Friars Blog

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

20/01/2019
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Our New Crazy Windows

Our Keswick store with its fabulous large windows is an excellent playground for new ideas! From whole fridges to a herd of sheep we have had some unusual ideas in the past! With all the snow and reindeer’s tidied away from our Christmas windows, we have gone a little crazy this time with our rain and contrasting tropical themes. With hanging foliage and tropical plants this window certainly stands out in the centre of a Lake District town. Even unicorns and dinosaurs make an appearance. Admittedly this is a stretch... Read More

06/01/2019
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Bring On 2019

After a very busy Christmas it seems the right time to take a breath and reflect on last year and look ahead to 2019. We had a fantastic Valentine’s day, there was a lot of love for our heart shaped gin and prosecco truffles. The happiness and love experienced when giving or receiving a chocolate box  never seems to fade. Easter as always was full of colour and vibrancy. Our new additions to last years offerings, the gin and baileys Easter eggs, went down extremely well and so this year... Read More

15/12/2018
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The Perfect Christmas Eve Box

A carrot for Rudolph and a mince pie for Father Christmas are traditions that most British families associate with 24 December however a new tradition is emerging, the Christmas Eve box. After putting our heads together here at Friars HQ these are the things that have just got to be in your kids (or adults) Christmas Eve box. Pyjamas Nothing beats the warm snuggly feeling of new pyjamas…if you want to go all out then a new set of Christmas themed bed sheets would really top it off. A Book... Read More

07/12/2018
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Need A Stocking Filler

It’s that time of year again, Christmas is approaching and everyone is starting to panic a little! Now is the time that thoughts turn to how many varieties of potatoes to cook, for Christmas dinner and what drinks to serve. The more organised among us will probably have done most of their Christmas shopping and might just be looking for those final stocking fillers. Well here is a list of our favorite 5 stocking fillers to help you along the way. Chocolate Truffle Sprouts Hand-made Brussels sprout truffles. A delicious... Read More

12/11/2018
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Luxury Vegan Chocolate

Veganism in the UK is growing rapidly from 540 000 (vegan society research) in 2016 to an estimated 3.5 million as this is being written. Vegans no longer need to compromise when it comes to luxury chocolate, as we have developed the most fabulous dairy free vegan chocolates. Vegan Gin Chocolate Truffles We grind the cocoa beans and then use rice and almond milk as a substitute for dairy products which gives the chocolate a delicious creaminess. Our flavours include vegan gin truffles, prosecco, peanut butter, orange, viennese, cherry, vanilla... Read More

25/10/2018
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The Magic Of Halloween

On one mystic magic night, Jack O Lanterns glowing bright, kids with bags of candy sweet, roam door to door and street to street, all dressed up for trick or treat!Wizards with wands, pirates with hooks, monsters and clowns with spooky looks,kings and queens with capes and crowns, a princess in her royal gown,witches with warts and fairies with wings movies stars with sparkling rings,vampires with fangs that bite, ghost that boo all dressed in white. Imaginations taken flight, on that one mystic magic night. Oh, the fun of Halloween,... Read More

14/10/2018
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Chocolate Week Offer

To celebrate chocolate week (15-21 October 2018) we are offering 20% off all of our Swiss Goldkenn liqueur chocolate bars. Just use code CHOCOLATE at checkout. Offer ends midnight on 21/10/18. Goldkenn is a leading luxury Swiss chocolate confectioner, renowned for its traditional chocolate-making expertise and beautifully packaging. As precious as gold, Goldkenn chocolates carry the prestigious Swiss made label, the ultimate mark of Swiss quality. Goldkenn was founded in Geneva (Switzerland), on the shores of Lake Geneva, in 1980, and has been based in Le Locle (Switzerland) since 2011,... Read More

30/09/2018

Why Do We Give Sweets To Trick or Treaters?

Being based in the heart of the Lake District;  Autumn has got to be one of the treats of the year. The contrast of the browns and yellow against the mirrored lakes is breath taking. With the nights drawing in we start to focus our attention on Halloween and dare I say it Christmas! Ignoring the ‘C’ word for now; something that came up at Friars HQ today (over a salted caramel truffle) was where does the trick or treat tradition come from. After a lot of initial finger pointing... Read More

11/09/2018
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Christmas Sneak Peak

On writing this blog there was much discussion as to whether it was too early to bring up the C word. Well it is early but who doesn’t love a bit of Christmas. Plus we have been planning our offering since January so we are all confused! We are really into advent calendars here and why wouldn’t we be? It’s a great excuse to consume chocolate on a daily basis and first thing in the morning. What other time of the year could you get away with that?! Our liqueur... Read More