the world of chocolate
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 bec
Did you know that there is a range of superb hotels aimed specifically at chocolate lovers? This is also news to us and something we deem incredibly important, we haven’t had the chance to sample any yet (it’s on our to-do list) however we thought we would bring you a round up of 4 of the best hotels for chocolate lovers and the delicious experiences they have to offer.
Boucan by Hotel Chocolat (St. Lucia)
The founders of the British chocolate line Hotel Chocolat bought St. Lucia’s oldest cocoa estate, a 140-acre working plantation surrounded by rainforest and transformed it into a hotel. Complete with an onsite Cocoa Juvenate Spa, the antioxidant power of the cacao bean has been harnessed to offer guests treatments like facials, exfoliating scrubs, and mani-pedis.
Jade Mountain (St. Lucia)
Jade Mountain gives chocolate lovers an inside look at how this delicious treat is made using cocoa
We all know that chocolate is high in fat, which more often than not makes us form the opinion that it is bad for us. However various studies have shown that this delicious treat has multiple benefits which will have us all reaching for the nearest bar!
1. It's good for the heart and circulation
2. Its mineral-rich, dark chocolate is packed with beneficial minerals such as potassium, zinc, and selenium
3. It's good for your skin, the flavonols in dark chocolate can protect the skin against sun damage
4. Chocolate is good for the brain, flavanols are thought to reduce memory loss in older people, and the anti-inflammatory qualities of dark chocolate have been found beneficial in treating brain injuries such as concussion.
5. Chocolate makes you feel better Chocolate contains phenylethylamine (PEA), which is the same chemical that your brain creates when you feel
Chocolate is our number one love and there are a number of reasons why chocolate is so popular. One of those reasons is the fact that chocolate is such a versatile product and can be paired with a range of different textures and flavours. From savoury to sweet, there are so many different ways that chocolate can be enhanced. Milk chocolate is sweeter than other and is therefore more suitable for use with other sweet flavours such as caramel, honey or butterscotch.
It can also work well with the following:
Smoked black tea
Or how about trying one of these unusual pairings:
Its National Avocado Day and what better way to celebrate than with a delicious chocolate and avocado cookies recipe (taken from Jamie)
1 ripe avocado (when it’s skinned and de-seeded we need around 100g)
1 large free-range egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp xanthan gum (optional – without this, your cookie will be crumblier)
1 tsp baking soda
150g light brown soft sugar (or caster sugar)
50g cocoa powder
pinch of salt
50g gluten-free flour (any combination of the following flours will work – standard gluten-free flour, rice flour, gram flour, quinoa flour)
100g roughly-chopped dark chocolate (over 70% cocoa solids should always be dairy free, but check the packet)
Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/gas 4 and line a baking tray/sheet with parchment paper. Scoop your avocado into a large bowl and
You’d be mistaken if you thought you needed to go all the way to Belgium to have a chocolate-filled holiday this year. In fact, you can pretty much stay on your doorstep and see some of the UK’s chocolate hotspots.
Cadbury World, nestled in the picturesque village of Bourneville in Birmingham, is a place steeped in history. The world’s oldest chocolate bar came from the makers of Cadbury, in fact. Here, you can take photos with your favourite Cadbury mascots and go on the Chocolatier Experience to see behind the scenes.
York’s Chocolate Story
Sitting right in the centre of this historic city is three floors of chocolate heaven. Taste some chocolate, learn all about how to make and taste it. York is a city built on the chocolate industry, so it’s definitely worth a visit.
Cocoa Bean Company, Lake District
If you find yourself up on one of the country’s most picturesque places, you’ll have to schedule i
It’s all well and good eating chocolate – but what do you really know about your favourite food? Here are some surprising titbits to impress people with at your next dinner party. Or, you know, quick sandwich in the office canteen.
Did you know that you can tell the quality of a piece of chocolate just by listening to the sound it makes? Not when it’s just unwrapped and sitting there, of course – but when you break it. Chocolate with a higher cocoa butter content will have a snappier snap, whereas cheaper chocolate, which has more vegetable oil, will be a bit quieter.
How many trees (and insects) we eat
Europeans are well known for their love of chocolate; we have all the best chocolate capitals, including Belgium, Switzerland, and France. But in Britain alone, we’re especially big fans. The average Brit gets through 187 chocolate bars every year.
It takes 400 cocoa beans to make just one pound of chocolate, and e
Aside from the constant threat of wasp stings, sandy sandwiches, and sweat patches, one of the biggest challenges of summer is keeping your chocolate from melting.
Sure, melted chocolate is basically the closest thing most of us can get to liquid gold. But sometimes it’s nice to keep our chocolate intact. So how do we do it when everything around us is melting? Here are a few well-tried methods, so you can enjoy your chocolate intact and as it was intended.
Ignore everything you’ve ever been told and do eat straight from the fridge
There’s a certain stigma attached to standing in front of an open fridge and picking food from it. We blame romcoms. But sometimes, you need to do the unthinkable in order to enjoy your chocolate. We’re talking fridge door wide open, unashamed, eating straight from the fridge as you stare into its abyss.
Cooler bags are your best friend
Whether you’re packing for a picnic or a normal day in the office, s
When it comes to chocolate and offspring, let’s face it, we do have favourites, if we’re being really honest with ourselves. Okay, well maybe just with chocolate.
But have you ever thought about what your favourite chocolate says about you as a person?
If you’re a fan of rich, dark chocolate, it’s likely you’re quite healthy, and pay attention to what you put in your body. That said, you’re not the sort of person to deprive yourself of anything, either. You’re level-headed, and perhaps you’re the one people come to for advice. Or chocolate, for that matter.
If you’re more likely to pick M&Ms or Smarties, there’s a high chance you eat chocolate on the go sometimes, or share it with others along your adventures. You’re
If you've ever wondered what it's like inside a chocolate factory in the run-up to Easter, here's a little update from behind the scenes as the year's biggest chocolate event approaches!
15,000 chocolate filled eggs...That's right, we've made 15,000 Chocolate Filled Eggs with Toast Soldiers so far this year, and counting.