Last month I paid a visit to The Chocolate Show in Kensington with my friend Laura. A whole show full of chocolate? Surely it can’t get much better than that?! There was so much to see and so many different types of chocolate that it would be impossible to write about it all. So I thought I’d give my highlights through a Top 5. Here we go, in no particular order…
- Paul A Young
I’ve been a fan of Paul A Young’s ridiculously amazing chocolate for a while now, as Tim has bought me an Easter Egg from his shop in the City for the past few years. It’s not the cheapest chocolate by any means, but it’s definitely worth it. I was excited to see the man himself at the show, and he and his team were making delicious gooey brownies which you could smell from far away. We were pretty much lured over by the divine scent! You can find out more about Paul A Young here.
2. Marou Vietnamese Chocolate
They say that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, so I wonder if that extends to chocolate? Because there were so many brands of chocolate at the show, that without being a chocolate expert, it was quite difficult to know which ones to find out more about and to try. I really liked the look of Marou’s chocolate bars and when we visited the stand, the team were incredibly informative and kindly gave us a few different types to try. I think my favourite was the Lam Dong (74%): a very fine, rounded chocolate with delicate hints of spices, from small farms of Lam Dong province at the foot of the Central Highlands of the Annamitic range. You can learn more about the history of Vietnamese chocolate and Carou here.
3. Bean to Bar Kits
For £225, you could purchase your own kit, including a grinder, to be able to take chocolate from bean right through to bar. I thought that was a very cool concept, and in theory, buying a kit like that could be the gentle nudge someone needs to be able to set up their own chocolate business. You can find out more here.
4. Lauden Chocolate
I don’t think I really need to say much, do I? I mean LOOK at them! How pretty? I had a nibble of some samples and they tasted just as good as they looked! You can visit their website here.
5. Hotel Chocolat Bulldog
There were a few chocolate sculptures around, and one of my favourites was the Hotel Chocolat Bulldog – he was clearly in demand, every time we passed him, there were people waiting to have a snap with him. Chocolate and pets – a very popular combo!
It was a really fun afternoon – just as we were leaving, the fashion show was about to start – high fashion clothes made using chocolate. A clever concept. Unfortunately it was so busy and there were so many people that we couldn’t see a thing! Maybe next year, and we’ll make sure to get a seat earlier on 🙂
You can check out the official website here if you’d like to find out any more info about this choctastic show!
I was given a press pass to attend the show by Nudge PR, but did not receive any payment. All views are my own.