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From Chocolate Cake to Chocolate Fountain
What would the world be like without chocolate? Don’t even think about it. It’s too awful to contemplate, right? In the UK, we adore chocolate. Every year, Britons consume 11.2 kg of chocolate products per capita (a whopping 266 Mars bars!), far more than German of French consumers. Chocolate is a national obsession and a huge variety of foods have emerged to satisfy our unquenchable desire for sweetness.
This buyer’s guide explains everything buyers need to know about the world of chocolate, from party bags of famous brands to boutique, artisan creations. There’s more to the topic than you think, and we also have a few tips for you to buy cheap chocolate.
Everyone Likes it: Chocolate
Chocolate hasn’t been around the western world for all that long. As with the potato or tobacco, chocolate was imported from the New World after the voyages of Columbus. Used for centuries by Aztec and Mayan peoples (as a medicine, mostly), Europeans discovered that it could also be turned into a delicious, stimulating hot drink through the addition of sugar. Before coffee houses in London served coffee, chocolate was the hot drink of choice.
The first chocolate bars took a lot longer to appear. By the 1840s, Dutch food scientists had found ways to change the chemical composition of chocolate, removing cacao fats and pressing out excess fluids. After that, the 19th century saw the rapid expansion of chocolate production, with the introduction of milk chocolate and conching machines which produced an even, reliable result.
By the twentieth century, most of the world’s big chocolate manufacturers were well and truly in business, from Lindt Chocolate and Cadbury’s to Nestle and Hershey. Consumers across the world were being treated to a vast selection of different products and snacking would never be the same again. And when you see Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or read the book, you´ll know that this is one of the big topics of human culture.
The Many Different Kinds of Chocolate Products
We’ve come a long way since the invention of the humble chocolate bar. Even in the past 20 years, things have changed in the confectionary world, with products like raw chocolate, chilli-infused bars, muffins and truffles becoming more popular. These days, you can log onto sites like HotUKDeals and find a huge array of chocolate delights at low prices, here are some of the things you can expect to encounter:
Big brand chocolate bars and pralines – Although many artisan producers have sprung up in recent years, the UK’s chocolate market remains dominated by a small group of large companies. Cadbury (owned by multinational Mondelez) and Mars are the two largest (with almost 50% of the market), and Nestle are also major players. These companies are responsible for some of our favourite brands, including Mars bars, Ferrero Rocher, Galaxy, Dairy Milk, Creme Eggs, Twirls, Whispas, M&Ms, Snickers and Maltesers.
Chocolate cakes and cookies – However, you don’t need to limit yourself to tiny little chocolate bars. How about a white chocolate cheese cake, a chocolate sponge cake or chocolate chip cookies? Chocolate cakes and cookies are also big business, with all major supermarkets offering high-quality, fresh gateaux and chocolate fudge cakes in their bakery departments. Some supermarkets have also created partnerships with artisan bakers to sell their cakes in-store. For instance, Waitrose work with Fiona Cairns, who creates sumptuous chocolate sponge cakes. Then there are frozen varieties, with party sized and large cakes all available to choose from.
Chocolate muffins – Millions of people in the UK wake up to a muffin. There’s something about the soft, spongy feel of a sweet chocolate muffin that really hits the spot before work. Quick-baked, using plenty of yeast, most chocolate muffins we eat are derived from American recipes (while flatter English muffins tend to be more savoury).
Chocolate brownies – Brownies are a staple of farmers’ markets and fundraising fairs all over the country, and no comfort food is quite as satisfying. Again, they are an American import. Flat-baked, using plenty of sugar, butter and chocolate, brownies can include chocolate chips, nuts, gluten-free flour, fruit – whatever the chef desires. You’ll find every imaginable kind on offer from the UK’s biggest supermarkets, along with brownie mixes from brands like Betty Crocker.
Chocolate mousse – Light and fluffy, a good chocolate mousse can round off almost any meal perfectly. The lightness of a mousse is derived from millions of tiny pockets of air that have been whipped into egg whites, which are then (usually) folded into the mixture. Although the recipe is French, chocolate mousses are made by some of the UK’s biggest food companies, including Nestle, Waitrose, Cadbury and Tesco, as well as artisan producers like Hotel Chocolat.
Chocolate truffles – As gourmet food lovers will know, truffles are a delicious, pungent fungus found by specially trained pigs. How the name also became used for delicious chocolates isn’t known, aside from the vague similarities in their shape. In any case, chocolate truffles tend to have a brittle chocolate shell and a decadent soft ganache filling. You’ll find some with rich fruity tastes, some with chilli, some with nuts in the centre, and some with praline cores, along with a dizzying variety of coatings. All major chocolate manufacturers have their own spin on the truffle including Thorntons, Hotel Chocolat, Friars and Tabl.
Chocolate cupcakes – Named after the cup that they are served in, cupcakes are a do-it-yourself craze as much as they are an inviting chocolate treat. Made from a fluffy mixture and topped with cream or chocolate icing, chocolate cupcakes are a favourite of kids across the country. As with chocolate muffins and brownies, cupcakes are an American invention, but they have become a worldwide phenomenon, being easy to make, satisfying to eat and perfect for parties. You’ll find ready-made varieties from the major supermarkets and artisans like Fiona Cairns, Friars and Cocoapod, as well as kits to whip up your own cupcake masterpieces.
Understanding the Difference Between the Types of Chocolate
There are many different ways to cook and serve chocolate treats, but at root there’s a more fundamental division that needs to be understood. That is, the dividing line between milk and dark chocolate.
The most important difference is, as the two names suggest, the addition of milk. In 1875, Henri Nestle and Daniel Peter realised that they could create a smoother, more even chocolate product by adding condensed milk to melted chocolate solids. Since then, the proportion of chocolate in milk chocolate has varied. For example, the EU demands that milk chocolate contain 25% cocoa solids, while the USA demands 10% (hence the taste difference between Lindt milk chocolate and Hershey). Different people have different tastes, but chocolate with a lower cocoa concentration will tend to have more sugar as a result, which may make it less healthy.
Dark chocolate isn’t just milk chocolate without the milk. To create uniform bars, manufacturers need to add fats to raw chocolate (or all you end up with is a form of chocolate drink). To do so, they usually add substances like palm oil, which can be bad for the environment as oil palms tend to be found in recently deforested rainforest zones. However, there’s a major difference in the composition of dark and milk chocolate. To qualify as dark, chocolate needs to have at least 50%, and usually 70% cocoa solids. As the concentration rises, you’ll tend to find that the sweetness recedes and dark chocolate becomes more bitter. For some people, this is a turn-off, but for others, the unique combination of bitterness and sweetness is irresistible.
And what about white chocolate? Isn’t that just milk chocolate with extra milk added until it turns, well, white? Not at all. White chocolate is a very different product. In this case, manufacturers combine sugar, milk and cocoa butter, and dispense with cocoa solids entirely (in fact, for many purists, it isn’t even chocolate). The way it is made reduces the concentration of caffeine and antioxidants in white chocolate as well, making it potentially less healthy than other types. Then again, the skill of chocolatiers means that it can be turned into some incredible shapes and products, and family favourites like Milky Bars and White Toblerones remain as popular as ever.
Say it With Chocolate: A Guide for Gift Givers
Few products lend themselves to gift giving as well as chocolate, something that chocolate manufacturers have realised from the start. However, in the UK the association between chocolate and romance really dates back to the 1970s, when Cadbury Milk Tray was advertised with an amorous theme.
These days, when you search online you’ll discover a huge array of chocolate gift-giving opportunities. Examples of brands that specialise in romantic or family chocolate gifts include:
Friars – Founded in 1927, Friars have an extensive Valentine’s Day collection every year as well as year-round gift boxes featuring dark, white, milk, boozy, non-alcoholic, and fruity chocolates.
Hotel Chocolat – With around 70 stores across the UK, Hotel Chocolat is one of the biggest artisan chocolatiers around. Their gift range includes lavish hampers with chocolates, salted caramels and alcoholic drinks, while they also feature gift ideas for new parents, anniversaries, illness, good luck, birthdays and many more real-life situations.
Lindt – Swiss masters Lindt have been creating gorgeous chocolates since 1845, and they are experts at creating enticing gift packages. They also have a wide range of ideas for special occasions (including handy apology and forgive me sections), plenty of romantic Valentine’s Day treats and the option to add flowers into the mix for added effect.
That’s just a small selection of the HotUKDeals merchants who offer high-class chocolate gift ideas. Shop around, as all of the UK’s biggest supermarkets will have their own ideas, and there are always mainstays like Roses and Quality Street to fall back on as well.
The Lindt Difference
Nutritional Information - Is Chocolate Good For You?
In recent years, scientists have come up with some intriguing findings regarding the health benefits of chocolate. Before their work became known, it was fair to assume that, while chocolates were delicious and satisfying, they probably wouldn’t do much to extend your lifespan. However, things are changing.
Dark chocolate in particular has been associated with some remarkable benefits. For one thing, chocolate with more than 50% cocoa solids is known to be high in antioxidants – substances that help to protect against cancer (and are thought to help ward off ageing as well).
Not only that, but dark chocolate has high concentrations of the vitamins and minerals we need, including copper, manganese, iron, potassium and magnesium. Flavanols are another benefit, helping to reduce blood pressure, chocolate is thought to reduce the level of harmful HDL cholesterol and potentially even aiding brain function.
So, it looks as though dark chocolate is indeed good for you. Obviously, eating large quantities isn’t recommended, with a high-calorie content and (often) plenty of sugar. But a little dark chocolate every day can be part of a healthy diet.
Unfortunately, things aren’t so clear for milk or white chocolate, but there are some encouraging signs. For example, one journal reported that eating 100g of milk chocolate per day is associated with a decreased risk of death from strokes or heart attacks.
The truth is probably complex (and don’t expect that eating five Mars bars a day is the key to eternal life), but it does seem that the Aztecs were onto something when they used chocolate as a stimulant and a medicine.
Hot Chocolate: Tasty and Easy to Make
So far, we’ve talked about solid chocolate, but hot chocolate is also coming back into vogue, with a number of artisan producers offering dark chocolate powders as an alternative to tea and coffee.
Take Hotel Chocolat, for example. One of their most famous products is Death by Hot Chocolate, which comes in an appealing old-style apothecaries jar, containing flakes of white and dark chocolate and pieces of marshmallow. When mixed together, this blend creates an intense hit of chocolate taste – the ideal pick me up in the morning.
You can also find more exotic hot chocolate products around. Smaller manufacturers like Jaz and Juls create blends featuring dark peppermint, chilli, chai spices or twists of fruit.
The choice of chocolate drinks has expanded exponentially in recent years, and there’s seemingly a variety for everyone’s tastes. However, the most popular brands continue to be old favourites like Cadbury and the supermarkets’ own varieties. Shop around, and you’ll no doubt find huge savings on artisan and big-brand hot chocolate.
You’ll find the latest artisan brands and established names like Terry’s or Toblerone. Just search for your favourite products and take advantage of whatever deals are being offered at the present moment. They could be in-store deals or voucher codes for online purchases, and the selection is constantly changing, so check regularly.
If you are a chocolate addict, you may also want to think about timing your purchases wisely. Chocolate deals tend to spike soon after major events like Christmas, Easter or Valentine’s Day (although there will always be some generous romantic promotional deals as well). Keep an eye out for retailers trying to sell their excess confectionary and pounce when the deals are posted.
Make Massive Chocolate Savings at HotUKDeals
Chocolate comes in many forms, from big Cadbury bars to delicate, hand-crafted artisan truffles – and all of the many types can be found at the HotUKDeals chocolate listings. Bookmark our listings and take advantage of a wide range of offers from the UK’s most popular chocolate retailers.
Not the dark chocolate ones though, never find them on offer
i just bought the nine pack of single mound thingie ones from asda for £2 slightly more expensive (1p per mound), not that much in it ... Bounty Coconut Dark Chocolate Bars Multipack - ASDA Groceries £0.21 yankee per mound £0.22 asda per mound so your saving about 24p ish from buying the big yankee pack! (cheeky) (shock) (horror) may as well get in asda thenless you want a big pack delivered on their own,,, which encourages you to eat more than you need!
Nope I actually work for the coop you can’t
This is definitely overpriced. You can find 4 packs for £1 or £1.25 (full size bars, usually in Co-op). So much better value than this 'deal'.
Reminder that anyone with an Amex Platinum charge card can register for 100 quid statement credit per year at HN. https://www.americanexpress.com/en-gb/benefits/the-platinum-card/harvey-nichols/index.html (the rum prices are pretty decent with the statement credit factored in...)
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Not showing for click & collect can someone point me in right direction please
01/06/2022Expires on 01/06/2022LocalLocalPosted 26th MayPosted 26th May
Strange, multiple coupons are always applied correctly in my Lidl, everything works and never had any coupon not work. Never an issue with stock either.
"Availability: National". Yeah, nah 😄 Not round these here parts, no sirree sir
Monsieur, wiz zese chocolates you are really spoiling us
? They have told me in the past that the other coupon wouldn’t activate for quite a while afterwards. The e-receipt for the previous purchases would need to reach my phone before the other coupon would work. Sometimes that takes about 15 mins and sometimes a few hours. Obviously I have been told a load of rubbish.
Snickers bars have a low glycaemic index, not exactly a health food but one of the better snacks particularly for diabetics.
Yes but the smaller 4 pack in the supermarket is £0.75/100g (£1.25/4 bars) and that's the regular price This "deal" for expiring chocolate is £0.75/100g.
Gram for gram, these are £0.75 per 100g. Tesco have them at £0.63 per 100g and I'm sure somewhere if you really look you can find them cheaper than that, so not really a deal unless you really wanted a 50g bar
Thanks. Got diabetes already.
50gram bars ..remember they used to be that size..
Great find - thanks for sharing (first deal as well!) @sorin.clinci :)
I usually use subscribe and save and that puts it a bit lower at £2.4 per jar, however that's not available anymore... :(
Slightly better than normal usually 1Kg is just under a fiver regularly at Amazon and Lidl.
No S&S option for me
I doubt it, but they're also not being sourced from the big makers either. The big guys probably have exclusive deals with brands like Nutella, Kellogg's etc anyway. I'm only speaking when it comes to food btw, other things such as tissue I couldn't care less. But their foods, most of the time are awful. There are exceptions, but the bitter tastes that are clear as day make me feel sick. I could do a blind test and easily tell which is branded and which isn't. I bought ASDA's milk chocolate spread before, and when I put it on my warm toast, the chocolate smelt and tasted like ashes while being weirdly clumpy. Bought it again, same thing. I just can't anymore (lol)
Maybe it's just my bad luck, but the ones I've received from Amazon are worse than from shops. They look like they've been stored for a long time, some even have this white colour as typically not-so-fresh chocolate has. Next thing is the temperature on Amazon delivery van, didn't have an issue with Kinder as ordered it in the winter, but other chocolate products came completely melted last summer...
Thank you OP, Kinder chocolate is my absolute weakness. On TV not too long ago I saw an advert for the new Kinder Cards - immediately drove around to multiple shops/supermarkets until I could get my hands on it. Worth it (lol)
Cheers OP, I had the price on my sub at £5.73 but now I’ve resubbed at £5.44 with the full 15% off S&S (y)