Raw Chocolate Blog

Kelp, inside and out

The Earth's shallow oceans are home to an amazing forest of food (and potential fuel source) – Kelp. Most people would think of kelp as a green and slimy seaweed which on first glance they may not consider as a welcome dinner guest. But consider for a moment how looks can be deceptive and behind this plain façade is an abundance of nutritious and delicious goodies.

giant kelpHistorically kelp has been used as a fertiliser and in things such as soap and glass production. Not only that, alginate a derivative of kelp is used to thicken various products such as ice cream, salad dressing and toothpaste, amongst other things.

Lucuma - Gold of the Incas

Once known as the Gold of the Incas, lucuma is a sweet and edible fruit of the Lucuma tree. The unique flavour marries together maple, custard and caramel to give you a distinctive sweetness, which is low on the glycemic index (GI), making it a healthy choice for anyone who wants to kick their sugar consumption.

Celebrate Summer with our Super Savings

summer saleTo celebrate the joys of summer, we're giving you 15% off a selection of our best sellers.

Keeping it simple, there's no codes to remember, just add the products to your basket and the discount will be applied at checkout automajically.

The following products from our range are included in the sale:

Why we're buzzing about our raw honey

Consider for a moment the humble bee. What comes to mind? A creature that stings but not quite as scary as a wasp or something that makes honey?

I read recently that according to British Beekeepers Association that one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat is dependent on pollination at a time when a crisis is threatening the world's honey bees.

Coeliac Awareness Week 2014

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What is Coeliac Disease?

Coeliac disease (pronounced see-liac) is an autoimmune disease caused by intolerance to gluten. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, rye and barley. When someone with coeliac disease eats gluten, their immune system responds and damages the lining of the small intestine.

Symptoms include bloating, diarrhoea, nausea, wind, constipation, tiredness, headaches, sudden or unexpected weight loss (but not in all cases), hair loss and anaemia.

Moving in to Woolley Wonkaland

After months of building work, decorating, blood, sweat and tears, it's happening. A long last we're re-locating to our new home, Woolley Wonkaland!

Elements for Life is now resident in Woolley Green, Bradford on Avon. This weekend has seen us moving loads of the stuff that is the business, out of our home and in to our custom premises. A place of our own and somewhere for the next phase to unfold.

I've never managed a project quite like this before, and it's certainly been a great learning experience. From practical skills I never knew I had, to shining the light on a couple of interesting personal traits, it's been another amazing step along my own personal raw chocolate adventure.

Valentine's Weekend Sale

I don't know if it's a case that we've been hibernating, got carried away with all the soggy wet weather or just caught up working to build Woolley Wonkaland, but somehow Valentines this year has sort of slipped us by!

We did have some plans, including making some special limited edition raw love cakes. But they never quite seemed to get made and no-one really knew about them. Ooops!

You'll have to satisfy yourself by looking at the pretty picture of what we did have in mind to create and if you really want one, drop us a line and we can do a special order for you.

valentines raw love heart

New year wishes and a January Sale!

We're back open for business again today after a well deserved 2 week break, and boy did we need it!

The pre-Christmas silly season lived up to its name and was manic for us, with more people than every getting to enjoy the delights of raw chocolate then ever before. So if you're reading this and you were one of the hundreds of folks to be given a raw chocolate making kit as a gift, we sincerely hoped you enjoyed making your very own tasty healthy raw chocolates. Don't forget to use your discount code that was inside the kit when you order some more supplies.

Update on Woolley Wonkaland

As you may be aware, we're in the process of setting up our first proper premises, which has been suggested should be called Woolley Wonkland.

Progress has been slower than we'd hoped for, but then we've got to keep making Yummy Scrummy and sending out all those Christmas gifts, so we're not complaining.

woolley wonkaland taking shape

2013 Last Postal Dates & Winter Shutdown News

The festive season is upon us again which is our busiest time of year. We do our very best to get Christmas gift orders shipped out promptly, but to avoid disappointment please be aware of our last postal dates:

  • Second Class Mail - Wed 18th Dec
  • First Class Mail - Fri 20th Dec
  • Courier (UK & Europe) - Fri 20th Dec

Allow 24 hours (1 working day) for orders to be processed ready for shipping, ie get your orders in the day before the deadlines, though obviously the sooner the better!

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