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Schoc Chocolates, Greytown

Posted on March 04, 2015 by Jo Freeman

From December 2002, owner Murray Langham has been operating Schoc Chocolates out of a tiny turn-of-the century cottage, in gourmet Greytown’s main street (the original confectioners shop) making sumptuous hand-made chocolates and operating a small Chocolate Therapy studio.

With 60 flavours in the Schoc tablet range alone - there is a chocolate that is perfect for you. Urban Harvest is currently stocking 5 different flavoured tablets (ginger, lemongrass, tangerine, coffee & walnut and rose dark) but will add to these over the next few months  - if you have a special request for a particular Schoc flavour, please do email me at jo.freeman@urbanharvest.co.nz and we'll add it to our next order.

The chocolate beans for Schoc chocolate are sourced from Tanzania, Java, Papua New Guinea, Cuba, Ecuador, Grenada, Dominican Republic, Ghana, Trinidad, Madagascar and Sao Thome. Chocolate from these gourmet beans has a minimum amount of sugar added for flavour enhancement. Importantly, all Schoc's growers are treated fairly and respectfully. Schoc believe in sustainability improving farmer livelihoods and doing business responsibly. So you can feel good next time you pop a piece of their chocolate in your mouth!

The flavourings in Schoc chocolate tablets are organic, where possible, and sourced locally. No extra sugar or any preservatives are added and only whole and real flavours used. The base chocolate is hand-crafted using classic techniques.

We're very excited to have Schoc Chocolates on board as part of the Urban Harvest family. For more information about Schoc, please visit their website here. To pop a Schoc tablet in your bag, click here

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Fix & Fogg, Wellington

Posted on May 20, 2014 by Jo Freeman

Andrea & Roman Jewell love peanut butter.  Actually, they're probably more at the 'fairly obsessed' end of the peanut butter spectrum.

As "massive foodies", they love nothing better than making their own food from scratch and, with a young family, are also concerned about what they eat.  Says Roman: "We thought peanut butter was a healthy natural product, but we found a lot of brands were full of added emulsifiers, preservatives, sugar and too much salt. Not enough attention was being given to the colour and taste of roasted peanuts."

So they began making homemade peanut butter in their Aro Valley home, keen to keep it both simple and healthy. And it all started from there. An obsession turned into a business. Roman quit his law job and started grinding nuts & turning them into peanut butter. 

Fix & Fogg now operate out of a tiny Nut Buttery, tucked away under some stairs in Eva St, central Wellington. There they roast the hi-oleic nuts imported from Australia themselves to an extra dark roast (their dedication evident in numerous burns endured through constant checking), grind the nuts and then hand blend the ground nuts with a sprinkling of Malborough sea salt &, in the case of Super Crunchy, coarser nuts. They even pipe the peanut butter into jars by hand. 

And, to prove just how healthy Fix & Fogg peanut butter is, Andrea & Roman had it nutritionally analysed. The results reveal that the fat, sugar and salt content are much lower than standard peanut butter.  So as well as tasting lip smackingly good, it is really good for your body too.

If you're wondering about the name - their peanut butter is named after two characters from the adventure novel Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne; Phileas Fogg and Detective Fix. The Jewells really liked the idea that their peanut butter journey would also be an adventure. Urban Harvest is super excited to be a part of that adventure.

To find out more about Fix & Fogg, visit their website here. And to add some Fix & Fogg peanut butter to your bag, click here.

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