With Christmas almost upon us, we thought it only right to share with you our 5 favourite Christmas traditions and how where they originated from.
London sweet-maker Tom Smith invented Christmas crackers in the late 1840s, inspired by traditional, paper-wrapped French bonbons. Even though he included mottos or riddles inside each, it was not until he found a way to make them “crack” when pulled apart that sales took off. His sons Tom, Walter and Henry later added hats and novelty gifts (we prefer chocolate in ours!)
The Christmas tree
While Christmas trees have been around for a millennium in northern Europe, the first one did not appear in the UK until the 1830s. When Prince Albert put up a Christmas tree at Windsor Castle in 1841, he started what became an evergreen trend.
Turkeys originated in Mexico and were first b
At choc on choc, we are crazy about all things chocolate, but as we all know when January comes around a bit of a detox after a sugar filled Christmas is always a good idea. Here at HQ we are trying a vegan detox but if, like us, you can’t give up chocaholic cravings, we’ve put together the best of both worlds! So if you are fancying a chocolate-fuelled feast minus the guilt. We have just the recipes for you….
1. No Bake Vanilla Cheesecake .. super easy and so delicious
2. Creamy Choco
Whether they’re five, fifteen, or fifty, chocolate is always a welcome choice for our sons and brothers. Check out our pick of the top five handmade gifts from Choc on Choc that will please the boys of every age.
For the gym buff: Give him something to work off with our chocolate kettle bells. These handmade goodies are made entirely from Belgian milk chocolate, and make the perfect post-workout nibble.
Generally speaking, the men in our lives are the trickiest to buy for. But with our festive gift guides, there’s no need to resort to socks or a cufflink set yet again! We’ve picked the top five gifts for dads, grandads, and uncles everywhere.
For the shed-dweller: If you know a man who’s most often found tinkering with tools in the bottom of the garden, then you have to give him our chocolate gardening set. This handmade duo contains a fork and a trowel made from delicious Belgian milk chocolate, dusted with edible silver glitter to complete the look.
For the breakfast buff: Some people just can’t function without their
For every person who decks the house in glitter and fairy lights as soon as Halloween is over, there’s another person who will cross the street to avoid a Christmas window display, or turn off the radio when THAT Mariah Carey song comes on. But what do you get the person who hates Christmas? We’ve got five suggestions for you!
Chocolate Pie and A Pint: If they’re not a fan of turkey and sprouts, offer them an alternative in the form of our Belgian chocolate pie and pint selection.
If you’re anything like us, you’ve been counting down to Christmas since the first leaf fell – and now, the big day is less than a month away!
Chances are you’re well into your Christmas shopping by now, but if you’re struggling a little to pick something for the ladies in your family, or you just want to get them something extra, we’ve chosen our top chocolate goodies for mums, grans, and aunties everywhere.
For the glamorous granny:
If your gran’s a fan of red lipstick and still rocks a formidable heel, we’ve got just the thing for her.
Now that the clocks have gone back and the winter nights are drawing in, it can seem we never seem the daytime any more. But if you’re coming down with a case of the winter blues, we’ve got a collection of gorgeous chocolates that are bound to put the smile back on your face!
Hot chocolate is a staple of colder evenings, but why settle for the weird, lumpy, powdered kind when you can stir a delicious block of Belgian hot chocolate into warm milk instead? Our chocolate stirrers give your hot beverage game an instant upgrade. Or if you’re after even more luxury, why not give our
Whether it’s between friends, colleagues, or family, Secret Santa is a great way to ensure everyone gets to join in with the Christmas fun! But if you’ve drawn a name and have no clue what to buy, we’ve put together this list of the best Choc on Choc presents for under £10.
Eat Your Greens: If you know your gift recipient is a vegetarian (or, even better, if they have a pathological hatred for anything green), our white chocolate vegetables will definitely make them smile!