The Chocolate Festival

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

After eating a lot at EatMeUp last Saturday, I continued onwards to The Chocolate Festival at Southbank. It was bitterly cold but I am a dedicated chocoholic and very little deters me from a quest for quality cocoa products. As I type this, my belly is full of Lindt salted caramel chocolate which I may, or may not, have stolen out of the fridge (I don’t yet know if I will have to face my sister’s or my mother’s wrath – I am praying for the former).

The Chocolate Festival doesn’t need much of an introduction, other than that it was a bombardment of temptations in a VERY crowded setting. I found A Niche by Aneesh and sampled yet another one of their tasty cardamom-chocolate coffee beans. I also found one of the tastiest bars of chocolate I have ever tried, Red Star Chocolate Duffy’s Honduras 72% Dark Chocolate. I was seriously tempted, even at £6 a bar, but my friends slapped me with reality: I am a student.

Just really fabulous chocolate!

Just really fabulous chocolate!

Instead, I settled on a Nookie bar – an organic version of Snickers, and with a name worth snickering at. Very tasty indeed. I think the owner was a little taken aback by my brazen comments on how much I liked the name. At which point, my American friend, oblivious to its meaning, asked as to its origins. If you’re confused, click here.

Who fancies a bit of nookie?Photo: Mia Dhillon

Who fancies a bit of nookie?
Photo: Mia Dhillon

I also wolfed down this honeycomb chocolate mousse pot and sadly forgot to note who actually made it. Whoever it was, please do it again and sell this everywhere. It was delicious – creamy and sweet, but not sickly.

UPDATE: This amazing dessert was made by The Dessert Deli. Check it out!

Honeycomb chocolate mousse

Honeycomb chocolate mousse

These Cornish sea salt caramels from Demarquette are dangerous. At £18 for a box of 12, I realised that I need to quit studying, get a job and work 18 hours a day, Tokyo-style, in order to pursue my salty caramel dreams. Or wait until I graduate next summer. Hmm.

Dangerous salted caramels

Dangerous salted caramels

Salivate over these photos below. (And a big thanks to Mia Dhillon for so many fantastic shots!)

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

Photo: Mia Dhillon

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2 thoughts on “The Chocolate Festival

    • Glad you enjoyed the photos 🙂 Agreed – the festival was seriously tempting! I wanted to try almost everything, but I was trying to go to 4 food festivals in one weekend, which just about restrained me!

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