• Oct 30

    Advent Calendar and US Presidential election

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Uncategorized

    Next week, as I’m sure you are aware is the US Presidential Election.  And we are also putting on sale our Craft Chocolate Advent Calendar.  These two events are linked.  Read on below for the history of Advent Calendars to explore the link (it’s not that tenuous) and an overview of our Craft Chocolate Advent* […]

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  • Oct 25

    Welcome to NearyNogs – our first Northern Irish maker

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Makers

    Which Northern Irish county is famous for: Being the birthplace of Hans Sloane, founder of the British Museum, inventor of making drinking chocolate with milk, and Royal Physician to the crown? Having the highest mountains in Northern Ireland (the Mourne Mountains)? Being the home, and birthplace, of the father of the Brontë family (Patrick – father […]

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  • Oct 18

    Cooking and Baking with Craft Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Products, Recipes

    This week over a third of people watching TV (an estimated 6.9m people) tuned into the Great British Bake Off’s “Chocolate Week”.  To put this in context, around one in five Brits eat chocolate every day, over 70% of us eat chocolate at least once a week, and over 15% of households in the UK […]

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  • Oct 12

    Craft Chocolate in Conversation with Isabel Vincent

    By Harmony Marsh  ·  Craft Chocolate in Conversation

    Join us for an interactive chocolate tasting with award-winning author and investigative journalist Isabel Vincent. Isabel’s latest book, Dinner with Edward: The Story of an Unexpected Friendship, is a memoir of her deep five-year friendship with a lonely widower, and tells of their weekly dinners, prepared by Edward, and the wide-ranging advice he shared with her. […]

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  • Oct 11

    Thankful for Canada!

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings, The World of Chocolate

    This week at Cocoa Runners we’re all about Canada! This Monday is Canadian Thanksgiving, and we here at Cocoa Runners are certainly thankful for a lot that comes out of Canada. Any list of the world’s greatest Craft Chocolate makers will include the likes of SOMA, Palette De Bine, Qantu, Sirene and DesBarres (and some […]

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  • Oct 04

    Chocolate playlists? The greatest source of discovery since radio

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings

    Few industries have as powerful a discovery mechanic as music enjoys with radio DJs, mix tapes and now playlists. How else do you first come across a new band, a new album, a new song? Before the internet had come up with the “Viral Marketing” the cool kids were doing this for music via mix […]

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  • Oct 01

    Craft Chocolate in Conversation (and Discussion of Babette’s Feast) with Julian Baggini

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Craft Chocolate in Conversation

    Philosophy, Religion and the Sacred Cacao Bean. In this philosophical talk and Craft Chocolate tasting, we’ll be looking at what makes chocolate truly divine, or perhaps something even better. Philosopher Julian Baggini has just published a book on the greatest food movie of all time, Babette’s Feast, and Julian will be applying ideas from that […]

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  • Sep 27
    Great Taste Awards 2016

    The Great Taste Awards and the “Art” of Tasting

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The Science of Chocolate

    This week we’d like to congratulate a number of chocolate makers who have entered, and won, multiple awards at the Great Taste Awards — in particular Fjak and Tosier (ladies first), Standout, Firetree and Solkiki swept the boards. To celebrate we’ve pulled together an award winning box (see below) and highlighted a few other awesome […]

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  • Sep 20

    Craft Chocolate in Conversation with Tim Spector

    By Harmony Marsh  ·  Craft Chocolate in Conversation

    Tim Spector is Professor of Genetic Epidemiology at King’s College, a craft chocolate aficionado, and one of the driving forces behind the crowded Covid-19 app. He is also passionate about fermentation and its importance to our gut health. During this Craft Chocolate in Conversation with Tim, we’ll delve into Tim’s just released book, Spoon Fed, […]

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  • Sep 20

    Too good to be true … how to read the small print of chocolate and health studies with Dr Tim Spector

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings, The Science of Chocolate

    One of our mantras at Cocoa Runners is that “Craft Chocolate tastes better, is better for farmers, better for the planet and also better for you”. It is pretty easy to “show” people that Craft Chocolate tastes better.  They just need to try some There are also LOTS of studies showing how direct, transparent trade leads […]

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