#teamhotchocolate

Tis the season to be jolly with hot chocolate - everyone likes a bit of silky hot cocoa and there’s nothing more warming on a winters day than an indulgent hot chocolate.

The phrase ‘selling like hot cakes’ has become ‘selling like hot chocolate’ here at Nutshell over the past few weeks. So, we thought we would join in the fun by creating a few hot chocolates for ourselves.

The Nutshell tasting team set to work, frothing milk and measuring out the hot chocolate powder, swirling it all into an exquisite hot chocolate drink. Trays of little hot chocolate tasters where passed around the office and as we all sipped the various hot chocolates, the smiles around the office grew as big as ever!

We tasted four different blends - two of the blends received the same number of votes as the ‘best hot chocolate’. So, our chief taster Jonathan will have to spend some more time dwelling over his tasting notes on these, or maybe even MORE sampling – lucky him!

We already sell some of the most luxurious and distinctive hot chocolates – our instant Poldermill Chocolates are always hitting the spot, however we don’t rest on our laurels - we always like trying something new! Watch this space…

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You may be wondering how do I create the perfect hot chocolate? To create a make-with-milk hot chocolate drink, follow these simple steps:

1.       Measure out the hot chocolate into your mug (this is usually around 3 heaped table spoons for one serving).

2.       Heat up the milk in a separate jug, to 85 degrees Celsius (this is usually around 200ml of milk for 3 table spoons of powder). Ideally use the steamer on your coffee machine to heat the milk as this also gives you a nice frothy milk topping.

3.       Pour 20ml of the hot milk into you mug and mix the hot chocolate powder into a thick paste.

4.       Add the rest of the milk to the paste and stir gently.

5.       Add toppings such as mini marshmallows, cream and chocolate flakes at your desire. If you are looking for a very seasonal hot chocolate, why not try adding some Gingerbread syrup?!

6.       Drink to your hearts content and repeat.

To create a using an instant hot chocolate, follow the same steps but using water instead of milk.

Happy hot chocolate drinking.

Macmillan Coffee Morning!

On Friday 28th September 2018 we helped to support Macmillan Cancer Support Charity by joining in with the ‘World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’! Here at Nutshell we put our baking hats on and created some marvellous cupcakes. Everyone joined in, decorating a cupcake in the quirkiest way possible - we had some fantastic results! We are pleased to say we raised a total of £107.50 for Macmillan, a very worthwhile cause.

We also created and produced ‘Limited Edition’ Macmillan Sugar sachets here at Nutshell, offering these to our customers to help contribute to their coffee mornings with free sugar! They looked great! We committed ourselves to donate £5 for every photo sent back to us of our customers coffee morning. Thank you to everyone’s support in this,

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National Burger Day! What is the most popular sauce?

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It's National Burger Day, so thinking about all things that go with burgers...

What is the most popular sauce?!

Some would say sauce is a very important necessity with all foods, but with so many available that spoil us for choice, which sauce should you choose? There are a large number of new sauces that have come to the market over the recent years (including the Heinz Smokey Baconnaise we have just been trying here at Nutshell) but it seems the good old sauces are always still top of the pops.

Let’s take a look at the most popular sauces at Nutshell over the past year…

1.       Heinz Tomato Ketchup
No surprise here as Tomato Ketchup has always been one of the most popular sauces in the world! But it shows the old faithful still goes on. In the past year Nutshell sold nearly 3 times as much as all the other sauces put together!

2.       HP Brown Sauce
Another iconic sauce that’s still very popular and often served as an option alongside Tomato Ketchup, although it doesn’t quite drum up the same volume! That said it is the 2nd most popular, mainly due to its uniqueness.

3.       Heinz Mayonnaise
Mayonnaise - a sauce you can have with anything! Hence it’s up there as people like the creaminess and don’t just use it in sandwiches and salads as it commonly would have been.

4.       Heinz BBQ Sauce
A truly legendary sauce, one of the tastes of summer, reminder of the fun times around the BBQ. Long live summer. Often used as a marinade for meat, to give it a great flavour.

5.       Heinz Tartare Sauce
A surprise? Maybe not the sauce you expected to see near the top of the list, but a ‘must have’ with your seafood dish.

What does the future hold? Everyone likes to try new sauces and new flavours are always welcomed, will Tomato Ketchup get knocked off its perch….?

The team here at Nutshell are often found doing trials on new sauces to continually improve our product range. We’re like bees around a honey pot when a new sauce comes in! Any reason to roll in the bacon butties (or whatever suits)!

Looking for a bit of punch in your sauce? Check out the Heinz Firecracker sauce – a smokey, tomato based sauce with a chipotle spicy kick. It goes perfectly with pizzas, meats or anything you want to spice up!

Beat The Heat! Iced Coffees & Cocktails

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Create the ultimate refreshing drink using Monin Syrups, Frappe Mixes, Purees and Smoothie Mixes.

Beat The Heat with a Beer Mule! A refreshing drink for summer, made up of Monin Ginger Syrup, Vodka and Beer.

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A visual helpful guide on Iced Coffees and Teas. Including; Iced Mocha, Iced Flavoured Latte, Vanilla Frappe, Coffee Frappe, Flavoured Frappe, Flavoured Iced Tea.

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Video: How to create an Iced Mocha

Visit from John Glen, MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire

The Team at Nutshell were delighted to welcome Mr John Glen, MP for Salisbury and South Wiltshire, on Friday 22nd June 2018, to show how much our trade is interwoven with Europe and to discuss the potential impact Brexit could have on the business and local economy.

As Economic Secretary to the Treasury and City Minister, John was very interested to understand the commercial and economic implications of Brexit first hand and reassured us that the Chancellor was fully aware of the need of continuing free movement of goods with Europe. It was excellent to be able to give him a tour of our new offices and factory, and meet all our staff.

It was such a beautiful day, that before he dashed off to meet with Prince Charles in Salisbury City Centre, we even took the opportunity to capture a company photo! What a great team!

Following his visit to Nutshell, Mr John Glen said he’d “Spent an informative time this morning at Nutshell Portions on Churchfields Industrial Estate in Salisbury. It’s a fantastic local business exporting single portion food and beverage products across the European Union. Managing Partner Jonathan Moffat showed me round the offices and factory floor where I got to meet all the staff. We then had a useful meeting where he set out his views on Brexit and stressed to me the importance of maintaining frictionless trade with our partners in the European Union. I assured him that the government is doing all it can to ensure that we have a deal that respects the referendum result but continues to deliver a future trading relationship that is as seamless as possible.”

UK Coffee Week

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UK Coffee Week is a nationwide celebration of coffee that unites the industry and raises funds for the communities that grow our coffee. UK Coffee Week supports Project Waterfall, an initiative dedicated to bringing clean water facilities to coffee growing communities. 
Cafe Bronte proudly supports UK Coffee Week

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*Offer is applicable to all orders delivered & Invoiced by 30th April. Please Claim using offer code UKCW2018 to ensure you get this 10% discount on your order!

View our Coffee & Beverages page to view our range of coffee....stock up for UK Coffee Week!

29th September - World’s biggest Coffee Morning!

Nutshell created a ‘Limited Edition’ Macmillan branded sugar sachets which we offered FOC to all our customers, to use at their Macmillan Coffee Mornings! By sending us just an image of their coffee morning – we committed to donate £5 on their behalf to Macmillan.

We also ran a ‘Nutshell Bake-Off’ for our staff – we committed to donate £5 for every cake entry, and we then judged the cakes by Taste & Appearance! It was a good excuse to eat cake all day!

Thank you to all our customers and staff, so far we have raised £122.30 for Macmillan.

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