Friday, 11 April 2014

#EasterFruitFriday - UNICEF @ Brighton Marathon 2014


Set in the equally picturesque and alternative beach town of Brighton, the pavements were pounded by the worn-out and blistered but proud feet of Brighton Marathon 2014 runners.

For 2014, Fruit For the Office were given the amazing opportunity to support UNICEF and all those who run miles and miles, giving it their all, to run marathons on behalf of UNICEF.

Fruit for the Office donated huge boxes of our favourite, energy replenishing fruits to UNICEF and their marathon runners at Brighton Marathon - which, we assume after 26.2 miles, were scoffed down pretty sharpish!

Our bananas are famous (and also very photogenic!)






At Brighton Marathon, UNICEF set up a right royal spread of delicious banana donations and Fruit for the Office couldn't be happier to have donated our office fruit to such a worthwhile charity.


If you were running at Brighton Marathon on behalf of UNICEF, check your goody bags and you'll find a 50% off voucher code from Fruit For the Office - lucky you! 


Well done to all those who ran and if you're running on behalf of UNICEF at another marathon this year, you might be chomping down on a bunch of our delicious bananas again!


Tweet us @office_fruit to find out if we'll be at a marathon near you soon, or leave a comment below if you were at Brighton Marathon 2014 and enjoyed the bananas donated by this office fruit supplier!







Friday, 4 April 2014

#EasterFruitFriday - Easter Themed Chocolate Covered Strawberries

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Fruit and Easter aren't two words that go together very regularly - and let's face it - it's a much less appealing word association than chocolate and Easter.

However, at Fruit for the Office we believe that fruit can go with absolutely everything so we've taken one of our favourite treats - chocolate covered strawberries - and Easter-fied them!


The Easter Bunny's Favourite: Chocolate in a Carrot Disguise 

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  • Melt a bowl of white chocolate (enough for the amount of strawberries you're using) in a bain marie
  • Mix red and yellow food colouring into the melted white chocolate until you have the perfect carrot orange colour
  • Dip each strawberry in up to the stem (leave the stems intact for the most convincing carrots!) 
  • Once the chocolate covered strawberries are dry, use a skewer to draw carrot-like ridges into each of your treats
  • Leave in the fridge to set then serve!



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Traditional Easter Egg Hunt: 
Pastel Perfect


  • Remove the stems from the strawberries
  • Melt a bowl of white chocolate (enough for the amount of strawberries you're using) in a bain marie
  • Seperate the melted white chocolate into different bowls and add a small amount of pink, purple, yellow and blue food colourings to each bowl to create pastel colours
  • Dip each strawberry into one colour
  • Once the chocolate covered strawberries are dry, use a skewer to draw stripes in a different pastel shade onto each strawberry to create a striped easter egg effect!
  • Leave in the fridge to set then serve!



A Cracking Chocolate Surprise: Baby Chick

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  • Remove the stems from the strawberries
  • Melt a bowl of white chocolate (enough for the amount of strawberries you're using) in a bain marie
  • Seperate the melted white chocolate into four different bowls (two large, two small)
  • Leave one of the large bowls white and add yellow food colouring to the second large bowl
  • In one of the small bowls, mix red and yellow colouring to create orange and then use black in the second small bowl
  • Dip each strawberry fully into the yellow food colouring
  • Once the yellow coloured chocolate is dry, dip the strawberry half way up into the plain white chocolate, using a skewer to create the zig zag effect of a cracked egg
  • Use the black coloured chocolate with a skewer to add two little eyes to the yellow section of the chocolate
  • Then use the orange chocolate with another skewer to create a triangular beak to create a little chick!
  • Leave in the fridge to set then serve!



Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know your favourite Easter treat or let us know in the comments about other ways you could decorate chocolate covered strawberries for #EasterFruitFriday!

Friday, 28 March 2014

#FeelGoodFruitFriday - Mother's Day Presents for Every Type of Mum

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What do you get when your mum has become bored with flowers and her diet is going much better than yours so chocolate is off the table? Vouchers, maybe? A beauty treatment, perhaps? How about a fresh, luxury fruit basket, delivered to mum's door and packed with natural goodies and a personalised message from her favourite son or daughter?

Your office fruit supplier has a wide variety of boxes to suit every kind of mum and depending on where she is, the basket can be delivered to her home or office - whichever she'd prefer (it is her day after all!)


The 'Cuddly, caring "I wish my children were still too young to mouth off to me"' Mum

Teddy and Fruit Basket - £37.99







The 'Finer things in life' Mum









The 'I'd rather you'd bought me a holiday' Mum

Tropical Fruit Basket - £39.99


The 'Traditional, "Oh you shouldn't have!"' Mum




The 'You should try kale, they say it's a superfood!' Mum

Smoothie Maker and Fruit Basket - £59.99



The 'Summer couldn't come sooner, I get to classily drink booze at a BBQ!' Mum




You can order all of these baskets at either www.fruitfortheoffice.co.uk or by calling 08000194037.

Tweet us @office_fruit and tell us which of these sound like your mum or tweet our Fruit Experts to find out which fruit gift would be best for the most wonderful woman in your life this Sunday.




Friday, 21 March 2014

#FeelGoodFruitFriday - No Make Up Selfie for Breast Cancer Awareness



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It's the feel good trend that appeared literally overnight - the #nomakeupselfie

The premise is easy and will make you feel good this Friday, just take a selfie of your face with no makeup on (not even a slick of lipgloss - we're watching you!) and text BEAT to 70099 to donate £3 to Cancer Research - try and post the screenshot of your donation text alongside your bare face to encourage others!

If you're of the male persuasion and also want to get involved, lots of guys have either been donating alongside their bare face (also with the hashtag nomakeupselfie) or actually donning a full face of makeup - so get involved lads, cancer affects everyone and anyone so there's no excuse not to!



Tweet us @office_fruit with your dare to bare faces with the hashtag #nomakeupselfie and we'll be sure to retweet all of you!


Friday, 14 March 2014

#FeelGoodFruitFriday - 100 Happy Days Instagram Challenge

Instagram is normally a place to post selfies, photos of your cat or your 'totes amaze #foodporn' dinner.

However, 100 Happy Days fever is spreading worldwide as the international social experiment takes over Instagram!

It's a simple concept - all you need to do is post once a day for 100 straight days (using the hashtag #100happydays) a photo of something that made each of those 100 days happy!

100 Happy Days is spreading positivity not only around the internet but in real life too! So, why not give it a try? We've scoured the #100happydays tag to pick out our fruit favourites to give you a little inspiration.














































Tweet us @office_fruit with your Instagram username if you're already taking the 100 Happy Days challenge and we may share your photo on our Twitter! Also, comment down below and let us know what's made you happy today. Happy Friday everyone!

Friday, 7 March 2014

#FeelGoodFruitFriday - UNICEF @ Bath & Reading Half Marathon 2014



With thousands of runner jetting off from the starting line to race over a 13.1 mile course, both the Reading and Bath half marathons are frequented by professionals and amateurs alike.

This year, Fruit For the Office were given the incredible opportunity to support UNICEF and all those who exhaust themselves and push themselves to the very limit to run the half marathon on behalf of UNICEF.

We donated boxes of our favourite - and energy filled - bananas to UNICEF and their runners at both Bath and Reading to help them re-energise after an intense race.

BANANAS!




At both Reading and Bath, our UNICEF banana donations were well received by exhausted and hungry runners, and we're overjoyed to donate to such a worthwhile charity.

If you were running at either of the half marathons on behalf of UNICEF, check your goody bags and you'll find a 50% off voucher from Fruit For the Office - lucky you! 

Well done to all those who ran and if you're running on behalf of UNICEF at another marathon this year, you may just get to sample our lovely banana bunches as well...

Tweet us @office_fruit to find out if we'll be at a marathon near you soon, or leave a comment below if you were at either of the Reading or Bath half marathons.




Friday, 28 February 2014

#FashionableFruitFriday - Natural DIY Lip Sugar Scrubs Recipes

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Cold weather can be a real pain in the peaches. Winter is a beauty battlefield and dry hair, dry skin and, of course, dry lips are the casualties. It can be hard traversing the makeup counters and pharmacies in the rainy, bitter months for a lip product that ticks all your boxes: moisturising, hydrating, cheap, long-lasting, exfoliating, natural - to name a few.

However, if you can see your office fruit box from across the room; it's sweet, delicious, natural treats just crying out to be eaten then you may be in luck - and be saving yourself from an expensive trek to the lip care aisle.

The restorative, beauty-enhancing effects of fruit have long been embraced - especially by us here at Fruit For The Office HQ! - so why shouldn't you be using them to keep dry, chapped lips at bay?


Edible Lip Sugar Scrub Recipe


  • brown or white sugar
  • extra virgin coconut oil
  • fruit, essential oils or natural flavourings of your choice
  • small airtight container to store it in
- Take whatever size container you want to store your lip scrub in and fill it halfway up with your sugar to measure.
- Remove the sugar then transfer to a mixing bowl
- Measure the coconut oil in the container as well, ensuring it also fills up to halway to get a 1:1 ratio of sugar to oil
- Transfer the measured oil to the mixing bowl then add your selected fruit, essential oils or natural flavourings at this point 
- Gently combine the sugar, oil and added ingredients together, making sure not to let the sugar granules dissolves by mixing for too long
- Spoon the scrub into your chosen container and refrigerate to keep it fresh for around 2-3 weeks, remove  from fridge five minutes before use to let soften



Flavour Ideas:


  • Freshly squeezed Orange or Lemon juice and Honey 
The sweet combination of vitamin-packed citrus and soothing honey will have your lips kiss ready in no time

  • Pumpkin puree and Cinnamon
Not only will your lip scrub taste like a winter dessert, pumpkin is full of skin saving Vitamin E! However, if using pumpkin puree, use it instead of the coconut oil in the recipe.



  • Cranberry and Vanilla

Finely chopped dried cranberries are easy to order from your office fruit supplier and taste amazing combined with natural vanilla flavouring - just be sure not to eat the entire batch before your lips have had a pampering!



Tweet us @office_fruit and let us know your favourite winter dry skin remedies or leave them in the comments below!

As always, be sure to do a 48-hour patch test for all of these ingredients and recipes because although it's all natural, it doesn't mean it will have the same effect on everyone's skin!
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