The Chocolate Show, London Olympia - October 16-18th 2015

I’m very sorry to all my readers (apparently someone actually reads my dribble) for my lack of blog entries this year. I don’t know where the time has gone, but I’ve had a fantastic year so far and unfortunately my blogging has been put to one side. I have taken on a few new endeavours and my focus was to be selfish and to do other things that I enjoy and it’s worked out fabulously. More on that later…on to the Chocolate Show

I was very lucky to be asked to attend the VIP preview evening to witness the Chocolate Fashion Show, featuring couture outfits made of and inspired by chocolate (including one from The Fat Duck) and an exclusive performance from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory The Musical's Charlie Bucket and Willie Wonka and the Spice Boys.
On arrival I was excited to receive a goodie bag with chocolate treats from a number of the stalls including Valrhona, Jeff de Bruges, Blanxart Chocolate, Barú Chocolate Marshmallows and several more.

My flatmate (come pack-horse) came along to help me try ALL the samples (and consequently carry all our bags).

We were excited to try the new chocolate range from Magnum. Considering how much I love their ice-cream, I was excited to try it out before it hit the shops… although truth be told, as an ice-cream fiend, I would have liked a side of ice-cream – just saying!

There were numerous stalls, but the one that grabbed my attention was the pop-up shop by
Belle Époque Patisserie and their partner Valrhona. Their lady-rep kindly took me through all the desserts they had on display and I settled on the “Dulcey and Fig”.

The dessert reads “Shaped like a pillow this dessert is about comfort. An intense fig compote crackles as you being to feel the soothing sweetness of the Dulcey chocolate melt through. A tribute to the famous fig roll of our childhoods.”

My review – “on nom nom”

I was also very lucky to receive a take home dessert which I will devour this evening. It was called “Four tarts, Four colours” and is a sample of each flavour of Valrhona chocolate on top of a tart.

If you get the chance to head down this weekend I would recommend checking out Paul A Young baking his famous fudgy brownies and GBBO winner Edd Kimber.

My flatmate and I also picked up some treats from the Yum Yum Tree Fudges and some freeze-dried raspberry popping candy from A Little Piece and Love… popping candy isn’t just for kids!

Now I’m off to devour it all…

Happy Baking x