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MR POPPLE'S BLOG

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Agroforestry for Chocolate Bars: Be kind to the planet!

07 Mar 2022 / Comments Off on Agroforestry for Chocolate Bars: Be kind to the planet!

At Mr Popple’s Chocolate, we are big believers in being kind to Mother Nature. And agroforestry is an agricultural system that we use and support wholeheartedly! The Basics: Agroforestry, to put it simply, is where crops and trees are planted in the same area of land. A mix of agriculture and trees! This natural management…

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What is Fairly Traded Cacao?

04 Mar 2022 / Comments Off on What is Fairly Traded Cacao?

Farmer’s Fair Trade. It may sound like a silly question, but what is ethical chocolate?Quite simply, it means that the chocolate you’re consuming has been produced with the best intentions for the farmers and the planet in mind. Only 12% of UK chocolate sales is Fair Trade, so here at Mr Popple’s Chocolate, fairness and…

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The Plastic Free Future of Chocolate Bar Packaging

03 Mar 2022 / Comments Off on The Plastic Free Future of Chocolate Bar Packaging

Why Plastic-Free Packaging is the Way Forward for Ethical Chocolate In today’s world, plastic seems to be everywhere. From the packaging we buy to the items we use at home and in our daily lives, plastic has become deeply ingrained in our culture. Many people don’t even consider the life cycle of plastic or the harm it can cause to both humans and the environment. However, the future of packaging is moving towards plastic-free solutions,…

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The Cacao Belt: The Place Where the Best Chocolate is Made

04 Feb 2022 / Comments Off on The Cacao Belt: The Place Where the Best Chocolate is Made

The cacao belt is a region that stretches from Central and South America all the way to Indonesia! It lies 20 degrees either side of what we know to be ‘the equator’. The cacao plants (where raw chocolate comes from), also known as Theobroma cacao, thrives in this humid environment. That is why this specific…

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Veganuary! A New Way To Start Your Year

05 Jan 2022 / Comments Off on Veganuary! A New Way To Start Your Year

Okay, so maybe the phrase ‘new year, new me’ has had its day. Most of us can’t seem to stick to those pesky New Years resolutions. But, how about you start off the New Year with something that’s… well…new?! Veganuary is an up and coming event that sees people try out the basics of veganism…

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Chocolate from cacao pod to bean to bar

From Pod to Palate: The Bean to Bar Chocolate Process

11 Oct 2021 / Comments Off on From Pod to Palate: The Bean to Bar Chocolate Process

The Artisanal Journey of Bean-to-Bar Chocolate Making If you’re a chocolate lover, bean to bar might be a new buzz-word in your vocabulary. But what does it actually mean?  Bean to bar is a term used for chocolate that has been manufactured all the way from bean-to-bar, rather than being mass produced by a company.…

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The Gloss: Comparing Different Cacao Tempering Techniques for Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

11 Oct 2021 / Comments Off on The Gloss: Comparing Different Cacao Tempering Techniques for Bean-to-Bar Chocolate

Have you ever wondered why some chocolate bars have that irresistible snap and glossy sheen, while others look dull and crumbly? The secret lies in a process called tempering, and it’s absolutely crucial in the world of bean-to-bar chocolate making. Tempering is a bit like alchemy – it’s where science meets magic in the chocolate-making…

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Diabetic Chocolate: How to Enjoy a Sweet Treat, Sugar Free

11 Oct 2021 / Comments Off on Diabetic Chocolate: How to Enjoy a Sweet Treat, Sugar Free

One of the most widely believed myths about living with type 2 diabetes is that all sweets are off-limits, and upon receiving a diabetes diagnosis, you may feel forced to say goodbye to all the after-dinner treats and 3 p.m. pick-me-ups you once loved. Fortunately, some sweets are safe for people with type 2 diabetes…

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Hemp: It’s Great…Really!

11 Oct 2021 / Comments Off on Hemp: It’s Great…Really!

Hemp seeds are a great dairy substitute, and they can also be used to make dairy free chocolate. These tiny hemp seeds have the potential to change the world of dairy and soy-free chocolate for good.Our dairy free chocolate made with hemp seeds has the same taste, look and feel as regular dairy-rich chocolate. (If…

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The Peruvian Favourite: Lucuma Fruit

11 Oct 2021 / Comments Off on The Peruvian Favourite: Lucuma Fruit

Have you ever heard of lucuma fruit? It’s a tropical fruit that is native to Peru. The lucuma tree grows in the Andean regions of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Though lucuma has been used medicinally for centuries by indigenous cultures in South America, it’s only recently that this super food has begun to get…

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