Friars Blog


Competition – Win A Chocolate Easter Bunny

Win our fantastic chocolate Easter bunny and chick couple. Starting from 15 March 2018. Go to our facebook page and comment on the photo saying who it reminds you of. Best answer wins! We’ll pick a winner on 27th March 2018; just in time for Easter.    


A Friars Easter Hunt

Looking for that perfect hiding spot for the kids Easter Eggs this year? Well here at Friars, we have come up with a few ideas of our own to create that magical hunt for all the children to enjoy! Plus, as we know what the English weather can be like we have gone one step further, and come up with some ideas for hiding spots indoors. Have fun!!! Outdoors: 1. Place inside of toy wagons or wheelbarrows 2. Perch on a swing 3. Hide on or under a garden chair... Read More


Gin – Mother’s Ruin

During a long (and enjoyable) day at Friars HQ there was a discussion regarding gin and how we just can’t get enough of it. Which lead to the phrase Mother’s ruin being mentioned. After some research it turns out that gin has always been in, but for slightly different reasons. In the mid-eighteenth century Gin started out as a medicine – it was thought it could be a cure for gout and indigestion, but most attractive of all, it was cheap. In the 1730’s notices could be seen all over... Read More


Buttered Brazil Steeped In History

The history of buttered brazils is a bit of a mystery, it is believed they were first made in Scotland by John Buchanan & Bros. They started making sweets in 1869 but quite when the first buttered brazil was made is unclear. Buchanan’s Confectionery Works in Cowcaddens, c 1940s   We have been selling buttered brazils for the last 40 years and it truly is one of the great nostalgic British sweets. Whole Bolivian brazil nuts wrapped in a brittle and buttery toffee shell; making for the perfect combination of... Read More


Gin And Prosecco Chocolate Valentines Hearts

During the festive rush we took a break from making our famous truffle sprout chocolates and designed our Valentine signature chocolate box. Perhaps it was the time of year but we seem to have put the ‘merry’ into Valentine’s Day. Our delightful gift box contains gin, prosecco and strawberry and champagne heart truffles. We did seem to come to our senses and added the most delicious sea salt caramel and praline truffle. Oh and not forgetting our passion fruit chocolate…it is Valentine’s Day after all. Our chocolate hearts are handmade... Read More


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