Tuesday, 16 December 2014

The London Chocolate Festival

A note from Joelle... 

♫ ♪ 'Chocolate' - The 1975 ♫ ♪

The London Chocolate Festival 2014

 Even though I don't necessarily have a sweet tooth, I practically jumped at the chance when I was invited down the London leg of the Chocolate Festival! Why? Well, there's something everyone finds comforting about chocolate. It's not just for girls going through heartbreak, it's different for everyone and we all have our favourite types and favourite ways to eat and drink it!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
I rocked up to the Business Design Centre near Angel with my little sister,Kelly to join in with the chocolatey festivities.
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
 Even on the last day of the event, the place was packed from the start - with groups also buying tickets on the day.
With a brochure thrust into my hand, Kelly and I both knew where we wanted to go first - MACARONS!
Everyone in my family loves them. In fact, we are all pretty mad about macarons! We have a book with recipes and a macaron-maker, but I'm far too scared to try and make them myself after my sister's failed attempt!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
To cut a long story short...... we bought 11 each! Pistachio, salted caramel (the best!), vanilla (the second best!), passion fruit and raspberry
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
We were very happy with our new treasures, as you can see!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
I'm quite fussy when it comes to macarons (can I sound anymore Surrey?), but Macarons By Babette did me proud!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
You have to take the longest, slowest bites with macarcons so that they last just that extra bit longer.
 And there were tonnes of quirky gifts to, like this chocolate turntable. Perfect for anyone's hipster friend! 
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
The most delicious vodka ever. Toffee flavoured vodka sounds really sickly and sweet, but it's really something else. As a real vodka-lover, it gets 8/10 from me!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
The were talks every hour from Chocolate Masters who spoke more in depth about flavours, quality, locations and production - with samples too!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
Cookie dough bar!!! Yes, yes, YES!!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
Meringues the size of my head with crushed macarons mixed into it = heaven!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
A £1 coin dropped into a tarte citron I was going to by (making totes un-instagrammable!), so the guy gave me 50p off!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
It was clearly our lucky day!
 Next up was Nude Coconuts, a company dishing up chilled, fresh coconuts and natural skincare products
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
After we slurped up all the refreshing water, we went back to have our coconuts cut in half so we could taste the jelly!
The London Chocolate Festival 2014

The pink flesh means it's a younger coconut, as it will eventually turn white. There's no real difference in flavour
The London Chocolate Festival 2014

Kelly's face says it all - it was delicious! (and also packed with nutrients)
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
We roamed around for another few hours, sampling drinks, bites and getting pampered at the cocoa spa! Someone has to do it, right?;)
The London Chocolate Festival 2014
Thanks so much to my pals at LivingSocial for inviting me down! We learnt so much and are true chocoholics now!

*outake: "errrrrrmahgerd, that macaron is so good!"

www.festivalchocolate.co.uk
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