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Hi everyone - Rosie Rabbit here!
Lily-Lu isn’t here this week, she mentioned she had to do some research for the next blog post (though I think she’s sneaked off to do the monkey bar challenge at the local gym…).
Anyway, she asked me to do a blog post – and I’ve decided to talk about Moo Free Chocolates' scrummy honeycomb.
Sometimes, I get calls on my carrot phone about the Bunnycomb bar’s honeycomb. There seems to be some confusion surrounding the word ‘honeycomb’ on the back of the bar.
The ingredients in the honeycomb (or cinder toffee) in the Bunnycomb bar are sugar, glucose syrup and sodium bicarbonate. That’s it – definitely no honey or beeswax! The name is because of its shape as it’s similar to the honeycomb made by bees.
Sadly, calling the ingredient Bunnycomb brings legal complications and calling it cinder toffee is also confusing as toffee often contains dairy and gluten. Rest assured though – the bunnycomb is completely dairy-free and gluten-free, and also 100% vegan!
Oh - and it doesn't have any bunnies in it, either!
See you soon,
Coeliac disease (pronounced see-lee-ac) is a horrible condition where the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues when gluten has entered the body. This leads to damage to the lining of the gut meaning that nutrients from foods can’t be absorbed into the body properly.
It is neither an allergy nor an intolerance, but rather it is a lifelong disease and while it can be maintained with a gluten-free diet, it is incurable.
Some examples of gluten-inclusive foods are:
• Wheat based products
• Seasonings and Spice Mixes
• Biscuits made from wheat, rye or barley flour
• Meats /poultry cooked in batter or breadcrumb
• Ales, beer, lagers, stouts
• Yogurts with muesli or wholegrains
Fortunately Moo Free Chocolate is completely gluten free as the factory where we make the chocolate does not use gluten or wheat in any of our products nor is any stored on site so they have no threat of cross contamination. This means that all the Moo Free Chocolates are safe for people with coeliac disease!
You can find out more info about Coeliac Disease at here.
And more about the awareness week here.
See you soon.
Lots of love,
Eek! I have a lovely post this week. Earlier this month Moo Free Chocolates supported the Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity’s Patient Spring Party, by donating a bundle of scrummy Moo Free Chocolate! The charity helps raise money for the hospital so that it can afford to help very ill children and get the equipment to help them.
The Great Ormond Street Hospital is a world-leading hospital dedicated to children, (you may remember them from the opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympics). Established 160 years ago, they are the largest paediatric centre in the UK helping children with serious issues like heart problems, as well as providing brain surgery and intensive care. They are also one of the largest centres in Europe for children with cancer.
The spring party had loads of activities going on including:
• Face panting
• Flower crowns
• Egg races
• Virtual reality (handled by Google Expeditions)
• Cake and biscuit decoration
From the lovely letter the Moo Free friends and I received it’s clear the event was a tremendous success! If you’d like to help the cause yourself, you can visit their site at www.gosh.org. Just look for the charity tab at the top of the page - eek!
See you next time.
Lots of love,
Eek! - there’s a very significant event starting this week - it’s Allergy Awareness Week!
From April 24th until May 1st, the charity Allergy UK will be helping to spread valuable information about understanding allergies. A few years ago people didn’t know as much about food allergies. That’s all changed, thanks to charities like Allergy UK and companies like Koko Dairy Free, Booja Booja and - of course - Moo Free Chocolates!
This year, the primary topic will be 'Eczema: Are We Just Scratching the Surface?', although no doubt there will be lots of really interesting information on allergies!
You’ll be able to follow the event by clicking here, and you can also follow it on their social media sites:
What's more, Moo Free Chocolates are just perfect for Allergy Awareness Week as they're completely free from:
…and they're also certified organic and vegan!
See you all soon – eek!
Lily Lu Lemur
Speaking of eggs, there are still places where you can buy Moo Free Easter eggs. Hurry while stocks last as they fly off the shelves very fast - eek!
Currently, I know the following places are still stocking Moo Free Easter eggs:
• Sainsburys (Original)
• Morrisons (Original and Bunnycomb)
• Holland & Barrett [out of stock online; some stores still have stock]
• Natural Collection
• Flowers Buy Delivery
• Viva Shop
• Goodness Goodies [Original and Bunnycomb]
• Old Retro Sweet Shop
• Chocolate Whirled [they still have a few in their shop in Southport]
• Nature Doc Shop [Order before midday on April 12th for delivery before Easter]
• Happy Hippy Baby
• Deli De Luca
Also, if you'd like to find some stockists of other Moo Free chocolates, you can use the handy search function on the Moo Free Chocolates website which is available here: www.moofreechocolates.com/search.
Take care and Happy Easter!
Lily Lu Lemur