the world of chocolate
Chocolate has now become more adventurous than ever. When would you have ever thought that chocolate and chilli together could work, right? However, all these new trends are working and taste yummy!
January and February are the perfect months for companies to test and trial flavours, to see what flavours will and won’t work. Chocolatiers are all trying to create weird and wonderful ideas, to remain unique in the chocolate industry. Chocolate pairings are becoming more exotic with flavours such as wasabi, soy sauce, mushroom and sweet potato!
A recent chocolate trend on the market is the dark milk chocolate, by mixing the two to get benefits from the taste of milk chocolate and the nutrients from dark chocolate.
The health trend has hit the market, and chocolate companies are enticing people into it by promoting the aspect of taste and health benefits from chocolate – achieving the best of both worlds! They have introduced chocolate flavours such as matcha gre
Ready for the cold nights when you just don’t want to leave your house, when you just want to tuck yourself under a blanket on the sofa? The main essential you’ll need to ensure you enjoy your night is to get your favourite chocolate! Who would have a cosy night in without chocolate?!
If you are in need of a relaxing night in, chocolate is the best cure for that! We crave chocolate so much, especially as comfort food because it has benefits to the way we feel after eating it! Not only does it have the sweet, melt in the mouth quality that makes it so appealing to us, it also has positive benefits. The smell of chocolate can increase theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation, perfect for those cosy nights in by the fire! Chocolate is addictive, as the sugar contained in it, increases the levels of the mood-boosting neurotransmitters - serotonin and endorphins. It also contains caffeine, which is a known brain booster that can improve mood and concentration, which is perfect whi
If you didn’t already know – it’s National Chocolate Week! What a great excuse to be able to eat chocolate all week – yum!
To celebrate this year’s National Chocolate week, we have collaborated with @blondieskitchen to bring you some amazing Unicorn Cookie Cups! You can find these majestical beauties at their pop-up Milk & Cookie Bar at @bicestervillage for one week only and they are the perfect pick me up treat for serious shoppers!
Blondies Kitchen was founded by Chelsie Collins and Kristelle Levy in 2016, Blondies Kitchen is the UK’s first and only Milk & Cookie Bar serving up freshly baked American style cookies, cereal, milk and more. If you can’t make it to Bicester Village you can still buy Blondies Kitchen’s delicious cookie treats on their website.
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!