The Chocolate Show: The makers to meet, the treats to eat

Good Things magazine October cover Cocoa and Spice issue chocolate luxury cuisine and travel

October’s issue of Good Things magazine is devoted to all things Cocoa & Spice – a very good thing indeed for someone as committed to both subjects as I happen to be. With the Chocolate Show coming up, I shared a selection of my favourite makers and chocolatiers – and I’d like to share a small snippet with you here.

Elsewhere in the same issue, you’ll find the cocoa content upped still further with a profile of legendary Rococo founder, Chantal Coady OBE; Hotel Chocolat chocolate dinner party recipes, and an edible edit of some quirky, quality treats that should be right up your street if you love fine, fun chocolate. Tempted? Check it out here.


The Chocolate Show

Chocolate heaven comes to earth as Chocolate Week comes to a close. Held at West London’s Olympia, The Chocolate Show’s not-insubstantial attractions include bean-to-bar chocolate-making, exclusive access to brands from around the world, live chef demonstrations, and a chocolate fashion show. The event will also host the finals of the Great British Spiced Chocolate Challenge, and new and great makers like Damson Chocolate and Dormouse Chocolates.

The Chocolate Show runs from 16th-18th October (VIP Gala Evening on 15th October) at the National Hall, Olympia, London. For more information and tickets, click here.


The Power Players 

FIFTH DIMENSION CHOCOLATES

Fifth Dimension Journey box chocolate truffle collection

The story
In just two years, self-taught Russell Pullan has become an award-winning chocolatier, his wide range of highly-creative products including collaborations with other small brands.
The best-seller
Honey-Glazed Peanut Marshmallow ‘Chocwich’
The quirky creation
‘Hong Kong’ – a brand-new soy caramel-filled chocolate
The tasty tidbit
The ‘Meaux’ mustard truffle was inspired by a Sunday roast
Indulge

HOTEL CHOCOLAT

Hotel Chocolat Rabot Estate dark chocolate

The story
Angus Thirlwell’s company has an influential presence on the British high street and continues to surprise and delight customers, making a covetable fine chocolate education accessible to all.
The best-seller
The ‘Everything’ Sleekster – the top-selling truffles of all time
The quirky creation
Carrot cake truffles
The tasty tidbit
In 3 years, 1,032 chocolate recipes have been tested and tasted
Indulge
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LAUDEN CHOCOLATE

Lauden British Airways first class collection chocolates

The story
Husband-and-wife team Sun and Stephen are all about quiet elegance – in both business practice and in chocolate-making. Sun’s masterpieces are beautiful to behold and taste.
The best-seller
Passionfruit ganache chocolate
The quirky creation
Diplomatico Venezuelan Rum truffle
The tasty tidbit
Stephen once worked 125 hours straight to complete an order
Indulge
laudenchocolate.com

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PAUL A. YOUNG

Paul A Young portrait by Tom Moggach chocolatier British artisan

The story
Every bit as stylish as his wares, Paul respects the rules of fine chocolate – then breaks them. Alchemical flavours change with the seasons – always experimental, yet well-balanced.
The best-seller
Caramelised, salted popcorn pave
The quirky creation
Ginger Pig black pudding & Heron Valley cider truffle
The tasty tidbit
Paul’s team hand-tempers 25 tonnes of chocolate each year
Indulge
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ROCOCO

Rococo chocolate tempering masterclass Barry Johnson London

The story
Founded by Chantal Coady, OBE in 1983, Rococo brought new quirkiness to the British chocolate scene – and continues to innovate under current Principal Chocolatier, Barry Johnson.
The best-seller
Anglesey sea salt 40% milk chocolate bar
The quirky creation
Kalamansi lime caramel chocolate
The tasty tidbit
Rococo jointly owns the ‘Grococo’ cocoa farm in Grenada
Indulge
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THE CHOCOLATIER

Aneesh Popat The Chocolatier on Twitter

The story
Aneesh Popat is best known for his ‘water ganaches’, which eschew cream or dairy in favour of H2O. These lower-calorie truffles have pure, clean flavours; many of which are Indian-inspired.
The best-seller
Salted caramel water ganache truffles
The quirky creation
Poppadom mango spice 70% dark chocolate shards
The tasty tidbit
Aneesh creates chocolate for Michelin chefs and global royalty
Indulge
  • To read more about Fifth Dimension Chocolates, click here
  • To read more about Hotel Chocolat, click here
  • To read more about The Chocolatier, click here
  • To read more about Paul a. Young, click here
  • To read a review of ‘Rococo: Mastering The Art of Chocolate’, click here
  • Visit Good Things magazine online for more from these and other chocolate talents here
  • Purchase the October print edition of Good Things magazine here

Image credits: Paul a Young portrait by Tom Moggach; lead image from Chocolate Week’s Facebook page.

 
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