Category Archives: Seasonal Chocolate

For us, chocolate is an all year round affair, but we do enjoy our seasonal chocolate gifts! Here you will find a series of blog posts dedicated to our love of chocolate Easter Eggs, Christmas chocolate gifts and Halloween Chocolate. Add Mother’s Day and Father’s Day chocolate gifts into the mix, along with some Valentine’s chocolate hearts and you have a collection of gifts that we are proud to make right here in sunny West Sussex!

A Spitalfields Christmas

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year…” Hmmm? At Montezuma’s Spitalfields store that quote might not be the most accurate, but I would definitely call it the busiest and most fun time of our chocolate year. We start talking about Christmas in August, which always feels super early when the sun is still shining, until we compile our huge … Continue reading

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Build a Bar this Christmas!

A Chocolate Bar with your name on it! We all love a personalised product and we all love chocolate. Combine the two and the result is – Build a Bar! NEW for 2016 at Montezuma’s we listened to our customers and came up with what we think is simply magic! It’s as easy as 1,2,3! Select the colour you would … Continue reading

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Build a Bar this Christmas

World Vegan Day

World Vegan Day is an annual event celebrated by vegans around the world on 1st November. The Day was established in 1994 by Louise Wallis, a DJ, singer and writer who is known for her animal advocacy, who was then President & Chair of The Vegan Society in the United Kingdom. The event was created to commemorate The Vegan Society’s 50th anniversary and in 2014 … Continue reading

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Vegan Chocolate Hamper

Halloween in our Winchester Store!

Halloween in Winchester, or should that be Halloween in Helle?! Our lovely Winchester shop is part of the Pentice and is situated on the high street, right next to the historic Buttercross. In medieval times this monument was flanked by two taverns, Heavyn and Helle (pronounced heaven and hell). Since then the Buttercross has been a focal point at the … Continue reading

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Winchester Halloween History

Why do we eat eggs at Easter?

Is eating eggs at Easter a new invention? Or something which has been passed down through the ages? Well it’s a bit of both to be honest! The celebration of Easter itself dates back to a pagan figure called Eastre – the Goddess of Spring – and was originally begun by the Saxons of Northern Europe. But Easter is most … Continue reading

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Chilli and Chocolate – an unlikely combination…

With National Chilli Day (25th February 2016) upon us, we wanted to explore how the incongruous collaboration of dark chocolate and chilli came into being. At first the idea of smooth chocolate paired with a fierce sharp taste tends to produce a mixed reaction, but the pairing has been around for quite some time… Originating with the Aztecs, the practice … Continue reading

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Who invented Valentine’s Day?

Valentine’s day is a big season for us, creating chocolates to help our customers express their love. Cynics say that Valentine’s day was created by the card industry to increase sales but I needed the truth. Following my research, let me enlighten you…! There are conflicting reports on the real origin but there is consensus that from 13th to 15th … Continue reading

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Hot Chocolate for Cold Winter Nights

With cold winter nights in full force, a delicious treat after a long and chilly day is a hot chocolate. Chocolate beverages date back a long way – the Aztecs first embraced using cocoa beans more than 2,000 years ago. At this point chocolate was served as a bitter, frothy liquid mixed with spices, wine and corn puree. After the … Continue reading

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Drinking Chocolate

Why chocolate at Halloween?

When we set up Montezuma’s 15 years ago Halloween chocolates weren’t part of our thought process. Since then Halloween has become a much bigger event, now with its own range of chocolates. It’s lovely to have another excuse to eat some delicious chocolate, but why did confectionery become so important to Halloween? In the past, Halloween (which was originally a … Continue reading

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