Monthly Archives: August 2019

  1. Life just got sweeter, red wine and chocolate pairings!

    Life just got sweeter, red wine and chocolate pairings!

    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

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  2. How to get rid of those pesky chocolate stains?

    How to get rid of those pesky chocolate stains?

    When you work in the Chocolate industry and simply with working with chocolate, in general, is difficult because it just gets everywhere! How on Earth do we stay clean and avoid these stains?! Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate ganache, hot chocolate, tempered chocolate, the chocolate mess is endless! Our choccy aprons have definitely seen better days!

    Not to worry though, here at Choc on Choc we’ll share our top tips on how to get those chocolate stains out!

    Firstly, always remember that persistence and patience is essential for stain removal!

    The basics go something like this… to begin with, make sure that you have put some liquid laundry detergent on to the clothing so that it can soak in. After this just pop it in a cool wash and follow the instructions found on the clothing label. Carry on this process until it disappears! If it doesn’t… then we can try a few other things!

    Washable clothin

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  3. Meet the lovely Jack Russel Ebony…

    Meet the lovely Jack Russel Ebony…

    Whilst Ebony loves the taste of chocolate, it does make her very ill, even if it's just a little bit! I mean, is there anything better than snapping off a chunk of your favorite chocolate and enjoying the melt in the mouth smoothness of chocolate, we don’t blame you, Ebony!

    However, did you know that chocolate poisoning is up there with one of the most common causes of poisoning in dogs, and can lead to illness and even death? If you that your dog may have eaten some chocolate, we would advise that you contact your dogs’ vets immediately!

    Although there are little cases where eating chocolate is fatal, it can result in expensive and serious illnesses!

    So, why is chocolate toxic for dogs?

    There is a chemical called theobromine inside the chocolate, in addition to caffeine! Theobromine is the predominant toxin in chocolate and is very similar to caffeine. You can also find both of these che

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  4. Bath's best afternoon tea

    Bath's best afternoon tea

    It’s National Afternoon Tea Week! The quintessentially English tradition is still as popular as it was in Georgian times, and what better place to go for afternoon tea that in the beautiful city of Bath! Here at Choc on Choc, we love having Bath as our nearest city and we want to share with you the top spots to get your afternoon tea fix!

    1. The Pump Room.

    Famous for being the heart of Bath for hundreds of years, the Pump room is at the top of our afternoon tea list! The Pump Room is renowned for its elegance and for being Bath’s social hub! There is even live music with a resident pianist!

    Morning menu including coffee and baked goods: 10 am – midday. Sparkling brunch menu: 9.30 am – 11.30 am. Lunch menu: Midday – 2 pm. Afternoon tea packages: Midday – close. British bites afternoon tea menu: 2.30 pm-close. Traditional afternoon tea at £27.00 | +£9.50 for a glass of Champagne.

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  5. So, what actually is the difference between dark, milk and white chocolate?!

    So, what actually is the difference between dark, milk and white chocolate?!

    There are so many different types of chocolate in the world that are so easily available to us! It can be a tad confusing working out which is actually which! Due to the rise in popularity of bean to bar chocolate, there is a far-reaching misconception that all dark chocolate is ‘fine’ or ‘craft’. Additionally, it seems as though all milk chocolate is of a lower-tier and jam-packed full of sugar. But it may come as a surprise that this is not always the case. Surprisingly, some dark chocolate can actually contain a less percentage of cacao than a lot of milk chocolate!

    What on Earth is a Cocoa percentage?!

    We’re getting a tad technical now… but in short, the cocoa percentage of a bar can indicate how much of the bar's weight is made of cacao and any by-products of cacao. So, this involves both the beans and the butter!

    This is why it can get confusing, because some chocolate that has the same pe

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  6. London’s best afternoon tea’s

    London’s best afternoon tea’s

    Do you like afternoon tea, well you’re in luck! It’s afternoon tea week next week and here at Choc on Choc we’ve attempted to compile a list of the best spots to go in London, so you know just where to go next week!

    1. Oxo Tower

    You could head up to the traditional restaurant and have the classic version of afternoon tea or you could go to the Brasserie, where they are doing things a bit differently! Here you can get four courses of desserts that have a matching cocktail for each course! Does it get any better?

     Served Monday – Friday 3-5pm, on the weekends 2-4:30 pm | £22 per person | +£11 for a glass of Champagne.

     

    2. Biscuiteers

    The team at Biscuiteers have made all of their best-selling yummy cakes and confection miniature in size and added an afternoon tea menu, featuring them all! Dream of salted caramel brownies and macarons. You can eve

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  7. Choc et al: Frome’s newest choccy hotspot!

    Choc et al: Frome’s newest choccy hotspot!

    For those of you who are familiar with Choc on Choc, will know that we are based in a lovely little village called Rode. For those of you who are not, we are located just outside of a town called Frome which is located a short while away from Bath!

    Well, we’ve got another reason to come down and visit! Get ready to tickle your taste buds with Frome’s newest addition, Choc et al! That’s right, a new chocolate emporium has opened just across the road from us and trust us, it does not disappoint.

    Only 21, Emily Powell is the brains behind the new shop sensation. Emily’s great love of all thing’s chocolate is the inspiration behind her first shop and incredible business! Additionally, this wonderful business is family-run, just like ours!

    Emily works closely with both of her parents to run their independent business. Additionally, they pride themselves on working with local companies such as ours! Making sure they all produce their chocolate ethically and ensuring

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  8. Weird and wonderful fun facts about Chocolate

    Weird and wonderful fun facts about Chocolate

    After carrying out some research around Belgian chocolate for our recent blog post we stumbled across some weird but of course wonderful (because it's to do with chocolate) facts! Here at Choc on Choc, we think that it is absolutely imperative that we share them with you!

    Number 1: Apparently Europeans really do love chocolate!

    The International Cocoa Organisation claims that European’s consume over half the worlds chocolate alone! With Brits, Germans and Swiss eat at least 11kg each per year! Woah!

    Number 2: The chocolate chip cookie was invented by accident!

    Back in 1930, Ruth Wakefield came to a devastating realisation that she had run out baker’s chocolate so decided to chuck in some of her Nestle chocolate into her cookie dough, expecting it to melt in and create chocolate cookies but low and behold the chocolate chip cookie was born! Even better Ruth then sold the idea to Nestle in exchange for a lifetime supply of

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