Get ready for the sugar high of a lifetime as Chocolate Week returns to the capital for a monumental celebration of all things sweet and indulgent. Here’s our pick of the best…
By Helen Brown
The 15th-21st October marks arguably the nation’s favourite themed week: yes Chocolate Week returns for a 14th consecutive year to celebrate the world’s finest chocolatiers. Expect a seven-day sugar high with some of London’s finest institutions and eateries going all out for a bit of the sweet stuff. Here’s our pick of the best.
To celebrate Chocolate Week, British luxury chocolatier Choc on Choc is launching the UK’s first handmade sushi maki rolls made entirely from chocolate. Available for a limited time exclusively at YO! Sushi Selfridges, the Choc on Choc’s are handmade with the finest Belgian chocolate. White chocolate replicates the sushi rice and each maki roll has a delicious dark chocolate centre. Diners at YO! Sushi branches in Selfridges London, Manchester and Birmingham will be able to grab this special four-piece sushi set of Chocolate Maki Rolls set from the restaurant’s famous ‘kaiten’ conveyor belt for £3.80 throughout National Chocolate Week or buy online.
Visitors to Farmacy Kitchen can celebrate Chocolate Week with the Nice Cream Brownie Sundae. Expect Farmacy brownie served with vanilla nice cream, seasonal fruits, raw cacao and housemade maca caramel.
Contemporary Japanese restaurant Zuma, Knightsbridge, are welcoming guests with their legendary molten chocolate cake. Melt-in-the-mouth chocolate teamed with creamy vanilla ice-cream.
‘34’ Doughnut, with chocolate sauce, lemon meringue, and raspberry sauce.
Laurent Hotel Cafe Royal
Chocolate peanut butter croquant with banana ice cream and hot fudge sauce.
Aquavit’s Arctic Bird’s Nest comprises a goat’s cheese parfait egg with white chocolate shell on a bed of honey tuile, chocolate twigs, freeze-dried raspberries and brownie dirt. £9.50
Aqua London’s Chocolate Week cocktail mixes Pampero Blanco with Mozart white chocolate, Tio pepe, vanilla and orange bitter.
Holborn Dining Room
Intense Pump Street Chocolate tart with milk ice cream.
Chocolate Afternoon Tea at the Chilworth Hotel
The newly launched Chilworth hotel has created a fabulously indulgent Chocolate Afternoon Tea packed with flavours that will tantalise taste-buds and satisfy even the most insatiable chocoholics. Alongside an irresistible variety of chocolate goodies including chocolate scones, there’s a selection of deliciously original sandwiches, house macarons and their signature carrot and walnut cake, all presented on The Chilworth’s afternoon tea stand.
The Çikolatalı Türk Kahvesi at Ruya is an indulgent dark chocolate and salted caramel kibbeh served with dark chocolate, Turkish coffee cream and cardamom.
Chocolate and fashion come together in one of the most stylish culinary conceptions this autumn. Victoria Beckham has teamed up with Pierre Marcolini to design a limited edition box of 16 chocolate hearts (£35) to celebrate the milestone 10th anniversary fo her fashion house. Expect distinct and indulgent flavours like hazelnut praline caramel, salted butter caramel and white chocolate ganache with fresh yuzu.
Chocolate Festival at Canopy Market
From the 19th – 21st October, Canopy Market is collaborating with Cocoa Runners to celebrate chocolate in all its many forms, giving visitors the unique opportunity to meet and try chocolate from some the world’s most experimental chocolatiers. From New York’s Fruition to Norway-born Fjak from Norway and Friis-Holm from Denmark, there is sure to be something to suit all taste buds.