Philip Neal Luxury Chocolates

Chocolate is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America.

Its earliest documented use is around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who made it into a beverage known as xocolātl, a Nahuatl word meaning "bitter water".

The seeds of the cacao tree have an intense bitter taste, and must be fermented to develop the flavor. After fermentation, the beans are dried, then cleaned, and then roasted, and the shell is removed to produce cacao nibs.

The nibs are then ground to cocoa mass, pure chocolate in rough form. Because this cocoa mass usually is liquefied then molded with or without other ingredients, it is called chocolate liquor. The liquor also may be processed into two components: cocoa solids and cocoa butter. Unsweetened baking chocolate (bitter chocolate) contains primarily cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.

Much of the chocolate consumed today is in the form of sweet chocolate, combining cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat, and sugar. Milk chocolate is sweet chocolate that additionally contains milk powder or condensed milk. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids. Cocoa solids contain alkaloids such as theobromine and phenethylamine, which have physiological effects on the body. It has been linked to serotonin levels in the brain. Some research found that chocolate, eaten in moderation, can lower blood pressure.

 The presence of theobromine renders chocolate toxic to some animals, especially dogs and cats. Chocolate has become one of the most popular food types and flavors in the world. Chocolate chip cookies have become very common, and very popular, in most parts of Europe and North America. Gifts of chocolate molded into different shapes have become traditional on certain holidays. Chocolate is also used in cold and hot beverages, to produce chocolate milk and hot chocolate. Cocoa mass was used originally in Mesoamerica both as a beverage and as an ingredient in foods. Chocolate played a special role in both Maya and Aztec royal and religious events. Priests presented cacao seeds as offerings to the deities and served chocolate drinks during sacred ceremonies. All of the areas that were conquered by the Aztecs that grew cacao beans were ordered to pay them as a tax, or as the Aztecs called it, a "tribute".

 The Europeans sweetened and fattened it by adding refined sugar and milk, two ingredients unknown to the Mexicans. By contrast, the Europeans never infused it into their general diet, but have compartmentalized its use to sweets and desserts. In the 19th century, Briton John Cadbury developed an emulsification process to make solid chocolate, creating the modern chocolate bar. Although cocoa is originally from the Americas, today Western Africa produces almost two-thirds of the world's cocoa, with Côte d'Ivoire growing almost half of it.


Baroque Stilettos Shoes

Baroque Stilettos Shoes

£35.00

Per Shoe

Salted Caramel

Salted Caramel

£25.00

200g Box

Pink Strawberry Hearts

Pink Strawberry Hearts

£25.00

200g box

Copper Buddha

Copper Buddha

£15.30

per buddha

Kama Sutra Set

Kama Sutra Set

£16.00

8 pieces

Golden Easter Egg

Golden Easter Egg

£35.00

300g Egg

Graffiti Easter Egg

Graffiti Easter Egg

£35.00

300g Egg

Egg Shell Easter Egg

Egg Shell Easter Egg

£35.00

300g Egg

Crystallized Petals Easter Egg

Crystallized Petals Easter Egg

£35.00

300g Egg

Easter Bunnies

Easter Bunnies

£10.75

Per Bunny

Easter Bunnies Pink

Easter Bunnies Pink

£10.75

Per Bunny

Handmade Macaroons - COLLECT ONLY

Handmade Macaroons - COLLECT ONLY

£7.65

Box of 7 - price with your loyalty card - refill your box next time and get an 8th one free!

Hand Painted Chocolate Truffle Cake - COLLECT ONLY

Hand Painted Chocolate Truffle Cake - COLLECT ONLY

£14.75

Small Chocolate Truffle Cake

Chocolate Tart - COLLECT ONLY

Chocolate Tart - COLLECT ONLY

£12.75

Luxury Pink Easter Egg

Luxury Pink Easter Egg

£35.00

300g Egg

Luxury Chocolate Egg

Luxury Chocolate Egg

£35.00

300g Egg

Luxury Marbled Chocolate Egg

Luxury Marbled Chocolate Egg

£35.00

300g Egg

Easter Bunnies White

Easter Bunnies White

£10.75

Per Bunny

Milk chocolate mini eggs - 2 bags

Milk chocolate mini eggs - 2 bags

£14.00

2 bags

Philip Neal Luxury Truffles

Philip Neal Luxury Truffles

£25.00

200g box

CHOC BLOG

The history of chocolate

07 March 2013

Chocolate is a raw or processed food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central America and Northern South America. Its earliest documented use is around 1100 BC. The majority of the Mesoamerican people made chocolate beverages, including the Aztecs, who [...]

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Philip Neal Luxury Chocolates

Philip Neal Luxury Chocolates is an original and vibrant chocolaterie, where innovative and unique products are handmade to the highest standards using only the purest natural ingredients. The company was founded in 1999 by Philip Neal, proprietor and chocolatier. All of our recipes are designed and developed by Philip throughout his career as head Pattisier in some of the UK's leading five star establishments. All of our chocolate is made using just five ingredients: cacao solid, soya, natural vanilla, cane sugar and pure cacao butter - no unnatural additives are added at any stage of the process.