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HOT OFF THE PRESS: Our New Look Website!
 

Welcome to the brand new, all-singing, all-dancing Pittenweem Chocolate Company website!

It's taken a wee while to get here, but we're delighted to bring you our new-look website, containing more new features than you can shake a chocolate fish at.

To start things off, you'll notice our homepage looks rather different. You'll find a selection of 'featured' products here, plus links to all the other exciting new pages on the site.

Then there's the new chocolate shop: updated with all the usual favourites to buy online – from hot chocolate to whisky liqueurs – plus some new additions, like The Pittenweem Chocolate Co. artisan chocolates.

Next up, our Cocoa Tree Café menu is now online for you to peruse from the comfort of your home, or, in fact, anywhere you can connect to 4G. From our light meals through to our speciality hot chocolates, it's all there.

We still have our highlights of Pittenweem page, plus a list of our stockists, along with a bit about the café and how the Chocolate Company started.

And then there's this blog – Sophie's Journal. Back with a weekly update from The Pittenweem Chocolate Co. and with a whole new look.

We hope you enjoy the changes, and look forward to hearing your comments!

Until next week,
Sophie xx


 
For the Love of Chocolate
 

There’s something utterly indulgent about the texture, the taste, the smell of chocolate. Whether you love dark, white, or milk, one bite hits all your senses in one go… It’s not surprising, then, that chocolate – the most sensuous of gifts – is given on Valentine’s day.

But why do we celebrate love on the 14th of February?

It all stems back to the legend of Christian martyr Valentinus, who supposedly sent a letter ‘of affection’ to his jailer’s daughter the night before his execution.

It’s recorded that, in 14th century England and France, poems of love were composed for Valentine’s Day, celebrating Valentinus’s ode. They also celebrated with ‘matchmaking’ lotteries, in which boys’ and girls’ names were drawn from hats, seeing couples paired off.

By the 17th century, gifts and cards became the tradition, and people gave them to their chosen beau. The gifts themselves were lavish and expensive – jewellery being the norm – and so enjoyed more by the higher classes of society.

It wasn’t until Victorian times that the celebration really took off for everyone – present-giving diminished and the giving of elaborate cards took hold, the more extravagant the better. The words held as much meaning as the magnificent card, and people pondered long and hard over the message they were sending. Both men and women cherished these tokens of affection dearly.

Carefully crafted, meaningful cards may be a thing of the past. As are expensive jewellery and lotteries to find love. But, thanks to a certain worldwide chocolate producer in the 1840s, we now associate Valentine’s Day with the giving of chocolate and flowers. It may involve less effort than days gone by, but through chocolate we can treat each other, indulge that special person – whether partner, or best friend – with something meaningful, and decadent, showing them a wee bit of affection to brighten their day.

Happy Valentine’s, folks!

Sophie x


 
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There's a reason we love dark chocolate
 

At the Cocoa Tree Café and Pittenweem Chocolate Company we utterly adore dark chocolate, from the chocolate around our whisky liqueurs, to our famous little fish that come with a cup of our 70% dark, luxuriously thick, Intense hot chocolate. The darker the better: it’s sumptuous!

But it’s not only the taste of dark chocolate that we go mad for. We love the health benefits too. Strange as it may seem, dark chocolate, especially that over 70%, is wonderfully nutritious. It contains a huge amount of fibre (what you need for digestive health), iron (helping to reduce anaemia), magnesium (good for the immune system), copper (great for producing energy), and manganese (good for metabolism). Plus, dark chocolate is absolutely packed with antioxidants – the things you find in fresh fruit and veg that help to keep you healthy and to fight disease.

Bear in mind, we are NOT saying that you should only eat dark chocolate, all day, ever day – everything in moderation, of course – but that chocolate treat you fancy might just be doing you more good than you thought.

Happy chocolate eating,

Sophie x


 
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The Intense Affogato
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There has been a new addition to our Café menu this summer: the Affogato. And we have two flavours for you to try, Intense and Double Espresso.

Meaning ‘drowned’ in Italian, the Affogato submerges a scoop of vanilla ice cream, either in our intense, thick hot chocolate, or in a double shot of our delicious Ovenbird espresso coffee. We think these are the things dreams are made of, but come in and try one to decide for yourself…

See you soon!

Sophie x


 
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Walking the Coastal Path
 

If you’re planning a walking holiday along Fife’s fantastic coastal path this summer, or in early autumn, do take a look at Fife Coastal Path Holidays.

This wonderful family run business from Pittenweem aims to make the Coastal Path a walking experience to remember, providing extensive knowledge of the area, recommendations of where to stay, and a transport service to carry your luggage between stops, so you don’t have to. For full details of all that they have to offer, visit www.walkingfifecoastalpath.com

Be sure to take a pit stop in Pittenweem whilst you’re walking and you’ll get a warm welcome here at the Cocoa Tree Café.

Best wishes,

Sophie x