Friars Blog

04/08/2019

Chocolates Free From Palm Oil

The negative affect that palm oil has on our environment has been all over the news for the last few years, with environmentalists arguing that the farming of oil from palm trees is extremely bad for the planet. Palm oil production is said to have been responsible for about 8% of the world’s deforestation between 1990 and 2008 (source BBC) as large areas of forests are burned to clear the land so that people can grow oil palms – even if it’s illegal. Burning forests like this destroys the places... Read More

01/07/2019

Glorious Chocolate Buttons

Summer is here and for us it is all about celebrating the humble chocolate button. Now chocolate buttons are often regarded as a quick snack and pushed to one side for more complex chocolate creations. But we think this is a crime because there is so much you can do with chocolate buttons; make hot chocolate, decorate cupcakes and our personal favourite melt and pour generously over ice cream! We recommend the classic vanilla ice cream and let the buttons do the work. Simple milk chocolate buttons are good but... Read More

09/06/2019
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Father’s Day Gift Inspiration

What’s trending this Father’s Day at Friars? This year it is all about chunky chocolate tools, craft beer, big kids and bold flavours. You really can’t go wrong with our 5 top pick for Father’s day chocolate gifts. Premium Chocolate Drill Complete with a selection of drill bits, our chocolate drill set perfect for the DIY Dad.   Premium Chocolate Tool Kit Check out our new chocolate tool kit, our chocolate tools now a metal effect added to them. They are still all edible and completely delicious.   BrewDog IPA... Read More

26/05/2019
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New For Summer

We have been busy over the last few weeks launching our newest additions to our fabulous chocolate range. First up, we would like to introduce you to the fabulous kir royal, a combination of smooth chocolate, blackcurrant liqueur and a splash of champagne. A quite beautiful chocolate. For those who love nuts our salted hazelnut crunch chocolate has caused quite a stir. It actually contains almonds, hazelnuts, pistachios and pecans. We actually thought about calling it the ‘quadruple nut truffle’ although it is a bit of a mouthful! Some of... Read More

10/05/2019
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Chocolate Unicorns….Oh YES!

This year it is all about the chocolate unicorns. Pre 2019 the flamingos were giving them a run for their money but now the chocolate unicorns have galloped ahead. So in the name of research (and also a slow day in the office) we have uncovered the following facts about unicorns.   It is believed that unicorns live in groups of five or six that make up a joyous family. The head of the family is an elder unicorn who is over 200 years old. Unicorn families spend their lives... Read More

19/04/2019

Top 5 Gourmet Chocolates – Voted For By Our Team

Here at Friars we are quite the chocolate enthusiasts. Our team members are actively encouraged to regularly eat our chocolates, as it is a great means of quality control (this is not a joke!). We put it to our amazing team to vote on their top 5 favorite chocolates. 5. Eton Mess Chocolate It was a little surprise that a white chocolate sneaked into the top 5 however, if you were to taste it then you would understand. White chocolate, fresh cream, strawberry and a crunchy meringue topping; this chocolate... Read More

28/03/2019
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Brand New For Easter 2019

Easter is a great time of year, it signals the end of winter, flowers are popping up and the days start to get longer. It is also a great excuse to get creative with chocolate…which is always fun. We have around 20 new Easter items this year making perfect gits for adults, kids, Easter hunts and even a little self indulgence. Here are our top picks. Luxury Prosecco Easter Egg Our luxury prosecco Easter egg is the perfect combination of fine prosecco and exquisite chocolate treats. All you will need... Read More

10/03/2019

The Perfect Mother’s Day Plan

Here’s to the Mums, the step Mums, the not yet Mums, the should be Mums and those without Mums. When planning a great Mother’s day we believe in lots of love, caring and chocolate. The perfect Mother’s day should be something like this: Breafast in Bed We are not talking your ordinary breackfast….this is a full on indulgence. Fruit salad, croissant (chocolate of course), a boiled egg and coffee. For that added touch why not add some delicious coffee chocolates on the side?! Morning Walk A nice walk is a... Read More

23/02/2019
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Our Celebration Of Desserts

Introducing the most recent addition to our chocolate collection…..the desserts box. The idea came to us last year after we developed our sticky toffee pudding chocolate (amazing by the way), which left us with a total of 6 delightful dessert chocolates. So we thought lets produce a box that celebrated all things desserts. It is fair to say it has gone down well, out of all our new chocolate boxes this has been one of the most well received among customers and even staff! The chocolates that get the best... Read More

06/02/2019
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Our Valentine’s Picks

It is believed the link between chocolate and desire dates all the way back to the Aztecs, where chocolate was said to have aphrodisiac qualities. There is certainly something quite special about receiving a box of luxury chocolates and the sensory pleasure that follows. So let us celebrate this coming together in style with our top 5 Valentine’s picks. Valentine’s Signature Gift Box A box of chocolate heaven; from perfectly balanced white chocolate gin infused truffles to our new, rich and aromatic, espresso flavoured chocolates. All beautifully handmade and sure... Read More