Strawberry Truffle Fudge

Lip smacking gooey  and  delicious melt in the mouth fudge. Preparation time – 15 minutes Chilling time 5 hours Makes 24 pieces Ingredients: Layer 1 300g milk chocolate coarsely chopped 400g can sweetened condensed milk 1 and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract pinch of salt Layer 2 60ml double cream 120g … Continue reading

Banana Chocolate Pancakes

Light, soft and fluffy pancakes, served with sweet bananas and chocolate sauce. Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Serves 4   Ingredients: 75 g  plain flour Pinch of salt 2 large eggs 150 ml  milk Sunflower oil for frying 2 bananas sliced Chocolate sauce 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar … Continue reading

Christmas Cake Pops (Eggless)

  Delectable little Christmas pudding shaped cakes on sticks, coated in chocolate and edible decorations. Preparation time – 2 hours Cooking time- 30 minutes Chilling time – 45 minutes Makes 18 Ingredients: For Cake 420 grams / 14 oz Plain flour 240 grams / 8 oz Sugar 60 grams / … Continue reading

Cake Bites

Delectable little cake bites, coated in delicious milk chocolate. Preparation  time – 60 minutes Chilling time – 30 minutes Makes approx 40 Ingredients: 1 small chocolate cake loaf 4 tablespoons Nutella chocolate spread 1 large bag of chocolate melts Edible cake sprinkles of choice. Method: 1. Cut the cake into … Continue reading

Chocolate: Drink of the Gods

The history of chocolate, that rich and sensuous (and to some, addictive) substance, begins in the ancient and mysterious realm of the Maya civilisation who lived in Central America around 4th century AD. The cacao tree from which chocolate is derived was first cultivated by these early Mesoamerican people and … Continue reading

Chocolate: From Beverage to Confectionery

In its early days chocolate was an extremely rich beverage. It contained a fatty substance known as cacao butter which tended to rise to the top, where it would float in unappetising greasy pools. Manufacturers overcame this to some extent by adding starchy substances to absorb the fat – a … Continue reading

Chocolate: Italy’s Founding Fathers

There are conflicting series as to how and when chocolate reached Italy. Some historians believe it was around the middle of the 16th century when the exiled duke Emmanuel-Philibert returned to power, having experienced the delights of chocolate in Spain. The popular theory is that chocolate was imported by a … Continue reading

Chocolate: The British Founding Fathers

When chocolate arrived in Britain it did so more or less simultaneously with two other stimulants, tea from Asia and coffee from Africa. Coffee was the first to catch on in British society as it was relatively cheaper but chocolate soon followed. Documentary evidence of the first chocolate house in … Continue reading

Chocolate as Medicine

Chocolate was used therapeutically as long ago as the fourth century, when the Maya first started cultivating the cacao tree. Mayan sorcerers, who were the predecessors of priests and doctors, prescribed cacao both as a stimulant and as a soothing balm. Warriors took it as an energy boosting drink, and cocoa … Continue reading

Chocolate: From Bean to Beverage

The rich and creamy drinking chocolate we enjoy today could not be more different from the original Aztec drink of tchocolatl which was a chocolate liquor that was bitter, greasy and served cold. The sixteenth-century Italian botanist, Giramolo Benzoni, described one of the methods the Aztecs employed to make tchocolatl: “They take … Continue reading