Next week, October 15-21 is the week I and my fellow chocolate lovers have been waiting for – Chocolate week, well ok there isn’t really a need to wait to enjoy chocolate, but this week is the perfect excuse to indulge and celebrate it that little bit more – right?
It’s not just a week for chocolate lovers, with celebrations across the country, some of the country’s top chocolatiers and chocolate companies area taking part, as well as hotels, bars and restaurants celebrating, there is something to please every taste.
Leading the way in chocolate innovation, fine dining fans can look forward to a Chocolate Week collaboration menu from top UK chocolatier Paul A Young and much-celebrated Chef Adam Handling at his flagship restaurant Frog by Adam Handling in Covent Garden.
Hilton Metropole, Brighton will be hosting Brighton Chocolate festival, 13-14 October which is free to attend and this year’s grand finale is the Canopy Market takeover by Cocoa Runners, also a free event (18-21st October) – a sensational gathering of over 20 bean-to-bar chocolate makers from around the world, including Friis-Holm from Denmark, Fu Wan from Taiwan, Krak from the Netherlands and Fruition from Woodstock, New York as well as some of the UK’s finest chocolate makers, such as Duffy’s, Dormouse, Solkiki, Chocolarder, Chocolate Tree, Islands Chocolate and Forever Cacao. All have come to London to give you a taste of chocolate from across the globe, alongside a series of tastings and pairings to take part in.
The Sanderson Hotel, London and chocolatier William Curley formerly Chef Patissier at The Savoy have teamed up with an exclusive chocolate menu in The Restaurant, a chocolate masterclass in the kitchen, bespoke chocolate cocktails at Long Bar and even an indulgent chocolate spa treatment from the agua Spa team.
Our Favourite Picks
With it’s unique marbled seashell shapes and delectable roasted hazelnut praline flavour Guylian chocolates is afavourite we know and love.
Great news to ease the guilt is that as well as quality, sustainability is a priority for Guylian, which is why the brand has removed palm oil from all chocolate recipes, replacing it with shea butter and sunflower oil, resulting in a smoother texture and even better tasting chocolates which also contain less saturated fat and sugar.
Guylian’s commitment to conservation is also shown through its partnership and sponsorship of Project Seahorse, an organization dedicated to preserving seahorses and other marine life throughout the world.
We’ve noticed there are great new chocolate gifts this year from Reese’s/Hershey’s, fans of the classic American confectioner will be excited about their new Christmas selections.
Advent calendar RRP£4, Snowman RRP £3.50, 4 Pack Selection box RRP £3.50 and Reese’s Lovers £4.99