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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
 

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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.
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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!
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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...
 

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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.
 

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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
 

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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.
 

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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
 
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