the world of chocolate
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.
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
It's hard to resist the sweet taste of a delicious chocolate cocktail. From boozy milkshakes to sweet martinis, many drink recipes feature chocolate liqueur, chocolate vodka, and other cocoa-laden ingredients. They are tempting, perfect for dessert, and a whole lot of fun.Here's one of our recommendations:
DEATH BY CHOCOLATE MARTINI
Cocoa powder, for rimming
2 parts chocolate liqueur, plus more for rimming
1 part vodka
1 part half-and-half
Add a few tablespoons chocolate liqueur to a small rimmed plate. Add a few tablespoons cocoa powder to another small plate and whisk briefly to break up the lumps. Dip the rim of a martini glass into the liqueur then into the cocoa. Set aside.
Add the chocolate liqueur, vodka, and half-and-half to a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake for a good 20 seconds. Pour into rimmed martini glass.
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
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 smal
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 be