Chocolate and Champagne Pairing… Who Could Possibly Resist?



LuxuriousChampagneSelectionGiftBoxWho can think of anything more enticing than a retailer dedicated to a love of chocolate, which sources its best examples from far and wide to make real a world of chocolate heaven? How about adding to all of that the delights of Champagne with its sense of celebration and fizz? The lovely people at www.chocolatlovers.co.uk are doing just that and we can hardly wait to tell you about what else they can do to combine these two wonderful treats.

Not only do they offer a vast selection of speciality chocolates for every occasion, but they also make it easy for you have a chocolate tasting session. This could be on your own at home so that you can eat all the chocolates (naughty!) or with your friends at a dinner party. And they also supply some of the best champagne from a specialist seller with independent producers who make champagne with passion and exuberance, who use traditional manufacturing methods.

You can impress your clients by holding a bespoke chocolate tasting event, or a Champagne tasting event, or better still how about pairing the two. Chocolat Lovers will plan and organise your bespoke corporate event to thrill and impress your guests, each event is tailored to your specific requirements. All you have to do is contact the team and a consultant will discuss with you your requirements in detail so that you can have the best event possible.

GlenLyonCoffeechocolatebarImagine the scenario, you send out invitations to your clients suggesting they come and meet you over a few curled sandwiches and some warm white wine – how will they feel afterwards? Probably a bit flat themselves! Then, think about the alternative, you invite them to a specially selected location, it can be your office or a boutique hotel sitting room for example, and then everyone takes a stroll through the world of chocolate and champagne. All your clients will be thinking very highly of you by the end of the event!

ScotspineflavoureddarkchocolateThey will be marvelling at a pairing like a Michel Furdyna La Reserve Blanc de Noir Brut, 100% Pinot Noir with a morsel of Peruvian Maranon Milk, 60% cocoa. The chocolate is a strong milk, where honeycomb and caramel meet an oak and vanilla edge, leading to a citrus finish. It is made from rare PURE NACIONAL cacao, grown in a remote canyon at the foothills of the Andes, which makes it perfect to satisfy a taste for rounded, toast-y Champagnes with some weight behind them like the Furdyna La Reserve Blanc de Noir Brut. The specialist products and knowledge will empress your corporate clients. Or how about a treat for your hard working team of employees?

Pertois-MorisetGrandCruRoséBack at home, here is a great reason to plan a dinner party – show off your tasting skills to your family and friends by inviting them over and presenting them with a fantastic pairing of a Pertois- Moriset Grand Cru Rose Brut (85% Chardonnay 15% Pinot Noir)  with Scots Pine Dark Chocolate Thins made with Madagascan 66% cocoa, the lovely red fruit flavours of which are woken up by the flavour of Scots pine shoots, picked on the slopes of Kenmore Hill, Loch Tay. Who could resist. And for those with a  palate for darker chocolate, try the Sea Salt Caramel Brownie  with its Dark 60% Cocoa together with a glass of La Croix Vintage 2005, (55% Chardonnay, 25% Pinto Meunier, 25% Pinot Noir).

Happy tasting.



Get Summer Body Ready with SS Healthfoods

For those of you out there who want to improve your life style, beef up your muscles and build your strength, www.sshealthfoods.com is the place to go. It is the most excellent one stop shop for all things health and exercise related, from weight gainersprotein powders, vitamins and minerals, shakers and bottles, fitness equipment and tanning products to name some from the list of great products available to customers and trade clients.

SS Healthfoods features major brands to help you reach your goals amongst the favourite are Optimum Nutrition products, for example Optimum Nutrition Complete Protein and Optimum Nutrition Shots.

If you are an athlete you need to treat your body with care, what goes into it is as important as how you train it to get maximum power and effect. The best place to purchase your body supplements for athletes is from a reputable supplier that has experience in sourcing the best products and specialises in specialist nutrition for your development. Make sure that you select the right product for the time in your training schedule – try protein flapjack bars to keep you going and Optimum Nutrition Shots for that quick and easy intake of nutrition.

You can even get gift vouchers so that your friends and family can choose unique presents for themselves from the huge range of sports supplements, protein powders, weight loss products, vitamins and meal replacements available on line. How about signing up for the newsletter on the website so that you can get regular updates and information about the new products and discounts SS Healthfoods offers – there are over 5,000 products for all your sport nutrition.

Orders are dealt with quickly and if you place one before 1pm on week days to be delivered in to a GB mainland address they are normally delivered the next working day – so no hold ups in your training schedule if you run low on your protein flapjack bars or Optimum Nutrition Complete Protein or other body supplements for athletes. Products can be delivered internationally, just email SS Healthfoods direct for postage charges. Having an account will speed up your ordering process and will give you access to promotional codes, but for those one time purchases, you can order directly without registering. Whichever way you choose, SS Health foods have a huge and great range of products so you can select what is best for you to achieve your athletics and nutritional goals. Visit www.sshealthfoods.com to browse the complete catalogue.

Summer Sweetshop Memories

Bah Humbugs' Sweet Hampers
Bah Humbugs’ Sweet Hampers

Who doesn’t love a hand full of sweets, the ones that remind you of when the summers were always hot, there were always dens to be built or some marbles to be traded? You have to be from a different world entirely to not be swept back into a childhood world of nostalgic sweets when you see what Bah Humbugs has to offer. The retro sweetshop brings back to life the sticky fingered pleasures of the 1970’s and 80’s for our delectation.

My favourite sweets were always the chewy ones; you could get a bag stuffed full with just half of Saturday morning’s pocket money. But how my brother always managed to get more than me was an irritating mystery, and how did he always get his to last longer than mine? It must have been that I chewed my way through the Black Jacks, Candy Sticks and Drumsticks more greedily than he sucked his way through his favourites which were the Liquorice Comfits. I see now that Bah Humbugs have available Liquorice

Torpedoes – bigger than the Liquorice Comfits so they should keep him quite even longer now, so that’s his birthday present sorted. If fact, I’m going to send him a whole Liquorice Sweet Hamper as a treat for old time’s sake, he will be delighted.

How about signing up for a Sweet Subscription and joining the Sweet Club? This is a fabulous way of ensuring you get a monthly supply of your favourite retro sweets through the post – no having to wait until mum or dad sends you to walk the dog or pay the papers at the weekend so you can go to the newsagents for your bag of Curly Wurly, Sherbet Fountains and Hubabbubas. Oooh, and white chocolate mice. For my next birthday all I want is a Retro Sweets Hamper, so I am going to tell all my family and work colleagues about www.bahhumbugs.com and to check out the great treaty hammers of nostalgic sweets they can get to keep me happy.

How about you? Which is your favourite? Visit www.bahhumbugs.com to remind you of your sweet youth and check out the nostalgic sweets, do you want a Liquorice Sweet Hamper, a Retro Sweets Hamper or to join the Sweets Club to get treats through the post each month? Sigh….

Hot Tub Covers UK from SpaMaster

Spa Master Hot Tub Covers
SpaMaster specialises in Hot Tub Covers

Investing in a swim spa or hot tub cover from SpaMaster is an essential when it comes to preserving heat, protecting pets and children and increasing the lifespan of your hot tub, as well as having the potential to lower the running costs of your tub by increasing energy saving capabilities.

Hot tubs require protection in both summer and winter, and the changing environment can be damaging if proper precautions like covers for tubs aren’t taken. SpaMaster use a Marine grade vinyl and galvanised steel hinges to ensure maximum protection in all seasons, with resistance to both UV and mildew damage.

As well as adding longevity to the life of your hot tub, SpaMaster covers themselves are durable, manufactured to an exceptional quality, and provide you with years of protection. With increased density and strength, SpaMaster covers are less prone to bowing and sagging over time, and options are available to European customers who require even further increased strength for snowfall.

Spamaster also stock a range of security straps and cleaners designed exclusively for hot tub covers and swim spas, as well as a range of additional options for covers with specific purposes or increased durability requirements.

Spamaster manufacture hot tub covers in the UK, entirely custom to your order. All you need is to input the make, model and year of your hot tub online at www.spamaster.co.uk for the team to create your product. Express delivery options are also available if you need to receive your cover within 7-10 days.

Getting Married? Try a Sweet Cart!

Getting married and still stuck in the planning stage? Don’t worry, it’s never as bad as you think it is. While planning a wedding can be very stressful, simply because there’s just so much that needs to be done, there are plenty of ways to make your life easier whilst still getting the event that you’ve dreamed of.

We all have different ideas about how we want our weddings to be and it’s only right that you do what you want to do rather than trying to keep everyone else happy. You shouldn’t have to worry about what everyone else is thinking; it’s your day and you deserve the best.

One of the things you’re bound to be thinking about is the favours and the food, which can be a bit of nightmare at the best of times, but there’s a great solution to the issue of what to do with your guests between the cocktail hour and the meal. Sweets have become a very popular choice of wedding favour over the last few years, and it’s not hard to see why. Aside from the nostalgic appeal, usually after a long afternoon of ceremonies and greeting people there’s no better pick me up than a bag from the handily placed sweet cart stocked with the best of British sweets.

Sweet carts can be a charming addition to a wedding, especially if you’re looking for that something to make things extra special. They’re simple, appealing and completely un-intrusive; all you have to do is hire one and get it set up. After that, it’s a free for all!

Bah Humbugs is a traditional sweet shop based in Masham that also has an online store. As well as stocking nostalgic favourites like the Lions sweet hamper, they also recently added Sweet Carts to their repertoire which is now available for weddings and other celebrations including christenings and children’s birthday parties.

Sweet carts are one of the best ways to make your wedding that bit more magical, especially if you’ve got a soft spot for the retro sweet shop you remember so fondly from your childhood. Why not indulge your inner child on what’s mean to be one of the best days of your life?

As a classic sweet shop Bah Humbugs can offer you all of your favourites to be enjoyed by your guests on the big day, including the best liquorice sweets in the UK. If you’d like to hire their sweet carts for your wedding, you can visit their website at www.bahhumbugs.co.uk or call them on 01765 688997 to make an enquiry.