Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate

Keep Calm and Eat Chocolate

Here at the Chocolate Wrapper we are constantly looking for inspiration to create new designs for our chocolate wrappers and this time we couldn’t resist having a bit of fun with the historic and now iconic Keep Calm slogan.  Originating from 1939 when the British Government incorporated the words “Keep Calm and Carry On” into a wartime motivational poster, we’ve put our own slightly more humorous spin on the wording and created these very awesome looking chocolate bars!!

All the bars in this range can be fully customised and personalised. Simply choose your bar size, font and background colour combination and the name of the person the chocolate is intended for.  And then finish off with a short personal message on the reverse of the bar.  Choose from individual bars in either 40g or 100g sizing or why not really treat someone with a multi pack of either six 40g bars or three 100g bars for a longer lasting treat?  When it comes to colour specification on the label you simply need to choose 1 background colour and 1 font colour either from the sample bars already on our site or by letting us know your colour preferences and we will create this just for you.

A perfectly indulgent and personalised gift for that special someone in your life to celebrate a special occasion or just because …


You can view and order your bars here

A Family Affair

Wow what a week our first 14 days as new owners of the Chocolate Wrapper has been!!  Since taking the reins last Sunday our feet literally haven’t touched the ground.  All our plans to take things slowly while we fully acquainted ourselves with such a well established business went straight out of the window when we found ourselves inundated with orders from the word go.  Not that we are complaining in the slightest. We simply did what we had always planned to do and got the whole family involved.  Needless to say the mention of chocolate had everyone scrambling to help!!


So far this week we have designed, printed and cut over 850 chocolate wrappers and wrapped the same number of chocolate bars ranging from tiny after dinner mints through to gloriously indulgent 100g bars and several sizes in between.  These have been for a whole range of clients from restaurants to authors and mortgage companies to hotels.  We’ve even found time to do a few Birthday bars, some Halloween designs and made 2 very special people’s days with some Random Acts of Chocolate!!


In order to fulfil so many orders a production line was set up with the whole family set to work.  With James in charge of design and photography, Lauren was left to print and cut the wrappers in readiness for Gabriella to get involved and the 3 of us to wrap, bag and box bar after bar of lovely chocolate.  At only 2 years old there wasn’t much that Casper could do other than be in charge of the odd quality control taste test which he was more than happy to take on!!  And the youngest member of The Chocolate Wrapper team, 9 week old Luna, did what she does best – bossed everyone around from the comfort of her bouncy chair and ensured amidst the organised chaos of chocolate wrapping that her every need was met!!!


A big thank you to everyone who has supported us during our first week in charge of The Chocolate Wrapper.

Chocolate thank yous – A modern day investment

Thank you chocolateYou know the drill, you sweat blood and tears to pull off the perfect event and all your hard work paid off in the end, as everyone had a fantastic time and you are left basking in the glory. Now the fun part is over the last part of the puzzle begins, as it is time to reach out to those who made it possible and give them that well deserved ‘thank you’. Whilst this may sound like an easy task, finding new and unique ways to express your gratitude can some times be a bit tricky, and lets face it, time consuming.

In between work, getting kids ready for school, feeding yourself and your other half; finding time to do everyday things such as socialise, keep fit and shop seem impossible, far less carving out time to sit down and lovingly pen that must do thank you card. However, if we are all truly honest as to the reasons behind these tokens of gratitude the methods we use and what we decide to say can really change our approach.

Let’s be realistic, we say thank you for two reasons. Firstly ,because we want to show our appreciation  for any help we received and secondly, and more controversially, because we may need their help again at a later date. It may sound a bit crass but it’s true and if you look at thank you cards as a future investment tool, the normal slip of paper does not really seem to cut it, especially if you are planning a wedding or another large event in the future. You will have to pull out all the stops!

Here are a few alternatives to thank you cards that will not only show your loved ones that you really appreciate them, they will also ensure that you earn enough emotional credit to secure their services again in the future. After all it’s all about stock piling!

Keep them sweet…

Some may argue that a nice hand crafted note takes some effort, is personal and shows the other person that you are truly thankful. However why not send them a personalised thank you chocolate bar or thank you chocolate slab with a special message on it. Not only does it scream effort, the great taste will ensure that it is one thank you that they won’t forget. We all know that chocolate is full of endorphins so why not trick their brains into thinking that that moment of pure joy, is directly linked to helping you. Think of the babysitting mileage you could get out of that one!

It’s in the bag…

Gift bags are not only for parties, they can work well as a thank you present also. Fill them with a short note, a nice picture from the event and a little something to nibble on. You know the old adage a way to a mans heart is through his belly. Well that works for women too particularly if it involves chocolate as well!


A few years ago if you asked someone what a selfie was, chances are you would either receive a look of complete confusion, or worst case scenario be mistaken for making an inappropriate comment. Now, it’ has made it’s way into the dictionary and are so popular that even grandparents are jumping on the selfie bandwagon. Why not send a Thankie, a lovely picture of yourself holding a thank you sign with a personalised strapline. This is a real emotional winner and if your lucky may even be shared, which will show the world what a grateful person you are. You never know you may even get some new recruits to help you out in the future!




An Award Winning Business

We’re an Award Winning Business – and that’s official!

We’re delighted to report that The Chocolate Wrapper was the Winner of the Chamber of Commerce’s Best New Business Award 2014.

A great accolade for our family business and recognition of our innovative products!

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Have a fav – ulous wedding day!

Personalised matches, Chocolate bars, CD’S and flip flops. They may sounds like a mish mash of unrelated items but surprisingly they do all share a common theme – Wedding favours.

Weddings should be one of the best days of your life; a time when you are surrounded by family and friends and that special person that you are going to spend the rest of your life with. However, anyone who has ever planned a wedding either as a bride or groom or been involved with the process through a friend or family member will know that it can be an extremely stressful time.

Let’s be real there’s no getting away from it – planning a wedding is stressful, as there is just so much to organise and the ‘to do’ list can seem positively overwhelming! However, one of the areas that normally leads people to hit the bottle on the lead up to the big day are the wedding favours. It may not sound like a big deal, but those little babies are really important as you want your wedding to be unforgettable for your guests.

Gone are the days when they meant colourful sugar coated almonds wrapped in matching mesh fabric and tied with an awkwardly knotted ribbon. The world of wedding favours has moved on to a whole new dimension and is now more creative and fun than ever. If you want some great gifts that won’t break the bank check out   our ideas below.

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Let’s face it weddings can be an awkward time for your guests and creative favours can be a great way for people to break the ice. Get their endorphins flowing and help ease any tension with a personalised wedding chocolate bar. Allow them to get lost in a superb world of chocolaty goodness and relax.

Bring on the dancing shoes

Encourage them to shake a leg or two on the dance floor by providing them with flip-flops. Believe us, it’s not only the ladies that will thank you for this after a good few hours in “posh shoes.” Leave them on their chairs with a little note and watch that dance floor fill up!

Get those sparks going

Matches always come in handy, so why not personalise your own box and give them to your guests as a thank you.

It’s a kid’s world

Finally don’t forget the children. It’s a long old day for them and by the time they get to the reception they can often be bored, fed-up and tired. Which when translated means ready to cause trouble! Keep them entertained with their own special favours. Grab a small note pad and some crayons and tie them in a bundle with a few sweets. Not only will this keep them quite but help to keep you sane!

Recognition by The FSB

FSB ArticleWe’re delighted to see that The Chocolate Wrapper continues to generate national interest and has been recognised by and featured in ‘First Voice‘ – The National Magazine for The Federation of Small Businesses.

The Chocolate Wrapper has enjoyed some great coverage from people interested in the story as to how the business was established so it’s great to see our name in print!

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Award winning Chocolate

Chamber awards logo - 200We’re delighted to announce that The Chocolate Wrapper has been nominated and short listed as a Finalist in the Best New Business category for the Chamber of  Commerce Business Awards 2014!

As The Chocolate Wrapper continues to grow, we’re delighted that our personalised chocolate bars have been recognised in this way are are looking forward to attending the glitzy Awards Ceremony in September.

Thank you to all our customers past and present for your support.  People seem to love the idea that what started life as a fun project for our teenage children has grown into a successful chocolate business for our family and that we continue to go from strength to strength!

Thank you for your continued support.

Peter, Kath, Jess & Sophie

Chocolate can reverse ageing!

In 17th Century London it was believed that chocolate could reverse the ageing process!

In the 17th century, the craze for chocolate reached epic levels as it started to become the must have accessory for the middle and aspiring classes.  As a symbol of wealth and worldliness, it was fast becoming a must have commodity.

In 1657  various newspapers were reporting that the public could sample, buy or learn how to make an ‘excellent West India drink’ called chocolate from a Frenchman,  who was said to be the first man to sell it in England. History suggests that people would flock to his chocolate house which was tucked away in Queen’s Head Alley in Bishopsgate Street London just to get a taste of what they saw as an exotic drink.

Within the next decade, a slew of pamphlets appeared proclaiming the miraculous, medicinal qualities of chocolate and not only was it ramping up as a fashion accessory it was also said to boost fertility, cure consumption, alleviate indigestion and reverse ageing. In one of the advertisements of the time, it was said that a mere lick would ‘make old women look young and fresh! However, for other’s it really did have healing qualities and Samuel Pepys swore by chocolate as the perfect cure for a hangover. He suggested that it was thanks to its healing qualities that his ‘sad head’ and ‘imbecilic stomach’ were relieved the day after Charles II’s bacchanalian coronation.

The Power of Chocolate

Any chocoholic knows the importance of chocolate, but did you know that chocolate is technically responsible for the invention of the microwave?

I know what you’re thinking, and whilst it didn’t come up with the technology all by itself, it did provide the inspiration for something that many of us cannot live without.

Scientists were experimenting with micro waves in hope of creating better radar detectors, when a scientist named Percy Spencer entered the lab with a chocolate bar in his pocket. He quickly realised that it began to melt and putting two and two together he figured out that the magnetron could potentially be used to cook food. He successfully tried popping corn and then attempted to cook an egg which cooked so quickly, it blew up in his face.

Moral of the story: Always walk around with a bar of chocolate; it could make you a millionaire!

Chocolate Money

We always knew it was liquid gold…

Chocolate moneyIf you think that you’re a chocolate lover, we bet that you are nowhere near as committed to our sweet little friend as the ancient Mayans.

The history of chocolate pretty much begins with them as cacao beans were so valuable that they were used as currency. It is said that ten beans could buy a rabbit, and one hundred were enough to buy yourself a workman!  (That sounds better than minimum wage to us.)

When the Aztecs came along they adopted these traditions and continued using cacao to trade anything from livestock, to food and tools. Chocolate was so powerful that some people actually created counterfeit beans using clay, and history shows that there was a sophisticated counterfeit racket. However interestingly, it was very rarely consumed and generally only the rich drank chocolate regularly.

We guess that is fair enough, after all, drinking your money works out to be pretty expensive.

Chocolate man


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