A couple of weeks ago I attended a chocolate tasting event at Out of Office Coffee in Newport Pagnell with Shantelle from MK Daily Prss. The night didn’t start off too well, Google Maps took us so far out of the way, a 20 minute journey ended up being an hour long journey, making us late!
I’ll be honest I didn’t know what to expect from this event I had absolutely no idea what it involved, but when Shantelle said would you like to come to a chocolate tasting event with me, of course I’m going to go, I mean who doesn’t like chocolate?
When we arrived and after all the introductions we got a drink and found a table for the event to properly start. I loved the decor and all the interiors, cute little coffee shop I can see myself spending the day there getting blog posts done.
A gentleman called Spencer Hyman from Cocoa Runners gave a presentation all about what they do. From all around the world independent chocolate makers are managing every step of the process from the bean to the bar itself. They are focusing on less is more when handcrafting their chocolate. These chocolates have fewer additives and more real flavour.
Spencer explained Cocoa Runners have tasted over 5000 chocolate bars and have selected only a couple of hundred. Each chocolate bar is unique. We tasted just 15 of them. Before we tasted each one Spencer would give us a brief bit of history on the bar and its maker. Out of 15 I only liked 3, one of them I liked so much I bought it to take home.
Cocoa Runners work like Graze or a monthly beauty box. For a monthly subscription, 4 bars will be delivered through your letterbox. Each month you will receive a different selection, so you will never get a repeat. The subscription is £18.95 a month, seems a lot but their bars start from around £5.
To save £5 on your first order, use code – OOFEB0818 at the checkout, terms and conditions apply and can all be found on the Cocoa Runners website.
Thank you again to Shantelle at MK Daily Prss and to Out of Office Coffee and Cocoa Runners for having us, it was a lovely and interesting evening.
Until next time