Chocolate Appeal (13-11-18)
Chocolate is good for you! I'm sure he said that at one point in his presentation this evening. And since no one in the audience of around 60 people contradicted him, it must be true. At least, that is what I am going to assume.
The Cropwell Bishop WI opened its doors to everyone this evening and invited Chocolatier, Tom Phillips, to tell us all about chocolate from start to finish.
Tom established his business, 'Hannah's Chocolate' in Quorn, 30 years ago and nowadays spends much of his time teaching others how to make decorative chocolates.
This evening the Memorial Hall was his classroom and his audience were keen to learn—and just as keen to buy samples of his products at the end.
Cocoa beans were first grown in South America but nowadays they are grown in many countries within 10 degrees of the Equator.
The first milk chocolate was produced in 1876 in Switzerland and a certain Mr Nestles was involved. It was made by combining the ground cocoa bean and its extracted oil, with dried milk, together with a good helping of sugar.
I think we can all agree it has been a great success. Even so, in 1932 chocolatiers developed a new kind of chocolate. By not including the ground up cocoa solids, they produced white chocolate.
This has also become very popular and one reason may be that it contains much less of a stimulant, called theobromine, than brown chocolate. People who suffer migraines from eating brown chocolate are grateful for that.
There could only be one prize for the evening's raffle; the chocolate snowman that Tom had made for his demonstration.