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We Should Cocoa #32

We Should Cocoa | 1st April 2013 | By


First off I’d like to say a big thank you to Jen of Blue Kitchen Bakes for hosting the February ginger challenge and Lucy of The Kitchenmaid for the March fame challenge. Do have a look at the round-ups if you haven’t done so already. Human ingenuity is well represented.

So, onto this month’s theme – nothing fancy: leeks. Only joking, it is April Fool’s Day.

No, the real challenge is something else. Read on.

Last year in the UK, the weather was atrocious; not only did fruit and vegetables suffer, but so did pollinating insects like bees and butterflies. People weren’t too keen on it either. Let’s hope for a better one this year. Just our luck, 2012 was the year we got our bees which live at my mother’s. They have been having a very hard time of it and we are not sure if they will survive this year. The weather is currently too cold for them to be active.

So with this in mind, I’m hoping you will all support your local bee keepers by buying local honey. Although it is not traditionally harvested at this time of year, it’s warm colour and sweet taste remind us of the good things to come, spring being the herald to summer. April is when bees start to get properly busy (usually). You may have guessed by now, this month’s We Should Cocoa theme is honey.

For some inspiration, if needed, have a look at some of the honey and chocolate recipes I’ve tried in the past.

Here is a quick reminder of how to submit your entries:
E-mail the link to your submission (one only per challenge please) and include: your name, the name of your blog, your recipe title and a photograph (please can you make these no bigger than 800 x 600 pixels) to:

If you want to find out more about the plight of bees head to the Soil Association.



  1. belleau kitchen

    1st April 2013 at 8:13 am

    music to my ears… cannot wait to get stuck in xxx

  2. Janice Pattie

    1st April 2013 at 8:17 am

    Ooh, hope your little bees survive, we need them. Nice challenge.

  3. Foodycat

    1st April 2013 at 10:48 am

    Hopefully DEFRA will retract their “low risk” assessment of the neonicotinoids as well. The bees need all the help they can get!

  4. Susan

    1st April 2013 at 11:52 am

    Great challenge and I have a stock of local honey in…our local beekeepers have just released a chocolate honey too.
    Hope your bees do well, we are all hoping for better weather this year, its our turn!

  5. Johanna GGG

    1st April 2013 at 1:35 pm

    we had a chat to a local bee keeper at a harvest festival lately and it seems Australian bee keepers have also been having a hard time of it. I love chocolate and honey so will try and come up with something for the challenge

  6. Hannah

    1st April 2013 at 2:01 pm

    Brilliant choice! Perfect opportunity to showcase some local honey hopefully!

  7. Hungryhinny

    1st April 2013 at 5:09 pm

    If there’s one thing that’s guaranteed to spur me into action it’s the plight of sad animals – I do hope your bees survive, I will bake something extra special in their honour!

  8. The KitchenMaid

    1st April 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Bees are in trouble EVERYWHERE… great theme, look forward to whipping something up (even though I need a bit of a chocolate break after the weekend!)

  9. Karen S Booth

    2nd April 2013 at 12:50 pm

    LOVE the theme and LOVE honey! Karen

  10. helen

    2nd April 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I’ve joined in for the first time! I used to hate honey but now I love it, especially on hot buttered crumpets!


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