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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Changing Chocolate Trends

    Changing Chocolate Trends

    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

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  8. Belgian chocolate: A short but sweet history

    Belgian chocolate: A short but sweet history

    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,

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  9. What’s Really in My Chocolate? The Non-Essentials

    What’s Really in My Chocolate? The Non-Essentials

    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

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  10. What’s Really in My Chocolate? The essentials

    What’s Really in My Chocolate? The essentials

    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

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