With Christmas almost upon us, we thought it only right to share with you our 5 favourite Christmas traditions and how where they originated from.
London sweet-maker Tom Smith invented Christmas crackers in the late 1840s, inspired by traditional, paper-wrapped French bonbons. Even though he included mottos or riddles inside each, it was not until he found a way to make them “crack” when pulled apart that sales took off. His sons Tom, Walter and Henry later added hats and novelty gifts (we prefer chocolate in ours!)
The Christmas tree
While Christmas trees have been around for a millennium in northern Europe, the first one did not appear in the UK until the 1830s. When Prince Albert put up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1841, he started what became an evergreen trend.
Turkeys originated in Mexico and were first b
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
- Eating smal
We are still in a little bit of shock that we have actually been in business for 15 years! This is a momentous milestone for us and a journey full of ups and downs. Founded in 2003 by father/daughter duo, Kerr Dunlop and Flo Broughton, the business has grown from a tiny team of three to an award-winning independent business.
Here’s a timeline of how we got there…
2003 – Chocolate on Chocolate launched, Flo one of our founders spent all of her student loan to buy chocolate machines whilst studying Graphic Design at UE.
2004 – The year our website launched (it looked a lot different to the way it does now). We also started supplying stores such as Topshop, John Lewis and Harrods (Flo even did the deliveries herself) oh and this was also the year she met Michael (her future husband).
2005 – A big year for the company, we began to take on more corporate clients and launched our wedding chocolates which be
Did you know that there is a range of superb hotels aimed specifically at chocolate lovers? This is also news to us and something we deem incredibly important, we haven’t had the chance to sample any yet (it’s on our to-do list) however we thought we would bring you a round up of 4 of the best hotels for chocolate lovers and the delicious experiences they have to offer.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat (St. Lucia)
The founders of the British chocolate line Hotel Chocolat bought St. Lucia’s oldest cocoa estate, a 140-acre working plantation surrounded by rainforest and transformed it into a hotel. Complete with an onsite Cocoa Juvenate Spa, the antioxidant power of the cacao bean has been harnessed to offer guests treatments like facials, exfoliating scrubs, and mani-pedis.
Jade Mountain (St. Lucia)
Jade Mountain gives chocolate lovers an inside look at how this delicious treat is made using coc
We all know that chocolate is high in fat, which more often than not makes us form the opinion that it is bad for us. However various studies have shown that this delicious treat has multiple benefits which will have us all reaching for the nearest bar!
1. It's good for the heart and circulation
2. Its mineral-rich, dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc, and selenium
3. It's good for your skin, the flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage
4. Chocolate is good for the brain, flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
5. Chocolate makes you feel better Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you fe