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chocolate

25/01/2021

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

23/12/2020
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Luxury Vegan Chocolate & Wine Pairings | Friars

When it comes to really indulging, it’s hard to beat the combination of good quality vegan chocolate, and a delicious wine to wash it down with. The opportunity to enjoy such delights without having a major impact on the planet, via plant based alternatives has been a long time coming, however thanks to our commitment to the cause, our research and our proven chocolate production techniques, we’re able to offer our vegan customers a truly delightful experience, with delicious vegan chocolates and delicious vegan wines that really do go seamlessly... Read More

16/12/2020

Design Your Own Chocolate Platter this Winter | Friars

We love nothing more than sitting together and sharing a platter of delicious food. There’s something extra special about sharing food in this way, whether you’re enjoying tapas or an oriental banquet, it’s great being able to taste and experience loads of different food with your loved ones, without having to commit to having one big meal. This brings us seamlessly onto a new trend that is hitting homes this winter, a trend that combines the notion of charcuterie with cocoa and chocolate, a delicious chocolaty sharing board full of... Read More

11/09/2020
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What Exactly is a Cocoa Bean? | Friars

If you’re reading this, the chances are you enjoy good chocolates. We all do, which is exactly why we have devoted our lives to ensuring our customers have access to the very best chocolate in the world, all handmade by our team of expert chocolatiers based in the North of England. See our classics, our wonderful creations and more! Chocolate is our life, and has been since Friars first opened its doors in 1927, we’ve been making chocolate in the same way ever since. None of it would be possible... Read More

03/09/2020

Wine Tasting Guide – Pairing Wine & Chocolates | Friars

Drinking wine is often reserved for special occasions. By special occasions, we mean things like Christmas, Birthday’s, the end of the working week etc. Wine, however is a beverage that includes many layers of complexity, a little like a fascinating chocolate truffle, which is why we believe in order to really drink wine, you need to learn how to taste it. That’s because tasting a wine correctly really can open up your taste buds to a new world of possibilities, teaching you to pair wine with delicious foods, and importantly,... Read More

25/08/2020
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Our Story Since 1927 | Friars Luxury Chocolate

Many of our online customers may not have had the luxury of being able to visit one of our brick and mortar stores, a true haven for chocolate and sweet lovers around the world! Based in the Lake District tourist towns of Keswick and Ambleside, Ye Olde Friars has served both local people and tourists alike with luxury chocolates since 1927, providing people with the chance to escape the real world with little bitesize moments, in the form of locally crafted chocolates. Of course, our expansion into the online world... Read More

19/08/2020

Perfect Pairings! Try Our New Chocolate & Wine Pairings

For many, few things go hand in hand quite as well as good chocolate and a delicious bottle of wine. The combination of two of life’s best luxuries go hand in hand for a truly fascinating and decadent experience. At Friars, we have studied chocolate and wine pairings for years (we’ve tried a few in the past as well!) and are now pleased to share with you our latest creations. Friars Wines, created to be matched with our luxury chocolate selections. Take a look at our full wine selection here,... Read More

13/08/2020
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Give the Gift of Chocolate this Summer | Shop the Perfect Summer Treat

The summer gifting season might not strike you as an important time for giving gifts (not compared to Christmas at least) but here at Friars, we can think of plenty of great reasons to give thanks to those we love with beautiful and delicious handmade chocolates. Perhaps you have a birthday to celebrate, or an anniversary?  Maybe you want to say thanks to a helper who has gone above and beyond for your and your family this year? No matter the occasion, chocolate really is the perfect gift to give... Read More

02/08/2020
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How We Make Our Chocolates

Not all chocolates are born equal. As with all fine food it begins with the raw material, in our case – the cocoa. We import the finest Belgian chocolate; this may cost more but it is worth it as it makes a superior chocolate. The kind of chocolate that connects beautifully with your senses, where you savour every bite. We have an idea, that’s how it starts. The spark may be a delicious meal or cocktail, sometimes that is all it needs. Our master chocolatier will then start experimenting with... Read More

05/07/2020
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Ice Cream Chocolates

Summer is here and with it our ice cream chocolates – a little ray of sunshine this summer. We have launched three limited edition luxury ice cream chocolates this summer – in fruity, zesty and refreshing flavours. We started our research for these chocolates last summer. Regular visits (too many) were made to our local ice cream parlour for inspiration. We think we have got it just right; as ever with our limited edition chocolates we only make one batch, so once they have gone, they have gone. Remember as... Read More