British Chocolatiers Setting Trends in 2021 | Friars

Throughout our growth and expansion here at Friars, we’re always focused on ensuring that the quality of our products (chocolates and sweets) is as good as it can be, that taste is the very top of it’s game and that our products are made using sustainable processes, to help us ensure the longevity of our planet. Because let’s face it, no planet means no customers, and that’s bad for business! We’re passionate about ensuring that our operations are as eco-friendly as possible, that’s why we source low carbon ingredients and... Read More


How we reduce air miles with our Vegan Oat Milk | Friars

One of the major problems with finding cruelty free alternatives to ingredients such as milk is that often, producing the alternatives can be quite harmful to the environment. Whether it’s using Almonds grown internationally, or other products that require a lot of processing with water, sometimes vegan food manufacturers can end up contributing to an overly large carbon output, which as we know can be harmful to our planet.  At Friars, when we first designed our Kakoa Vegan Chocolate range we wanted to produce a product that was as eco-conscious... Read More


How Chocolate can help Predict Changes in Consumer Behaviour

Chocolate is often recognised as a very powerful tool in marketing and consumer psychology. From the early days of TV advertising specifically, chocolate has been used to portray feelings of sheer decadence, almost sinful luxury which brings consumers back to their favourite chocolate brands time and time again. It’s thanks to the connotations of chocolate (and the fact that chocolate is simply delicious) that many marketers and market analysts use chocolate sales data in order to predict upcoming market trends for the confectionary industry, and beyond.  Whilst the concept is... Read More


2021 See’s Huge Surge in Demand for Vegan Chocolate

Through 2021 and the end of 2020 during the festive season. Chocolate makers such as ourselves have seen a huge demand for vegan and plant based chocolates, as more and more people choose to switch over to living a more balanced and conscious lifestyle. Vegan chocolates are all about ensuring that luxury items can be produced in a cruelty free manner without the use of animal products, in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way – that’s why our vegan chocolates are produced to very high standards and specifications, using responsibly... Read More


Can Chocolate Really Improve My Mood? Friars Investigates

We understand, perhaps more than most people just how effective chocolate can be at improving your mood and making you feel better. Chocolate advertisers have been toying with this idea for years, just think of the old 80’s and 90’s chocolate adverts and you’ll plunge into a decadent, heavenly and slightly cheeky pleasure that is hard to replicate with other foods. This is all because chocolate in itself is a luxury item, one that can be enjoyed in moderation and can of course offer some physical and mental health benefits,... Read More


Find Out More About the World’s Biggest Easter Egg | Friars

Leading up to the Easter period, we love nothing more than dreaming up magical Easter chocolate creations, that’s why we invest a huge amount of time and research into producing the very best, luxury Easter chocolates. Take our Luxury Chocolate Egg-Stravaganza for example, a decadent chocolate egg with an extra thick shell made from delicious milk chocolate and a gentle touch of white chocolate, stuffed full of fantastic chocolate egg truffles. Or, why not explore our Kakoa Vegan Iconic Chocolate Easter Egg, a vegan plant based chocolate egg that boasts... Read More


Here’s Why We Eat Chocolate at Easter | Friars Chocolates

Enjoying luxury chocolates at Easter is something we all love to do. Whether it’s a classic chocolate egg, or something more creative like a bag of chocolate bunnies, many of us do find an excuse during the Easter period to consume some delicious chocolates. The question is though, how many of us have stopped to think about why we do it?  If we strip it right back, we know that Easter is of course a religious festival, it’s a Christian holiday that celebrates the belief in the resurrection of Jesus,... Read More


Chocolate Hampers & Corporate Gifts | Order Online at Friars

Over the past year, the way we do everything has seen drastic changes, from socialising and exercising, to eating out, learning and of course, working. The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has seen a huge majority of us adjust to life as remote workers. With offices closed in order to protect our communities and stop the spread of coronavirus, we need to find new and innovative ways to connect with our employees and colleagues. Zoom meetings are great – but how can we show our teams that we really care, and we’re... Read More


Chocolate Gift Boxes for Valentine’s Day | Friars Valentine’s Collection

Valentine’s Day is looming – with the prospect of going out for a romantic meal, perhaps a movie, or a few cocktails totally shattered this year, we’re all looking for ideas for the perfect night in. We can bet that the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime have a busy night on Sunday the 14th of January as we all cosy up on the sofa for a film we’ve seen a hundred times before, and of course, some delicious takeaway food.  Or, perhaps you’re doing something a little different this... Read More


Could Chocolate be the key to a Happy New Year? Friars Explores

As a luxury chocolate maker, we’re always here to fight the corner for chocolate when it comes to proving that chocolate isn’t always bad. Of course, one can over indulge but that goes for anything – when enjoyed as part of a balanced diet however, chocolate can contribute a number of health benefits, thanks to some of the properties of chocolates ingredients.  Because we make our chocolates ourselves, we know what goes into them, which is why it’s easy for us to be able to understand that chocolate can be... Read More