The Chocolate Weekly 4 - 2015


“Whipped cream isn’t whipped cream at all if it hasn’t been whipped with whips, just like poached eggs isn’t poached eggs unless it’s been stolen in the dead of the night,” cautions Willy Wonka in Roald Dahl’s “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”. And Cadbury’s Creme Egg isn’t Cadbury’s Creme Egg anymore if it’s not made with the Cadbury’s Dairy Milk chocolate. The new American owners of Cadbury have made a great mistake by changing the recipe of a product that is so deeply settled into the British tradition, so it’s not strange, that this was the most important chocolate news of the last week. Read the article at The Economist.

Die-hard Harry Potter fans have always been loyal to their wizard wunderkind, but they weren’t exactly known to be food activists — until now.

This week, Harry’s devotees announced that they had succeeded in their four-year battle to get Warner Bros. Entertainment to use only fair-trade certified chocolate in its branded candy. This includes the chocolate frogs that were made famous in the books and sold at Universal Orlando’s theme park, as well as Shock-O-Choc and HoneyDukes Chocolate Bars. Read more at Fox News.

Last week we were talking about chocolate snorting. The Independent writes this week about health consequences.

Dr Daniel Rutherford who practices in Fife, told The Independent:  “If one is too keen on sniffing any finely ground powder to the extent that you get it into your lungs you are asking for trouble.

“If you just take a modest whiff of the stuff so that it only gets into the nasal lining then I suggest it will actually mix with nasal mucus and get swallowed down the back of the throat rather than going ‘straight to the brain’, so you might as well eat it in the first place.”

Read the entire article here.

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Georgia Winery has the perfect wine to celebrate the season of love! On Thursday, Jan. 15, they re-released their delicious chocolate wine, Love Potion

As Maison et objet‘s ‘designer of the year’ 2015, Nendo unwraps a sweet chocolate lounge on the occasion of the international fair which takes place twice a year in Paris.

The chocolates have been named after various Japanese expressions

  1. ‘tubu-tubu’ – comprised of small chocolate drops.
  2. ‘sube-sube’ – with smooth edges and rounded corners.
  3. ‘zara-zara’ – rough and granular like a file.
  4. ‘toge-toge’ – projecting sharp pointed tips.
  5. ‘goro-goro’ – a composition of fourteen connected small cubes.
  6. ‘fuwa-fuwa’ – soft and airy with the presence of many tiny holes.
  7. ‘poki-poki’ – a cube frame made of chocolate sticks.
  8. ‘suka-suka’ – a hollow cube with thin walls.
  9. ‘zaku-zaku’ – featuring alternately placed thin chocolate rods forming a cube.

Read more about the project

With this lovely inspiration I am wishing you a pleasant and successful week. Enjoy some great chocolate!