Wednesday, 17 February 2010

I Should Cocoa…

Over to Ann

“Would you like to do a chocolate walk? It was London Walks on the phone.

A tough assignment – but someone’s got to do it.

So I have been learning about, buying, and of course eating chocolate. It’s timely – as Cadbury’s is swallowed up by Kraft, better known as manufacturer of Cheese Strings. In the midst of British outrage at the disappearance of an icon, one should remember that it’s not long since the EEC, appalled at the low content of cocoa solids in British milk chocolate, wanted to call it ‘vegelate’.

Nowadays the chocolate that connoisseurs rave about has been nowhere near a pint of milk. It’s the dark, intense stuff sold in bars which identify the country and even the estate the beans come from. And then there are the chocolates… William Curley, winner of UK chocolatier of the year for 2007, 2008 and 2009 sells hibiscus and cassis truffles, salted caramels, chocolates filled with apricot and wasabi, honey and thyme, rosemary and olive oil.

William Curley has a new shop in Pimlico Rd., and around the corner L’Artisan du Chocolat has introduced a British Icons bar with a Union Jack wrapper as a riposte to the Cadburys takeover. It contains sugar and milk, and the chocolate itself is made in England – unusual, as most firms buy chocolate already refined and ready to use from European firms.

How nice that these shops are just minutes from Sloane St – named after Sir Hans Sloane, the man who brought the recipe for mixing chocolate with milk from the West Indies, a recipe which was eventually sold to Cadburys.

Join me for more titbits on my next foodie walk, Saturday February 20, 10.45 am at Green Park tube, exit south side of Piccadilly. And yes, we’ll include a chocolate shop.”

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1 comment:

  1. For me the sweet, milky British stuff is the best. I had always wanted to try Hershey's chocolate but when I finally went to America and bought some it was absolutely disgusting! They don't do chocolate like we do here. The chocolate walk sounds like a good idea!