the world of chocolate
Our sweet-toothed company, Choc on Choc has reached its 16th birthday, and over the years we have seen it rise like a perfectly proved loaf. So, we thought that it would be fitting that our celebrations included a CAKE-OFF!
Our charming challenge saw the staff of Choc on Choc decorate a cake for our super sweet 16! That’s right, today we have fought through piping, perspiration, and soggy-bottoms!
Every year, September welcomes Choc on Choc’s birthday and this year is our 16th, so we’ve decided to go all out on our celebrations. As our cake off is one of our last celebrations this year we really have gone for it! If you head over to the highlight section in our stories, you can see for yourself!
Luckily, our factory has three main rooms so to decide on teams, we kept it simple and split us all into the three different rooms, office, packing and making teams. Each team was then given a three-tiered cake and the only rules to ad
Have you got a special occasion coming up? Well, forget your standard cake or present! The new way to celebrate is to get your hands on one of our “smash-boxes”. For our sweet 16th birthday we have created some GIANT custard creams in the form of a smash-box!
So, what is a smash-box I hear you say? A smash box is a large chocolate structure that has lots of goodies inside! For our sweet 16th birthday we decided to make our smash boxes in the form of a giant custard cream, so essentially you have to ‘smash’ the giant custard cream to get into the goodies in the center. A little wooden mallet comes with it, to make sure you get the correct smash effect! Smash away to reveal a sumptuous amount of sweets and let’s just say that grace and cleanliness is not what a smash-box is about.
A Smash-box really is a creative way of showing a special person how loved they are, as this three-dimensional edible and hollow custard cream contains a whole h
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
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:
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
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
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!
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
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.
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