Hot chocolate

Cozy Hot Chocolate Recipe (for 6 people):

30 cl full-cream milk
30 cl heavy whipping cream
300 g dark chocolate
A dozen marshmallows
Unsweetened cocoa powder

Heat the milk and cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Do not let it boil. Break the chocolate into small pieces.
Once the mixture is hot, add the chocolate and whisk until you achieve a homogeneous and frothy result.
Serve in mugs and top with marshmallows.

Enjoy while it’s hot!

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grapefruit 2 pcs
carrot 4 pcs
peeled ginger (fresh)- 3cm piece
honey to taste

Squeeze the juice from the grapefruit and pour it into a jug. Extract the juice from the carrots and ginger In a juicer and add to the grapefruit juice. Stir and sweeten to taste with honey.

You can combine the fruit to your taste, but we always recommend including ginger – it’s a real life-booster.

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Apple Slices with Cream Cheese Whipped Cream



4 eggs
150g – granulated sugar
160g – all-purpose flour
4 tbsp – oil
1 tsp – baking powder

Apple Filling

0.5kg – peeled apples
80g – granulated sugar
40g – vanilla custard powder
300ml – water

Top Layer

250g – cream cheese
200ml – whipped cream
sugar – according to taste


1) Separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form, then add sugar and continue beating until a glossy meringue forms. Mix in the egg yolks, oil, and gently fold in the flour combined with baking powder.
2) Pour the batter onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake at 170°C until golden brown, about 20 minutes.
3) Cut the apples into small pieces, place them in a pot, pour in half the amount of water, and simmer for 5 minutes. In the remaining water, dissolve the custard mix and sugar, then pour it over the apples. Cook until thickened.
4) Pour the apple filling over the baked cake base immediately and let it cool completely.
5) Mix the cream cheese with sugar and whipped cream. Gently spread this mixture over the cooled apple filling. You can sprinkle cinnamon or chocolate on top. Chill and serve.

Enjoy your delightful treat!



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Thanks for sharing your amazing World Chocolate Day competition recipes! We’re inspired by your dedication and creativity, and we couldn’t wait to share them with you. 
Keep up the great work, and keep chasing your sweet dreams!

Chocolate Mousse

200g dark chocolate 
300g marshmallows 
2× 220ml ideal milk, 1 tin must be ice cold

Melt the chocolate, marshmallows and 1 tin ideal milk in a double cooker.

Let it cool off slightly. Beat the cold tin ideal milk until stiff. Mix it lightly with the chocolate mixture, not too much. Let it set and serve. Looks amazing in durable tempered Duralex Amalfi glasses.

Thanks to Tlotlo Sedumedi

Chocky Chock tart

2x pack of your Marie biscuits
Place 1 pack of Marie biscuits in a bowl.
Have 2x 150g bar chocolate melted and pour on your placed biscuits in a bowl.

Place another remaining pack of Marie on the top of your chocolates infused biscuits and add 2 tablespoons of condensed milk with freshly squeezed lemon.

Refrigerate then cut into desired pieces. Enjoy the sweet taste. 

Servings: 4

Thanks to Khensi Paile

Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

4 cups chocolate chips about 2 bags
1 1/2 cups peanut butter
1/2 cup powdered sugar

Melt 1 bag chocolate chips in a glass bowl in the microwave (15 seconds, stir, repeat until melted smooth).

Spread chocolate in the bottom of a non-stick 9×9 pan. Let harden.

Use a hand mixer to mix together 1 1/2 cups peanut butter with 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Spread over hardened chocolate.

Melt 1 more bag of chocolate chips.

Spread on top of peanut butter layer. Let harden and cut into blocks and ready to enjoy.


Thanks to Kassandra Kassy Ramtahal

Chocolate Cake

3 eggs
175ml sugar
60ml oil
60ml cocoa powder dissolved in 125ml hot water
120g flour
10ml baking powder
2mg salt
5ml vanilla essence

Icing for chocolate cake:
120g butter
240g icing sugar
60mg cocoa powder
5ml vanilla essence
Add milk to mix


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Ding Dong Cake


For the Cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup boiling water

For the Filling:

1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Ganache:

1 cup heavy cream
8 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped

For the Whipped Cream Topping:

2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract



Preheat the oven to 175°C. Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add the eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix on medium speed until well combined. Reduce the speed to low and gradually add the boiling water. Mix until the batter is smooth and well blended. Divide the batter evenly between the prepared cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Remove the cakes from the oven and let them cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Then, transfer them to a wire rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, prepare the filling. In a saucepan, heat the heavy cream over medium heat until it starts to simmer. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let it sit for a minute, then whisk until smooth and well combined. Stir in the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Let the filling cool completely to thicken.

To make the ganache, heat the heavy cream in a saucepan over medium heat until it simmers. Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate. Let it sit for a minute, then whisk until smooth. Let the ganache cool for 15 to 20 minutes until it thickens slightly.

For the whipped cream topping, beat the heavy cream, powdered sugar, and vanilla extract together in a mixing bowl until stiff peaks form. To assemble the cake, place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread the chocolate filling evenly over the cake. Place the second cake layer on top of the filling.

Pour the ganache over the top of the cake, allowing it to drip down the sides. Refrigerate the cake for 30 minutes to allow the ganache to set. Pipe or spread the whipped cream topping around the edges of the cake. Slice and serve the Ding Dong Cake as a decadent and delicious treat.

Indulge in the richness and decadence of this Ding Dong Cake. Inspired by the classic chocolate snack cake, this homemade version takes it to a whole new level. Moist chocolate cake layers are filled with a creamy chocolate filling and topped with a smooth ganache and a fluffy whipped cream topping. Each bite is pure bliss, reminiscent of the childhood favorite. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply craving a delightful dessert, this Ding Dong Cake is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cooking Time: 35 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Kcal: Varies depending on ingredients used | Servings: 12 servings

Thanks to Caroline Valencia Ross

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Homemade Chocolate

Chocolate has always been considered an aphrodisiac, so it would be a shame not to try a homemade preparation. Create an original gift from the heart that can be tweaked to suit the recipient’s taste and elevate homemade chocolate to a work of art with a handful of nuts and fruit. Bitter, milk or white? You can do them all! Take a deep breath and take in the sweet aroma of this chocolate recipe.

How to make homemade chocolate?

It’s not rocket science. Here is a step-by-step guide that will help even a complete beginner.

We will need:

cocoa butter
cocoa powder or cocoa mass
chocolate mould
silicone spatula

optionally then:

flavouring in the form of coconut or cane sugar
nuts or fruit for decoration

Are you a chocolate lover and would you like to enjoy it as much as possible, or would you like to give an original and lovingly made gift? Then make it at home!

The first ingredient you need to make chocolate is cocoa powder. Another ingredient that homemade chocolate cannot do without is cocoa butter. It is actually pure natural fat that is separated from the cocoa beans during processing.

Although chocolate is a sweet treat, it cannot be made without salt. It’s not for nothing that they say salt is better than gold! Salt enhances the flavour of the cocoa and promotes its depth.

Do you want to sweeten your life and homemade chocolate? Try coconut or cane sugar or real vanilla extract. Freeze-dried fruit or nuts are good for beautifying homemade chocolate bars. Moreover, these variants are also suitable for vegans and vegetarians.


Step 1: Melt the cocoa butter

Start by preparing a water bath. This is one of the best methods to melt cocoa butter or mass. How to make a water bath? Pour a few centimeters of water into a medium-sized pot. Use a heatproof bowl (glass or stainless steel) that is slightly larger than the circumference of the pot. However, make sure that the bottom of the bowl does not touch the water.

Bring the water to the boil over a low heat and then remove from the heat. Add the cocoa butter to the bowl. Stir gently but frequently to prevent burning. It takes a little time and patience.

If you are using large chunks of cocoa butter, cut them into smaller, equally sized pieces. The pieces will melt faster without burning.

Step 2: Add the cocoa powder

Once the butter has completely melted, add the cocoa powder with a pinch of salt. Stir the mixture to combine the ingredients thoroughly and let cool for a few minutes. Blend the mixture for a consistent consistency and attractive appearance of the final chocolate.


Step 3: Chocolate is born

Pour the cooled mixture into the mould. You can buy a ready-made chocolate bar mould, but you can also cleverly use a silicone candy mould in smaller sizes and shapes to make smaller, praline-like pieces of homemade chocolate.

Finally, place the chocolate in the fridge or freezer and leave to set.

A final tip: Store the chocolate in an airtight container. This way, you can store it in the fridge or freezer. This unfoamed homemade chocolate should last 2-3 months.

Milk and white, classic or unconventional?

If you are a sweet tooth, then you are looking for chocolate that melts sweetly on your tongue. Milk chocolate is like that. As the name suggests, in addition to the ingredients we mentioned for dark chocolate, milk is added to the recipe to soften the bitterness. But don’t pour milk straight from the box into the pot! Milk (or cream) powder is added to homemade milk chocolate.

Soy or coconut milk is also a great choice. Vegans and vegetarians will also appreciate this “milk” chocolate option. If you are part of the vegan community, you will appreciate the original milk alternative of rice powder with cane sugar.

You’ve probably read somewhere that white chocolate isn’t actually chocolate. Chocolate must contain cocoa solids, which white chocolate does not. But don’t despair, even though white chocolate is chocolate, it is a product that could not do without cocoa beans. This type of sweet is largely made up of cocoa butter and sugar, with soya lecithin, milk powder and sometimes vanilla added.

We eat chocolate all year round and in any situation. Take advantage of its variability and give it as a gift. Chocolate will delight across the ages and quality chocolate will not offend even the toughest of die-hards. Moreover, handmade chocolate made with love has a great added value. Chocolates can come in many shapes and forms. Try a nice change and create a work of art instead of the classic bar of chocolate.


4 Easy Wine Cocktail Recipes to Make This Summer

If you’ve ever had too many frozen margaritas in your younger years and now you can’t bear the sight of tequila, a cool wine cocktail might be what you need during happy hour. 

There are so many wine cocktail recipes ready to be discovered. Whether you love red wine, white wine, rosé, or sparkling, there is a gorgeous wine cocktail out there for you.

In this article, we share six recipes for our favorite wine-based cocktails. From sangria to mimosas, this list will keep your weekends fun and your brunches boozy.


Sangria is a classic Spanish party drink, consisting of red wine, chunks of fruit, and often brandy. The brandy is completely optional.

Here’s how to mix the ideal sangria for summer:

You will need:

  • 1 bottle of red wine (your choice)
  • 1 large orange chopped into eighths
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2.5 cups sparkling water or lemonade
  • Ice cubes

How to mix:

  • Add the orange and the sugar to a large jug and muddle with a wooden spoon.
  • Pour red wine over it, stirring to incorporate the sugar.
  • Add the ice and top the jug with sparkling water.
  • Give the sangria one last stir and serve it in tumblers.

Aperol Spritz

Enjoy this traditional Italian cocktail for a taste of Venice. Aperol spritz is the must-have summer drink for anyone who loves the Mediterranean way of life. However, if you’ve never tried it before, make yourself a small one — the bitter orange flavor can be a bit of a shock.

You will need:

  • 100ml Aperol
  • 150ml Sparkling Brut
  • 1 Seltzer of your choice
  • Ice cubes

How to mix:

  • Split the Aperol and the ice between two glasses
  • Divide the sparkling wine between the glasses
  • Top up the rest of the glass with seltzer
  • Give it a taste — if it’s too strong add more seltzer, if not strong enough add more Aperol

White Wine Spritzer

There are so many ways to make a great white wine spritzer. You can mix a dry white wine with club soda, a dash of brown sugar, and lime juice to make a mojito-inspired spritz. Or mix ice, rosé wine, and cranberry juice for a gorgeous pink alternative. Here’s our classic spritzer recipe, which is perfect when sipped alongside brunch.

You will need:

  • 100ml white wine (we like Sauvignon Blanc)
  • 1 cup Seltzer or sparkling water
  • Ice cubes
  • 1 lemon peel

How to mix:

  • Fill a large wine glass with ice
  • Pour in the white wine
  • Fill the rest of the glass with seltzer
  • Add a curl of lemon peel to garnish


A Mimosa is a mix of fruit juice and sparkling wine. It’s a great addition to boozy brunches and backyard barbecues because it’s fruity, light, and has less alcohol than many drinks.

Although orange juice is the typical ingredient in mimosas, there are many other alternatives.

You will need:

  • 100ml Sparkling Brut
  • Orange juice (freshly squeezed is best, but store-bought will do too)

How to mix:

  • Pour the Brut into a Champagne flute
  • Top up the glass with orange juice until the glass is full

If you’re planning on hosting a get-together this weekend, make sure you get ingredients for wine cocktails. Whether you fancy the look of the classic Sangria or want to tackle the summery Mimosa, your guests will love these delicious drinks.


How Do Winemakers Make Wine? From Grape To Glass

Making wine is one of those age-old customs that has been around for virtually as long as humankind has needed a drink. But even though drinking wine has been a pleasure shared by people of many ages and countries, there is still some mystery around the specifics of how it is made.

When and where did winemaking begin?

It will be helpful to understand the context of wine’s history before we get into the specifics of how to produce wine from grapes. While France and Italy are the nations most closely associated with wine production, archaeological evidence indicates that wine production may have begun in China around 7000 B.C., with Armenia and Georgia following suit not too long after.

What are the steps?

The precise processes in the harvesting process will vary in time, method, and technology depending on the type of grape, the region, and the type of wine that a winemaker desires to produce. However, these fundamental vine-to-wine stages are generally present in every wine harvest:

  1. Harvesting
  2. Pressing
  3. Fermentation
  4. Clarification
  5. Maturation
  6. Bottling


Harvesting is the process of selecting and gathering wine grapes, much like any other ripe fruit. Destemming happens after the grapes are harvested from the vineyard, either manually or mechanically.


Pressing, also known as crushing, is the process of pressing grapes to obtain the juice that will be used to make wine. Grapes for white wine are immediately pressed to prevent prolonged contact with the grape skins (hence the light color). Red wine grapes are crushed along with their skins and seeds, which add tannins and color.


Without a doubt, fermentation is the key to making wine. Depending on the winemaker, either wild yeast or cultured yeast starts the fermentation process, which turns the grapes’ sugar content into ethanol and carbon dioxide (i.e., alcohol content).


As the name suggests, clarification is the process of cleaning the wine to get rid of any floaties or sediment that can give it a hazy appearance.


The process of maturation occurs when wine keeps fermenting and adds complexity, tastes, and aromas. While some vintners choose to mature wine in stainless steel vats, others prefer oak vats, which can add spicier, warmer aromas. Wine ages differently from one bottle to the next, although in general, white wines aren’t aged as long as red wines.


Bottling is the last step in the production of wine from grapes. Some wines are suitable to drink straight immediately, while others need to mature for years in the wine bottle.


5 Alternative Ways to Use Our Shot Glasses

Find new uses for your dusty, old shot glasses with fun and festive dining ideas. Show your guests the refined side of shot glasses at any gathering, whether it’s a formal dinner or a playful outdoor braai. Jello shots not allowed!

Here is a list of the top 10 unconventional uses for a shot glass:

1. Desserts

Having consumed appetizers, a starter, a filling main meal, and a few glasses of wine, your dinner party guests might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the idea of a large dessert being served to cap off the evening. How about offering delectable little desserts in shot glasses, like these no-bake strawberry lemonade cheesecakes, to still satisfy your sweet tooth?

2. Dipping Sauces

Serve your canapés in shot glasses with a selection of dipping sauces for guests.

3. Wedding Favours

Succulents make the most fantastic wedding favour or gift. A living succulent gift is stylish, charming and something that your guests can take home as a long-lasting memory of your special day.

4. Little Vases

Looking for a unique way to adorn your tables at special events? Display beautiful single-stem flowers in a shot glass for simple but effective decoration.

5. Candle-Making

Get crafty and make your own colourful shot glass-sized candles to brighten up your home or decorate your tables for a party. This article shows you how to step by step.

Our Favourite Shot Glasses:

Roly Poly Crystal Shot Glass 60ml

Duralex Amalfi Glass Tumbler 70ml

Duralex Picardie Glass Tumbler 90ml


How RCR Produces The Most Eco-Friendly Glassware

With the ever-present effects of global warming and ecological issues growing significantly, industries are turning to sustainable materials that will lessen the effects and hopefully make a difference.

RCR is one of the companys that are at the forefront of eco-friendly processes as they boast emission-free productions and 100% recyclable glassware.

Faithful to the spirit of Italian artisan craftmanship since 1967, RCR Cristallia, adopts the latest, most innovative technology to make sure their glassware remains a reliable, durable and beautiful product.

What is Eco-Crystal?

Eco-Crystal is a material of the finest quality and produced with the utmost care for the environment that is used in the creation of all of our goods.

The whole production process is fully electric and aimed to a continuous reduction in consumption.

Energetic Savings

RCR has reduced its electric consumption by 45% which is the equivalent of average consumption of a village of 5.845 people.

Energy is constantly being recycled, thus there is never any waste. The energy released by machines is recovered and reused while the heating is conveyed in order to fuel the heating system.

Water Savings

40% of the water used in the production process is recycled, and the remaining water is decanted and purified to an exceedingly high standard.

RCR has also decided not to use raw materials that release nitrogen oxides, the main responsible for acid rain pigments

Choosing RCR Cristalleria Italiana and Crystal Eco-Crystal means counting on Made-in-Italy quality, knowing that you have done the right thing for your business and for the environment.

Our Favourite RCR Products:

RCR Adagio Whiskey Set 7Pcs

The Adagio Set is a timeless, retro-chic design with classy faceted ridges. This set of six whiskey tumblers includes cut variations to enrich your everyday life and bring a touch of sparkle to any occasion.

RCR Timeless Whiskey Set 7Pcs

Elevate your drinking experience with the truly striking RCR Timeless Whiskey Set. From water to whiskey, these wondrous tumblers are sure to add a special touch to any beverage.

RCR Invino Decanter

Slender and subtly faceted, this classic RCR Invino Decanter stores and serves your favorite spirits in sparkling style. The bottle makes a thoughtful gift for the cocktail enthusiast.


What to Look Out for When Buying White Wine Glasses

Stop! Did you know that using the appropriate white wine glasses can actually improve the flavor of your wine? Think about it before you pour that wonderful Viognier into any ordinary tumbler.

White wines (and rosés) are typically served in glasses with narrower bowls because the smaller size keeps the wine at the ideal serving temperature, which preserves the fruity flavors. These glasses are often just referred to as traditional white wine glasses, and are slightly tulip shaped.

These small-bowled wine glasses allow the drinker to fully appreciate the acidity of white wines with low body and high acidity because of their small size. Wines such as Riesling, Pinot Grigio, and Sauvignon Blanc taste best in these traditional glasses.

However, since Chardonnay and other full-bodied white wines are so aromatic, they benefit from a wider rim and a rounder bowled glass. Our advice? Serve your Chardonnay in a Bordeaux glass to save money instead of spending more on specialty glasses.

Don’t get us wrong, we would quite happily drink wine out of a shoe as long as the company was good and the wine was high quality. However, to really get the most of your wine, picking the right glassware is essential.

Our Favourite White Wine Glasses:

Crane Crystal Bistro White Wine Glass

With a perfect tulip-shaped bowl, a sturdy flat foot (the bottom of the glass), and a slender stem, this classic white wine glass from Crane Crystal is a great investment set. Better yet, it’s dishwasher safe!

Crystalex Sandra White Wine Glass

Crystalex drinkware is always impressive, but this long stemmed, super-light white wine glass is something special. Specifically designed for whites, this tulip-shaped glass helps to emphasize the fruity flavors of the wine. 

Crane Crystal Lara Stemless Glass

Made from the finest Bohemian crystal, the lead-free Titanium crystal content in this stemless wine glass will make the glass tougher, abrasion-resistant, shatter-resistant, crystal clear and have a brilliant shine.

Don’t get us wrong, we would quite happily drink wine out of a shoe as long as the company was good and the wine was high quality. However, to really get the most of your wine, picking the right glassware is essential.