Posts Tagged “chocolate”

Montezuma’s – deliciously ethical

Montezuma’s – deliciously ethical

Helen and Simon Pattinson started Montezuma’s in 2000 with just one small chocolate-making machine. From the start a Business Done Properly policy was at the heart of the business and that covers everything from the way they work with suppliers, how much packaging they use, how they dispose of waste, to sourcing ethically produced ingredients….

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Asda launches vegan ‘milk’ chocolate crème egg from Mummy Meagz

Asda launches vegan ‘milk’ chocolate crème egg from Mummy Meagz

  The first crème egg to be available all year-round – why wait until Easter? Chocolate fans will now be able to purchase vegan crème eggs all year-round at Asda – proving that vegan confectionery is just as decadent as dairy-based alternatives. Produced by cult chocolatier, Mummy Meagz, the ‘Chuckie Eggs’ have already garnered a loyal…

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Mummy Meagz has Eggs!

Mummy Meagz has Eggs!

Meagan Boyle founded her company in 2003. She is Mummy Meagz and, along with her daughter Willow, opened Blondes Coffee Shop in Cottingham, East Y Yes, it’s the most important Christian event of the year but for many it’s about the chocolate. Vegans, until recently, have had to miss out on many Easter treats but…

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Buttermilk Fudge and Chocolate – without Butter or Milk

Buttermilk Fudge and Chocolate – without Butter or Milk

All-round confectionery pleasure It will soon be Christmas and those festive days are usually laced with sweet treats to bring joy to all the family …well, apart from those who want a dairy-free diet. Buttermilk is a curiously named company with a mission to spoil everybody equally. The whole family can share Buttermilk have created…

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Sous Chef – Deliciously Different

Sous Chef – Deliciously Different

This is a wonderful find. Sous Chef is an online portal selling high-end kitchen goods. They will be the one-stop shop for all my gifts for food lovers for the foreseeable future. The Sous Chef web page is filled with everything a home cook would ever want and great quality products too. They have tortilla…

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Wizards Magic Chocolate

Wizards Magic Chocolate

OK, I confess, I wasn’t expecting a lot from Wizards Magic Chocolate. The name and indeed the packaging hinted at an expected audience of Harry Potter fans. How good was this going to be? Wizards Magic Chocolate is full of free-froms. The market is overflowing with innovative foods that are often lacking in far more…

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Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log – recipe

Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log – recipe

Tropical Cinnamon Leaf Log is perhaps the ultimate sophisticated adult Rocky Road. The recipe replaces the cookie bits and marshmallows with dried exotic fruits. One could vary the proportions of these that I have suggested and even change a few. Dried cherries would work well, as would candied orange peel. Ingredients for Tropical Cinnamon Leaf…

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Davenport’s Chocolates for Easter

Davenport’s Chocolates for Easter

Shops have been awash with Easter chocolate since Boxing Day. Eggs have filled shelves for a couple of months. There is confectionery to thrill every sweet-loving kid. But eggs to impress a discerning adult are as rare as hen’s teeth! Davenport’s Creative Artisan Chocolates come to the rescue! Davenport’s artisan chocolatier, Jane Williams (neé Davenport),…

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Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do! – travel review

Antwerp for a Belgian Break – Things to do! – travel review

Antwerp is the capital of the Belgian province of Flanders. It is one of the most populous cities in Belgium, although the old city centre gives the impression of a much smaller and more intimate town. It is about 40 kilometres north of Brussels, and only 15 kilometres from the border with The Netherlands. The…

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White Chocolate Coconut Truffles – recipe

White Chocolate Coconut Truffles – recipe

These White Chocolate Coconut Truffles are delicious and a bit different from the usual dark chocolate truffles to follow a fine dinner. A tray of both would be rather smart, though. For Christmas a garnish of dried cranberries would be beautiful. For Easter perhaps top with an edible violet. The coconut element makes these a…

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Happy Valentines from Lily O’Brien’s

Happy Valentines from Lily O’Brien’s

Where did the time go? The Christmas tree pine needles are still stuck in the carpet and now the next special event is on one’s near horizon. Yes, it’s soon to be St. Valentine’s Day! Lily O’Brien’s have quality chocolates that could solve the gift-giving dilemma: the Chocolate Desserts Collection. This indulgent box of perfectly…

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Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection for Christmas

Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection for Christmas

Lily O’Brien’s Dessert Collection chocolates are now available in a bumper 625g box. This huge round presentation will be the perfect Christmas gift for any discerning lover of fine chocolates. I have been a supporter of this Irish company from the very first exquisitely crafted choc. That’s going back a few years now and I…

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Besos de Oro Original Liqueur

Besos de Oro Original Liqueur

Here is something a little different for Christmas. Besos de Oro Original Liqueur. Yes, a cream liqueur …but without cream. It’s perfect for those with allergies as this delicious drink is free from gluten, dairy, lactose, nuts, soya – and it’s suitable for vegans. I am always somewhat wary of the ‘free from’ products as…

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Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Butterscotch Discs

Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Butterscotch Discs

My favourite chocolatier, Lily O’Brien’s, has come up with a convivial treat for the summer …or any time. It’s a delicious new range of Share Bags which would be just perfect to take on a picnic or with coffee after an al fresco meal. The new collection includes Crispy Butterscotch, Mega Milk Chocolate, Dark Belgian…

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Lily O’Brien’s large Personalised Keepsake Photo Box

Lily O’Brien’s large Personalised Keepsake Photo Box

Lily O’Brien’s has done it again. They present wonderful gift ideas for every occasion, but they are also perfect for those ‘be good to me’ days. Just in time for Father’s Day they are offering a Personalised Keepsake Photo Box. One can upload one’s chosen snaps and Lily does the rest! This sturdy and well-designed…

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Lily O’Brien’s for a Mega Easter

Lily O’Brien’s for a Mega Easter

Lily O’Brien’s Mega Milk Chocolate Egg  and more Yes, it’s almost Easter and chocolates are on our near horizons. It’s true that it’s a religious celebration but it’s also very much associated with sweet treats for the kids, Easter Egg hunts and chocolate bunnies, and those very sickly cream-filled eggs. Luckily Lily O’Brien’s comes to…

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The Exquisite Edition – Mother’s Day by Lily O’Brien’s

The Exquisite Edition – Mother’s Day by Lily O’Brien’s

Well, that came around quickly! Just finished getting the pine needles out of the carpet from the Christmas celebrations; the dustman hasn’t even collected the champagne bottles (OK, so it was prosecco) from Valentine’s; and now it’s Mother’s Day looming! Lily O’Brien’s comes to the rescue. When it comes to gifts, mums are, for many…

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Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts – for Valentine’s Day

Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts – for Valentine’s Day

Where did the time go? The Christmas tree pine needles are still stuck in the carpet and now its the next special event. Yes, it’s soon to be Valentine’s Day! Lily O’Brien’s have quality chocolates that could solve gift-giving dilemma: Crispy Hearts. I discovered Lily O’Brien’s Crispy Hearts a couple of years ago and they…

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Divine Chocolate Introduces Cocoa From São Tomé

Divine Chocolate Introduces Cocoa From São Tomé

Divine Chocolate Introduces New Organic High Cocoa Rich & Dark Range Featuring Fabulous Feelgood Flavours And Cocoa From São Tomé, West Africa Divine Chocolate, the international Fairtrade company co-owned by farmers, introduces its first ever organic dark chocolate range. The new range is made with acclaimed high quality cocoa sourced from smallholder farmers in São…

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Lily O’Brien’s Collections for End-of-Term Thank You’s

Lily O’Brien’s Collections for End-of-Term Thank You’s

It will soon be the end of the school summer term for kids across the UK. What better gift than some superb chocolates for that hard-working teacher? My favourites are Lily O’Brien’s Collections. We are spoilt for choice when it comes to chocolate. There are bars and buttons for kids and superb chocolatey works of…

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