Friars Blog


What’s New For 2018?

We had a fantastic 2017 here at Friars. After a busy Easter we invested heavily designing our new look website. This was followed by our first Christmas at our new online warehouse, which saw record Christmas sales. Our two stores in Keswick and Ambleside continued to be packed with shoppers looking for ‘something different’. All in all we have had a great year, with the business going from strength to strength and we are forever grateful to our fabulous customers. What’s new for 2018 you ask. Currently our new gin,... Read More


Need A Stocking Filler?

It’s getting to that time of year, when the tree is up the house looks amazing. All you need is a few finishing touches or ‘stocking fillers’ for a perfect Christmas. Well we are here to help; here are our top picks. Reindeer Chocolate Figure Lewis the reindeer is ready for the festive season, complete with his Christmas jumper! Premium Belgian milk chocolate moulded into a hollow reindeer shape and intricately decorated with a Christmas jumper design using coloured milk chocolate. The perfect stocking filler to bring a smile to... Read More


An Alternative Black Friday With Homeless Charity Shelter

Here at Friars we feel the whole black Friday thing is a little tasteless. Apparently we now have cyber Monday where further fantastic reductions are available. We do various promotions throughout the year, that see a genuine saving past onto the customer, we never artificially inflate prices only to offer a huge money off promotions. This is not to say everyone does this but it is starting to become more common. Anyways, enough of the rambling; this year for black Friday we have decided to swim against the tide. We... Read More


The Countdown Is On – Perfect Advent Calendars

We have gone a little advent calendar crazy this year. There are only 16 days to go until the start of advent, so here are our top picks. Friars Chocolate Truffle Advent Calendar Our very own exclusive advent calendar, filled with an beautiful mix of our luxury chocolates; the perfect way to count down the days to Christmas. The selection of chocolates includes mulled wine, milk chocolate truffles, caramel, praline, plus many more.   Happy Hour Liqueur Advent Calendar A fabulous ‘happy hour’ advent calendar of premium filled dark chocolate... Read More


Vegan Chocolate

There is a hunger within society to be better connected and more knowledgeable about the foods we are eating. Veganism is certainly an area that Friars is focusing on more, we now stock over 20 varieties of vegan chocolates. Lots of high quality dark chocolate is vegan by nature, as it should have a high cocoa content with simple ingredients. What we find with the more mass produced chocolates, is they try and impersonate milk chocolate with the addition of fillers which ruins the pureness of the process. As a... Read More


Cheese, Curry & Garlic Chocolates!!!!

Usually when we dream up a new chocolate recipe, there is no shortage of people willing to give the first batch a little taste test. However, there was a distinct lack of volunteers when it came to testing our new trick or treat chocolates.   The concept is that you get 8 chocolates which include lovely flavours such as caramel, praline and vanilla. Hidden within the box are chocolates that look exactly the same as the nice chocolates, however they are flavoured with garlic, cheese, chilli (and I mean really... Read More


It’s Chocolate Week And Our 90th Birthday!

It’s chocolate week! For those who don’t know this is an annual celebration of all things chocolate held this year from 9th – 15th October. This year is extra special as it coincides with our 90th birthday. Our family business has had a varied history; from the closing of the cafe, to doubling in size, opening a store in Ambleside and starting an online business. To celebrate we thought would give our customers a taste of our history. So during chocolate week any order placed over the value of £15... Read More


Check Out Our Brand New Chocolate Liqueurs

After much customer feedback we are pleased to launch our new 8 chocolate liqueur range. Some of our best selling chocolates now beautifully packaged and perfect for giving or a little self indulgence. With the more delicate flavours of champagne, strawberry, gin (yes gin, more to come later) and Irish cream we have used a delightful textured white box, magnificently complimented by a zingy coloured wrap. Our cherry and rum liqueurs have kept the original black box but have been given a new lease of life with bold coloured wraps.... Read More


Have A Peek At Christmas; We Won’t Tell If You Don’t

Christmas is our favorite time of the year here at Friars, so we got a bit excited and have only gone and put some products on our website! Here’s a peak at some of our favourites; go on, have a look, we won’t tell if you don’t. Buck’s Fizz Snowball Truffles   Buck’s fizz at Christmas is one of the great traditions, here at Friars we have given it a new lease of life with our buck’s fizz snowball truffles, a must try this Christmas. White Christmas Sloe Gin Gift... Read More


Cool Down With A Bit Of Spice

During these long warm summer days the mind starts to wander and you may start asking yourself strange questions like; why cultures in the hottest locations on earth eat hot and spicy foods? Well it did come up for discussion in at Friars HQ one afternoon. So we decided to put it to the test and eat copious amounts of chocolate from our delightful Chilli Collection. There is some science behind the theory, it’s actually pretty smart when you think about it — spicy foods raises your body temperate, which... Read More