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What’s your favourite – White, Milk, Dark or PINK? We’re Talking Chocolate!

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We’re talking chocolate. Ruby chocolate

What’s your favourite – White, Milk, Dark or PINK? We’re Talking Chocolate!

So ….. If I asked you what your favourite type of chocolate was what would you say?

Dark, rich and possibly bitter? Perhaps milk chocolate, after all, John Cadbury made sure that most of us grew up with a full “glass and a half” in each creamy milk slab. Or there’s white ( the Belgians would argue it’s not really chocolate ) a sweet blend of cocoa butter and milk fat rather than cocoa solids but still the staple diet of the milky bar kid back in the 60’s and 70’s.

11% of you would answer ANY of the above but generally its a 30%,50%,20% split going on recent consumption trends so where will a fourth chocolate fit into the equation?

Have you heard of Pink Chocolate? I’m not talking about white coloured chocolate, but an actual chocolate bean currently called RUBY and is said to be all natural, with no added colours or flavours, just a berry-like taste to it. Its early days for us here in the UK  but it has been used in Japanese pink Kit Kats already.

 

This got me thinking.

If this bean exists could there be more varieties we’ve yet to discover? Could Willy Wonka’s dreams finally be realised without too much factory intervention? Could you imagine if there is a blue cocoa bean out there? Finally, a natural blue consumable product that wouldn’t trigger hyperactivity! And what would it taste like? Blueberries, raspberries? bubble gum  (we can but wish)? Oh, the possibilities – but at the moment I’m excited about the introduction of this 4th variety of chocolate, a bit like the introduction of Channel 4 after so many years of just three choices. I’m sure it would be a real favourite for weddings, birthdays and just to say “I Love You”. I hope the hype is all true and that we will see Ruby chocolate available in the mainstream market. I think I’ll eat mine with some delicious mermaids milk 🙂

So I ask you again – what is your favourite chocolate? Would your answer still be the same?

 

Image of the Earl Grey Milk Chocolate Bar. Perfect for Tea-Time!

Time For Tea?

Earl Grey Tea Chocolate Bar

Time For Tea?

Time For Tea? – I love a cuppa, and I love good chocolate so what better pairing than Love Cocoa’s Earl Grey organic milk chocolate.

There are so many gimmicky flavours out there but sadly they are often no more than a funky wrapper. But this is different.  This smooth bar has been 193 years in the making! no, I’m not kidding. I’m sure you remember the great British staple ” Cadbury’s” chocolate, and as we all know this philanthropic institution was sold off a few years back. No matter what anyone says, in my opinion, it’s not the same at all.

Roll forward to 2016 and John Cadbury’s great great great grandson James Cadbury launched ‘LOVE COCOA’. He does exactly what he says on his bars. He loves chocolate. And he has reinvented it, the way it should be with contemporary flavours. But keeping the mix free from gluten, palm oil and other nasties. As well as the loving touch in its making, he gives 10% of all profits to charity! Still a Philanthropist just like his John Cadbury.

So if you yearn to try smooth, natural chocolate with that loving addition of earl grey tea, coffee, avocado or even gin & tonic look no further. You won’t be disappointed. I certainly wasn’t!

Hello World! and Welcome.

Hello world.

Hello, world!

Hello World! and Welcome.

Hello World! and Welcome to the Rock Pop Candy Blog spot. This is a first for me so I hope to make it a fun and interesting place to visit. First things first ….you like chocolate right? Well, I’m a huge fan. I grew up in a house surrounded by it but never had the passion to make with it myself. Instead, my travels to source original traditional candy, have led me to many creative chocolatiers and as we open this new website I look around at over 30 types from all over the world. Some of my favourites include custard cream, lavender, maple bacon pancake and avocado. There’s a certain comfort to be taken from letting the flavours from a well-made bar melt on your tongue. I could give up most things but never chocolate! Hershey’s recently went the extra mile and created a peanut and pretzel creation –  not bad at all.

Anyway, I’ll be updating weekly with new input about how I like to tease my tastebuds and the wonderful flavours I’ve found. Remember our taste buds only live for 10 days so treat them to something wonderful every week!