• Apr 26

    Earth Day in Lockdown

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Site News, Tastings

    Last Wednesday marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.  Normally all of us involved in craft chocolate would be all over this.  But these aren’t normal times.  Here in the UK we’ve just completed our first month of “lockdown” and, unlike a few other parts of the world, we’ve no end in sight.  Earth Day […]

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  • Apr 12

    Say Hello to Castronovo Chocolate!

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Makers

    We hope that you are all enjoying a great holiday weekend, physically – but not socially – distant.  And hopefully enjoying some great craft chocolate too! We’re looking forward to holding our first “Virtual Tasting” via Zoom this Sunday afternoon, and we’ve a bunch more planned over the coming weeks and months; see here for […]

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  • Apr 05
    Easter Eggs Cocoa Runners

    Easter Chocolate and Social Distancing

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Products, Tastings

    Hi there! First and foremost, we hope that you are all safe and well.  And we hope that while you are physically distancing, we can help you stay socially connected with our Virtual Home Tasting Boxes and Easter Egg making kits. The internet is full of theories on the origins of chocolate Easter Eggs, bunnies, […]

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  • Mar 24

    An Update from Cocoa Runners – March 2020

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Site News

    First and foremost, we hope that you are all safe and well. Secondly we’d like to confirm that CocoaRunners remains open for business; we’re still shipping our monthly boxes and also bars, gifts, cooking chocolate (with recipes), easter gifts, and more. We brought forward many months’ worth of bars to prepare for this. And we’ve […]

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  • Mar 15

    Jenny Samaniego – Crafting small-batch chocolate in Ecuador

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Craft chocolate requires great beans that are carefully grown, fermented and dried by the farmer.  And then they require meticulous roasting, winnowing, grinding, conching and tempering in small batches by artisan chocolate makers.  Most other crafts – beer, wine, coffee, etc. – follow a similar pattern of farmer and maker working together (and/or being the […]

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  • Mar 08

    International Women’s Day

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    This weekend we are at the Craft Chocolate Festival in San Francisco! So if you are nearby, please do come by and say hello. And, as it’s International Women’s Day, we are donating 10% of all our web sales this weekend to a variety of women’s causes and charities.. We are delighted that being in […]

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  • Mar 01

    Chequessett Chocolate

    By James  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Next weekend, 6-8 March, we will be at the San Francisco Craft Chocolate Experience. We are so excited to be there, and if any of you are in the area and want to come say hi, fantastic! Among the makers will be a number of Cocoa Runners stalwarts – including the alluringly alliterative “Cape Cod […]

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  • Feb 23

    Taste, Tosier, and Tradition

    By James  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Tosier chocolate, the creation of Deanna Tilston, offers both an education for your taste buds and an inside look at chocolate history. Deanna currently sources her beans from four different estates and co-operatives: in Belize, Haiti, Bolivia and Colombia. Tosier focuses on crafting classic 70% bars in delicate and thin moulds.  These moulds, combined with […]

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  • Feb 16

    Fjak: Honesty, Love, and Great Taste

    By James  ·  New Makers

    March is International Women’s Month, so for the next few weeks we are celebrating a few of our amazing female craft chocolate makers.  Of the 100+ makers we sell at Cocoa Runners, almost half of them were founded in part or wholly by women. If only this ratio was as high in other crafts and […]

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  • Jan 19

    Cutting down on sugar?

    By James  ·  The Science of Chocolate

    One easy way to eliminate sugar and still enjoy great chocolate is to try 100% bars. 100% bars contain nothing but cocoa beans. Through careful selection of beans, long grinds, heavy conches, and extra cocoa butter, our makers create amazingly flavourful 100% bars.  These 100% bars will always be a little astringent (they’ll make your […]

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