Monthly Archives: July 2018
Its National Avocado Day and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious chocolate and avocado cookies recipe (taken from Jamie)
1 ripe avocado (when it’s skinned and de-seeded we need around 100g)
1 large free-range egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp xanthan gum (optional – without this, your cookie will be crumblier)
1 tsp baking soda
150g light brown soft sugar (or caster sugar)
50g cocoa powder
pinch of salt
50g gluten-free flour (any combination of the following flours will work – standard gluten-free flour, rice flour, gram flour, quinoa flour)
100g roughly-chopped dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa solids should always be dairy free, but check the packet)
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4 and line a baking tray/sheet with parchment paper. Scoop your avocado into a large bowl
You’d be mistaken if you thought you needed to go all the way to Belgium to have a chocolate-filled holiday this year. In fact, you can pretty much stay on your doorstep and see some of the UK’s chocolate hotspots.
Cadbury World, nestled in the picturesque village of Bourneville in Birmingham, is a place steeped in history. The world’s oldest chocolate bar came from the makers of Cadbury, in fact. Here, you can take photos with your favourite Cadbury mascots and go on the Chocolatier Experience to see behind the scenes.
York’s Chocolate Story
Sitting right in the centre of this historic city is three floors of chocolate heaven. Taste some chocolate, learn all about how to make and taste it. York is a city built on the chocolate industry, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Cocoa Bean Company, Lake District
If you find yourself up on one of the country’s most picturesque places, you’ll have to schedule i
It’s all well and good eating chocolate – but what do you really know about your favourite food? Here are some surprising titbits to impress people with at your next dinner party. Or, you know, quick sandwich in the office canteen.
Did you know that you can tell the quality of a piece of chocolate just by listening to the sound it makes? Not when it’s just unwrapped and sitting there, of course – but when you break it. Chocolate with a higher cocoa butter content will have a snappier snap, whereas cheaper chocolate, which has more vegetable oil, will be a bit quieter.
How many trees (and insects) we eat
Europeans are well known for their love of chocolate; we have all the best chocolate capitals, including Belgium, Switzerland, and France. But in Britain alone, we’re especially big fans. The average Brit gets through 187 chocolate bars every year.
It takes 400 cocoa beans to make just one pound of chocolate, and
It’s that time of year again when school winds down and the summer holidays begin. If you’re looking for the perfect gift to say thank you to a teacher at the end of the school year, look no further than our chocolate gifts.
Here are some of our most popular, most scrumptious gifts for teachers this year.
Treat your favourite teacher to our selection of nine white Belgian chocolate chocolates. And just to get extra points, the chocolates spell out ‘Thank you’, complete with a cute mini chocolate daisy. Each chocolate has been lovingly handmade by the Choc on Choc experts.
We all know that coffee is a teachers’ best friend, so why not treat them to our dark chocolate-covered coffee beans?
Aside from the constant threat of wasp stings, sandy sandwiches, and sweat patches, one of the biggest challenges of summer is keeping your chocolate from melting.
Sure, melted chocolate is basically the closest thing most of us can get to liquid gold. But sometimes it’s nice to keep our chocolate intact. So how do we do it when everything around us is melting? Here are a few well-tried methods, so you can enjoy your chocolate intact and as it was intended.
Ignore everything you’ve ever been told and do eat straight from the fridge
There’s a certain stigma attached to standing in front of an open fridge and picking food from it. We blame romcoms. But sometimes, you need to do the unthinkable in order to enjoy your chocolate. We’re talking fridge door wide open, unashamed, eating straight from the fridge as you stare into its abyss.
Cooler bags are your best friend
Whether you’re packing for a picnic or a normal day in the office,
It’s holiday season – but who just wants to go and sit by the pool when you can visit some of the best chocolate destinations?
Chocolate is enjoyed and produced all over the world – here are some of the best places to visit if you want to take your love of chocolate on holiday with you this year.
Otherwise known as the country where milk chocolate was invented, Switzerland is heaving with amazing chocolate. You can visit a number of factories amongst the beautiful countryside, where you can watch the production, and learn about chocolate’s history in the country.
Brussels, in particular, is the place to visit. The capital city is often called the “Chocolate Capital of the World” and is filled to the brim with chocolate shops (more chocolatiers per square foot than in any other city in the world, apparently). Brussels is also home to two of the biggest chocolate companies on the planet, Godiva, and Leonidas – a
Chocolate spread will never get old. Here at Choc on Choc, we love slathering it on warm toast all year round – so here’s a little recipe (taken from Jamie Oliver) to get you through the last slices from that loaf of bread.
Spread 40g of hazelnuts evenly on a baking tray and cook at 200ºC/400ºF/gas 6 for 10 minutes until golden, then leave them to cool completely.
Place the cooled nuts in a blender with 100g of golden caster sugar and blitz until you get a fairly smooth paste. Then, break up 450g of quality dark chocolate, at least 70% cocoa solids, into a medium heatproof bowl, and rest over a pan of simmering water on a medium heat. Stir until melted, then add in 225ml of double cream and 100g of unsalted butter.
Stir until the mixture is smooth and combined, then fold in 1 big pinch of sea salt and the hazelnut paste you made earlier. Divide the spread into sterilised jars, and you can store it for a few weeks in the fridge. Now get some bread in that toas
The best chocolate combinations
Chocolate is our number one love, of course, but we can’t deny that it works really well with other foods, flavours, and textures, too.
And others are cottoning on to the powerful combination powers of chocolate. In the news this month, New Zealand craft beer brand, Garage Project, is making a limited edition chocolate beer in Australia. And it got us thinking about our favourite things to eat with our chocolate for twice the indulgence.
We are thrilled to have been featured on ITV's This Morning with Phil & Holly on a segment about the Perfect Teachers Gift.
The nations favourite duo agreed that giving flowers is a thing of the past and had an interesting range of alternative gifts (although we're not too sure about the pork scratchings here at Choc on Choc HQ!).
So whether you’re looking for a more luxurious upgrade to your favourite teacher’s end-of-term present, or you just really want to say 'thank you very much' to your favourite teacher, we have that perfect chocolate gift.
Afterall who doesn't love biscuits and of course chocolate!