- Get as much off as you can by blotting (but be sure not to apply pressure or grind the chocolate further into the fibres).
- Run cold water over the back of the stained fabric. If you can't take the clothing off or access a tap, saturate the stain.
- Rub some laundry detergent (or if push comes to shove, washing up liquid) into the stain.
- When you're at home, soak the stain in cold water for 15 minutes, gently rubbing every now and then. Try and get rid of the majority of the stain this way.
- Use your favorite laundry detergent to give it a regular wash (hint, ours is English...), and the stain should be gone! Be sure to check the stain is completely gone before you tumble-dry or iron the garment. If not, repeat the above steps.
PS - Hungry for chocolate? We've got the good stuff here.
What do you get the Brit who has everything? (Because let's face it, if you're a Brit, you already have wit, charm, and an accent enviable by the entire North American continent...what more could you really want??)
A Brown Betty.
Reaching peak popularity in the Victorian Era, Brown Betty teapots were - and still are -created from clay originating in the Stoke-On-Trent area.
Why is it called a Brown Betty? The brown is easy. Traditional Brown Bettys are covered in a Rockingham Glaze, which gives it its brown color. The Betty? Well read what this American anglophile dug up on her blog "Tea in England":
In the 1800’s no self-respecting house in England was run without at least one servant. As “Elizabeth” was a very popular name at that time, odds were that you had a servant named Elizabeth. And Elizabeth – shortened to Betty – would have served the tea. Some believe that the special brown teapot came to be known as a “Betty” or a “Brown Betty“. But no one knows for sure.
Brown Bettys are the most historically English teapot, come with an excellent story, and brew the finest tea. What are you waiting for? Get the perfect gift.
OK, so there's no one way to eat an Easter Egg. What type of Easter Egg eater are you?
- The crusher. You know the ones. They take the beautifully formed, delicate, hollow egg...and they smash it. Efficient? Maybe. Sacrilegious? Definitely. Good thing there's still an egg for the crusher. Check it out here.
- The saver. They just keep that egg sitting around, maybe even unopened, because they're "saving it". Gig's up, savers. We know that you're just trying to torture us. Get them an egg with lots of extras (so there's less chance of them noticing when you pinch some).
- The chiller. "It's better in the fridge" says the family member with teeth like a shark, apparently. Get them something compact, otherwise there won't be room for your actual shopping.
- The planner. We know that all you want for Easter is to sit on the sofa with your chocolate, but for the loved on in your life that just won't sit down, save yourself some grief. No more stuffing eggs with this beauty of an Easter Egg Hunt Set.
Whatever the type, we have an egg for everyone in your life. Browse the entire collection here.
Over the years, Christmas puddings have evolved from a fasting meal, to plum pudding, to what is eaten today.
Today, English Christmas puddings are made from dried fruits held together by egg and suet. They are often moistened with treacle and molasses and contain spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. Christmas puddings have a high alcohol content, which keeps them from going bad as they are aged anywhere from a month to a year.
Christmas puddings are traditionally dried in a cloth, which is the reason for the cloth wrapping on some brands of modern day puds. They are commonly served with a rum sauce. A slightly less common accessory is a coin baked inside the pudding; whoever receives the coin in their serving is blessed with luck in the next year!
Get your Christmas pudding and start a new tradition this year!
Fun Fact - Presidents' Day isn't really about all of the past Presidents of the United States.
There's a long history behind it, but the gist is this: In 1971, President Nixon combined George Washington's Birthday (February 22nd), Abraham Lincoln's Birthday (February 12th), and the country's desire to have more long weekends (we're not pulling your leg, take a look) into one nationally recognized holiday - Presidents' Day.
So why should us brits be arsed? Well, here are more fun facts...
1) George Washington condemned the Boston Tea Party. He was a tea-lover just like us!! (OK, so that's not the real reason, but still, we'll count it as a win)
2) Lots of historians think that George Washington was one of the first people to have a blended English/American accent, taking hints of a West Country accent and combining it with elements of the modern day Southern American accent. All of us British-born-American-raised hybrids can sympathize with this struggle!
3) Abraham Lincoln's hat is a well known symbol of his presidency. Less well known? An Englishman was responsible for the design that inspired Abe's American hat maker. Trend setters from the start.
4) It is rumored that Mary Todd Lincoln often used to send her sons to fetch Abe from his office for afternoon tea breaks. See? Full circle. It always comes back to tea.
Point is, it's wonderful to live in the United States and maintain such deep ties to the UK, so why not embrace Presidents' Day and mix in a little bit of British charm? Shop with us this Presidents' Day weekend and use the promo code PRESIDENT for 15% off your entire order!
Think of it as our gift to America.
There are two types of people in this world: people who eat good chocolate, losers. Be the right type of person this Valentines' Day with our guide to Valentine's Day Chocolates.
For the Traditionalist
For the Romantic
For the Fun Lover
For the Super Mum
Comment and tell us which box you'll be giving your significant other!