We are excited to announce our product launch into Southern Co-op. Two of
our drinking chocolates: 30% West African Drinking Chocolate and Heavenly
Salted Caramel Drinking Chocolate will be part of the Local Flavours range. We
met the Local Flavours team at a Pig Den event organised by HampshireFare back in 2019, where we had the opportunity
to showcase what we do.
The good fermentation of cocoa beans is critical in the development of chocolate flavour. When cocao beans are ripe, they are harvested: cut out of the pod still covered in their sweet, white pulp. They are then fermented, put into piles, or placed in wooden boxes to allow the fermentation of the bean. The conditions are warm and wet and the bean, which is the seed of the cacao tree, starts to germinate, breaking down its own stores of sugar and fat, but the sugary pulp attracts moulds and yeast, which start to ferment on the outside of the bean, driving the temperature upwards towards 60 degrees, changing the colour from white to light brown and the heat kills the bean! Luckily for us, the partially germinated interior of the bean contains everything that we need to make delicious chocolate! BUT get this stage wrong and no matter how good a chocolate maker you are, your chocolate won’t taste any good. Which is why we make sure that the fermentation of the cocoa bean is done properly and we taste ALL the cacao that we buy before making it into our delicious chocolate. http://www.mortimerchocolate.co.uk/product-range/chocolate-powders/
hot chocolate product in the heat of summer? You’d think you’d have to be mad, but this is
exactly what the independent chocolate maker, Mortimer Chocolate
is doing this July! Their range of
drinking chocolates: chocolate, salted caramel and chocolate orange have
just been launched on the Ocado Supermarket site, at the same time as we
are all sweltering in the heat!
Smith, the master chocolate maker behind the drinks said “It seems odd, but the drinks will be
in place for when the weather starts to cool off in the autumn, ready for the
winter. But also, our drinks make a
lovely refreshing COLD drink with milk too! Our customers tell us just how refreshing
the cold version is, so the drinks are an all-weather option!”
In fact, the salted caramel pack carries a recipe to make the cold drink and there are more recipe ideas on the website, including one for a 10-minute chocolate cake recipe! Handy videos to show you exactly how! http://www.mortimerchocolate.co.uk/video-grid-gallery/ With cooler evenings and the kids at home during the summer holidays, these drinks offer the perfect all-round package to keep them (and you) satisfied and amused.
went on to say: “Ocado liked the fact that our salted caramel drink had won a 2018
Quality Food Award, which usually go to much bigger brands with huge
budgets. It is an endorsement of how
good our drinks are that we beat off much larger competition. Our drinks are all based on natural cocoa
powders, which gives them a delicious chocolate intensity. We’re really excited to have the opportunity
to work with Ocado and for their customers to be able to try our chocolates.”
The Natural Cacao Powder used in this cake recipe is made from beans fermented under a carpet of banana leaves. It is rich in anti-oxidants, with a wonderful flavour. Most cocoa powders in the UK have been alkalised, (Dutch process), with chemicals to manipulate the flavour and colour of the powder. This process is not necessary with our superior Cacao Powder, and because it has not been alkalised it is called Natural.
Red Velvet Cake You will require 2 x 21cm diameter cake tins greased and lined.
Ingredients 50g Mortimer Natural Cacao Powder 120ml natural plain yoghurt 120ml milk 1 teaspoon red food colouring. 120g butter or margarine 300g caster sugar 2 eggs, beaten 250g self-raising flour 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ tsp salt
Method In a large mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar together. Add the beaten egg, one at a time, together with a tablespoon of the flour and beat until well mixed. Mix the yoghurt, milk and food colouring together. Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and natural cacao powder together. Beat in 1/3 of the flour and 1/3 of the yoghurt into the creamed butter mixture, repeat twice more until all the ingredients are evenly mixed in. Spoon into the cake tins and bake at 1800C (1600C for fan ovens), Gas Mark 5, for 25 to 30 minutes, until the cake is firm to the touch. Turn out and allow to completely cool, before decorating with the frosting.
Soften the butter and beat in the icing sugar until light and fluffy Add the vanilla extract and cream cheese and beat until well combined. Spread half the icing in the centre and half on top of the cake.
We love the chocolate flavour, but then we are biased as it uses our wonderful Ecuador Cocoa Mass. Created by chef, Johnny Melican. His passion for good, healthy food has driven him to create an ice cream using a unique process only used by Johnny. And after many years of development you too can now taste his fabulous vegan ice-cream. Also comes in Vanilla and Honeycomb flavours. @johnnysdairyfreeicecream
Congratulations to Change Please, who have made it into Marketing Week’s 100 Disruptive Brands 2017 . Fabulous organisation, that trains homeless people to be baristas, and provides them with a distinctive coffee cart. Look out for our Drinking Chocolate on their vans.