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The bitter reality at the heart of Valentine’s Day Chocolate

On the 14th, supermarket shelves will be piled high with heart-shaped chocolates and truffles, but few consider the darkness at the heart of chocolate production. The bitter reality behind these sweet treats is that the chocolate industry is propped up by child labour and slavery. At a time when people are expressing love and care […]

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Top festive recipes to get you in spirit

Amidst the endless flurry of deadlines, uncertainty and the wonders and wearies of “hybrid learning,” there is solace to be found in the creation, completion and consumption of some well-earned festive delights. Whether you follow recipes to the letter – crossing the i’s and dotting the t’s- there is plenty here to satisfy your Christmas […]

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The Student visits Considerit Chocolate

Vegans rejoice! A new vegan-friendly chocolate shop has arrived in Edinburgh. Founded in 2012, Considerit Chocolate has a loyal following from farmers’ markets and online retail but their first brick-and-mortar shop and café opened just last week at Sciennes, right opposite Summerhall. It’s hard to miss with its stylish all-black shop-front and a charming logo […]

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2017’s best advent calendars

With Christmas around the corner, it’s time to get your advent calendar sorted. There are thousands out there to choose from, but this year it doesn’t have to be chocolate behind those doors. Whether you’re tea-obsessed, have a soft spot for pork crackling or are the ultimate gin connoisseur, there’s something out there for everyone. […]

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Are calorie-conscious candy companies too good to be true?

The increasing focus on healthy eating across the world is hard to ignore. In the US, the prevalence of obesity is increasing every year. As a result, for the past couple of years there has been a major drive to reduce sugar consumption and bring awareness to the health benefits from cutting back. Candy companies […]

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‘Sana’s Recipes’ Mug Brownies

Everyone loves a good mug brownie. They’re a quick and easy fix when you’re craving a midnight snack and pair perfectly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. The hot and cold contrast really makes for a perfect dessert. These can also be made in a little ramekin cup in the oven if you’re worried […]