Category Archives: Sustainability and Climate Change

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 […]

New Products, Price Changes and Ethically Sourcing

Vegan Salted Caramels

We have some updates to share with you at ‘Spoon HQ regarding new products in the pipeline, price changes and ethically sourcing. We’ve continued on our path of ethical sourcing and sustainability, and anyone that saw the David Attenborough Extinctions documentary will understand why! In our increasingly connected world that sometimes involves difficult decisions. Ethically […]

The World’s Fairest Chocolate

Art Deco Easter Eggs

The chocolate we use to make our Easter Eggs and Chocolates is sourced under a scheme known as Raisetrade from Madagascar and Colombia. With Raisetrade the chocolate is made in the country of origin. Compared to an export of farmed cash crops such as cacao beans it’s worth many times more for Madagascar and Colombia […]

Vegan Cashew Milc Chocolate and Sustainability in Madagascar

Cashew Trees in Madagascar

Our Vegan-milc chocolates have been incredibly successful since their launch last Easter, and we are increasing our range with a new Vegan-milc chocolate Caramel Crunch bar. So it seems timely to examine how Cashew-milc chocolate is made on Madagascar and the sustainability of Cashew nut production on the island. Back in 2005 the idea of […]

What is Glassine and how do you recycle it?

Plastic Free chocolate boxes with Glassine cups

This morning I had a lovely telephone conversation with a customer who had purchased a box of our Salted Caramels in her local plastic free shop – The Green Cupboard. She put two very good questions to me – What are the cups and cushion material made of – they feel like plastic – how […]

The Future Economy – Prosperity, Growth, and Planetary Boundaries

Spaceship Earth

Our own chocolate business has always been a small business, though it has varied in size over the years. Like many start-ups in our early days we had a plan that required business growth. Initially working from home our vision was to have three to five retail shops in five years supported by a central […]

We are Plastic Free!

Plastic Free Chocolate Boxes

Time for Celebration – all of our retail Packaging is now Plastic Free! We pledged we’d be Plastic Free by Christmas 2019 and we’ve done it! It’s been a huge effort, but we’re really proud of what we’ve achieved – not that we’re going to stop and rest on our laurels. A quick success summary!…. […]

Plastic Free Chocolate Boxes are here!

Vegan Salted Caramels

Hurrah! Our Plastic free chocolate boxes are here! A year in the making – I know we can’t quite believe it’s taken so long either – and our boxes are here and will start to ship to our customers. You’ll also see our photographs change, just as soon as we get chance to take them. […]