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World Chocolate Day? Yes please!

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An entire day celebrated by eating chocolate? Stand aside and pass me the confectionary!
Some sources say that this day commemorates the introduction of chocolate to Europe on July 7, 1550, but whether or not this is the case, let’s eat some choccy!

These days, chocolate is many things to many people: a comfort food, a little treat, a forbidden indulgence, something to keep the kids quiet, or even an aphrodisiac.

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Historically, chocolate was much more than just a tasty morsel. The Aztecs believed that cacao (which chocolate is made from), was given to them by their gods, and the cacao bean was considered to be more valuable than gold.

Back in Europe, chocolate was mostly enjoyed as a drink, until chocolatier J.S. Fry and Sons created the first chocolate bar in 1847, and over two decades later Swiss chocolatier Daniel Peter teamed up with his friend Henri Nestle to create the Nestle Company and brought chocolate to the mass market.

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Chocolate may well be one of the most celebrated foods around the world, popping up as specialities on Easter, Christmas and, of course, Valentine’s Day. Chocolate has been the subject of many successful books and film adaptations, and makes its way into almost any dish you can think of, including beers and coffees.

Interesting Fact: The French celebrate April Fool’s Day with a chocolate shaped fish.

Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written By: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.





I Scream, You Scream...

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The words ‘ice cream’ invariably conjure up images of slurping up Mr. Whippy’s on the beach, and of children running around the neighbourhood in the summer, clutching pennies as they try to chase down the ice cream van.

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This year, ice cream seems to be growing up! Gone are the days of the humble strawberry, vanilla, and chocolate… as we open our minds to the possibilities of quince, blackberry, and pear.

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It has been predicted that in 2019, ice cream and gelato flavours are going to be pushing boundaries with new flavours such as wild blueberry lavender, mascarpone, and beetroot, with companies such as Hackney Gelato really thinking outside the box with palm sugar, basil and smoke flavours.

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Another growing trend is the increase in interest in alcoholic ice creams. Haagen-Dazs has just introduced a range of boozy ice creams including Stout Chocolate Pretzel Crunch, Irish Cream Brownie, and Bourbon Vanilla Bean Truffle. More locally, Treleavens in Cornwall stocks Vodka Pink Grapefruit ice cream among its other flavours

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.

Supermarkets and the Vegan Movement

Over the past week, we have seen more supermarkets introducing vegan products than ever before.

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Aldi just added plant-based ‘chicken’ burgers, sausage rolls, no beef burgers and superfood burgers to their product range. These products are made from quinoa, couscous, pumpkin seeds, butternut squash, red pepper and sweet potato.

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Morrisons brought out vegan tuna, called TUNO, which is made using soya protein and natural flavourings, and apparently has a flaky texture, much like the real thing. It also has a high protein count and low calories.

Sainsbury’s Jackfruit Quarter-Pounder was just named the ‘Best Vegan Supermarket Burger’, and in an article today, the supermarket giant predicted that 25% of Brits will be vegan or veggie by 2025.

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So why are vegan alternatives proving to be so popular that supermarkets are falling over themselves to introduce supporting food products?

According to the Vegan Society, “Demand for meat-free food increased by 987% in 2017, and going vegan was predicted to be the biggest food trend in 2018”.

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Much of this increasingly popular trend seems to be a result of the combined factors of increased awareness of treatment of animals, health concerns, environmental impacts, celebrity influence, and ready availability.

Many of our clients are bringing out vegan options, and all of the photographs used in this post are celebrating their diversity.

For more information about going vegan, please visit www.vegansociety.com

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Food Photographer: Tom Davies, Lead Photographer, Full Steam Pictures.
Written by: Kate Davies, Media Manager, Full Steam Pictures.