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14th Jan 2013
Sneak preview of our family Easter Eggs, all organic, all hand made & decorated, from just 6 each
 
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20th Dec 2012
Christmas Deliveries
Thank you to everyone for ordering with us this Christmas, we have now dispatched all of our scheduled deliveries, which will arrive up to Christmas Eve, as requested. Many many thanks to all of our customers - online, at Balnakeil and Auchterarder, and the stores we stock. We wish everyone a happy Christmas and a happy and prosperous 2013. Paul, James and all the team at Cocoa Mountain  
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22nd Jun 2012
Opportunities with us
We have a number of exciting opportunities, further details can be found here 
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10th Jun 2012
Fathers Day Deliveries
Fathers Day this year is Sunday June 17th and chocolates Online for delivery will be dispatched on Thursday 14th. Also from Cocoa Mountain Balnakeil and Cocoa Mountain Auchterarder. Thank you 
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21st Mar 2012
The Cape Wrath Challenge 2012
The worlds most enjoyable week of running event takes place in Durness 13-19th May Further details from the website at www.capewrathchallenge.co.uk 
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9th Mar 2012
Happy Mothers day!

 
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24th Feb 2012
Mother's Day Collection
 
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27th Jan 2012
Love is in the air...
Our delightful Valentine's Day Collections will be online very soon, and include an exclusive range of delightfully romantic gift cards... 
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22nd Dec 2011
Next orders...

Thank-you to everyone who enjoyed our chocolates this Christmas. We are taking a break online until January 5th...

 
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17th Dec 2011
Fresh air and chocolate anyone?

Cocoa Mountain Balnakeil and Auchterarder OPEN during the Christmas holidays...

 
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27th Nov 2011
Christmas Delivery Information
UK Europe and Worldwide delivery information Christmas 2011 
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18th Nov 2011
Our Seasonal 5 for 4 Offer

We are once again offering customers the opportunity to receive one item completely free when buying any five items. Thank you for your custom and best wishes for the coming festive season

 
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10th Nov 2011
Keeping warm this season...

We are excited to say that our collections for Christmas 2011 will be launched very soon

Thank you for visiting

 
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29th Aug 2011
Cocoa Mountain chocolates on the inaugural Inverness to Schipol flight! An honour...
 
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11th Jul 2011
Come and join us!

For a FREE afternoon concert on Friday 5th August, Cocoa Mountain Balnakeil

 

 
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15th Jun 2011
Lotte Glob - A Major Retrospective

Saturday 25th June - 18th July 2011
12 noon to 5pm every day

An invitation to visit Lotte Glob for a major retrospective '50 Years in Clay'

 

 
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9th May 2011
The 10th year of the Cape Wrath Challenge May 15th - 21st 2011
www.capewrathchallenge.co.uk 
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1st Apr 2011
Organic biking arrives at Cocoa Mountain
with our new organic chocolate ZOOM BARS available online now in MILK WHITE and DARK chocolate 
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17th Feb 2011
The Good Ship Starling...and other crafty things

Ishbel Macdonald has penned a short history of the Balnakeil Craft Village, which is available to view on the Durness Community Council website. Please send this link to your friends and help us promote our extraordinary little village: http://www.durness.org/Balnakeil%20Craft%20Village.htm

 

 
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11th Feb 2011
Bubble with love this Valentines

Surprise your loved one to a delicious box of truffles from Cocoa Mountain Auchterarder and enjoy a complementary glass of bubbly! www.cocoamountain.co.uk/auchterarder.asp

 
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1st Jan 2011
January 2011 Store Opening Hours

We remain open online every day during January, and our Auchterarder and Balnakeil outlets will also be open at the following times... 

 
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17th Dec 2010
Ladies and Gentlemen, Last Orders Please!

Our Christmas order book is bursting at the seams and we will be closing our website to Christmas orders from midnight tonight 17th December 2010. If you would like to make any orders for Christmas delivery, we ask you to place your order before this time. Thank you.

Our website will remain open throughout the festive period, with orders for January delivery being dispatched on Thursday 6th January 2011

 
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14th Nov 2010
Closer

We are excitedly working very hard to launch a NEW Cocoa Mountain in Auchterarder, Perthshire, and will be providing latest updates here on the website. Thanks to everyone for the messages of support!  ...more

 
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26th Oct 2010
Thanks
Thank you to everyone who visited Cocoa Mountain at the BBC Good Food Show. We are now back home. Tired but happy... 
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2nd Sep 2010
Got a minute? Take our survey!
Cocoa Mountain Customer Survey: finding out your thoughts on our online services 
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18th Jul 2010
COCOA MOUNTAIN launches new weather service for Durness
Today we are pleased to launch our new weather service, which will provide daily - sometimes hourly - weather reports direct from Durness at www.twitter.com/cocoamountain 
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8th Jul 2010
How do you see us?
The Balnakeil Craft Village has had a remarkable history, and has had remarkable people living there, all leaving subtle contributions. Now, there is an opportunity to document the village through an exiting photographic competition we have just launched... 
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20th Jun 2010
Hot Chocolate monster!

We love getting feedback from our customers (see below) but this picture is really quite disturbing - even for us! Thanks for sending it in though!

 
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1st Jun 2010
We are not making a fuss...but WE ARE 4 YEARS OLD TODAY!
 
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1st Jun 2010
We are just crazy to do this but we have chosen our Truffle of the Month for June 2010...

...our absolutely yummy milk chocolate TOFFEE TRUFFLE. This delicious delight is one of our most popular truffles and a genuine favourite with everybody. Fresh milk chocolate ganache with soft toffee sauce running through it, intense caramel flavour...Oh my! And at only 13.90 for a box of 20 chocolates (including all UK p&p) you'd be crazy to miss it

 
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18th May 2010
Cocoa Mountain recommended...
We are very excited to be featured in a new book, 52 Weekends by the Sea 
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30th Apr 2010
Our secret Hot Chocolate recipe?

We receive quite a few requests like the one below, and are always, sadly, forced to say that we cannot help...

Remember that the only place you can enjoy the best HOT CHOCOLATE for the time being is here in Balnakeil!

 
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10th Mar 2010
The best job in the world?

Thank you to everyone who showed interest in these positions, which are now filled. If you would like to be considered for next year then please send us your details

 
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5th Jan 2010
Delivery Information Weather Delay Update
Our deliveries are taking ever so slightly longer to arrive due to the severe weather conditions today... 
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22nd Dec 2009
Balnakeil CHOCOLATE BAR Christmas and New Year Opening Times
Information on when we will be open for the 'Best' Hot Chocolate during the festive period... 
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22nd Dec 2009
MERRY CHRISTMAS FOLKS!
This is the scene here today. It's all quiet and cold. We're feeling warm and cheery because we have now dispatched all our Christmas orders... 
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18th Dec 2009
We're truffled out - theres only one box left in the whole wide world...
For the man or woman who has nearly everything... 
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28th Aug 2009
365 Days and Cocoa Mountain

The perfect coffee table book has arrived...

 
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30th Jul 2009
Barbara Morrison ('Babs') RIP

We are all devastated by the news of the death of our very dear friend and colleague Barbara Morrison, who died of cancer on Tuesday

 
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26th Jun 2009
Beautifully painted...and tasty too
We introduce the Cocoa Mountain Gift Voucher Card, painted by Balnakeil artist Nicola Poole, and especially designed to carry your personal messages 
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28th May 2009
Springwatch...Cocoa Mountain style (or 'wren will I see you again')
When we opened our new premises last July, we included birdhouse acommodation for our wee feathered friends. Against all realistic expectations, a family of wrens have recently moved in and are currently - quite literally - feathering their nest! It fills our hearts with joy to watch the little critters through the window each morning. We hope that when visiting Cocoa Mountain you do the same... 
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16th May 2009
It's a pleasure, as always...

We enjoy receiving feedback from our customers. Many, many thanks for all of the good wishes and supportive emails we received lately due to the Food and Drink Excellence Awards. We would like to show this particular email from Kirsty, which arrived this morning and means a great deal to us...

 
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11th May 2009
Your Award Winning Cocoa Mountain

Thanks to everyone who voted and helped us win...and we're on the 5.30 Show tonight at 5.30 (STV)

 
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9th Apr 2009
Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards 2009
http://eatscotland.visitscotland.com/home/food-tourism-award.html 
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8th Apr 2009
GOOD FRIDAY - THIS FRIDAY 10th APRIL watch the BBC come in search of the 'best' Hot Chocolate...
We had a surprise visit from the fantastic Ms Sarah Mack and team of BBC Landward. Our 15 minutes will be screened on April 10th BBC2 Scotland 
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7th Apr 2009
Cocoa Mountain on Channel 4
Follow this link to check out some fun videos of us making chocolate on the Channel 4 Big Food Map 
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2nd Feb 2009
Hooray for Hollyrood!

The launch of Mike McCartney's North Highlands Exhibition at the Scottish Parliament was a great success - check out this footage of the event from STV News. We particularly enjoyed the chocolate that was served with the whisky (...and the whisky that was served with the chocolates)

http://video.stv.tv/bc/entertainment-fivethirtyentertainment-fivethirty-20090128-mike-mccartney/

 
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7th Jan 2009
Mike McCartney's North Highlands
Renowned photographer (and generally nice guy) Mike McCartney has been a regular visitor to Cocoa Mountain, and has included us in his new book...  
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14th Oct 2008
Our Showcase is now open!
Take a look at our new Showcase, where you can select the truffles and chocolate to make up your ideal box! 
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20th Sep 2008
Stan ('the man') RIP
Stan, our four-legged welcoming party, died yesterday. 
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26th Jul 2008
The future starts now...

Welcome back!

We are absolutely overwhelmed with emotion today as our NEW Chocolate Bar in Balnakeil is now open! Over the next few weeks we intend to put together a gallery of the journey, and provide more information about the extended services and facilities we can now offer.

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to customers and friends old and new.

We are open, as usual, from 9am to 6pm, every day.

Thanks,

Paul and James

 
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25th Jul 2008
The end of an era...

Our premises from June 2006 to July 2008 have now closed.

We would like to thank all of our customers and staff who have helped make the experience so fantastic and enjoyable.

Paul and James

 
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20th Jul 2008
British Telecom (BT) are a DISGRACE

We would like to apologise to customers trying to reach us by telephone, and who are currently unable to do so.

Because of our pending move into our new premises we had asked BT to begin the process of transferring our line. This was in may 2008. Two weeks ago, our phones were stopped, but never re-connected. We have therefore had NO incoming or outgoing phone line for 2 weeks.

We think this is terrible. We think it's a disgrace. We are very sorry that it is inconveniencing our customers, and ourselves at this important and difficult time. We are unable to do anything about it.

If you would like to help, please email our BT customer service assistant, Trish (who is actually rather nice - it's not her fault), and complain on our behalf. Trish's email is:

trish.sullivan@bt.com

Many thanks, apologies again, we really appreciate your patience.

Paul and James

 
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10th Jul 2008
A vision of opening...
THE BLUE BUILDING UPDATE: We had been in the depths of despair because our window supplier kept letting us down, but... 
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27th Jun 2008
Mountain Rescue...

But where is everyone?

 
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6th Jun 2008
Cocoa Mountain Goes Global!!
We never thought we'd make it down under but we have! 
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3rd Jun 2008
It's here! The Cocoa Mountain T-Shirt is here!

Suitable for all weather conditions, we introduce the Cocoa Mountain organic cotton T-Shirt...

 
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2nd Jun 2008
We are 2!
It's our second birthday... 
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27th May 2008
It's so sunny, we've had to invent the Cocoa Mountain T-Shirt...

Believe it or not, Durness has been sunny for over 3 weeks now, so we've had to lay on T-Shirts for hot customers

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26th May 2008
The boys in blue...
Meet George Jamie and Magnus - the latest (albeit temporary) additions to Cocoa Mountain... 
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10th May 2008
Scotland Recommends...Cocoa Mountain

We are excited to be recommended in a new guide to Scotland...

 
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3rd Mar 2008
Thank You!
Many thanks to our customers for recommending us as a great place to visit!   
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22nd Oct 2007
Cocoa Mountain on the move!
We will be moving to our new premises in the new year  
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