Monthly Archives: June 2018

  1. How to taste chocolate like the professionals

    How to taste chocolate like the professionals

    Whether you’re a melt-on-the-tongue or chew-straight-away kind of chocolate-eater, we all enjoy our chocolate differently. But have you ever tried to taste it like the professionals?

    Just like wine and cheese, good quality chocolate is a complex food that deserves all of our attention. There are so many things that alter the flavour, from the cocoa bean to the final moments before it gets packaged up, ready to catch your eye on the shelf.

    Here are a few tips to try it yourself at home with some good quality, high cocoa content chocolate.

    Before you even come to eat the chocolate, make sure it’s been stored in a cool, dry place (but not the fridge).

    Then, resist all temptation and just look at your chocolate. The perfect piece should be glossy and smooth, free of bubbles, cracks or pale streaks (this happens when cocoa butter isn’t mixed in properly).

    Before you take a first bite, make sure you haven’t had any strong flavours recently, like garlic

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  2. Tips on how to melt chocolate

    Tips on how to melt chocolate

    Whether you’re baking, or you simply fancy having some melted chocolate just because, there are two main methods to doing this. But melting chocolate is a fine art – so here are some tips.

    The first method is melting chocolate over the hob, using boiling water. For this, you’ll need a saucepan filled with a few inches of simmering water, with a bowl floating on top (not touching the pan). Break the chocolate into very small pieces to ensure it melts evenly.

    The trick here is to make sure no water gets into the mixture, and to keep the heat low. Make sure you keep stirring the mixture, as chocolate is deceiving, and is usually more melted than it first appears.

    The second method is to melt your chocolate in the microwave. For this, you’ll need to ensure you have a sturdy microwavable container, such as a bowl, that keeps relatively cool upon heating. 

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  3. We love chocolate more than savoury food

    We love chocolate more than savoury food

    If you’ve ever wondered which would win in a fight, between a slab of chocolate or a ham sandwich, wonder no longer. Science has the answers.

    In a study published last week in the Cell Metabolism journal, scientists found that chocolate would be the clear winner.

    Researchers asked volunteers were asked to put monetary bids on a variety of different foods, and found that they placed higher bids on things like cake, chocolate and sugary treats over savoury snacks like cheese and crackers.

    This, they concluded, shows that we value foods higher in fat and carbohydrates, and this effect is caused by our central reward system in our brain. In other words, getting chocolate as a gift for your loved ones will make you look even more generous! 

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  4. The best of Choc on Choc’s truffles

    The best of Choc on Choc’s truffles

    We love a good chocolate truffle here at Choc on Choc, and we know we’re not alone. Crisp chocolate shells encasing a gooey, melt-on-the-tongue chocolate centre – what’s not to love?

    Here are some of our favourite Choc on Choc truffles, not that we’re trying to tempt you…

    Chocolate Truffle Selection Box

    Our delicious selection box is perfect for those who just can’t bring themselves to pick one type of truffle.

    Our box of nine truffles contains three of our most delicious truffles: salted caramel, triple chocolate brownie and strawberry champagne. Not only will your tastebuds be treat to three deliciously different fillings, but we’ve also made sure to give you a selection of white, milk and dark chocolate, too.

    Salted caramel chocolate truffles

    Our s

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  5. One great reason to the gift of chocolate

    One great reason to the gift of chocolate

    One of life’s fundamental truths is that people with chocolate are the most popular. And now there’s scientific evidence to prove it.

    Giving a student a chocolate cookie has a been found to have a huge impact on how students feel about their teachers, according to new research.

    The study, to be published in the journal Medical Education, found that tutors who gave their university students chocolate cookies scored significantly better in evaluation surveys than those who were given nothing.

    These cookie-giving tutors were also rated as having better teaching materials, and their overall scores for the quality of their course were better.

    The researchers said that their findings might just give teachers new ideas if they want to improve their evaluation scores using “food-related interventions”. I.e. giving them chocolate.

    So the motto of all thi

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  6. Chocolate milkshake recipes

    Chocolate milkshake recipes

    If the summer heat is leaving you desperate to cool down, but you also want chocolate, we’ve got you covered with some of the best chocolate milkshake recipes. Because summer is too short not to spend it drinking chocolate milkshakes.

     The original

    This BBC recipe combines hazelnuts and chocolate for a delicious nutty, chocolatey drink.

    Start by loading the back of a teaspoon with some hazelnut chocolate spread and spread it on the inside of a sundae glass in a thin layer. Put the remaining teaspoon of spread in a saucepan and heat on a low heat until runny.

    In the meantime, put 250ml semi-skimmed milk and 2 scoops chocolate ice cream in a blender and whizz until smooth. Top with a layer of marshmallows and drizzle on the melted spread, sprinkling on a few toasted hazelnuts to finish.

     Peanut butter chocolate milkshake

    If you want something a bit

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  7. The best Choc on Choc summer gifts

    The best Choc on Choc summer gifts

    Summer is finally here, and if you’re looking for some chocolatey goodness to gift to your loved ones, you’re in luck. We have a delicious selection of summery chocolates in store for you. Here are just some of the highlights.

     

    Chocolate Tennis Balls

    We have the perfect gift for the sport-lover in your life: our delicious chocolate tennis balls. Made with solid white and milk Belgian chocolate, and filled with a sumptuous marshmallow centre, these balls come twos (like all the best things). And they come complete in a ring-pull can, just for extra authenticity.

     

    Cocktail Chocolate Lollies

    These four fine specimens are the perfect summery gift for any chocolate and cocktail-lover. Our beautiful choc-tail lollies are h

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  8. This is how much chocolate we really eat

    This is how much chocolate we really eat

    We are a nation obsessed. A new survey has revealed how much chocolate we Brits get through, and the results have made us beam with pride.

    The average Brit gets through an impressive 1.5 tonnes of chocolate in their lives, which is worth more than £12,000, according to a new study by savings site VoucherCodes.

     

    According to their survey of 2,000 UK adults, we tuck into 7,004 bars over our lifetime, including 1,642 dark, 1,425 white and 3,934 milk chocolate, as well as 104 Easter Eggs, 668 slices of chocolate cake,  8,719 chocolate biscuits and cookies, and 3,000 mugs of hot chocolate.

    It’s no wonder, then, that four in 10 Brits admit to being a chocoholic. But we’re also a generous bunch; nine in 10 said they’re willing to share a box of chocolates. That said, we’re also a sneaky bunch. A w

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