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A Best of British Christmas
Christmas without a lavish spread of confectionery for you and your loved ones to indulge in just isn’t right. It’s as essential a festive treat as a well-decorated Christmas tree, a huge Christmas Day lunch, the obligatory post-prandial game of charades ...
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An Autumnal Delight: The Marron Glacé
For a truly traditional sweet treat this autumn, look no further than the much-loved marron glacé. The crunchy chestnut centre surrounded by syrupy heaven is the perfect warming accompaniment to a brisk autumn day. Customers will flock to your doors at the ...
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De Juan’s Chocolate Fig Bonbons: The Juan Autumn Treat To Die For!
The days are shortening and the leaves are beginning to turn. Yes, sadly summer is on its way out and autumn is starting to make its chilly presence felt. It’s time to start thinking ahead, as with the changing of the seasons your customers will be on the ...
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Turn Your Shop Into a Bootique This Halloween
Part of running a successful business is attracting and retaining as many customers as possible, so the last thing I would normally recommend is spooking your loyal regulars with your choice of confectionery. But with Halloween coming soon, now is a great ...
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The Finest Things in Life: Mi&Cu
If there’s one thing you can guarantee on selling at all times of the year, it’s gourmet confection. We just can’t help ourselves when it comes to a sweet tooth! Over the years, the confectionery industry has evolved beyond all expectations and simple ...
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Get Creative with Chocolate: Christmas Display Ideas
It’s a well-known fact that Christmas is the busiest time of year for the retail and confectionery industries. But how do you keep customers interested in coming back year after year? One of the most successful ways to ensure the return of happy shoppers is ...
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‘Variety’s the Very Spice of Life’: Aromatic Chocolates
As chocolate suppliers, we have our fingers on the pulse when it comes to trends in confectionery. Here at HQ we’ve noticed that consumers’ palettes are changing. We are all becoming bolder and more adventurous when we choose our sweet treats – we look ...
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Pure Imagination: Delicious Bookish Treats
As confectionery wholesalers, it’s only natural that we have a passion for the products we sell. This love of chocolate and sweet treats was inspired for many of us by the imaginative and whimsical descriptions of confectionery in our favourite children’s ...
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Partial to a Pop? Discover Original Gourmet’s Bestselling Lollipops
Here at HQ we like to celebrate the fantastic brands we work with, so I’m diving into the exciting word of wholesale sweets with America’s No. 1 branded lollypops from Original Gourmet. Located in Salem, New Hampshire, this brand’s mission has always ...
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Keeping Up With The Millennials: Appealing to the 15-35 Market
Today’s 15 to 35 year olds, often referred to en masse as ‘millennials’, are a huge market with the spending power to match. By 2020, 75% of the working population will be from the millennial generation. However, too often when marketing sweet treats we ...
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How Taste Works: A Chocolaty Guide
Why do some people love the bitterness of a dark bar and others crave the sweetness of marzipan? I explore how taste works and the subtle difference is between taste and flavour. Tasty or Flavourful? In day-to-day conversation, the words ‘taste’ ...
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A Beginner’s Guide to Gourmet Chocolate
People who are passionate about gourmet chocolate have known for a long time that they contain as much variety and flavour complexity as can be found in good wines and quality coffee. Now the general public is finally catching up, understanding that each bite ...
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Chocolate Meets Coffee – a Marriage Made in Heaven
Have you ever thought to spice up your morning café offering with a dose of chocolate goodness? If you haven’t, you must! Coffee and chocolate are ying and yang, and a range of wholesale confectionery treats exist that can be seamlessly mixed with your ...
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Truffle Trouble: The Best Combinations Out There for Innovative Chocolatiers
Enjoyed as a delicacy across the world, truffles are a dream come true for the creative chocolatier, offering a quick, punchy and multi-flavoured experience with endless potential for tweaking and enhancements. A range of brands are ahead of the curve as ...
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Small is Cool: The Virtues of the Mini Bar
In the world of chocolate one may be first inclined to argue for “the more the better” – surely a larger quantity of this delectable treat in any form can only be a good thing? Well, the Mini Bar would beg to differ (and no, we’re not talking ...
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