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Our chocolatiers have been busy crafting a decadent selection
of brand new recipes and honing old favourites to make it
a truly magical Christmas.
Give someone the gift this season that they'll remember. Discover a host of comforting winter flavours, with our limited edition festive recipes.
Perfect for an indulgent present to unwrap on the big day; it's Christmas, after all!
"Tis the season for milk and chocolate, as the long nights draw in we’ve found ourselves longing for something more substantial. Take out your favourite mug, curl up on the sofa and take pleasure in one of our sink-in-and-savour hot chocolate recipes..." - The Pod Blog
Put a smile on their face on the big day with unique Christmas gifts including reindeer and penguin selfies cast in chocolate, a praline Yule log – made with real log! – and alternative tipples such as cocoa gin and salted caramel cocoa vodka.
’Tis the season for Advent calendars and tinsel on trees, all in the run-up to crackers, turkey and presents. But where did these classic British Christmas
traditions come from?
Many can be traced back to Victorian Christmas activities – and some even to Queen Victoria! When she and Prince Albert featured in The London Illustrated News with a tree covered in ornaments as per his native Germany, we were inspired to decorate the evergreens we’d been bringing inside since medieval times with candles, fruits, handmade ornaments, sweets and even little gifts.
Why do we give gifts at Christmas? We’d been handing them out at New Year since the 7th century, but as the Victorians became increasingly enamoured of Christmas the date shifted. Around the same time, the festive feast we’d been enjoying since the Middle Ages, traditionally beef or goose, began to lean towards turkey as the wealthy made it fashionable and the middle classes realised the bird was just the size for a family.
Crackers, meanwhile, were created by one Tom Smith, whose travels in Paris introduced him to bonbons wrapped in a twist of paper – which he upgraded to our beloved roll of card with a ‘bang!’. One of our personal favourite traditions though – and it might have something to do with the chocolate versions – has to be the Advent calendar, which was inspired by Lutherans in Germany in the 19th century.