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  • Sep 22

    An update on our packaging

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  News and Announcements

    As specialists in ethically and sustainably produced chocolate, using environmentally-friendly packaging is a priority both for us and for our customers.  We have recently decided to upgrade our packaging for wine, whisky and all our other glass bottles from wooden boxes to inflatable plastic airpacks. These airpacks, specifically called ‘Green-Paqs’, are by Airpack Systems, one […]

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  • Sep 19

    White chocolate …REALLY?

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Weekly Blog

    White chocolate is, to put it mildly, divisive. Some love it. Some disdain it. Some even challenge if it merits being called “chocolate”! We’re going to put this to the test as we taste three classic white chocolate bars with Tim Lovejoy, Simon Rimmer and guests on Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch at 11am UK time […]

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  • Sep 14

    Bridge Bars

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  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 Cocoa Runners  ·  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 Cocoa Runners  ·  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
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    The World’s Best Chocolate Bars: Dark Chocolate Edition

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Listmania

    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 managed to whittle the selection […]

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  • Sep 14

    Introducing Blanxart

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  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 Cocoa Runners  ·  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 Cocoa Runners  ·  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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