On Christmas Eve, Spencer returned to Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch (sporting arather snazzy Christmas jumper), to taste a selection of award winning milkand dark chocolate bars with Tim, Simon and guests. As well as tasting thebars, Spencer served up the bars as drinking chocolate along with a chocolate tea made from the shells of one of the bars.
Long before we learned to love eating chocolate, we drank chocolate. And nowthat the New Year has dawned, we can’t imagine a more warming treat than amug of craft drinking chocolate – as you can see from the guests reactions, these bars are amazing both to drink and to eat.
From Swiss maker Original Beans is the Cru Virunga, an ever popular dark chocolate bar made from cocoa from the Virunga National Park. It makes for arich, creamy drinking chocolate and is a favourite in cafes around the country.
Next from Duffy’s in Cleethorpes is the Indio Rojo bar, a full bodied andintense dark chocolate with a fruity edge. Rather than a drinking chocolate, theguests tried a delicate tea made from the shells of the roasted beans fromwhich this bar is made.
Then, for those who love their drinking chocolate with a spicy kick, there’sTaza’s Cinnamon Bar. This stone ground bar makes have all the flavours of theseason in a distinctive round shape.
Finally, we have a milk chocolate bar from Madagascan maker Menakao. Menakao is one of very few makers creating chocolate bars at origin. This milk chocolate makes for a sweet, creamy drinking chocolate with a silky curl ofvanilla. Again, this is another firm favourite amongst speciality coffee stores allover the country
If you’re in the UK, you can watch the show on demand here and taste alongwith them (Spencer is on about 50 minutes into the show).