The UK’s biggest chocolate celebration kicks off today with the start of Chocolate Week! Most of us love nothing more than a scrummy chocolate treat to get us through the day, but where did our love affair with chocolate begin?
The ancient tribes of Mexico and Central America were the first to make chocolate by mixing ground cacao seeds to make a spicy, frothy drink which they called chocolatl. Spanish explorer Hernando Cortez brought chocolate to Europe, sweetening the bitter taste with cane sugar.
By 1520 the cocoa drink reached Britain, and the first chocolate house opened in London in 1657. Businessmen and the wealthy would congregate to conduct business and socialise over a cup of chocolate.
Some of the most famous confectioners in this country are the Quaker families Fry, Rowntree and Cadbury. Joseph Fry, of Fry & Sons, produced the world’s first chocolate bar in 1847 by mixing sugar, cocoa powder and cocoa butter. In 1875 a Swiss manufacturer found a way to combine cocoa powder and cocoa butter with sugar and dried milk powder to produce the first milk chocolate.
Our chocolate experience events are hugely popular with all different types of groups. Choose from chocolate making or chocolate tasting and create the ultimate event for your guests. Our expert chocolatier will give a demonstration and then you will get straight into creating your own beautiful chocolates!
To give your event a teambuilding twist we can incorporate other tasks such as designing and decorating your own chocolate box, devising a business plan to market and sell chocolates, present a marketing presentation and try and gain approval for your concept.
And don’t forget, you can take all of your delicious chocolates home with you in our attractive gift bags. Impress your family or friends or simply spoil yourself!
During Chocolate Week between 8th October and 14th October, you will receive 20% off any chocolate bookings. A fabulous fun and useful teambuilding activity – you know you want too!
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