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Day 70 – Liquid gold

It’s currently 7degrees and being cold is an understatement. Nevertheless it’s perfect weather for a good old hot chocolate, and today I was able to enjoy a tall mug at Holly Brown (it was only $4 more than the short, so I just had to splash out a bit).

Apparently I wasn’t the only one who thought the same thing, as the barista kept calling out ‘tall hot chocolate’ from the counter and I think I accidentally jumped the queue by picking one up just after placing an order, but oh well I’m sure no one would’ve complained once they collected their caldron of chocolate:

They prepare the chocolate mixture by combining the powder with full cream milk and steaming it upon demand. It was quite sweet and incredibly rich, and thick!! Basically it’s a cup of warm melted chocolate hmmm… grab a couch, peel off the layers and enjoy nursing the mug over a good conversation:)

With the sharp weather and the rich hot chocolate I couldn’t help but reminisce of a winter trip to Venice, all wrapped up with ear muffs where we had the thickest melted chocolate I’ve ever had!! It was served in a double shot cup with cream on top and you had to sip it slowly as it was too thick to take it any other way. It was good and the Holly Brown hot chocolate comes very close. Go on, give it a go.

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on December 16, 2010 in chocolate, hot chocolate

 

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Day 62 – All you need is fudge…

Dat da da daaa… all you need is fudge. Yep that’s the song for fudge. Because I love fudge and it makes me want to sing.

It’s really hard to come by good fudge in HK. It doesn’t seem like a place that would appreciate things like this. I do love home made fudge and there was a little stall we came across near my sister’s place in Clapham Junction that had christmas fudge which was divine! Warm spices mixed with the sweet softness of fudge melted in perfection.. hmm. NZ is another place that is right up an fudge-lovers alley, so remember to stock up when you’re there.

So to satisfy my fudge craving I got this from good old M&S

A nice little packet of 3 that are individually wrapped – perfect to slip into the bag and nibble on whenever you fancied. The chocolate flakes off quite easily, so you have to be careful not to lose any when opening the wrapping. The fudge is adequately sweet and malleable (used to love squishing them into shapes, when I was younger, of course!). I would really prefer one of those christmas ones, but this’ll do for now.

Rating: 3/5

*Note. I realise this post is more about fudge and not chocolate, but nonetheless it had a chocolate coating so it’s allowed.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2010 in chocolate, milk

 

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Day 59 – Nothing better

A great way to use up any left over cream (if you so happen to have any) is to make truffles!!

These ones were made using my trusty dark orange bar with cream and are a favourite of mine to make and share with or gift to a select few.

You have to be careful not to put too much cream, otherwise the chocolate will just melt, especially with HK’s humidity. A quick recipe is to heat the cream on low to it just starts to boil and pour over the broken bits of chocolate till it just covers it. I’m still playing around with measurements and consistencies so will advise on a more reliable recipe later. Stir until all the chocolate is melted into the cream and it’s a rich dark liquid. Put in the fridge/cooler for a few hours until it’s solidified. Prepare a small bowl with a few tablespoons of cocoa powder. Using two teaspoons portion out spoon fulls of the chocolate mixture and roll into balls (warning. hands will get messy!) place into the bowl and roll around until the ball is completely covered and fridge them again until you want to eat them!

Variations to the coating: chocolate flakes or desiccated coconut.

Rating: 5/5 ha of course I made them:P

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2010 in chocolate, dark, orange

 

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Day 41 – The Book

There is only one cookbook that I’ve read cover to cover and this is it:

Not only are the images pieces of art in themselves, the clearly instructed recipes are wonderful to read and imagine making and licking your fingers at the same time. Green & Blacks also providing thorough information to the people and farms they work with, and detail the cultivation process of the cocoa beans and to the end product. It’s a delightful read for anyone who adores chocolate, it’s always good to know more about the things you love (people included) it just deepens those feelings even more! If you can, get a hold of this book, you don’t need to leave it on the shelf, it’s one for the coffee table!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2010 in chocolate

 

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Day 34 – The Chocolate Death Star

If you’ve ever have one of Lindt Lindor balls you’ll know what I mean. There’s a little dip in the perfectly spherical chocolate mass where they pour the smooth chocolate centre in, and after biting into them, the creamy centre melts… in an uncanny resemblance to the Death Star!

They’re quite festive looking, aren’t they? Each Lindor Ball is individually wrapped in red, white and gold. Note. there are different flavours – milk, hazelnut, 60% cacao, dark, white, peanut butter, prestige milk and stracciatella chocolate – resulting in different colour wrapping, so when you have them altogether it’s like a Christmas party!

In fact, I was introduced to Lindor by my sister, during Christmas 2009… it was a cold English night, and while I was wrapped in a blanket in the lounge, a box of Lindor Balls joined us and was a warm comfort throughout the evening. After returning home, I was given a box collection which I treasured for days:)

Having one of these chocolate death stars is never enough and the wonderful thing is that they always come in threes or more! As with the other morning, I polished off this box of 3 rather quickly despite my will to save one or two for later. They are simply irresistible!

Rating: 5/5

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in chocolate, milk

 

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Day 32 – Otago’s jaffa race

Sadly there was no chocolate consumption today, a lot of coffee, but no chocolate surprisingly. Well there’s still time 19mins of the day to go… so who knows.

In the meantime, let’s venture down to Dunedin City, a wonderful place modelled on Old Edinburgh and more importantly New Zealand’s home to the Cadbury factory. Every year they hold a chocolate carnival which includes a jaffa race (orange dark chocolate balls covered in bright red sugar shell – of course these are amazing!) down the world’s steepest street, Baldwin St. Check out the race!

yum yum yum:)

 
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Posted by on November 8, 2010 in advertising, chocolate, dark, orange

 

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Day 29 – Chocolate rain

Well this had to feature in this blog at some point, it’s too good and perfect for the weather today:

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2010 in chocolate

 

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