Category Archives: Sustainability and Climate Change

Friends from Chocolat Madagascar visit Lick the Spoon

Nicolas and Neil of Chocolat Madagascar visit Lick the Spoon

We were delighted yesterday to host our friends from Chocolat Madagascar – Nicolas Randrianarimalala, export manager of Chocolat Madagscar and Neil Kelsall founder of Raisetrade. In 2016 Nicolas and Neil hosted us in Madagscar taking us on a wonderful journey from the Cocoa plantation in the North-West Sambirano valley through to the Robert factory in the […]

Plastic Free Packaging – Summer Update

Botanical Collection Group

The damaged caused to the oceans and our environment by single use plastic packaging is finally big news after the wonderful series Blue Planet II. We have been fortunate to visit cocoa plantations on the wonderful island of Madagascar and the Carribean Island of Grenada. Connecting with the farmers and producers made us realise what […]

Vegan Chocolates

crayfish bay plantation

Many of our chocolates are suitable for Vegans and to help with your selection we’ve created a separate Vegan Product category listed under our Shop menu. We’ve used guidelines from the Vegan society to inform our recommendations. We hope you find this separate category useful when choosing chocolates suitable for Vegans from our range. As […]

Dominica Emergency Water Relief Fund Raising

Hurricane Maria

We’ve all seen the devastation to the Caribbean caused by Hurricane Maria. The tiny Island of Dominica has been completely devastated and water supplies are contaminated. See the latest BBC story here  and the United Nations update. Our friends Kim & Lylette at the Crayfish Bay cocoa plantation in nearby Grenada have teamed up with International […]

Avokany Faravohitra Children’s Home Update

Avoko Avokany Faravohitra

Since our visit to Madagascar last year we have supported the Avokany Faravohitra children’s home with ongoing financial sponsorship. The wonderful charity Small Steps for Africa who coordinate the sponsorship visited the home earlier this year. We thought you’d love to read about their trip below.   Taken from Small Steps for Africa’s annual report…  […]

Meeting with Her Majesty’s Ambassador for Madagascar

HM Ambassador for Madagascar Tomothy Smart

On the penultimate day of our trip to Madagascar earlier this year we met with Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of Madagsascar Timothy Smart. We were honoured to meet with the Ambassador and find out more about his role in Madagascar. Of course as chocolatiers it was only fitting to mimic the well known […]

Visit to Crayfish Bay Organic Cocoa Estate

Crayfish bay organic cocoa

This summer we were fortunate to spend a wonderful week staying with Kim and Lyette Russell on their organic cocoa estate at Crayfish Bay, Victoria, Grenada. We took our children with us and stayed in their guest accommodation which has to be one of the most idyllic locations I have ever stayed in. For several […]

Akany Avoko Faravohitra Childrens Home Madagascar

Akany Avoko Faravohitra

Our visit to Akany Avoko Faravohitra Childrens Home Madagascar was an unforgettably moving experience. In Malagasy ‘Akany’ is centre, ‘Avoko’ a Madagascan flower and ‘Faravohitra’ is a suburb of Antananarivo the Madagascan capital. It was our second day in Madagascar and we knew that we were to visit a children’s home that had recently opened. What we […]