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.


Salted Caramel Truffles 100g

Net Weight: 100g

Indulgent dark chocolate Salted Caramel Truffles dusted in our finest cocoa. A liquid Himalayan salted caramel encased in our divinely decadent signature dark chocolate. The epitome of self indulgence or the perfect gift. "one for me and one for you".

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Salted Caramel is a unique and sumptuous taste, encased in our signature dark chocolate shell and dusted in cocoa from our finest cocoa selection. The beautiful Kaleidoscope box is easy to wrap just on its own or include in one of our bespoke hampers.


Dark Chocolate (Cocoa Mass, Sugar, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Extract). Caramel (Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Cream (Milk), Butter (Milk), Sea Salt), Cocoa Powder. Dark Chocolate Contains 70% cocoa mass minimum.


Not suitable for nut, dairy and gluten allergy sufferers.
Contains soya, milk


Typical values 100g – Energy: 2010kj/465kcal | Fat: 26.4g, of which saturates: 15.0g | Carbohydrate: 51.6g, of which sugars: 43.0g | Protein: 4.6g | Salt 0.47g


Store in a cool, dry place avoiding direct sunlight and strong odours.

Net Weight: 100g


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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  • FAQ

    Does the Marc de Champagne truffle contain alcohol, and if so, how much?
    Yes, our Marc de Champagne truffle does contain alcohol, but only a very small amount - too much will spoil the experience completely. In fact, it’s about 2% of the total ingredient, each truffle weighing 10g – so just enough to flavour it delightfully.

    Is Marc de Champagne a type of Champagne?
    No, although many assume it is. In fact, Marc de Champagne is a spirit, usually clear, produced by distilling the ‘waste’ seeds and skins from the Champagne or indeed any wine-making process. If you would like to find our more, look ‘Behind the Craft’ [click on the sidebar at the top of the page!]

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