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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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
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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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
Taking It with a Pinch of Salt
Walking down the aisle of any modern supermarket, a sweet-toothed observer will notice a variety of combinations of cacao with exotic ingredients designed to tantalise the taste buds. As a supplier of wholesale chocolates, I get to see (and taste!) innovative ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
Mad About Madécasse
One of the benefits of working in wholesale chocolates is that I can follow trends as they develop. The desire to supply modern consumers with ethically produced, responsibly sourced products is a phenomenon which has taken off in the past few decades. ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: Intoxicating Indulgences
From melt-in-the-mouth chocolate truffles to sophisticated marzipans, the combination of quality confectionery and scrumptious spirits makes for some very grown-up treats. Everyone likes to indulge themselves occasionally, so check out my favourite boozy ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate
Prestat: Englands Oldest and Most Revered Chocolate Shop
London-based chocolate shop Prestat is held in very high regard in the UK and is proud of its titles as purveyor of delicious treats to many of Britains finest, including Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and Queen Elizabeth II. Despite being viewed as a ...
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Hot Chocolate: The Drink of Aztec Warriors, Explorers and War Heroes
Do you ever treat yourself to a hot cup of cocoa before going to bed? This can be a cosy treat, even though many people see drinking chocolate as something of a childish indulgence. This should not be the case, as there are all kinds of sophisticated, elegant ...
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Chocolate and Wine - A Guide to Dangerously Delicious Pairings
Is there a better match than premium chocolates and fine wine? If there is, I have yet to find one; its particularly true when you find that magical pairing. It is the ultimate indulgence and perfect for romantic evenings, dinner parties or simply a night in ...
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Posted by Desiree Michels in Food and Beverage, Chocolate