Have you ever wondered why trick or treating exists, and where it originated from? Well, during the ninth century, in Ireland, people got involved in a tradition called ‘guising’, which was an event to get dressed up in costumes and accept offerings from households they would visit. The children would sing a song, tell a joke, or perform a form of a ‘trick’ in exchange for gifts.
The trick or treat tradition then evolved in the United States back in the 1920s. Children were handed lots of gifts to them, such as nuts, coins, toys, and handmade cakes. As trick or treating became more widespread across America, in the 1950s candy manufacturers realised the opportunities and began to promote their products for Halloween. Trick or treating became popular and sweets or candy (as it's known in the USA) became a bigger offering. Halloween is still a tradition in which we like to show off frightening, gruesome costumes, and collect lots of delicious treats!
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Who is ready for Halloween? In this cold, rainy weather no one wants to leave their cozy homes. If you are looking for inspiration to get you out and about and have some fun this Halloween, check out these events that are local in the southwest area.
Cheddar Gorge – A Halloween Tale
Head over to Cheddar gorge for Halloween as they have The Natural Theatre Company setting up a Halloween Tale. They have some infamous characters who have taken up residence in the Gough’s Cave. They are giving you the responsibility to help the detective duo solve this mystery. Would you be able to solve it?
They have warned that you have to be prepared to crack the conundrum as you discover all of what is in Gough’s Cave. There will be some famous characters hiding in the chambers and they may have some answers for you that help you solve the case.
Head over to their website to get 15% off the ticket price.
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If you didn’t already know – it’s National Chocolate Week! What a great excuse to be able to eat chocolate all week – yum!
To celebrate this year’s National Chocolate week, we have collaborated with @blondieskitchen to bring you some amazing Unicorn Cookie Cups! You can find these majestical beauties at their pop-up Milk & Cookie Bar at @bicestervillage for one week only and they are the perfect pick me up treat for serious shoppers!
Blondies Kitchen was founded by Chelsie Collins and Kristelle Levy in 2016, Blondies Kitchen is the UK’s first and only Milk & Cookie Bar serving up freshly baked American style cookies, cereal, milk and more. If you can’t make it to Bicester Village you can still buy Blondies Kitchen’s delicious cookie treats on their website.
Halloween is around the corner so why don’t you try something different this autumn, and create a perfect pumpkin pie! Now it’s getting colder, it’s time to make some delicious desserts to keep us warm this autumn.
Let’s get started then…
- 750g/1lb 10oz pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, deseeded and cut into chunks
- 350g sweet shortcrust pastry
- Plain flour, for dusting
- 140g caster sugar
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp fresh nutmeg grated
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 eggs beaten
- 25g butter melted
- 175ml milk
- 1 tbsp icing sugar
- lace the pumpkin in a large saucepan, cover with water and bring to the boil. Cover with a lid and simmer for 15 mins or until tender. Drain pumpkin; let cool
- Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured surface and
Our sweet-toothed company, Choc on Choc has reached its 16th birthday, and over the years we have seen it rise like a perfectly proved loaf. So, we thought that it would be fitting that our celebrations included a CAKE-OFF!
Our charming challenge saw the staff of Choc on Choc decorate a cake for our super sweet 16! That’s right, today we have fought through piping, perspiration, and soggy-bottoms!
Every year, September welcomes Choc on Choc’s birthday and this year is our 16th, so we’ve decided to go all out on our celebrations. As our cake off is one of our last celebrations this year we really have gone for it! If you head over to the highlight section in our stories, you can see for yourself!
Luckily, our factory has three main rooms so to decide on teams, we kept it simple and split us all into the three different rooms, office, packing and making teams. Each team was then given a three-tiered cake and the only rules to ad
Have you got a special occasion coming up? Well, forget your standard cake or present! The new way to celebrate is to get your hands on one of our “smash-boxes”. For our sweet 16th birthday we have created some GIANT custard creams in the form of a smash-box!
So, what is a smash-box I hear you say? A smash box is a large chocolate structure that has lots of goodies inside! For our sweet 16th birthday we decided to make our smash boxes in the form of a giant custard cream, so essentially you have to ‘smash’ the giant custard cream to get into the goodies in the center. A little wooden mallet comes with it, to make sure you get the correct smash effect! Smash away to reveal a sumptuous amount of sweets and let’s just say that grace and cleanliness is not what a smash-box is about.
A Smash-box really is a creative way of showing a special person how loved they are, as this three-dimensional edible and hollow custard cream contains a whole h
Today Choc on Choc featured on BBC’s live business feature, ‘Inside Track’. This program looks to examine what really goes on in a business and talk about the inner workings of your company. It gives a clearer understanding of rapidly changing markets within the global economy!
Our chief chocolate lady was lucky enough to be invited to speak on BBC’s live business feature, ‘Inside Track’ this week about how Choc on Choc is livening up the chocolate market. If you didn’t catch it, you can watch it on catch up here or read on to see some of the highlights…
The Choc on Choc story started in 2003 in a village nr Bath in the UK by a father-daughter team, Kerr Dunlop and Flo Broughton. Our factory currently produces approximately 63,000+ chocolates a week and contribute to the £103 billion global chocolate market. Additionally, Choc on Choc has widened the
Don’t worry we aren’t here to test your chocolate knowledge, we’re here to help grow it! Here at Choc on Choc we thought that we’d share with you some critical chocolate terminology. However, the chocolate terms and phrases in the chocolate world are, I’m afraid to say, endless. That is why we have condensed our list down to the more important and essential terms!
So, here is our list of helpful chocolate terms:
- Allergens: This means that the product contains no traces of something that cause allergic reactions such as peanuts and gluten!
- Bitter/unsweetened chocolate: Chocolate in the form of a liquid is cooled down and shaped into blocks.
- Bloom: This causes discolouration to a more whitish-grey colour. This is usually caused by temperature or humidity!
- Chocolate liquor: This is the raw material of chocolate.
- Cacao beans:
I’m sure we’ve all been a bit hesitant in thinking where is the best way to store our chocolate! In the fridge, the cupboard or in the naughty chocolate draw at home? Where on Earth is the best place to keep my chocolate fresh and yummy?! Well here at Choc on Choc we have some top tips for storing your chocolate and we’re going to share them with you guys now!
What do you mean store them? We just scoff our choccy straight away! 99% of the time we agree but you never know, one day you might need to store them and when that time comes, you’ll know exactly how to store them after reading this!
Tip 1: Do not put it in the fridge!
Refrigeration isn’t necessary! Chocolate picks up and absorbs many odours, meaning whatever is in the fridge, the chocolate will pick up – not ideal! Does anyone fancy a cheesy bit of choc? We certainly don’t! Additionally, the moisture in the fridge can encourage ‘sugar bloom’, this is where the sugar in the chocolate ris
Who loves chocolate?! WE DO! Who loves red wine?! WE DO! As we already know chocolate and red wine are both delicious but are they delicious when put together? This is a long-standing and contentious debate that leaves many people fairly wary when pairing the two together!
You may think it is just simple to grab a bottle and grab a bar from the shelf, but this can lead to disastrous results for your taste buds! It actually takes a little bit of research and experimentation you get those heavenly matches! Luckily for us all, there are a number of rules or guidelines that we can follow in order to find our perfect chocolate and wine paring!
First things first, if your chocolate is sweet then you should try to find a wine that has a similar sweetness. If it differs a bit that is absolutely fine, just make sure they aren’t polar opposites!
The reason for this is that if you get chocolate that is much sweeter than the wine then the bitter flavour from the wine will c