the world of chocolate

  1. What’s Really in My Chocolate? The essentials

    What’s Really in My Chocolate? The essentials

    So, you have managed to find yourself some quality looking chocolate. The price looks reasonable and the usual vocabulary in its pretty font is clearly plastered over the front but is this all just a charming distraction? We have all been here before, but what is actually in our chocolate?! Fortunately for us all, it is now a mandatory requirement for all foods to have packaging that has a clear and orderly list of all ingredients. Since 2014 and then additionally in 2016, the laws surrounding food ingredient listings became even strict. Furthermore, all allergens have to be listed in bold so that at a quick glance anyone can make an informed decision as to whether to eat it or not. Additionally, it is required that the way the ingredients are listed is just as important. They now have to be in the order of quantity, meaning whatever features in your chocolate the most will be at the top of the list! Hopefully, Cocoa!

    Here at Choc on Choc, we thought that it would be

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  2. Chocolate hotspots around the UK!

    Chocolate hotspots around the UK!

    With world chocolate day passing recently we thought we’d share with you some of our UK choc hot spots to celebrate! Here at Choc on Choc we love everything chocolate and can’t wait to share with you our UK top chocolate destinations!

    Cadbury World

    For those of you who share our passion for everything chocolate, we thought what better place to start that the UK’s biggest chocolate factory, Cadbury World! Famously known across the world, it’s such a treat that Cadbury still produce their products in Birmingham! Not only do they make everything right on our doorstep but also boast a whole range of chocolate attractions. You can have a fun day with the family whilst having some photos with your Cadbury chocolate heroes! What about popping to the café and grabbing a delicious hot chocolate? However, if you’re looking for something a bit more involved you can take part in the

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  3. Thank You Teachers!

    Thank You Teachers!

    Everyone who remembers his or her own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.

    Every single day in classrooms across the world, thousands of motivated teachers work long hours educating their students, marking homework, preparing lesson plans, leasing with families and co-workers overcoming any obstacles they may face. The work that teachers put in is essential for not only children, but their future, the parents and the community in general. Nevertheless, the rarity of thanks that teachers receive is concerning. That’s why here at Choc on Choc, we wanted to change that so, we’ve designed a line of thank you gifts for our wonderful teachers.

    Teachers are often role models, friends and sometimes saviours for our children! Teachers inspire students to have a lifetime thirst for knowledge, they share their values and compassion, demonstrate hard work and the importance of commitment. These are priceles

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  4. Chocolate Truffles

    Chocolate Truffles

    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.

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  5. Chocolate Fruit & Veg Patch Pop Up In Selfridges London

    Chocolate Fruit & Veg Patch Pop Up In Selfridges London
    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
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  6. Cocoa Cocktails

    Cocoa Cocktails
    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

    Ingredients:
    Cocoa powder, for rimming
    2 parts chocolate liqueur, plus more for rimming
    1 part vodka
    1 part half-and-half

    Directions:
    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.
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  7. White chocolate combinations

    White chocolate combinations

    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!

    Matcha tea  
    Cardamom
    Saffron
    Sea salt
    Wasabi  
    Sea salt caramel
    Maple syrup
    Lemon
    Lime
    Orange
    Cranberry
    Blueberries
    Brie

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  8. Let the good times roll

    Let the good times roll

    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

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  9. Where does chocolate come from?

    Where does chocolate come from?

    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

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  10. The world's most expensive chocolate

    The world's most expensive chocolate

    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

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