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thehappyhippo 02-28-2007 10:16 AM

Dear all,



I have set up a business making vegan chocolate truffles called the happy hippo. If I can be so confident (or may be a touch arrogant) I would love to tell you that they are fantastic. I spent a number of years on these recipes and I am very happy as no one can tell that they are vegan and they are often described by other as creamy and as "some of the best chocolates I have tasted". They are made with two varieties of organic chocolates and they are entirely natural, even the packaging is completely compostable.



If you want to know more then please go to the website below:-



http://www.thehappyhippo.org.uk



Only a few shops sell them at the moment as I hate sales and the business is only 6 months old. But they can be bought online.



happily



gareth

Blue Plastic Straw 03-01-2007 03:00 AM

Those flavors sound delish. Alas, I am in the U.S.

thehappyhippo 03-03-2007 01:16 AM

Not sure if I can sell outside the UK yet. Not sure I want to either really as I bet there are some fantastic choc companies in the U.S.

lilac wine 03-03-2007 06:56 AM

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Originally Posted by thehappyhippo View Post

Not sure if I can sell outside the UK yet. Not sure I want to either really as I bet there are some fantastic choc companies in the U.S.



they sound delicious & the packaging is darling!

NickelDime 03-03-2007 08:52 AM

Best of luck to you. Looks fantastic.

Blue Plastic Straw 03-03-2007 01:42 PM

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Originally Posted by thehappyhippo View Post

Not sure if I can sell outside the UK yet. Not sure I want to either really as I bet there are some fantastic choc companies in the U.S.



Oh, I wouldn't expect you to, I was just bemoaning my lack of access.

isowish 03-04-2007 04:17 AM

they sound lovely. And quite cheap. I think I will buy some; but I can't until I have more money

isowish 03-04-2007 05:46 AM

I've had a great idea! I will get the coffee ones for an easter present for myself since I gave up coffee for lent!

thehappyhippo 03-04-2007 11:27 AM

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Originally Posted by isowish View Post

they sound lovely. And quite cheap. I think I will buy some; but I can't until I have more money.



I've had a great idea! I will get the coffee ones for an easter present for myself since I gave up coffee for lent!



What a truly fantastic idea . They should be more expensive but because the packaging is designed to be as small and eco-friendly as possible they look smaller than the other chocolates so I have to lower the prices to get people to pick them up and feel their weight.

GhostUser 03-04-2007 11:33 AM

They look yummy. I like the unique flavors you have - great idea!

Black Heart 03-04-2007 11:51 AM

They look great - do you do a mixed box of all the different flavours?

karenlovessnow 03-04-2007 12:02 PM

Sounds great...good luck to you!

thehappyhippo 03-04-2007 04:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Black Heart View Post

They look great - do you do a mixed box of all the different flavours?



I have a mixed flavour box that may be coming out in September. It gets a bit more complicated with mixed flavour boxes as you got to be able to tell one flavour from another. I'm trying to think of an easy way that doesn't require excessive packaging, haven't worked it out yet but then I have been focusing on my new chocolate bar range a lot.



Thank you for all the positive comments. Glad you like the idea of more interesting flavours. The salt and pepper is the weirdest but gives chocolate a very unique flavour.

ghelfling 03-05-2007 04:05 PM

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Originally Posted by thehappyhippo View Post

Not sure if I can sell outside the UK yet. Not sure I want to either really as I bet there are some fantastic choc companies in the U.S.



how come? is there some kind of protocol you have to follow before you can sell outside uk? you'll have to excuse my ignorance...



i would like to try them, luv truffles. i'm in california, usa...

thehappyhippo 03-05-2007 04:28 PM

Honestly I don't know but I just read this and it makes me think eek.



There are restrictions on commercial exporters of food to the United States. Owners, operators or agents in charge of a domestic or foreign facility must register with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). UK companies wishing to export food to the US must have a US registered agent.




I do find it incredible that food and drug is part of the same department though.

Falcarius 03-05-2007 04:46 PM

I will have to try some one day.

SARC 03-20-2007 09:07 AM

Hi,



I've not tried these chocolates yet, but I hope to soon! If anyone is in the Southampton area, Happy Hippo chocolates will be on sale at the Southampton Cruelty Free Festival on 12th May 2007 at the Southampton Guildhall! www.crueltyfreefestival.com - there are going to be loads of other great companies too and samples to try. It's free entry and doors open at 11am. If you are thinking about traveling from out the area, it's a really short walk from the train station

thehappyhippo 03-20-2007 12:18 PM

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Originally Posted by SARC View Post

Hi,



I've not tried these chocolates yet, but I hope to soon! If anyone is in the Southampton area, Happy Hippo chocolates will be on sale at the Southampton Cruelty Free Festival on 12th May 2007 at the Southampton Guildhall! www.crueltyfreefestival.com - there are going to be loads of other great companies too and samples to try. It's free entry and doors open at 11am. If you are thinking about traveling from out the area, it's a really short walk from the train station



Hey stop using my thread to perform your advertisements. Hehe only joking. I'm looking forward to this as it'll be my first stall of the year and I'm hoping to have my swanky new banners printed for it plus release my new mini-box of chocs.

Punk_in_Drublic 03-23-2007 01:59 PM

I will spread the word of that! I'll buy some when i can find some money!

GhostUser 03-23-2007 03:58 PM

This sounds fantastic, my most horrible nightmare when I went vegan was to satisfy my chocolate cravings with this bitter, dark chocolate I didn't like (apart from the French cheese part, this was the hardest to give up).

But

Being a French person (hehe it's a good excuse for almost any weird thing) I kind of like the taste of chocolate itself. Isn't there any "plain" truffles? Like, non-coffee or maple syrup or coconut or anything. Just your plain old delicious chocolate truffle, only vegan?



Good luck with these though, I might give them a shot next time I'm in London

isowish 04-03-2007 01:13 AM

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Originally Posted by isowish View Post

I've had a great idea! I will get the coffee ones for an easter present for myself since I gave up coffee for lent!



I ordered some a couple of days ago.

thehappyhippo 04-03-2007 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Rahkoon View Post

.........Isn't there any "plain" truffles? Like, non-coffee or maple syrup or coconut or anything. Just your plain old delicious chocolate truffle, only vegan?



Good luck with these though, I might give them a shot next time I'm in London



I am able to make "plain" truffles if you want them but for special orders there is a minimum order of 3 boxes as this ensures that there is no wastage and that it is worth my time (they do take a while to make).



Thankyou for the good luck

isowish 04-03-2007 08:20 AM

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Originally Posted by thehappyhippo View Post

I am able to make "plain" truffles if you want them but for special orders there is a minimum order of 3 boxes as this ensures that there is no wastage and that it is worth my time (they do take a while to make).



Thankyou for the good luck



why don't you offer plain truffles as 'standard' though? I imagine they would be quite popular. My girlfriend asked about them too when she was on your site this morning.

LadyFaile 04-03-2007 12:05 PM

yep not that i can order from where i am but if i could i would probably be somewhat interested in trying a couple of flavours but would be looking forward to plain chocolate the most. before i went vegan i loved truffles and i would always buy them at craft shows and chocolate shops that sell them individually where you can put together your own mixed box... i'd get 1 each of 2 or 3 flavours that i wanted to try and fill the rest of the box with plain chocolate, milk and dark. they're always my fav.



this could lend to some great promotions down the road too. such as buy x number of boxes of plain chocolate get a free sampler box of flavoured ones. this would encourage less adventurous folks to try out the more unusual flavours. if you're not sure you'd like a flavour there's no sense in spending the money on a whole box. plain chocolate is nice and safe lol





these look really good though

thehappyhippo 04-03-2007 01:17 PM

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Originally Posted by isowish View Post

why don't you offer plain truffles as 'standard' though? I imagine they would be quite popular. My girlfriend asked about them too when she was on your site this morning.



The maple one is really called my plain truffle by a number of my regulars. The maple flavour is subtle and maple syrup is the perfect thickness to make the truffle soft enough. If I was to make a truly plain truffle the texture of the truffle would suffer slightly unless I could use another mild, liquid syrup and the flavourless syrups I can buy are of large quantities. Something to think about in the future though.

isowish 04-05-2007 05:28 AM

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Originally Posted by thehappyhippo View Post

The maple one is really called my plain truffle by a number of my regulars. The maple flavour is subtle and maple syrup is the perfect thickness to make the truffle soft enough. If I was to make a truly plain truffle the texture of the truffle would suffer slightly unless I could use another mild, liquid syrup and the flavourless syrups I can buy are of large quantities. Something to think about in the future though.



ah. thanks. I will bear that in mind if I ever want a "plain" version

rabid_child 04-14-2007 06:33 AM

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Originally Posted by thehappyhippo View Post

I have a mixed flavour box that may be coming out in September. It gets a bit more complicated with mixed flavour boxes as you got to be able to tell one flavour from another. I'm trying to think of an easy way that doesn't require excessive packaging, haven't worked it out yet but then I have been focusing on my new chocolate bar range a lot.



Thank you for all the positive comments. Glad you like the idea of more interesting flavours. The salt and pepper is the weirdest but gives chocolate a very unique flavour.



A lot of companies pipe different designs on the top of the chocolate (in chocolate) so you can tell the difference... like one gets a dot, one gets stripes, one gets curley q's... that sort of thing.

thehappyhippo 04-14-2007 08:00 AM

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Originally Posted by rabid_child View Post

A lot of companies pipe different designs on the top of the chocolate (in chocolate) so you can tell the difference... like one gets a dot, one gets stripes, one gets curley q's... that sort of thing.



I've been looking into that, but as they are all handmade that sort of detail can be time consuming and mind numbingly boring after a few 1000 truffles. Lovely idea though and one I will be using for my chocolate collection range in the future. I have found two of the four different mould shapes so I can, at the very least, have a two-flavoured box.



I have released a 4-truffle box (as opposed to the 16 box) so you can buy a few mini-boxes to easily try more flavours.

Marcs 08-07-2020 12:10 PM

I occasionally eat chocolate long preferring carob to it which is harder to find now but I was in Whole Fools the other day and saw a dark chocolate bar at the check out counter and replied to this thread as a warning to other vegans. It contained dairy ingredients! Not fit for a dog or myself. I wound up pitching it. I support all vegan businesses as all vegans and vegetarians should. Btw vegan chocolate truffles sound delicious.


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