I hope you all have your advent calendars. What a treat to wake up every morning and have an excuse to eat chocolate for breakfast, for 25 days!
The word ‘Advent’ was created from the Latin word ‘coming’. The Advent calendar can be traced back to the 19th century. The calendar begins on the 1st December and it counts down the days until Christmas day. The tradition began when German families in the mid-nineteenth century would tally how many days until Christmas on walls in chalk. They have now evolved over the years from doors sealed with pictures or bible verses behind them, nowadays they include gifts, such as chocolate, alcohol, and makeup, that is hidden behind each door.
Advent chocolate calendars have grown hugely, with most major confectionery companies that now produce an advent calendar each Christmas. They are a perfect little gift to prepare for Christmas time.
Head down to the Bath Christmas market this week, where you will find us in our own little cosy chalet selling our delicious handmade chocolates! The markets open from the 28th November – 15th December, opening times start from 10 am – 7 pm (Mon-Wed), 10 am – 8 pm (Thur – Sat), 10 am – 6 pm (Sun).
This year’s market will include around 150 chalets’, the perfect place to shop small and support independent businesses and pick up some unique Christmas gifts. Choose from jewelry, personalised presents, homeware, decorations for Christmas, and lots more! Not only do they have chalets selling luxury gifts, but they also have a range of festive food chalets selling hog roasts, burgers, treats and lots of wonderful warm drinks to keep you warm. Yes – even mulled wine!
The Telegraph stated that Bath has the best Christmas Market and it is also recognised as one of the top European Christmas markets, so we are proud to be selling our wonderful chocolates at this well kn
It’s getting closer to Christmas, when the chocolate advent calendars come out, when the chocolate yule logs get whipped up and when the chocolate Christmas presents get unwrapped. Who doesn’t love chocolate at Christmas time? You don’t have to feel guilty this Christmas when you indulge in delicious chocolate, because can you believe… there are health benefits from eating it! Check the following benefits:
Chocoholics are the smartest people around! The cocoa in dark chocolate contains antioxidants called flavonoids which can boost brain function. Chocolate is one of the richest natural sources of magnesium, which is essential for brain health. Eating just a small amount can help boost your concentration and alertness.
Chocolate can relieve inflammation. Cocoa is packed with antioxidants that can reduce inflammation. Inflammation can lead to a number of health issues, like headaches and muscle aches.
We all love chocolate because it tastes so yummy! However
Fancy a change from a traditional Christmas? How about trying to bake mince pies with a Christmas twist? Everyone loves chocolate, especially at Christmas time!
Check out this delicious chocolate mince pie recipe:
· 280g plain flour, sifted
· 125g icing sugar, sifted
· 50g cocoa powder, sifted
· pinch salt
· 200g cold butter, diced
· 2 free-range egg yolk
Have you planned any activities to do over winter? How about spending your days, evenings or weekends visiting cosy Christmas markets? Who wouldn’t want to walk around in big warm coats, cosy scarfs, hats and a warm hot chocolate or baileys in your hand? Walking between chalets and stalls, buying lots of artisan, unique Christmas gifts for your family and loved ones.
Looking for inspiration on where to go to see the best Christmas markets in the UK? Have a look at the following, to visit this winter.
Hyde Park – Winter Wonderland
London displays the best Christmas market in the UK, which is located in Hyde Park. It’s a free event, so you have no excuse to not go! The event is from the 21st of November – 5th January. The event is open every day from 10 am to 10 pm! Winter Wonderland is full of Christmas chalets, selling wonderful artisan gifts, they have food and bar stalls, games and rides and much more!
With Christmas getting closer there are many wonderful Christmas markets to visit in and around the UK, check out the following events in the South West area, to enjoy with your loved ones.
Winter Wonderland – Bristol Cribbs Causeway
The wonderful winter wonderland is back again for another year. Bristol’s Cribbs Causeway displays a wonderful Christmas event, which starts from the 16th of November – 5th January. The magical event features Santa’s Enchanted Ice Castle, an ice rink and lots of festive food to enjoy!
Longleat Light Festival
This winter, Longleat is bringing back their light festival from the 9th of November – 5th January. Their grounds are lit with stunning structures, extraordinary creatures and lots more. Not only do they have their light show, but they also have a Santa train, winter safari and they decorate the wonderful Longleat house for Christmas.
Ready for the cold nights when you just don’t want to leave your house, when you just want to tuck yourself under a blanket on the sofa? The main essential you’ll need to ensure you enjoy your night is to get your favourite chocolate! Who would have a cosy night in without chocolate?!
If you are in need of a relaxing night in, chocolate is the best cure for that! We crave chocolate so much, especially as comfort food because it has benefits to the way we feel after eating it! Not only does it have the sweet, melt in the mouth quality that makes it so appealing to us, it also has positive benefits. The smell of chocolate can increase theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation, perfect for those cosy nights in by the fire! Chocolate is addictive, as the sugar contained in it, increases the levels of the mood-boosting neurotransmitters - serotonin and endorphins. It also contains caffeine, which is a known brain booster that can improve mood and concentration, which is perfect whi
Trying to find motivation in this cold, wintery weather? Get yourself warmed up with a hot chocolatey drink this autumn!
Try our wonderful Choc on Choc chocolate-filled espresso cup! Simply heat up the cups in the microwave for 30 seconds, stir well and then heat for another 20 seconds. You can dip your favourite biscuits, treats or even fruit in for an extra delicious taste. Or how about adding warm milk to it to make it into a real hot chocolate, or a shot of espresso for a magical mocha!
We also have our chocolate buttons available on our website that you can use to create a real hot chocolate! If you melt down the chocolate buttons and add some hot milk, mix together and add your favourite toppings to make a wonderful hot chocolate, such as whipped cream, sprinkles, fudge bites and cocoa powder.
If you want to spice it up, how about trying a pumpkin spiced hot chocolate. You can even add our Belgian chocolate buttons to create the base of the hot chocolate!
Can you believe it’s the end of October already?! I hope you all have your Halloween costumes at the ready, and a bowl full of sweets at your front door to hand out to all the trick or treaters.
Are you in need of some fun activities to enjoy with your friends and families on this Halloween night? Check out the following Halloween activities:
Pumpkin Carving Competition:
If you haven’t already carved a pumpkin this Halloween, then get your carving knives, candles and pumpkins out and have some fun with your friends and family. Get into groups and see who can create the scariest pumpkin!
Trick or Treat:
Get your creepiest Halloween costume on, and get walking the streets to scare anyone you see! Remember to take a bag or bucket with you to hide all the delicious candy that you
Thinking of what you are going to do with your left-over pumpkins after Halloween has finished? Why not create something delicious out of the leftovers lying around. Get creative and make delicious double chocolate pumpkin muffins.
Check out this wonderful recipe:
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup white sugar
- ½ cup butter
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
- Add in the eggs, one at a time, beating thoroughly after each addition.
- Add in the pumpkin and vanilla; beat all ingredients until light and airy.
- Whisk tog