All posts tagged: bean to bar

Tree to Bar Experience, St Lucia 

One of the many reasons I was excited about our stay at Boucan hotel in St Lucia was the ‘Tree to Bar’ experience. I’ve always appreciated good chocolate (I mean, who doesn’t?!) and learned a bit about the chocolate making process when I attended a class at Bake with Maria earlier last year. So to be able to get to experience it in the flesh in St Lucia was incredible! As I mentioned in my first post about Boucan, the hotel is owned by Hotel Chocolat and is located on the historic Rabot Estate. As you walk around the grounds, you’re constantly surrounded by cocoa trees, adorned with pretty red, yellow and purple pods, which will soon be made into chocolate. We were given a tour by our expert guide Merle who was incredibly knowledgeable, walking us through the whole process from planting the trees and their maintenance on the estate, through to sorting the beans and making the choccie! We were shown how to carefully pick the pods from the trees, making sure the …

Win Tickets to The Chocolate Show in London!

Chocoholics – ASSEMBLE! The Chocolate Show is taking place at London’s Olympia National Hall from 16th-18th October 2015 and I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away! Bringing the UK’s ‘Chocolate Week’ to a close, the show will bring together over 60 British and international participants all under one roof: artisans, iconic brands, chefs and cocoa experts, sharing their passion for chocolate and demonstrating their favourite chocolate recipes. Highlights will include the Bean to Bar Factory, a children’s area hosted by the award-winning musical Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, as well as a pop-up dessert bar hosted by renowned French chocolate maker Valrhona, and cocktails with a patisserie twist from Cosy. The best chocolate companies from the UK and around the world will also be exhibiting, such as Hotel Chocolat, Paul A Young, Rococo, Willie Harcourt-Cooze and many more. You can find out more about the show on the website here. I’ll be attending and I just can’t wait!! To be in with a chance of winning, enter in one of the following ways: Facebook: …