For those that don’t know, I’m a little bit of a chocoholic – my favourites being Violet Crumbles, Cherry Ripes, and Mint Slices, none of which I can get in this country. So to console myself I will eat other chocolates and last weekend I was in chocolate heaven at the London Chocolate Show – one part of Olympia full of chocolate of all shapes and sizes. It looked fabulous, smelled heavenly, and there were free tasters!! The place was packed with other chocoholics and there was lots of things to taste and buy if you were so inclined.
Apart from stalls there were several areas that had talks going on by famous chocolatiers and there was a kitchen area for chocolate cooking displays.
|Not the best pic, but it’s the guy out of Great British Bake-off who’s baked Alaska melted|
I loved the colourful chocolates and displays that some of the retailers had made and also the macaroon displays – colours to make anyone happy.
One of the really interesting stands had chocolate that was made to look like rusty metal, and had been shaped into metal objects as you’ll see from the photos – I bought a lovely looking old fashioned key.
A fashion display graced one corner of the room with dresses inspired by chocolate, but the front dress is actually made of chocolate – you wouldn’t want to get too hot in it, though at least you’d have something to eat.
The stand that I went back to the most for free tasters was the chocolate liqueur stand – they had a really scrummy white chocolate and grappa liqueur which went down very nicely.
The different shapes that chocolate can be put into was displayed in various ways – there were chocolate shoes for sale and a banquet table with all the food and accessories created out of chocolate.
We were very tempted by the decadent looking brownies on display…….
We were even more tempted to join in the fun that the kidlets were having making a chocolate mess in the young cooks area.
When we’d had our fill of the chocolate (I know that sounds ridiculous) we went across the road to a Persian restaurant that I’ve featured in our blog before – we love the food there, it’s quite simple but tastes great and they’ve got a proper middle eastern bread oven. Ken always ends his meal with a real mint tea, and then he did debate eating his chocolate car that I’d bought him but actually managed to leave it until the next day.
It was a lovely way to spend a day, with my beloved and surrounded by chocolate.
Until next time be good, do something that makes you smile, and eat some chocolate – you know it makes sense.
Pamela & Ken