Chocolate really does grow on trees! Although not as lovely the chocolate bars wrapped to perfection that we know and love, it actually comes from cocao seeds that grow in tropical rainforests. Chocolate was originally made to be used as a medicinal drink and was actually savoury in the early days too, something chocolate lovers now would not even recognise! Today you can get chocolate in almost any flavour, colour and shape you can think of!
Today, cacao plants are cultivated in rainforest habitats throughout the tropics. Cacao trees thrive in tropical climates, with interestingly, a lot of shade! The average cacao tree produces up to two thousand pods a year. The pods produce a sweet white paste that is used in drinks, encased in the paste are the actual cacoa seeds. The seeds, unlike the paste, are incredibly bitter, and pretty unpalatable. Not at all like the chocolate that comes from them. It makes you wonder how humans stum
There are four basic food groups in this world: milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, and chocolate truffles!
Chocolate is a staple in any sane person's diet and it is definitely a delicacy that no one can refuse. Since the first-ever bar hit the shops chocolate has come on leaps and bounds. One particular type of chocolate we are very fond of here at Choc on Choc is the chocolate truffle! Chocolate truffles were invented in Chambery, France, their name was coined after the resemblance they share with mushroom truffles and the word ‘truffle’ actually comes from a Latin word meaning ‘Lump’.
Chocolate truffles can come in almost any flavour you can dream of! A popular truffle flavouring is alcohol (we won’t say no), with tipples such as brandy and whiskey. Other filling combinations may include ganache mixed with caramel, nuts, and fruit.
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