• Mar 21

    Genius marketing, chocolate and Easter

    By Nick Saxby  ·  Craft Chocolate in Conversation, Easter, Pairing Craft Chocolate, Tastings, The History of Chocolate

    ‘Easter’ and ‘chocolate’ evoke contrasting associations. On the one hand are Easter eggs, chocolate bunnies, chicks and other chocolate concoctions. …On the other hand is the idea of giving up, fasting, and abstaining from the likes of chocolate, wine, and other indulgences. The two are obviously tied together with the idea of ‘breaking your fast’ […]

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  • Jan 24

    Is Chocolate an Aphrodisiac?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The Science of Chocolate

    Is chocolate an aphrodisiac? Clearly this would be GREAT news for chocolate makers But when you look at the history and science it starts to get a little “shaky” . There are a few tantalising suggestions from science as to why chocolate could be considered a “food of love”. And its romantic properties have been […]

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  • Jan 15

    How did chocolate spread around the world?

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Today, chocolate is everywhere. From North and South America, to Europe, Africa and Asia, all the way to Australasia, chocolate is consumed and/or produced in vast quantities. But that wasn’t always the case. Less than 500 years ago, it was confined to just one small corner of the globe. So how did chocolate spread around […]

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  • Nov 15

    Peruvian Chocolate and the Coca Leaf

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  The World of Chocolate

    Christmas, Black Friday and the like still aren’t quite “here” (although John Lewis’s Xmas ad is just breaking ….).  So this week we are going to be exploring cocoa bars, beans and drinking chocolate from Peru. The Peruvian jungle (along with Ecuador’s) is where Theobroma Cacao (aka the cocoa tree) is believed to have first […]

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  • Jul 26

    Introducing Soklet and Explaining the Importance of Dal in Craft Chocolate

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  New Makers, The World of Chocolate

    India doesn’t immediately spring to mind when one thinks of craft chocolate. Yet. But this is unfair and a misconception. Firstly, Indian culinary technology underpins the explosion of craft chocolate making over the last twenty years. Secondly more and more craft chocolate makers are exploring fine quality, heirloom cocoa varietals from India.  And thirdly India […]

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  • Jun 08

    Chocolate’s Dark History – and the importance of Transparent, Direct Trade

    By Cocoa Runners  ·  Site News, The World of Chocolate

    Craft Chocolate provides an amazing insight into flavour and is truly one of the most “affordable” luxuries to savour.  At the same time there is a darker history to chocolate’s affordability that shouldn’t be ignored, least of all in today’s troubling times.  By treating chocolate as a mere commodity and by buying chocolate snacks primarily off […]

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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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