• Jan 31

    Half term activities for kids and adults this February

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings

    February is always a tricky month. And this February looks as if it will be a tough one.  Christmas is long gone. Lockdown is still with us.  The weather is (most likely to be) grey.  But on the plus side, we have Valentine’s Day coming up (see here for some gift ideas).  The days are […]

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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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  • 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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  • Sep 13

    Vintage Chocolate? And some new Craft Chocolate Conversations and Tastings

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Products, Tastings, The Science of Chocolate

    From having been “the food of the goods” (Theobroma Cacao), chocolate has, sadly, often fallen to being a commoditised, mass market ingredient in confectionery. In some ways the “commoditisation” and “mass processing” of food, of which chocolate has been subsumed, has been great. For most of history the majority of humankind has been at risk of […]

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  • Aug 30

    Launching Milk Chocolate Tastings, and Explaining the Wonders and Importance of Craft Milk Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings

    We’ve been really delighted by the support shown for both our weekly Wednesday “Welcome to the Revolution” Craft Chocolate Tasting and also our Thursday “Conversations on Craft Chocolate”.  Part of the fun of these tastings is trying eight (or more) very different craft chocolates that vary between dark, milk, stone ground to even 100% — and […]

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  • Jul 15
    Perfect Pairings - Dark Chocolate and Red Wine

    Perfect Pairings – Dark Chocolate and Red Wine

    By Spencer Hyman  ·  Pairing Craft Chocolate

    Craft chocolate is all about savouring the distinct flavours, textures and tastes that chocolate makers and cocoa growers can coax from their beans.   We believe this is best done in pairs. Trying pairs of different craft chocolates together.  Discussing and sharing impressions with friends and partners.  And via pairings with other products to reveal unexpected differences. […]

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  • Jun 14
    Bike Fathers Day

    Some insights from learning to ride a bike, and 100+ Craft Chocolate Tastings

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Tastings

    Image credit: Bike List We have hosted over 100 Craft Chocolate Tastings!  A huge thanks for all your support, encouragement and kind words. Through these tastings we’ve discovered there are some aspects of savouring craft chocolate that are a bit like learning to ride a bike. And what a great theme to reflect upon given that it’s Father’s Day […]

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  • May 24

    The case for fruit and nuts in craft chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    In the world of craft chocolate, the subject of adding nuts and other “inclusions” to the cocoa bean is heated and vexed.  Purists insist on minimal ingredients. They sniff at the idea of flavour combinations, “additions” and the likes of “fruit and nuts”. At the same time, most craft chocolate aficionados have their “guilty secrets” […]

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  • 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 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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