Thursday, 6 January 2011

como agua para chocolate

The last weekend before Christmas, I caught wind of the fact that there was a chocolate festival in London. Yes, that's right. A chocolate festival. A celebration of all things chocolatey. Rows and rows of stalls of the stuff being sold - complete with free samples and tasters galore. And, being a girl who fits the term "chocoholic" in every single way, it was really no surprise that I soon found myself down at Southbank, wandering around in awe.

As amazing as the Chocolate Festival was (and it was amazing, as I hope you can tell by the sheer amount of yummy photos I took), we were a little dismayed at how expensive everything was - after all, we're only just out of the student lifestyle and mentality, and are used to thinking of Lindt chocolate as "splashing out a bit" in terms of price (oh dear).

Imagine my face when, after I had a free sample of what I can only describe as heaven - luxury lemon curd dark chocolate - I went to buy some, o
nly to find out that a small box would set me back nearing £20. Ouch.
Our cunning plan was then to taste as much as we could, and treat ourselves to one expensive bar of chocolate; because it all tasted so delicious, it would be worth the price. And so, a few hours, a hot chocolate, a box of churros con chocolate and a whole load of free samples later, we came away from the festival with two bars of the best chocolate I have ever tasted in my life - from pioneering organic chocolate company Original Beans.

I really urge you to check them out, if you're a chocolate lover - or, to be honest, even if you're not, because this stuff will convert you. Not only is the chocolate actually the most delicious I have ever tasted (and I've tasted a lot), it's completely organic, and each bar has a fantastic system whereby for each bar that is sold, the company will plant a tree. Simply enter a code on the back of your bar into a form on their website and you can see where your bar's tree has been planted - love it! So: great chocolate, great for the environment, and great for the local people in the countries that produce chocolate too - have a look at this article for more information.

What's the best chocolate you've ever tasted?


  1. OMG!!! I am also a chocoholic!!! This month is my No Chocolate month for my 101 in 1001 days project! So needless to say your post has made my Chocolate cravings even worse!!! I only have 25 more days left and then I will be having a Chocolate party!!!!

  2. Oh my the times I would have at this chocolate festival. I've never been to anything like that and now I want to! Your pictures are amazing by the way!

    Thank you for sharing your experience. :)

  3. I would have been in heaven if I attended that!!!

  4. I happened to come across your blog and I seriously love it. Great post- now I'm on a chocolate crave, must go on a chocolate run now. Happy weekend!

  5. haha I happened to go to this Chocolate Festival too!!! We might have crossed :)
    I also wrote a post about it, in case you want to check it:

    I loved the fact that they made shoes of chocolate! And did you see the train?

  6. Great post and photos, I also would havae been in heaven if I'd attended!!!

  7. Ack, i'm so jealous! I only heard about it after it had finished.

    Love that sign "...I'd rather fall in chocolate" I think that will be on my headstone!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo

  8. Thanks for all the lovely comments, everyone! Glad to hear you all like chocolate as much as I do ;)

    Claire x

  9. These all look wonderful. Best chocolate? Lake Champlain Chocolates. Their truffles are amazing.

    matthew v.


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