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10 Great Facts About Chocolate

1. Chocolate was first drunk by the Aztecs, Montezuma was a 50-cup a day fan.

2. 1000 cacao beans are needed to make a 1 kg of chocolate.

3. Never feed chocolate to your cats and dogs, it’s dangerous for them.

4. Chocolate is 3 times more complex than wine, because it has 3 times the flavour compounds.

5. Cocoa trees live up to 200 years & are members of the cotton family.

6. Chocolate was consumed as a drink long before it was eaten as a bar [invented by Fry’s in England in 1847].

7. Chocolate really does make us happy - it causes endorphins to be released in the brain.

8. Africa has taken over. Cocoa beans originated in South America, now 70% comes from Africa.

9. Chocolate melts at 34 deg. C. Body temperature is 37. That’s why it melts in your fingers.

10. Chocolate [dark] is good for you! Like tea, cocoa contains antioxidants, which help prevent cell damage.

FGCH20192

Finest Selection of Luxury Chocolates and Truffles Gift Box 200g

Net Weight: 200g

£20.00
An elegant, distinctive Luxury Chocolate Gift Box featuring the finest assortment of 16 artisan chocolates and truffles, including Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Clusters and Dusted Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffle.

The East India Company - Lifestyle

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£15.00
An elegant and distinctive Luxury Chocolate Gift Box, small but perfectly formed gift, featuring the finest assortment of 16 artisan chocolates and truffles.

Unashamedly historic with a contemporary twist, this beautiful white gift box features gold foiled connection lines derived from an antique map of trading lines of The East India Company, evoking the spirit of passionate pioneers. There then, here now.

An ideal all year around gift to celebrate a Birthday, Wedding, Anniversary, or House-Warming.

Open your heart and personalise the gift card with your special message at checkout.
Each box contains one or more of the following chocolates, made by artisan chocolatiers in London.

• Dark Chocolate Hazelnut Cluster
• Milk Chocolate Hazelnut Cluster
• Gianduja Milk Chocolate Truffle *
• White Chocolate London Gin Truffle
• Milk Chocolate Honey Nougatine
• Dusted Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel Truffle
• Dark Chocolate Coffee Truffle
• White Chocolate Strawberry & Cream Dome

* Gianduja is a blend of chocolate and hazelnut paste, invented in Italy in the early 1800s
Our finest East India Company chocolates and truffles have a unique couverture perfected with careful consideration of cacao percentage to express the sweetness and intensity of the chocolate flavour and make the luscious ingredients even better.

Couvertures are single origin from the Cote d’Ivoire and the cacao is traceable to plantation and purchased directly from the farmers’ consortium.
Every product sold by the East India Company contains an element that is the very finest the world has to offer. We call it our "Critical Ingredient".

It may be an ingredient.
It may be a technique.
It may be the skill of the maker.
It may be a small constituent, but it is always the essential one.

It is our dedication to sourcing and selecting these critical ingredients that make our products unique, valuable, and extraordinary.

Our range of chocolates are built upon these critical ingredients – only the highest quality, natural ingredients combined with traditional recipes and innovative artisan skills to create unique tastes. This gives our chocolates their exquisite flavour and sets them apart.

Ingredients

White Chocolate 23% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Emulsifier: Soya lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavour), Milk Chocolate 22% (Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Milk Powder, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin), Dark Chocolate 18% (Cocoa Mass, Cane Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin), Caramelised Hazelnuts (Hazelnuts, Sugar, Salt ), Hazelnut Paste, Light Hazelnut Paste (Sugar, Hazelnuts, Cocoa Butter), Sea Salt Caramel (Whipping Cream (Milk), Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Water, Acidity Regulator: Citric Acid, Sea Salt, Preservative: Sorbic Acid), Whipping Cream (Milk), Cocoa powder , Almonds, Glucose Syrup, Granulated Sugar, Icing Sugar (Sugar, Raising Agent: Tricalcium Phosphate), Honey, Butter (Milk), Cocoa Butter, Freeze Dried Strawberry, Marc De Champagne<1%, Lemon Flavouring (Sugar, Water, Glucose Syrup, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Acid: Citric Acid, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Citrus Fruit Cells, Orange Juice Concentrate, Acidity Regulator: Trisodium Citrate, Gelling Agent: Amidated Pectin), Cocoa Butter, Ground Coffee Bean, Gin <1%, Humectant: Sorbitol, Crackle Crystals (Sugar, Glucose, Cocoa Butter, Carbon Dioxide, Lactose(Milk)), Freeze Dried Coffee, Water, Beetroot Red (Beetroot Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid), Preservative: Sorbic Acid, Juniper Berry Essential Oil. Dark chocolate cocoa solids minimum 62%. Milk chocolate cocoa solids minimum 38%. Milk solids minimum 24%.

Allergens

Soya, Milk, Hazelnut, Almond. May contain traces of Other Tree Nuts, Wheat & Barley.



Nutrition

Typical values 100g – Energy: 2291kj/549kcal | Fat: 38.4g, of which saturates: 15.1g | Carbohydrate: 42.8g, of which sugars: 38.5g | Protein: 7.5g | Salt 0.20g



Storage

Store in a cool dry place. Avoid direct sunlight. 15°C to 18°C. Once opened consume within 30 days.

Stories

The London Chocolate Houses

London arrived rather late to the chocolate party... Cocoa was used as a beverage over 2000 years ago by the Mayans, who, like the later Aztecs, used cocoa as a special occasion beverage, to reward brave warriors and as an aphrodisiac. Both empires also used cocoa beans as currency.

Columbus first brought cocoa back to Spain in 1502 to little acclaim but after Cortes conquered Montezuma and the Aztecs, he successfully introduced cocoa, transformed from bitterness with sugar or honey, to the Spanish court, saying “One of this precious drink allows a man to walk a whole day without taking nourishment.”

Chocolate soon arrived in Britain, being first sold in 1657 in The Coffee Mill & Tobacco Roll. It was all things to all people: to some, as with the Aztecs, it was the viagra of the day; to others including Samuel Pepys, a hangover cure.

London Chocolate Houses also became the fashionable meeting places for the elite of London society, as well as being dens of iniquity for the colourful characters of London. The surviving White’s Chocolate House was like all, an all-male establishment, charging a penny for entrance, whilst The Cocoa Tree in Pall Mall saw Tory strategy developed over cups of chocolate.

The East India Company did trade in cocoa, paying 2 shillings in tax per pound of cocoa imported by 1760, the equivalent to one day’s wages, for these beguiling cargoes of cocoa from far off lands, but in truth was more engaged in tea than chocolate. And industrialisation made chocolate a food for the masses around this time and Chocolate Houses soon fell out of fashion.

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