Monthly Archives: July 2019
The origin of Chocolate
The origins of chocolate can be traced all the way back to Aztec times when they named a bitter drink made out of cacao beans named, “xocoarl”! It is believed that the Aztecs and Mayans thought that the cacao bean possessed magical properties and therefore used the beans for all type’s rituals throughout life. Additionally, many victims of sacrifice were given the cacao drink before the ritual in order to cheer them up.
Chocolate started to become sweeter at the same time the Europeans discovered the Americas. As apparently, Montezuma the Aztec king gladly welcomed the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortes with the most divine and rich offering they had, as the king believed Cortes was a reincarnated god. However, Cortes and his explorers found the bitterness far too much and decided to add some honey and then sweet chocolate was born! They loved it so much that they took the new blend
Whenever you hear about the beautiful country that is Belgium, so many things pop into your mind! From the stunning medieval architecture, or their historic port, world-renowned fashion industry or the famous Belgian beer! Nevertheless, Belgium has a far more delicious association for those of us with a sweet tooth!
Chocolate from Belgium is like Spain’s Paella or Italy’s pizza! World-renowned for being the best of the best from that region. There is no other place in the world where chocolate is most reputable or celebrated as in Belgium. Furthermore, tourists from far and wide favour the chocolate over anything else, yielding thousands of euros every year with their quality and taste!
The chocolate industry in Belgium started long ago in the 17th century when Spanish settler’s introduced chocolate to the wealthy Belgians. These chocolate treats soon became very popular and by the 19th century, chocolate making became a key industry in Belgium! Now,
Our latest blog saw us talk about the essential ingredients of chocolate! Additionally, about the new laws that have come into place and how ingredients will look on our packets from now on! But first, shall we just have a quick recap?
Okay, so to super sum up, we learned that the main ingredients required in chocolate are cocoa either on its own or with sugar (to make dark chocolate). There is also cocoa butter that can be found in both dark and milk chocolates. Additionally, we learned that milk chocolate has a minimum of three ingredients, of course including milk to the standard sugar and cocoa! However, on the other hand, we learned that white chocolate has zero cocoa beans but has cocoa butter instead, along with the milk and sugar.
In this blog post, we are going to focus on the more debated ingredients of chocolate that can be taken or left
So, you have managed to find yourself some quality looking chocolate. The price looks reasonable and the usual vocabulary in its pretty font is clearly plastered over the front but is this all just a charming distraction? We have all been here before, but what is actually in our chocolate?! Fortunately for us all, it is now a mandatory requirement for all foods to have packaging that has a clear and orderly list of all ingredients. Since 2014 and then additionally in 2016, the laws surrounding food ingredient listings became even strict. Furthermore, all allergens have to be listed in bold so that at a quick glance anyone can make an informed decision as to whether to eat it or not. Additionally, it is required that the way the ingredients are listed is just as important. They now have to be in the order of quantity, meaning whatever features in your chocolate the most will be at the top of the list! Hopefully, Cocoa!
Here at Choc on Choc, we thought that it would be informative
With world chocolate day passing recently we thought we’d share with you some of our UK choc hot spots to celebrate! Here at Choc on Choc we love everything chocolate and can’t wait to share with you our UK top chocolate destinations!
For those of you who share our passion for everything chocolate, we thought what better place to start that the UK’s biggest chocolate factory, Cadbury World! Famously known across the world, it’s such a treat that Cadbury still produce their products in Birmingham! Not only do they make everything right on our doorstep but also boast a whole range of chocolate attractions. You can have a fun day with the family whilst having some photos with your Cadbury chocolate heroes! What about popping to the café and grabbing a delicious hot chocolate? However, if you’re looking for something a bit more involved you can take part in the
As teenage tennis sensation Cori Gauff otherwise known as ‘Coco’ continues to stun the audiences of the world and as a company predominantly operated by female’s we thought that here at Choc on Choc we would focus on some of the important roles and achievements that female tennis players have had throughout the history of Wimbledon.
So, where’s better to start than the beginning, the opening of the prestigious tournament known as Wimbledon started in 1877, however this only included men’s singles tournaments. It wasn’t until 1884 (a whopping 7 whole years later) that ladies’ singles were included into the tournament and then it took another 29 years for the tournament to include ladies’ doubles and mixed doubles in 1913!
Once the ladies did get the chance to compete in 1884, the first ever winner of ladies’ singles was Maud Edith Eleanor, at the very young age of 19. Her win came only 3 years into her career of competitive tennis! Impressive!
For her tremendous wi
Everyone who remembers his or her own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.
Every single day in classrooms across the world, thousands of motivated teachers work long hours educating their students, marking homework, preparing lesson plans, leasing with families and co-workers overcoming any obstacles they may face. The work that teachers put in is essential for not only children, but their future, the parents and the community in general. Nevertheless, the rarity of thanks that teachers receive is concerning. That’s why here at Choc on Choc, we wanted to change that so, we’ve designed a line of thank you gifts for our wonderful teachers.
Teachers are often role models, friends and sometimes saviours for our children! Teachers inspire students to have a lifetime thirst for knowledge, they share their values and compassion, demonstrate hard work and the importance of commitment. These are priceless les
Here’s some top tips to help you throw a winning Wimbledon party! Wimbledon is one of those occasions where union jack decorations are a must, so deck the halls with bunting, streamers and anything red, white and blue! Our Choc on Choc Mini Chocolate Duck’s With a Union Jack on them are perfect for this kind of occasion!
Secondly, it’s the unwritten but most important rule of any Wimbledon party that you have to have Pimm’s. However, it’s extremely important to get the recipe spot on! The perfect Pimm’s is 3 parts lemonade to 1-part Pimm’s, garnished with all sorts of slices of orange, lemon, cucumber, strawberries and sprigs of mint.
Now that you’ve found your fantastic food and ordered in more Pimm’s than you can shake a stick at, it’s time to create the perfect decor for your Wimbledon party. What better way to get your mates in the mood th
It’s that time of year again, it’s time for one of the oldest and most prestigious tennis tournaments in the world, Wimbledon!
The much-anticipated start to The Championships 2019 is finally here and spectators are storming the grounds! Whether you’re chilling at Centre court or eagerly watching on the edge of your sofa, Choc on Choc has the perfect chocolate treats to celebrate the biggest highlight of British Summer time!
Here at Choc on Choc we personally think that the best thing about Wimbledon is our tennis ball sized chocolates! Who doesn’t love a solid ball of chocolate? Our chocolate tennis balls feature a gooey marshmallow center that's surrounded in milk chocolate, and an outer layer of white chocolate dyed an