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Chocolate Week 2013 is here!

Posted by Holly Anderson on February 11 2014.

Chocolate Week 2013 is here and it is time to start celebrating all things cacao related! After being cultivated for more three million years we think it more than deserves a week to itself! Dessert has always been our favourite part of any meal and now as adults we are not forced to wage battle through the cauliflower, brussel sprouts and parsnips on our plates, we’re more than happy to emit these once in a while. With no one to berate us for not eating our greens we’re not ashamed to admit that once in a while we have been known to indulge in chocolate in a way our doctor would not condone.

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Our sweet tooth has, on occasion, trumped our common sense (and self-restraint) and resulted in what can only be described as a chocolate hangover. Jonny Depp was one reason why we were so keen to watch Tim Burton’s remake of the 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, the other was to see Burton’s interpretation of the Chocolate Room. According to a reliable source the river was filled with an unbelievable 192,000 gallons of faux melted candy!  Burton went to a serious amount of effort to create the perfect chocolatey hue for the Chocolate River and tested nine shades of it to ensure it looked as edible as possible – what we would have done to have been on set that day. Clearly he didn’t take his role as director lightly.
We would love to have stepped into Roald Dahl’s imagination and seen what inspired the definitive book for chocolate lovers. We would have provided stiff competition for Charlie for that elusive Golden Ticket and, to be frank, the fact he was a poor half-starved young boy born into a penniless family would not have deterred us from keeping the ticket. We’re more than slightly jealous of the Oompa Loompas from Loompaland who were paid in their favourite food, cacao beans. If only that was a legitimate currency. Dahl was clearly a man after our own hearts and as much as a dedicated chocolate lover as us, as there’s no other reason he’d have written a book based around such an eccentric chocolatier. We’re sure he’d have been a staunch supporter of Chocolate Week.

A Chocolate Week Hen Party

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If you share our obsession with all things cocoa related and Chocolate Week has got you as excited as us, then why not make it the focus of your hen party. Start the day off on a chocolatey note and hold a Chocolate Making Party. You’ll learn how to temper bowls of melted chocolate, make ganache and pipe dark chocolate truffles. An experienced chocolatier will be there to teach you the ‘correct’ way to taste chocolate (apparently stuffing your face with it isn’t the done thing) and take you through a brief history. If you want to add a little spice to proceedings, get one of our Naked Chocolatiers on board and make it a party you’ll never forget. Obviously you’ll be able to take home your creations and show them off to your friends and family, if there are any left that is.

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