Raw Chocolate Blog

Winter Shutdown 2014

As usual, we're having a winter shutdown for a couple of weeks. The Oopma Loompas will be heading back to Oompaland, and the doors will be closing on Woolley Wonkaland.

Our last day int he office is Fri 19th Dec and we won't be back until w/c 5th Jan, though its unlikely we'll actually start back on the Mon ;-)

This means that between those dates, no emails will be replied to, no phones answered and no orders packed or shipped out. You will still be able to place orders, but nothing will be processed until we're back.

December Discounts on Christmas Gifts & Raw Cacao

December's a funny old month, everything seems to be squeezed in the the first couple of weeks, before the second half of the month disappears in to a blur of food, drink and lazying around watching films (well it does for me at least!)

So to end what has been an amazing year on a high, we've decided to share the love and throw a one week sale.

great guilt free gifts

Competition Time for Chocolate Week

chocolate week 2014Another year has flown by and Chocolate Week is upon us for 2014; the UK's biggest celebration of all things chocolatey. Running from 13-19th Oct the week culminates with The Chocolate Show at Olympia in London this coming weekend.

Not ones to miss out on the fun, we're throwing a week long competition. Each and every day of Chocolate Week we will be picking a winner who gets to choose a prize from the following list of raw chocolate goodies:

International Coffee Day

Attention coffee lovers! Today is International Coffee Day. Whether you love it or hate, drink it black, white, whipped, latte, cappuchino, full hit, non-caffeine, tall or short, fresh ground, instant, this clever bean has been waking up the world for many years.

collection of coffeeAs with most things, there's good and there's bad out there; the same is true for coffee. Like any natural product, it is the quality of the raw ingredient and the path that it follows that gives us a truly pleasurable experience.

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

gluten-free guarantee

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.

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