A few weeks ago I was kindly invited to Godiva‘s 90th-anniversary celebrations at the Ham Yard Hotel in London. It’s one of those invites which would be crazy to turn down. Although I was nervous as it was my first event, I was very excited to share this experience with Godiva. There was a large gathering of other bloggers and guests including Briony. Briony is also a blogger and runs Any Way To Stay At Home. She kindly accompanied me throughout our chocolate adventure!
AN EVENING OF DELIGHTS
I entered the Dive Bar in the basement of the luxurious Ham Yard Hotel. Briony and I were greeted by representatives of Godiva who gave us a mini-tour of their chocolate showcase. Firstly, we enjoyed the taste of summer by having massive strawberries delicately dipped in chocolate and dabbed in raspberry sprinkles, all while we were sipping on refreshing drinks. There was no ladylike way to scoff on this goodness since the strawberries were so big!
Next stop was the chocolate lolly pop stand with Belgian chocolatier, Jean Apostolou. He gave us a little taste of a dark chocolate truffle before it was dipped in melted milk chocolate and garnished with raspberry sprinkles. I decided to get involved by creating a chocolate lollypop which went through the same delicious process. For the record, it tasted incredible.
THE HOLIDAYS ARE COMING
Moving from summer to winter, Briony and I stepped into Christmas. Godiva’s Hazelnut Praline Buche de Noel and Chestnut Creme Buche de Noel treats tasted exactly how Christmas should.
Their advent calendar (£23) was delicately decorated with traditional designs and crammed with fifteen delicious chocolates. They are definitely the Christmas treat for adults. The perfect treat to nibble on once the kids are in bed, fairy lights are on and hymns are playing on the radio.
You can also get this sweet teddy to go with the smaller box or get the chocolates separately as a decadent stocking filler. A nice change to chocolate coins! There is a gift for everyone. In addition to the Plush Bear toy you can get: a twenty-four or thirty-four piece Decorated boxes, 500g Gold Ballotin, the Luxury Box,truffle boxes and a variety of different sized gift boxes
Finally, we visited three tables demonstrating how sight, smell, and sound can affect the taste of what you eat. We listened to music, smelt coffee covered sugar cubes and watched images that match the taste of the chocolate melting in our mouth. We were, therefore, able to get the most out of the flavour.
In conclusion, Godiva proved that there really is a science to chocolate making. The senses can really enhance the tasting experience.
I would like to thank Godiva and also Luxx PR for a wonderful evening.