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  1. Flo storms BBC Business Live

    Flo storms BBC Business Live

    Today Choc on Choc featured on BBC’s live business feature, ‘Inside Track’. This program looks to examine what really goes on in a business and talk about the inner workings of your company. It gives a clearer understanding of rapidly changing markets within the global economy!

    Our chief chocolate lady was lucky enough to be invited to speak on BBC’s live business feature, ‘Inside Track’ this week about how Choc on Choc is livening up the chocolate market. If you didn’t catch it, you can watch it on catch up here or read on to see some of the highlights…

    The Choc on Choc story started in 2003 in a village nr Bath in the UK by a father-daughter team, Kerr Dunlop and Flo Broughton. Our factory currently produces approximately 63,000+ chocolates a week and contribute to the £103 billion global chocolate market. Additionally, Choc on Choc has widened the

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  2. Important chocolate terminology!

    Important chocolate terminology!

    Don’t worry we aren’t here to test your chocolate knowledge, we’re here to help grow it! Here at Choc on Choc we thought that we’d share with you some critical chocolate terminology. However, the chocolate terms and phrases in the chocolate world are, I’m afraid to say, endless. That is why we have condensed our list down to the more important and essential terms!

    So, here is our list of helpful chocolate terms:

    -       Allergens: This means that the product contains no traces of something that cause allergic reactions such as peanuts and gluten!

    -       Bitter/unsweetened chocolate: Chocolate in the form of a liquid is cooled down and shaped into blocks.

    -       Bloom: This causes discolouration to a more whitish-grey colour. This is usually caused by temperature or humidity!

    -       Chocolate liquor: This is the raw material of chocolate.

    -       Cacao beans:

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  3. How should I store my chocolate?

    How should I store my chocolate?

    I’m sure we’ve all been a bit hesitant in thinking where is the best way to store our chocolate! In the fridge, the cupboard or in the naughty chocolate draw at home? Where on Earth is the best place to keep my chocolate fresh and yummy?! Well here at Choc on Choc we have some top tips for storing your chocolate and we’re going to share them with you guys now!

    What do you mean store them? We just scoff our choccy straight away! 99% of the time we agree but you never know, one day you might need to store them and when that time comes, you’ll know exactly how to store them after reading this!

    Tip 1: Do not put it in the fridge!

    Refrigeration isn’t necessary! Chocolate picks up and absorbs many odours, meaning whatever is in the fridge, the chocolate will pick up – not ideal! Does anyone fancy a cheesy bit of choc? We certainly don’t! Additionally, the moisture in the fridge can encourage ‘sugar bloom’, this is where the sugar in the chocolate ris

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  4. Life just got sweeter, red wine and chocolate pairings!

    Life just got sweeter, red wine and chocolate pairings!

    Who loves chocolate?! WE DO! Who loves red wine?! WE DO! As we already know chocolate and red wine are both delicious but are they delicious when put together? This is a long-standing and contentious debate that leaves many people fairly wary when pairing the two together!

    You may think it is just simple to grab a bottle and grab a bar from the shelf, but this can lead to disastrous results for your taste buds! It actually takes a little bit of research and experimentation you get those heavenly matches! Luckily for us all, there are a number of rules or guidelines that we can follow in order to find our perfect chocolate and wine paring!

    First things first, if your chocolate is sweet then you should try to find a wine that has a similar sweetness. If it differs a bit that is absolutely fine, just make sure they aren’t polar opposites!

    The reason for this is that if you get chocolate that is much sweeter than the wine then the bitter flavour from the wine will c

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  5. How to get rid of those pesky chocolate stains?

    How to get rid of those pesky chocolate stains?

    When you work in the Chocolate industry and simply with working with chocolate, in general, is difficult because it just gets everywhere! How on Earth do we stay clean and avoid these stains?! Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, white chocolate, chocolate ganache, hot chocolate, tempered chocolate, the chocolate mess is endless! Our choccy aprons have definitely seen better days!

    Not to worry though, here at Choc on Choc we’ll share our top tips on how to get those chocolate stains out!

    Firstly, always remember that persistence and patience is essential for stain removal!

    The basics go something like this… to begin with, make sure that you have put some liquid laundry detergent on to the clothing so that it can soak in. After this just pop it in a cool wash and follow the instructions found on the clothing label. Carry on this process until it disappears! If it doesn’t… then we can try a few other things!

    Washable clothin

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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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