As you know, chocolate runs through our veins here at Choc on Choc HQ. We are always up for trying anything chocolate related, no matter how weird or wonderful! Chocolate is the go-to treat for millions across the world, and with good reason. The typically sweet item is the number one flavouring for donuts, cakes, ice cream, anything you can think of! There are some interesting chocolate combinations however, that may not be so familiar. Would you dare to try these unusual chocolate combinations or will you stick to Choc on Choc?
Chocolate Covered Jalapeno Peppers Recipe
Chocolate Bacon Sticks
Chocolate and Parmesan Cake
Chocolate “broccoli” cookies
Mother’s Day is as good as an excuse as any to go out for a spot of brunch. But where to go?! We have whittled down the top 5 brunch spots to book your Mother’s Day reservation in and around the Bath area.
When Mother’s Day comes around we always find ourselves reflecting on how much our mother’s do for us every single day. Always there for us when we hurt ourselves, to ring in emergencies and to give a simple hug at the end of a stressful day.
That’s why to celebrate the women in our lives this Mother's Day giving one lucky winner the chance to win this wonderful array of treats. We have teamed up with our friends at Wild About Flowers, Josie Mitchell Jewellery, Nora Wright illustration, Woolley Grange hotel, Susie Watson, Hotch Potch and Silver Lantern tea to provide this special giveaway.
Here’s what you could win...
A bouquet of flowers from Wild About Flowers
A pair of angel earrings from Josie Mitchell Jewellery
A personalised family illustration by Nora Wright
A Honey Bee’s Round Teapot from Susie Watson
A stationary set worth £50
We are so excited to be collaborating with Selfridges, London for the launch of our own Belgian chocolate fruit and veg patch. Running from 11th - 23rd March 2019 Selfridges customers will be able to visit Choc on Choc’s rustic wooden Garden Cart in the Foodhall and pick ‘n mix their five favourite fruit and vegetables from an array of Greengrocer’s classics in pure Belgian chocolate, bringing a new meaning to “getting your five-a-day”
The Pop-Up will allow consumers to forage, berry-pick and harvest a selection of their favourite fresh fruit and veg staples in a traditional punnet: from crunchy sweetcorn, to marvellous mushrooms and red onion, crisp bundles of asparagus, florets of broccoli and cauliflower, sweet strawberries, grapes and bananas.
A single punnet containi
Despite being surrounded by chocolate all day, its one of those foods that always hits the spot and could quite easily be devoured at any point in the day, breakfast, lunch or supper is all perfectly acceptable. But chocolate is one of those foods that is propelled to another level when paired correctly with another fine food.
White chocolate can be the most challenging due to its subtle flavour, here’s a list of our favourite things to try it with!
Sea salt caramel
To celebrate National Chocolate Week (15th-21st October 2018) we've collaborated with Japanese street food and sushi restaurant YO! Sushi at Selfridges to launch the UK’s first handmade sushi maki rolls made entirely from chocolate. Diners at YO! Sushi branches in Selfridges London, Manchester and Birmingham will be able to grab this special four-piece sushi set of Chocolate Maki Rolls from the restaurant’s famous ‘kaiten’ conveyor belt for £3.80 throughout National Chocolate Week.
Our delicious Chocolate Maki Rolls offer diners the perfect pud for their sushi experience and are handmade with the finest Belgian chocolate, with the creamy white chocolate replicating the sushi rice along with a delicious dark chocolate centre.
To get your hands on one of our Chocolate Maki Rolls, head down to one of the participating YO! Sushi restaurants in Selfridges London, Manchester and Birmingham branches from Monday 15th ti
In Britain, we eat an estimated 660,900 tonnes of chocolate a year, an average of 11kg per person per year. This equates to about 3 bars a week, but have you ever stopped to think where all this chocolate comes from?
Cocoa is the essential ingredient when making chocolate, it originates from the seeds (cocoa beans) of the cocoa fruits (cocoa pods), which grow on cocoa trees. The production of cocoa begins in the tropical regions around the Equator, where the hot and humid climate is well suited for growing cocoa trees. Just over 70% of the world’s cocoa beans come from four West African countries: Ivory Coast, Ghana, Nigeria, and Cameroon. The Ivory Coast and Ghana are by far the two largest producers of cocoa: together they cultivate more than half of the world´s cocoa.
The top four countries responsible for the production of chocolate are the United States, Germany, Switzerland, and Belgium. According to Statista, Western Europe accounts for approximately 35% of to
Chocolate comes in all shapes and sizes, but how much would you be willing to pay for a nibble this world-renowned tasty treat? According to the Guinness book of records the most expensive chocolate in the world has been created by Portuguese Chocolatier Daniel Gomez. Costing a staggering $9489 this decadent chocolate known as ‘Glorious’ comes covered in edible gold and is made from the most precious ingredients in Liera, at Daniel’s Chocolate. It is filled with carefully sourced black Valrhona chocolate, saffron filaments, Périgord white truffle, white truffle oil, Madagascar vanilla and gold flakes, along with a very special unknown ingredient.
‘Glorious’ was recently exhibited in Óbidos, Portugal under the watchful eyes of security. But don’t worry if you missed it, this delicate beauty is available to purchase in a handful of countries such as Russia, Angola and Argentina however (in only 1000 limited editions of course!). This luxurious chocolate comes in a black lacque
Chocolate is enjoyed by millions around the world, here are some interesting and unusual facts that caught us by surprise!
1. Chocolate was used as currency
In Mayan times the cocoa bean was used as a form of currency as it was considered to be worth more than gold dust. The cultivation of the beans was therefore restricted so the value of cocoa beans as money would not go down.
2. White chocolate isn't real chocolate
In order to be classified as real chocolate, a product has to contain cocoa solids or cocoa liquor, white "chocolate" does not and contains cocoa butter instead.
3. The chocolate chip cookie was invented by accident
In 1930 a woman called Ruth Wakefield mixed broken pieces of Nestle chocolate into her cookie dough instead of baker's chocolate, expecting the chocolate
It’s no surprise that we love chocolate (of course we should do as we make it all day long!). So, we were just as shocked as you are likely to be upon hearing this…but did you know that indulging in this delicious sweet treat when anxiety is getting on top of you can actually help you lose weight (providing you chose the right one of course!)
Dark chocolate is the way forward here choose chocolate that is 70% cocoa or higher, and aim for one that has no milk solid. The lighter kinds are crammed full with sugar and lack significantly in cocoa bean (the ingredient that supplies all the health benefits).
So, how exactly does eating chocolate keep your weight in check? Here’s the science part…
- Chocolate actually contains fiber which is helpful in keeping your appetite under control
- A little sweet treat on occasion can help keep those cravings in check and allow you to follow your weight-loss plan, therefore, cutting cravings
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