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 total wo
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 small a
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 bec
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 cocoa
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 feel
We are beyond excited to be collaborating with the Marriott Park Lane Hotel for National Chocolate Week (13th-19th August). We will be launching the UK’s first deliciously decadent ‘choc swap’ afternoon tea set made entirely of chocolate with a selection available exclusively at the London Lanes of London restaurant.
Guests will be able to indulge in all of their favourite traditional afternoon elements, but some of these have been swapped out for their lifelike chocolate counterparts.
Priced at £39.50 per person, the bespoke afternoon tea features a selection of Lanes of London’s delicious finger sandwiches, scones and pastries alongside our very own chocolate cucumber sandwiches, chocolate digestive biscuits and chocolate custard creams that look just like the real thing. The real showstopper is the chocolate scone, which oozes jam when you slice through the middle and each part of the chocolat
Chocolate is our number one love and there are a number of reasons why chocolate is so popular. One of those reasons is the fact that chocolate is such a versatile product and can be paired with a range of different textures and flavours. From savoury to sweet, there are so many different ways that chocolate can be enhanced. Milk chocolate is sweeter than other and is therefore more suitable for use with other sweet flavours such as caramel, honey or butterscotch.
It can also work well with the following:
Smoked black tea
Or how about trying one of these unusual pairings:
Summer holidays are in full swing now! If you always end up doing the same thing every year with the children and want to try something a little different, then look no further. We’ve put together a list of our top 10 things to do.
1. Plant a butterfly garden with flowers
2. Find an open-air movie – these are popping up all over the place, there a great way to entertain the kids for an hour and get some fresh air, all at the same time it’s a win, win!
3. Take a nap in a hammock – we can all dream!
4. Have a water fight – create some wonderful memories, throw caution to the wind and forget about the mess for a while
5. Make some chocolate lollipops – our Make & Melt Kits are perfect for an afternoon of fun on a rainy day, create your own mini zoo in the kitchen
6. Go to a festival – there are so many family-friendly festivals at the moment, parents shouldn't have all the fun, l