for a craft chocolate bar than a mass produced bar. We believe craft chocolate bars taste better, are better for you and represent a better deal for cocoa farmers and our planet. Craft chocolate is […]

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  • Sep 14

    Pairing Beer & Chocolate

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Taste & Flavour

    As with all our pairing guides, we want to do more than just recommend one or two pairings that might work for you. Instead, we’ll take you through a little history and comparison of the two industries, give you some basic principles for pairing, and offer some additional food for thought. In this article, we […]

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  • Sep 14

    Sex Sells: A Brief History of Advertising Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Sex

    If there’s anything we’ve learned from years of Mad Men, saucy perfume ads, and the notorious Flake ads, it’s that sex sells. And the Cadbury flake ads are a prime example of the advertising mantra “sex sells”. If the subject of saucy adverts arises at the dinner table, the flake ads will usually be the […]

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  • Sep 14

    The World’s Best Chocolate Bars: Dark Chocolate Edition

    By robynk19  ·  Listmania

    Top Ten: Dark Chocolate Edition To give you a taste of some of the world’s most critically-acclaimed dark chocolate, we have scoured the lists of winners from the most recent global competitions: the Academy of Chocolate Awards (AOC), the International Chocolate Awards (ICA), and the Speciality Food Association Awards (Sofi). With great difficulty, we have […]

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  • Sep 14

    Introducing Blanxart

    By Jonathan Roberts  ·  News and Announcements

    Here at Cocoa Runners we have traveled through 60 countries, tasted over 1000 bars and only selected the best of the best to feature on our website. However, until now we hadn’t found a Spanish maker producing high enough quality to pass our discerning taste.That was until we bumped in to Marco from Blanxart at […]

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  • Sep 14

    Five of the Most Ethical Makers In The World

    By Elizabeth  ·  Ethics

    Here at Cocoa Runners we’ve done the hard work for you when it comes to ethical chocolate obsession. We’ve tasted in excess of 2000 chocolate bars, yet exclusively stock just 250 bars from the makers that best reflect our values – meaning our delicious chocolate really is good for the soul. You can be sure […]

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  • 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 […]

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  • Sep 13

    ‘Cadbury Darkmilk’: The real deal? Or just a sham?

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Taste & Flavour

    “Everything in moderation”. Epicurus had it right. A little sugar in chocolate is to be welcomed. And a little milk can add creaminess and the impression of sweetness too. In craft chocolate, sugar is added to bring out the flavour of the cocoa bean. In the words of the esteemed Mrs Beeton (she of Victorian […]

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  • 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 […]

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