Author Archives: Matthew Short

Madagascar Update – Small Steps for Africa

Small Steps for Africa Update

We had some good news this week in a Madagascar update from our friend Charlotte Baker, Operations Director at Small Steps for Africa.  Diavolana is now in her last year of secondary school, and will be taking her baccalaureate leaving exams this autumn, having come top of her class again last academic year.    Her […]

How to be Imperfectly Sustainable – Book launch

How to be Imperfectly Sustainable

Well I finally completed my book – How to be Imperfectly Sustainable! I started writing it over two years ago when the IPCC 1.5 degree Climate change report hit me between the eyes. It seemed at the time that it had slipped under the radar and I felt an overwhelming need to act, to do […]

New Mixed Vegan Chocolates Collection

Mixed Vegan Chocolates

Our new Mixed Vegan Chocolates collection is here! Over the last two years we’ve been expanding our range of original Vegan chocolates to the point that we’ve now put them together in a new 12 chocolate mixed Vegan Chocolates collection. You don’t have to be a vegan to enjoy these delicious chocolates of course! It’s […]

New Look for Liqueur Cherry Chocolates

Liqueur Cherries

Our Taste of the West Gold Award winning Liqueur Cherry Chocolates now have a new recipe and have evolved into an unktuous larger dark chocolate form, packaged in a beautiful, locally made, plastic free 12 chocolate box. We use specially selected tender morello cherries soaked in Kirsch, envelop them in a soft fondant and surround […]

Christmas Chocolates 2020

Christmas Chocolates

With the latest announcement of lockdown for one month our chocolate factory will stay open, making and sending online orders. All of our chocolates now have a shelf life past Christmas with the exception of our Mixed and Alcohol free fresh chocolate collections. The couriers are indicating that they will become capacity overloaded and may […]

Pink Champagne Truffles named finalist at the Taste of the West Awards 2020

Pink Champagne Truffles Finalist Taste of the West Awards 2020

Our Pink Champagne Truffles have been named finalist in the Chocolate category at the Taste of the West awards 2020 – hurrah! As the awards ceremony has been cancelled the year the winners of each category will be announced on the Taste of the West website from the 2nd November with five classes per day […]

Lick the Spoon embraces the Doughnut

Doughnut Economics Madagscar vs United Kingdom

You could be forgiven for thinking that this is a new doughnut based product launch, but i’m actually talking about a new form of economics that as a company we’re trying to implement – Doughnut Economics. So what is Doughnut Economics?  Well to really get to grips with the Doughnut you will need to read […]

Child Labour in West African Cocoa

Celebrate Cacao Festival

Yesterday Chicago University issued its five year report to the US Department of labor regarding child labour in West African cocoa production. It’s shocking to say the least – 1.6 million children in child labour in the main West African cocoa producing countries of the Ivory Coast, Ghana, Cameroon and Nigeria. We have never used […]

The shocking truth behind Hazelnut Farming and why we use Piedmont Hazelnuts

Societa Agricola Pedemontis

We now source all our Hazelnuts from the Piedmont region of Italy as Protected Geographic Indication (PGI) Piedmont Hazelnuts. But this wasn’t always the case. Seventy percent of the world’s hazelnuts come from Turkey. Though a  tiny company we do use a relatively large amount of hazelnuts in our pralines and Chocolate Salami. So when […]

Great Taste Gold Awards 2020

Great Taste Gold Award 2020

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve won three Great Taste Awards for 2020! We’ve won a 1 star Gold for our Dark Chocolate Hot Chocolate Lickable Spoon, Vegan Salted Caramel Crunch Bar and Vegan Smoked Sea Salt and Peanut Truffle. Great Taste, the world’s most coveted food and drink awards, has announced its stars of […]