Everything seems to have increased tenfold in the past fortnight, Still working hard on "Artist in Black & White" and got this new fantastic assignment, imagine to be asked to taste chocolate for a living.....that's what happened to me a couple of weeks, I am officially a chocolate reviewer, the name of the magazine needs to remain secret for a little longer as the website is not live yet.
Since then, it has been non-stop. On Tuesday, I was invited to attend the launch of Thorntons Chocolate liqueur, a cocktail ingredient and a chocolate at the same time, wow, if you ask me, there is no stopping creativity in Thorntons chocolate factory.
Did I like it? short answer "yes" and I liked it better in the hot chocolate than in the cocktails, however my personal highlight was to talk to Master Chocolatier Keith Hurdman. I learnt that their chocolate factory was the last one standing in England, now this sounds completly wrong. Come on, according to BBC, the UK population consumes over 500,000 tonnes of chocolate every year. it doesn't tally does it? Well this is the sad reality.
I had a taste of rose chocolate, a delicate flavour which tickles the taste buds nicely.
And if that was not enough I also got to see celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo in action turning up the Italian extrovert charm and a Chocolate Liqueur Trifle laced with some midly amusing jokes.
So if you are looking for some inspiration at Easter here are 2 cocktail recipes
1 part Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur
1 part Sobieski Estate Vodka
1 part Vanilla Teichenné.
Rim a martini glass with lemon and dip in baker’s cocoa. Combine all ingredients together with ice, shake and fine strain into the martini glass.
Thorntons Chocolate Russian
50ml Thorntons Chocolate Liqueur
250ml cold milk
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp cocoa powder.
Shake or blend ingredients and pour into a tall glass over ice. Sprinkle with grated Thorntons chocolate.
Chocolate liqueur is £12.99- Available in Asda, bars and other retailers.